Daily 3-Bet: Massive WSOPC, Esfandiari Apology, Portuguese Boycott

He's sorry.

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at the biggest WSOPC event ever, an apology from Antonio Esfandiari and a Portuguese online poker boycott.

1) John Holly Wins Biggest WSOPC


The underrated World Series of Poker Circuit continues to chug along with yet another record-breaking event.

John Holley outlasted 4,249 entries (a new WSOPC record) to win $203,944 in Choctaw Durant last night.

The buy-in? A big fat $345.

That’s a pretty insane return on investment considering $345 doesn’t even cover the tournament fee in a lot of big buy-in events.

It seems the small buy-in tournament market is still booming with WPT500 success and even our own Battle of Malta.

Holley, who hails from Florida, has been playing WSOPC events since 2010 and this certainly marks as one of the biggest scores on his $1.3m in career earnings.

All for just $345!

2) Antonio Esfandiari Donating $50k to Charity

All’s well that ends well.

Antonio Esfandiari

After making the questionable decision of urinating into a cup while on break from the PCA Main Event (and getting DQed for it) Antonio Esfandiari has released a statement apologizing for his behavior.

You can read the complete statement on the PokerStars blog but here’s an excerpt:

"It makes me quite sad to write this. All the things you have heard are all true. I can sit here and try to explain and justify but at the end of the day my actions were completely unacceptable. What's done is done. All I can do is learn from my mistakes and grow from them. I have apologized to anyone and everyone who may have been affected and will continue to do so.”

Of course Esfandiari did win the $50k prop bet that started the whole thing and he announced he’s going to donate the entire amount to charity.

So, wait. $50k went to charity, Esfandiari basically donated his $5,300 PCA Main Event, Bill Perkins likely had a good laugh and poker writers had something to do for the last few days.

Who really lost here?

3) Portuguese to Boycott Regulated Poker Rooms

Flag of Portugal

There’s another poker boycott on the horizon but it’s not what you might think.

A group of poker players in Portugal have decided to boycott the officially regulated online poker sites in country.

Portugal recently closed off its borders to international player pools, which has decimated the once-thriving poker market.

It’s perhaps the first time we’ve seen players organize a boycott in this manner.

It remains to be seen if it will have any effect at all, however.

It would be nice to see players in the USA demand international liquidity from online poker sites in America but that would likely just crush the fledgling US-facing operators.

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