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Daily 3-Bet: Gus Settles Down, Chino 3-Times WPT, LivB TKOs JC
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Today in the 3-Bet we find poker legend Gus Hansen heading for retirement, Chino Rheem joins an elite group of WPT winners and Olivier Busquet pummels JC Alvarado.
1) Gus: I Want to Be a Dad
If you grew up on poker in the 2000s you know Gus Hansen as the swashbuckling, playboy wildman from Denmark who crushed the World Poker Tour with his inimitable "any two cards" style.
That's not the Gus of 2016.
Stepping back from the game in 2014 after racking up over $20m in career online losses Hansen has only dabbled in poker since and focused much more on a couple of other favourite pastimes - racket sports and Bridge.
A former resident of gambling mecca Monaco Gus returned to his native Denmark about a year ago and, as he told TV show Good Morning Denmark recently, the move is "for good."
Among the least of his interests appears to be poker as he told the show his priority now is settling down and beginning a family. He's also, our PokerListings DK editor tells us, organizing a music festival this summer.
If Gus never plays another hand of poker it'll be a sad outcome for us as fans but it's great to see him finding some peace of mind and comfort. He can also retire comfortably in the knowledge he was a true original and had a huge part in the game becoming the global phenomenon it is today.
2) Chino Rheem Joins 3-Time WPT Winners Club
Chino Rheem might be best known from his appearance in the 2009 WSOP Main Event November Nine (and his less-than-stellar credit history) but there's no mistaking his talent for the game.
With over $8m in career live earnings Rheem has proven time and again he can close out big tournaments and he did so again last night at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock in Florida.
Coming into the final table second in chips Rheem buckled to no one and won the $10k event to claim $705,855 and his third career WPT title.
Rheem joins a small and distinguished list that includes only Carlos Mortensen, Anthony Zinno and the legend Gus Hansen.
He didn't exactly back into the 3-timers club either as his previous wins include the $15k WPT Five Diamond Doyle Brunson Classic for $1,538,730 and the $25k WPT Championship for $1,150,297. Needless to say his rail was overjoyed:
Rheem also won a seat in today's $15k WPT Tournament of Champions (with its new "action clock"). Follow the live updates on WPT.com
3) Busquet Pounds Alvarado, Gets TKO
One thing was for sure: this was no ElkY vs. Lex. Poker pros Olivier Busquet and JC Alvarado met in the cage last night in Vegas for their long-awaited MMA match and, well, it was a bloodbath. With most of that blood coming from Alvarado's face.
Despite Busquet having zero MMA experience prior to training for this fight he did come in with 20+ pounds on the more experienced Alvarado and it showed.
Busquet pounded on Alvarado's face early and often and, with not enough ground defence or striking ability to push back, the beating took its toll on Alvarado over three rounds before his corner threw in the towel.
Still it was an impressive showing to withstand that kind of punishment and both earned kudos from all corners of the poker world. Even after a visit to the hospital Alvarado still seemed satisfied, as did Busquet:
My biggest fear was not having heart. I couldn't execute what I know I can do, but I'm out of the hospital with a big smile on my ugly face.— JC Alvarado (@JCAlvarado1) April 22, 2016
It wasn't my night, but no excuses. Congrats to @olivierbusquet for getting the job done. whooped my ass good.— JC Alvarado (@JCAlvarado1) April 22, 2016
Watch a replay of the fight here.