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Daily 3-Bet: Mainstream Mercier, 888poker+Will Hill, Always Believe
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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Jason Mercier getting some attention from The Ringer, a potential bid for William Hill and a new Felix Schneider Twitch highlight reel.
1) Ringer Highlights Mercier Bets
Jason Mercier’s insane summer that included two gold bracelets and a nearly completed 180-1 bet against Vanessa Selbst is one of the craziest things we’ve seen at the WSOP in 10 years of live coverage.
It seems we weren’t the only ones that took note, however, as Bill Simmons’ The Ringer published a piece called The Craziest Poker Bet of the Decade this week.
The kicker? It’s pretty good.
Writer David Hill did some in-depth research on Mercier and the bet and displayed a firm grasp of poker fundamentals. Definitely a rarity in the mainstream media world.
There are a ton of great details in the article including the fact Mercier pulled in over $2,000,000 in the 2016 WSOP once you included the prop bet action.
Mercier also said he was down $1.6m at one point in 2012, which highlights how even the best players go on downswings.
Definitely a good read and you can check out the entire thing here.
2) 888, Rank Eye Massive William Hill Takeover
888poker has been on an upswing over the last few years but still seems hungry for at least one more big acquisition.
Parent company 888 Holdings and casino company Rank Group Plc. are apparently mulling a bid for U.K. casino giant William Hill, according to Bloomberg.
William Hill has struggled with the transition to online and ousted CEO James Henderson last week. Will Hill shares dropped 21% before Monday.
The Sunday Times reported that a bid for William Hill would be in the $4 billion range.
It still seems like a bit of a long shot, however, as Rank CEO Henry Birch said in January that a William Hill takeover was not likely.
Meanwhile William Hill’s stock immediately rebounded 10% after news of the potential takeover bid broke on Monday.
3) Felix Schneider’s Brand-New Twitch Reel
Want to check out some of the best of Twitch Poker but don’t have time to sit down and actually watch a stream in real-time?
PokerStars Team Online pro Felix Schneider has just the thing for you. The Cologne, Germany, native put together a new Twitch highlight reel of himself playing 200NL Zoom on PokerStars.
It’s a 10-minute compilation and there are definitely some interesting hands in the mix. You can check it out below: