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Daily 3-Bet: Hellmuth Tilt, Super Tsoukernik, Faces of Hart
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Today in the 3-Bet we find a classic Phi Hellmuth tilt-a-rant, Leon Tsoukernik unfazed by the Super High Roller Bowl and Kevin Hart shines bright.
1) Best Player, Outplayed
It's safe to say the $300,000 Aria Super High Roller Bowl didn't work out quite as hoped for Phil Hellmuth.
First, he showed up late and (intentionally or unintentionally) wasted some precious blinds. Then he lost a big pot with top set to Justin Bonomo's flopped straight.
Finally, and perhaps appropriately, he busted set-under-set to comedian Kevin Hart.
Even by Hellmuthian standards it was a humdinger of a day. And it, on cue, produced a classic Hellmuthian rant. Enjoy!
2) Tsoukernik 2nd in Chips After SHRB Day 1
While the classic Hellmuth tirade above was certainly a highlight of Day 1 of the Super High Roller Bowl there were, as expected, plenty of others.
And then there was Leon Tsoukernik. The owner of the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, which has become a juggernaut of a poker locale, has played in some high-stakes cash games before, for sure.
He even won the final EPT Super High Roller tournament over Charlie Carrel, which is quite something. But second in chips after Day 1 of the $300k SHRB? C'mon. No one was expecting that. Except Tsoukernik, of course.
But it's true. With 912,00 in chips Tsoukernik is behind only the 1.2m of chip leader Byron Kaverman and ahead of such poker luminaries as Holz (803,00), Justin Bonomo (620,500), Jason Mercier (605,000) and Daniel Negreanu (327,500).
He also survived being one of the 12 bustouts of Day 1 which included Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, John Juanda, Igor Kurganov, Ben Sulsky, Ben Tollerene and Bill Perkins.
3) Kevin Hart is a Joy to Watch Play Poker
It's been a fairly small sample size so far - the 2017 PSC Bahamas, PSC Monte Carlo and now the $300k Aria SHRB. But man. It is really fun to watch Kevin Hart play poker.
The new celebrity face of PokerStars, Hart has more than lived up to his billing as an amateur who loves the game and is thrilled to be amongst the world's best getting a lesson in how it's played at the highest levels.
He's knows his game has limitations but it's not hampering his ability to have a good time. And that was clearly evident during Day 1 of the SHRB yesterday.
Unsurprisingly, he told a lot of jokes. But he was also comfortable enough with the poker to be in the Top 5 chip counts early, chat it up with his table all day and, when the mood struck, share an experience about taking a #2 in the woods.
All in all, a pretty wide range of gold. He might not make it through Day 2 today but he's more than put his stamp one of the signature events of the summer. Check a few of the photos from yesterday below; see the full spread here.