Daily 3-Bet: Isildur Bliss, Johnson Xs, ElkY Reborn

Viktor Blom
Isildur1: Back in the high-stakes saddle.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Viktor Blom over the moon about the Full Tilt Poker relaunch, three prominent poker pros marking an X for Gov. Gary Johnson and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier turning to the dark side.

1) Isildur1 Elated By Full Tilt Relaunch, Chucking Buy-ins Around

There are a lot of happy Full Tilt Poker customers out there today as the site relaunched for real-money poker this morning for the first time in 16 months.

Over 40,000 players have already hit the tables to throw some of that long-confined cash around but none seem happier about it than new Full Tilt pro Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.

Apparently waiting by his laptop like it’s Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve, Blom was back at the FTP tables with a custom ninja avatar the virtual second things were back online.

Throwing some love to his fans by playing some 50c/$1, he’s since settled in with fellow pro Gus Hansen for some $50/$100 PLO.

No sign of durrrr yet, although it also sounds like his return is imminent too:

Watch for a report on the fireworks tomorrow. More Full Tilt-related tweets here.

2) Raymer, O’Brien, Moneymaker Support Gov. Gary Johnson

Greg Raymer
In Libertarian he trusts.
 

If you read our Poker and the Presidency preview this weekend you know where the candidates stand on online poker and what might happen should each be elected.

Obama's basically for it but won't make it a priority. Romney is decidely against it - but his love for state autonomy could help poker legislation get through quicker.

One candidate's stance on poker is pretty clear though. Libertarian Gov. Gary Johnson is all for your right as an American to spend your money however you want to – including on online poker.

While he’s undoubtedly drawing dead as far as a chance to win, that doesn't mean it's a wasted vote to a few notable poker pros who emphatically announced that a vote for who you believe in is more important than a vote for who you distrust the least:

Follow Gov. Johnson on Twitter here and find out more about his stance on poker here.

3) Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier Reborn as Dark Knight

Bertrand
Out with the blonde, in with the black.
 

Befitting a day in which the second-largest poker site in the world is reborn under the PokerStars banner, another famous poker entity has done likewise with his own image.

PokerStars pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, known for his platinum-blonde dye job and previous life as an orange-haired alien, has shown up in Macau with a new look.

Sleek, sharp, sophisticated - hard to say it doesn't look great on him. It also somehow makes him look 10 years younger and 10 years older at the same time.

Vive la difference! But even his close pal Eugene Katchalov is still a bit unsure what to make of it:

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Jean Pierre 2012-11-06 21:50:17

is that elky or chad brown

Hank 2012-11-06 21:49:32

Please don't like that Mormon maniac take over your country this evening. I implore you to vote twice. Or three times even.