Daily 3-Bet: Iglesias Bared, Piece of Mercier, $18m for Nevada Online Poker

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Melanie Iglesias

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is the swimsuit edition of the mid-afternoon poker news world’s Sports Illustrated.

You are more than welcome to make your own suggestions for the 3-Bet in the comments section below.

In today’s 3-Bet we’ll go above the covers with Melanie Iglesias, contemplate buying Jason Mercier’s action and take a closer look at the online poker market in Nevada.

1) RFG Melanie Iglesias Hits the Bedroom in MTV Photo Shoot 

Remember former Royal Flush Girl Melanie Iglesias? Of course you do. That’s a poster of her behind your computer isn’t it?

Well Iglesias has done quite well since leaving poker and has appeared in Esquire, Vibe and Maxim. She’s also appeared in every season of MTV’s Guy Code and Girl Code.

She recently did a photo shoot for the Guy Code blog where she’s posing in the bedroom and the site just dropped a behind the scenes video of the shoot. It’s pretty spicy, as you’ll see below.

We’re pretty excited because we’ve heard Patrik Antonius is doing the same shoot next week.

2) Who Wants to Stake Jason Mercier?

Tired of watching Jason Mercier rack up millions of dollars playing Super High Roller tournaments around the globe?

Perhaps it’s time to pony up several thousand dollars and get in on the action. Mercier announced earlier today that he’s selling some pieces for the Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller.

So let’s see… 3% minimum. That puts the minimum investment at around $7,500. But remember last year Sam Trickett won $2.1 million for taking down the $250k Super High Roller so that works out to be a massive return on your investment.

Worried about your investment? Mercier’s results in High Rollers are pretty incredible:

Date: Event: Place: Prize
13-May-2013     $100k EPT Grand Final 2nd        $1,462,964
09-Dec-2011 $100k Five Diamond 1st $709,767
13-Jan-2011 $25k PCA 8th $129,480
11-Apr-2010 $25k NAPT Mohegan Sun    1st $475,000
05-Oct-2008 $20k EPT London 1st $944,847

At that rate can you afford NOT to get a piece of J-Merc?

3) Researcher Estimates Nevada Online Poker Revenue at $18m

Las Vegas Strip

So New Jersey has already reported $8.4 million in online gambling revenue but how is Nevada performing?

Well according to a story by the Online Poker Report Nevada will generate around $18m in annual revenue from regulated online poker.

The numbers come from Adam Krejcik of Eilers Research. Right now there are only two sites operating in Nevada, that would be WSOP.com and Ultimate Poker, but Krejcik doesn’t believe additional sites will increase the overall market.

While not earth-shattering, $18 million is still $18 million.

There is one factor that could skew the numbers significantly in 2014: the WSOP. Last year Ultimate Poker had just opened and WSOP.com hadn’t even launched yet.

It remains to be seen how big an effect WSOP.com running qualifiers from the biggest poker tournament in the world will have on the burgeoning online poker industry in Nevada.

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