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Daily 3-Bet: Jesus Ascends, DNegs Bestoweth, WPT Rise Above
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Today in the 3-Bet we find a quietly ascendance for Jesus Ferguson, Daniel Negreanu narrows down his stakees and the World Poker Tour turns the page with style.
1) Jesus Rises Up POY Ranks
The 2017 WSOP has been a relatively quiet one for Chris "Jesus" Ferguson - at least as far as physical and verbal threats go.
Returning to the Rio to much disdain (and justified anger) in 2016, Ferguson has put in a very full schedule so far this summer with, comparatively, little of the vitriol that was directed at him last year.
The calm has done him well, apparently, as he's racked up a pretty dazzling 12 cashes already.
While most have been of the min-cash variety (his earnings so far are only around $60k) he's definitely showing his well-rounded poker skills haven't left him.
A 12th in the $10k Stud Hi-Lo Championship led into another deep run in the $10k PLO Hi-Lo yesterday where he's still among the final 15.
The breadth of his cashes has also put him in 8th in the WSOP Player of the Year race just 60 or so points behind current leader Mike Leah.
If he happens to hit something big - like that $10k PLO and its $500k up top - and then take over the POY lead ... well, we might see some of that vitriol stirred up again. As always follow along with the live updates on WSOP.com and watch the live streams on the PokerGO app.
2) Finalists Culled for Negreanu Main Event Stake
As anyone who's followed Daniel Negreanu's career knows, he's a generous and charitable guy off the felt and his annual charity tournament for St. Jude's Hospital is just one example.
Another example? He's in the process of staking 1 player in the 2017 WSOP Main Event simply for submitting videos explaining why they deserve one.
A school teacher named Tanya was the first lucky finalist named yesterday and one more will be picked today from another group of 3 semi-finalists.
Watch the new vids (and vote for your favorite) in Daniel's daily Vlog below:
3) WPT Goes Orchestral for New Intro
With the departure of Mike Sexton for the partypoker Chairmanship, the World Poker Tour is entering a new chapter this year for the first time in 15 years.
What better way to turn the page than with a new TV show intro, yeah? Watch the new cut below along with a cool behind-the-scenes look at how it was made.
Who knew the World Poker Tour composes its own music>