Daily 3-Bet: Hellmuth Premium, Xuan Doc, Poker Heart

Phil Hellmuth
Hellmuth: Has his eyes on your seat.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Hellmuth paying a premium to get in some heads-up action at EPT London, Xuan Liu sharing her poker story in our latest Easy Game mini-dcoumentary and Brazil's Nicolau Villa-Lobos sharing his own heart-wrenching poker inspiration.

1) Hellmuth Buys Heads-Up Seat at Premium

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2) Xuan Liu = Awesome

We've always thought Xuan Liu is the business, both poker-wise and personality-wise, and everything we thought was confirmed when we spent a few days in Toronto filming her for the latest episode of our Easy Game mini-documentary series.

Check it out below; check out the rest of the series with features on Griffin Benger, Matt Salsberg and Shaun Deeb here.


3) Nicolau Villa-Lobos: Makes His Own Name in Legendary Family

Another guy we've always been high on is Brazil's Nicolau Villa-Lobos.

We knew the recently crowned UKIPT Edinburgh/SCOOP medium main event champ had a pretty extraordinary upbringing as the son of Brazilian rock legend Dado Villa-Lobos and found poker after heart surgery forced him to give up sports for six months.

We had no idea his great-great uncle was a world-renowned maestro who was "the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music," though. That's pretty amazing.

The PokerStars blog has a great feature on him up today, which you can check out here. Follow him Thrusday on the EPT London live stream, where he's made the final 45 players, to see if he can add another chapter to his own amazing story.

Check out our video interview with him during his deep run in the 2012 WSOP Main Event below:


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