Daily 3-Bet: Kassouf Blasts, Sick Monsters, $175k 4 Charity

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Will Kassouf pulling no punches in an AMA, the 'sick poker monsters' of Korea and an amazing initiative from Dan Smith.

1) Always Bet Your Privilege

Las Vegas' Qui Nguyen is the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event champion but the man everybody's still talking about this year is Britain's Will Kassouf.

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Not a Vayo fan.

The attorney/poker player took centerstage on the ESPN broadcast for much of the final few days and drew both the adoration and ire of poker fans worldwide for his vaunted speech play.

It culminated, of course, in his bombastic KK < AA elimination at the hands of Griffin Benger but, long after his elimination and the conclusion of the Nov. 9, Kassouf's still talking.

Over on the popular reddit/r/poker subforum they had Kassouf drop in for an AMA this week and he pulled no punches about his WSOP experience.

Beyond explaining his use of table talk (again) he also got into the behind-the-scenes of the WSOP playdown, how he feels about the 'gang of cowards' led by Cliff Josephy and how one of his main antagonists, Gordon Vayo, played heads-up.

It isn't flattering. A sample:

"And Vayo heads up really disappointing, shameful, embarrassing on his part. Really to be heads up and play so passively like that, it's the total opposite of Nguyen, the total opposite of what you need to do to become world champion, he was too passive, too nitty if you like."

Read the full AMA here.

2) Named Showdown Season 2 Coming Soon

Outside of Randy "nanonoko" Lew and Bryan Huang, we don't actually have any idea who these "sick monsters' of poker in the picture are.

But we'd definitely like to find out. And watch Season 1 of Named Showdown, because it looks kinda awesome.

Anyone know where to find it? Let us know in the comments.


3) Dan Smith Will Match Up to $175,000 in Charitable Donations!

We've always felt poker players are dramatically under-appreciated for their continued - and generous - donations in support of charitable organizations.

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Generous Dan Smith.

From Raising for Effective Giving to One Drop to Jennifer Harman's SPCA event to Daniel Negreanu's annual St Jude's Hospital fundraisers, poker players are perpetually stepping up with their time and money to help others in need.

Poker pro Dan Smith is taking his own efforts to the next level this year.

Last year Smith and fellow pro Dan Colman put together a charity drive that was quite successful among their peers and this year Smith is scaling up.

Between now and the end of the year Smith will match charitable donations with up to $175,000 of his own money.

With 3 different groups of charities to choose from the options are plentiful to find one that speaks to you. He'll even take PokerStars money and help you randomize your pick, which might be the most poker-y way of donating to charity we've ever seen.

Anyway you look at it, it's awesome.

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