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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Hellmuth paying tribute to Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, the ISPT showing signs of life thanks to its new deal with Dawn to Dusk and a pictorial tribute to the women of poker.
1) Hellmuth Remembers Poker Aficionado Dr. Jerry Buss
The video released yesterday is both touching and a bit self-aggrandizing as only Hellmuth really can be. In it he recounts a few of his memorable experiences with Dr. Buss, from watching a game up in the rafters at the old Forum to finding him playing a $300 tourney at the Golden Nugget.
In the end his true admiration for Buss shines through, though, highlighted by quotes like "Jerry ... I never heard him say a negative word about anyone, ever." Check the clip below:
2) ISPT Showing Signs of Life, Payouts Announced
On rocky shores for much of its existence so far, the beleagured International Stadiums Poker Tour buoyed its sinking ship with a new deal last week with UK card room purveyors Dawn to Dusk.
Now not only has ace poker room manager Simon Trumper come on board to run the tourney, the money situation has been buffered with a new, much-more believable €1m guarantee for the winner and an official payout and blind structure announced.
According to the PR released by DTD yesterday, 50% of the players that make it to Wembley will now officially make the money with a min cash pulling in €540.
A full 85% of the prize money will be paid to the top 10%. DTD also confirmed they fully intend to have 200 tables set up on the pitch for Day 2 at Wembley with backup rooms already booked in case of bad weather.
3) PokerStars Celebrates Women in Poker
In honor of International Women's Day today the leading force for women in poker, PokerStars, has put together a sharp infographic highlighting some of the myriad accomplishments of women in the game.
PokerStars Team Pros Vanessa Selbst, Vanessa Rousso, Liv Boeree and Giana Fang are of course highlighted, as are some of the growing - and surprising - percentages of women at the cash-game tables on Stars.
Note in particular to the men of Bulgaria and New Zealand: The ladies are coming to get your chips. To the women of poker, we salute you!