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Daily 3-Bet: Kassouf Inception, Cubs Upswing, Be Phil 4 $169
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Today in the 3-Bet we find poker's public enemy #1 in stereo in Malta, a big upside to upswings and how to be Phil Hellmuth for $169.
1) A Dream Within a Dream
The hand we've all been waiting for finally aired last night on ESPN's WSOP coverage and it was, as expected, a doozy.
Poker's public enemy #1 - at least according to his feature table 'mates' last week - Will Kassouf was brutally bounced from the Main Event in 17th place at the hands of Griffin Benger.
As if it being a sickening cooler with KK vs. AA wasn't enough, Kassouf also got an unwelcome lecture on 'bullying' and 'privilege' from Benger on his way out the door. It was certainly must-see TV, although you can also debate whether it was a 'highlight moment' or not.
Swathed in his newfound celebrity Kassouf was back doing what he does on Day 1B of the EPT Malta main event today and it was at least a small spectacle when he took his seat.
Thanks to the glorious future we live in with tableside wi-fi and handheld miracle boxes, his table also got the pleasure of experiencing its Kassouf moment in stereo, as PokerStars photog Neil Stoddart captured so well above.
Follow Kassouf's progress (or demise, if you so prefer) over in the PokerStars blog live updates.
2) It Pays to Be Good at Poker
Speaking of Benger ... the noted Blue Jays fan was shorted a chance to catch his beloved Jays in the World Series this year when they lost in 5 games in the ALCS to the Cleveland Indians.
Had they made it to the series, which starts Tuesday, he would have had a tough decision on his hands anyway as he'll kind of be in the middle of the biggest final table of his life. The $1m he's already locked up for being in the Nov. 9 would likely have covered his ticket needs, though.
Doug "WCGRider" Polk, on the other hand, doesn't have the same scheduling restrictions and Benger himself caught Polk enjoying Game 6 of the NLCS in Chicago.
Given that Cubs World Series tickets are already running at well over $3k apiece for standing-room only we can imagine that seat Polk is in also cost him a pretty penny.
After a recent $1.7m downswing it seems Polk has at least righted the ship enough to experience some baseball history first-hand. Isn't poker the best?
3) Paging Chamath
Speaking of premium sporting event seats, it seems Erik Seidel has found the secret to being Phil Hellmuth on a budget ... if only he could get his hands on some courtside Warriors tickets:
We'd also like to know where he's getting that discount Dom Perignon.