Daily 3-Bet: Mercier Holds, Wade Back, Ziig Shivs Helppi

Ilari Sahamies
Ilari "ziigmund" Sahamies.

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a quick spin through three poker “news” stories of recent days that deserve a second (or first) look.

Any suggestions for a future 3-Bet, feel free to drop a note in the comments below.

Today in the 3-Bet Jason Mercier opens 2012 atop the Global Poker Index, Tristan Wade catches us up on his post-WSOPE bracelet travels and we re-visit the biggest pot of Finnish pro Juha Helppi's life.

1) Mercier Starts 2012 as King of the Tournament Pile

With no new tournaments since the last ratings were released, it’s not much of a surprise Jason Mercier held on to his spot at the top of the Global Poker Index rankings to start 2012.

Somewhat surprising, however, is that because of a few older tournaments shifting into a different ranking frame, several players actually made moves up or down the index.

Most notably the highest grossing female player of last year, Vanessa Selbst, jumped back into the top 10 at number six and Phil Hellmuth dropped 49 spots to knock him back to #79.

Jason Mercier
Mercier: Still mashing.

Complete top ten listed below; see the full ranking and summary of the scoring changes coming in 2012 at GlobalPokerIndex.com.

Top 10 Global Poker Index as of Jan 2, 2012:

1. Jason Mercier 3,015.08

2. Erik Seidel 2,851.80

3. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier 2,805.75

4. Eugene Katchalov 2,656.33

5. Sam Trickett 2,582.47

6. Vanessa Selbst 2,441.15

7. Will "The Thrill" Failla 2,432.32

8. Shawn Buchanan 2,430.85

9. Matt Waxman 2,395.23

10. Sorel Mizzi 2,374.73

2) Tristan Wade Back and Blogging

Rising star Tristan “Cr8ive” Wade finally broke through with his first WSOP bracelet at the WSOPE last October and then, well, pretty much dropped off the radar.

Tristan Wade
Wade: Bracelet earned.

A personal health issue, a trip to Brazil and the holidays all had a lot to do with it, but he’s now back and about to resume his crushing of the tournament circuit at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

His latest blog is up here if you’d like to catch up on his travels.

Also of note:

Revisiting the final table of the WSOPE event Wade won, it certainly has to rank as one of the toughest of last year:

1st Tristan Wade (Me, Cre8ive)
2nd Michael Watson (SirWatts)
3rd Richard Toth (RichardToth)
4th Max Silver (Not sure his online name)
5th Bertrand Grospellier (Elky)
6th Steve O'Dwyer (MrTimCaum)
7th Emil Patel (Whitelime)
8th Taylor Paur (ambiguosity, tramp$d0pray)
9th James Dempsey (Flushy, MKKMOO)
10th John Armbrust (texduke)

3) Sahamies Stuns Juha Helppi with $150k Bad Beat

In honor of the $100k High Roller at the PCA, we revisit this clip from Sweden’s version of High Stakes Poker (The Game) taped during the Scandinavian Poker Masters last year.

Finnish pro and high roller veteran Juha Helppi and everyone's favorite loose cannon Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies mixed it up in what Helppi called “the biggest pot of his life.”

Ziigmund thinks he has the odds to call with his up-and-down straight draw but ends up being way behind Helppi’s pocket tens … until he hits his five on the turn.

The $150k pot is likely peanuts to Sahamies, 2011's second-biggest winner online, but the clip is a good one just the same both for the pot (starts at 7 mins) and for Fredrik Halling’s scoop neck cableknit sweater.

High Rollers everywhere, we salute you.


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