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Today in the 3-Bet we find eveything coming up roses right now for Japan's Naoya Kihara, New Jersey leading the way in an American poker renaissance and Tom "durrrr" Dwan proving he hasn't lost all of his powers of run-good.
1) Kihara Takes Fourth in WCOOP Event, Ties the Knot
We've thought pretty highly of Naoya Kihara's game since he snapped off Japan's first WSOP bracelet in 2012 and he's done nothing to prove us wrong since.
Adding an LAPC final table and a couple of near misses this summer Kihara has grinded his way up the ranks into poker's elite while bringing a newfound respect to the game in Japan.
PokerListings readers rewarded his hard work when they voted him into the top 3 for our Most Inspiring Player Award and so did our panel of experts who picked him as the overall winner.
The Kihara sun kept rising yesterday with another impressive finish against a pro-packed field in WCOOP Event #31, $215 5-Card PLO.
Outlasting COOP crusher George Danzer, Alex Kravchenko and Marcel Luske, "nkeyno" took fourth to add $15k to his money pile.
As if online success and a nice award weren't enough, Kihara writes in his latest blog post he's also recently tied the knot and his trip to the Battle of Malta will double as a honeymoon.
Congrats again to Kihara on all his success.
2) How Hot is New Jersey Right Now?
On the heels of yesterday's WPT championship to Borgata announcement the Connecticut Post added a piece today about the growing New Jersey poker market and its big role in the state's online gambling platform.
Talking to bwin.Party Spokesman John Sheperd, writer Wayne Parry suggests the overwhelming takeaway is how strong the live poker market already is in Jersey with the online potential even greater.
"I came in here Monday night and there were 1,200 people playing poker," Sheperd said about the Borgata.
Sheperd says bwin.party, Borgata's partner for online gaming, has been preparing for online gambling in the US since 2010 and is "working hard" on its server room at the casino.
As many as 200 of their software engineers could be working on the Atlantic City project Sheperd added.
Along with the Borgata several brick-and-mortar casinos in New Jersey have entered partnership deals with online poker providers in advance of November's launch. The biggest partnerships include Caesars/Harrah's and 888 and PokerStars and Resorts Casino Hotel. Read the full piece here.
3) Durrrr Runs Hot with Cathay Pacific, Hangs With JRB
So the first obvious question about this tweet/picture sequence is why is durrr hanging out/flying to Macau with Jean-Robert Bellande?
Second, now that he's on the way to Macau, does that mean good or bad things for the resumption of the durrrr Challenge with Jungleman?
Either way, durrrr still has some sort of run-good powers working for him as he hit a two-outer to catch his flight out last night.
Still ... rolling with JRB? Things can't have gone that bad for durrrr lately, can they? Can they?
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