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Daily 3-Bet: Kassouf Victory, Baazov Out, 2017 WSOP Dates
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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Will Kassouf taking down his first major tournament, David Baazov pulling his Amaya bid off the table and a few dates for the 2017 WSOP.
1) Kassouf Wins EPT High Roller
It looks like “Nine-high, like a boss,” isn’t going away any time soon.
Will Kassouf, of WSOP speech play fame, picked up his first major poker title yesterday by out-dueling Canadian Patrick Serda in the last-ever EPT €10,300 High Roller.
The high roller finished in a slightly anti-climatic manner in which Kassouf and Serda cut a deal to end the tournament.
Kassouf was significantly short stacked compared to Serda but made a deal that saw him take the high roller title and €532,500.
Meanwhile Serda technically finished second according to the deal but took home €719,000.
As usual with these kinds of tournament-ending deals, Kassouf had the option of choosing his winning hand for the winner picture. Fittingly he went with “Nine-high.”
2) David Baazov Ends PokerStars Bid
David Baazov’s bid to buy out Amaya (PokerStars) and take the company private again is off the table, according to multiple sources.
Baazov is terminating his bid because shareholders wanted more for their shares than he and his partners were willing to pay.
Earlier this year Baazov offered C$24 for each share in a buyout but that apparently wasn’t enough.
Once you account for debt, Baazov's bid for the company was worth $6.7 billion.
It’s unclear where Amaya goes from here or whether the company currently has other offers on the table.
Baazov still owns 17% of Amaya’s stock, which makes him the second largest shareholder, so he has a significant interest in whatever happens to the company.
Amaya is currently valued at C$2.66b on the Toronto stock exchange.
3) Caesars Announces Initial Dates for 2017 WSOP
Get out the calendar and start planning your summer vacation because the initial 2017 WSOP dates have arrived.
OK, it’s not exactly much of a surprise with the long-running festival set to run from May 31-July 17. Those are almost exactly the same dates as last year, btw.
Caesars took the time to share a few things from the yet-to-be-released full schedule:
The $565 buy-in Colossus III will feature six starting flights (that’s two flights a day spread over three days) giving players multiple chances to get in the re-entry tournament.
The Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, Little One for ONE DROP, Seniors Event and Ladies Championship will all return.
A full fledged schedule will be released in February, according to Caesars.