Daily 3-Bet: Masters Blasters, Surging Serda, Fond on Molly

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Today in the 3-Bet we find poker's heavy hitters converging on Aria, Patrick Serda has a nice week and the critics (save a couple) are sweet on Molly's Game.

1) Poker Masters Primed

Are you ready for a new tradition to stake its turf in the high-stakes poker world?

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We definitely are, and if you haven't primed up for the first-ever Poker Masters on Poker Central, here's a quick guide to get you up to speed.

Besides two of poker's biggest stars in Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth a deluge of the game's brightest talent has descended on Vegas to try and grab their share.

Team Germany is in the house. Justin Bonomo is back and ready for battle.

Spain's Adrian Mateos and Sergio Aido are in. And a true who's who of high-stakes poker from Doug Polk to Charlie Carrel to Brian Rast to Ben Lamb should be in the mix.

It's gonna be lit and it starts today at 5 pm PT. Some of the buzz from the participants:

2) Serda Looks Super

So, Canada's Patrick Serda is in the midst of a pretty solid week of poker.

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Reason to smile. (Photo: PokerStars)

Semi-famous for his deal in the 2016 EPT Prague €10,300 High Roller where he gave William Kassouf the trophy and walked away with most of the cash, Serda is putting his own name in lights with a couple of big showings.

After running away with the WCOOP $10,300 NLHE High Roller title and $469,191 earlier this week, Serda is now chipleader with 21 players left at the $2,220 Canadian Poker Championship.

There's $400,000 up top for that one and with 90m chips heading into Day 4 Serda is in line for one hell of a good ROI this week if he takes it down.  He'll still have to outlast a few poker beasts in Ema Zajmovic, Kyle Bowker and Mike Leah to get there but there's no doubt he's got the chops.

Watch the action on the live stream from the Playground Poker Club below:

3) The Reviews Are In ... and They Like It (Mostly)

As we mentioned earlier in the week, the Aaron Sorkin written/directed Molly Bloom biopic premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend and gave critics a sneak peek at the much-anticipated film.

So far, a lot of them like it. Besides this dude at The Guardian, most were quite generous on their takes - and in particular towards Jessica Chastain's performance as Bloom.

It currently has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes which, while still very early in its run, is a pretty good start. Check out some of the more glowing reviews at The Verge, Slashfilm, Collider and Vulture. Here's the trailer again below:

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