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Daily 3-Bet: Hawkins X3, ‘Stars Social Rush, FanDuel + DraftKings
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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Maurice Hawkins making history, PokerStars’ introducing yet another new product and the biggest DFS sites merging.
1) Hawkins Completes WSOPC Hat Trick
Maurice Hawkins took down the WSOPC Palm Beach stop last night for $95,921.
By winning Palm Beach, Hawkins became the first player in poker history to win three WSOPC Main Events in the same year. Even better, Hawkins completed the feat in his hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Earlier this year Hawkins won back-to-back WSOPC Main Events by taking down the Council Bluffs event for $113k in April and immediately following that up with a win in North Carolina for $279k.
Hawkins has been a force on the circuit and Palm Beach was the eighth gold ring he’s won on the tour.
He’s also just the second player to pass the $1m-mark in lifetime WSOPC earnings (the other being Chris “Jesus” Ferguson).
Overall Hawkins is up over $2.3m in lifetime live tournament earnings.
2) PokerStars Launches Casino Rush
PokerStars is on a bit of a new product frenzy lately with hyper-turbo Beat the Clock tournaments getting officially rolled out last week.
Now PokerStars is introducing a new app in the social gaming segment with Casino Rush.
Casino Rush shares some similarities to Zynga Poker (which makes sense because ex-Zynga social gaming director Lloyd Melnick worked on it) but is basically just gambling games with poker hands.
The game offers four different games at launch including Hold’em Switch, Swap the Flop, Double Ditch Hold’em and All-in Poker Split. All games are played against the computer, not actual opponents.
Casino Rush is clearly designed for complete poker rookies but if it brings more gamers into the real-money world that’s a win for everyone.
3) FanDuel, DraftKings to Merge in 2017
We’ve said it many times but the rise and subsequent fall of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) reads like a microcosm of online poker.
Now DFS is once again headed to a place that online poker has already been, although it took considerably longer.
The two biggest sites — FanDuel and DraftKings — will merge according to a report that was released earlier this week.
Of course PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker were the two biggest online poker sites and were eventually merged together in 2012.
FanDuel and DraftKings have seen profits plummet since 2015, when the legality of their games in the USA was questioned.
Both sites have paid considerable amounts in lobbying and legal costs over the last few years.
The merger has yet to be approved by regulators and the deal won’t go into effect until 2017.