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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Hellmuth taking (or faking) a big bite for Carl Jr's, former Full Tilt Poker Red Pros receive some good news and a former Tasmanian premier gets the boot from a local casino.
1) Does He or Doesn't He?
It's all over the place this morning so we'll get right to it. Poker's very own Phil Hellmuth is blowing up the spot with a new 15-second, audio-free Carl's Jr. commercial pushing its new "Texas BBQ Thickburger."
What's a Thickburger you ask? A regular burger piled with smoked brisket, obv.
Why is Wisconsonite Hellmuth the face of the Texas BBQ Thickburger you ask? Because he's a Texas Hold'em Champion, obv. Well played, agent Brian Balsbaugh.
Hellmuth's not a great commercial burger eater, infortunately, as you can see he's not even close to biting into that thing for real. Check the clip below:
2) Red Pros Get Go Ahead for Reimbursement Claims
Somewhere today Brian Townsend is smiling.
One of the "hidden victims," so to speak, of the Full Tilt Poker debacle was the hundreds (it was hundreds, right?) of Full Tilt "Red" Pros affiliated with the site.
Not full-fledged Team Full Tilt members, the Red pros did patch up for big events and got a good kickback on rake, but otherwise were in no way involved in the day-to-day operations.
When time came to sort out the payees for the DoJ reimbursement money, however, Red Pros were unfortunately put on the wrong side of the ledger.
That wrong appears to have been righted now as the Garden City Group, claims administrator for the DoJ, has re-opened the petition process for former Red pros and Friends of Full Tilt to seek reimbursement.
Players now have up until September 3 to submit a claim to "recover the portion of their account balance that is not attributable to compensation provided by FTP or Affiliate revenue."
Given how active most of those players were and the average stake level they played at, we're guessing there are a lot of six-figure sighs of relief out there today.
3) Former Premier Booted for Licking Finger
Peter Lennon (Photo: AAP Peter Matthew)
In honor of the announcement of the 2015 Aussie Millions schedule we bring you this poker etiquette lesson from Australia.
According to a report from ABC.net.au former Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon got the boot from Crown Casino in Melbourne last Thursday for, he says, "licking his finger during a game of $2 poker."
"At one instance I licked my index finger before touching my dealt cards, as you sometimes do," he said in a statement.
"But apparently this is against the rules - something I was not aware of.
"For this I was removed. I questioned the reason why, but was not given an answer."
As it turns out, though, some witnesses claim he may have been drinking, acted aggressively towards a woman and refused to leave when asked.
Considering the full-fledged human hygiene atrocities we've seen at the poker table over the years, we expect the real reason for his ejection veers toward the latter.