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Today in the 3-Bet we find Tom Marchese crushing yet another event in the Bellagio Five Diamond series, a lost episode of the Micros animated series re-surfacing and Tom “durrrr” Dwan under attack from an unexpected poker rival.
1) Tom “KingsofCards” Marchese Best Tourney Pro?
No question Dan “KingDan” Smith has had an amazing year on the tourney circuit but there’s definitely a case for Tom Marchese as the top tournament pro in the world right now.
No qualifiers - just hands down best tournament pro, bar none.
Following up a win in a $2,500 prelim event at the Bellagio last week, Marchese knocked off yet another elite field to win the $25k High Roller event this weekend.
Technically he chopped the event heads-up with Huck Seed, but at the time he had 85% of the chips so he took home $204,000 of the $220k first-place prize.
That’s two wins in the space of about a week against the toughest tournament lineups you can possibly put together.
Let’s not forget Marchese also won $1.3 million in the $100k High Roller at the WPT Championship earlier this year.
If there’s anyone (save Antonio Esfandiari, maybe) that crushes the Bellagio more than Marchese, we haven’t seen it.
Follow Marchese on Twitter @BigCheese_Poker for what seems like daily win reports.
2) Lost Micros Episode Airs, Boeree Chest-Rubs Cash
Fans of the ingenious animated series The Micros have been desperate for any sign of new material since it went on hiatus shortly after Black Friday.
And one more time for posterity.
They were rewarded at long last yesterday when an all-new episode miraculously arrived just in time for the holidays. The story behind the long delay is fairly simple according to co-creators John Wray and Jay Rosenkrantz:
“This Episode (originally titled "Chase Berger and the Temple of Zoom") was commissioned last year by PokerStars.
"It was a one-off, not the start of a full sponsorship. We spent a lot of time on it, wanting to deliver something special to our long-suffering fans, but once Stars moved to acquire Full Tilt they asked us to wait while everything was sorted out.
“Sponsoring a new show (even if it was for only one episode) could send mixed signals if it was announced right in the middle of the PS/FTP chaos… And now that the dust is starting to settle, they've given us the greenlight.” Watch the lost episode here.
3) Mo Drops “Truth Bombs,” Calls durrrr “Massively Losing Player”
Well, technically he called him a “massively losing player vs. anyone competent at NLHE,” but that’s a bit wordy for a header.
Less-than-famous poker pro Jason Mo – a decent player in his own right who finished second to Brian Hastings in this year’s WSOP $10k Heads-Up event – went on a Twitter tirade ripping durrrr this weekend.
Set off by durrrr’s new $200k challenge against Isildur1, Mo accused durrrr of several things including being a losing player with “absolutely no grasp of even basic mathematics.”
Principally his beef seemed to be with durrrr not finishing/paying out in his uncompleted durrrr challenge against Jungleman, in which Mo says he has a financial stake, but overall he just seemed to have a serious hate on for durrrr.
Needless to say, when someone talks ill of one of its golden boys, the 2+2 forums went haywire. The gist of Mo's rant below; discussion thread here.