Daily 3-Bet: Mercier Spins, ElkY Wins, Tzvetkoff Sins

Jason Mercier

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a revealing three-piece expose of the scandalous mid-afternoon poker news world.

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Today in the 3-Bet we have Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier taking another high roller title, FBI informant Daniel Tzvetkoff spotted in NYC and Jason Mercier going for the ride of his life.

Bertrand Grospellier
ElkY gonna ElkY.

1) ElkY Bests Moorman in EPT High Roller

With all the excitement of Davidi Kitai winning poker’s triple crown this weekend it would have be easy to forget that EPT Berlin also had a €10,000 High Roller event.

Fortunately the event drew 57 players, who played down to a fantastic final table that included Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Chris “Moorman1” Moorman, Marvin Rettenmaier, Tobias Reinkemeier, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Martin Jacobson.

Ultimately it came down to ElkY versus Moorman heads-up. Despite an epic battle Grospellier was finally able to dispatch the U.K. pro and pick the €231,000 first place prize.

Grospellier is developing somewhat of a reputation as a high roller killer with victories at the €10k and €25k high roller events at the EPT Grand Final last year and $25k PCA high roller in 2009.

Who knows what Grospellier will be able to accomplish this summer at the biggest high roller tournament ever - the WSOP $1 million buy-in Big One.

Here are the complete EPT Berlin High Roller final table payouts:

1. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier – €231,000
2. Chris “Moorman1” Moorman – €145,200
3. Marvin Rettenmaier – €85,800
4. David Peters – €62,700
5. Tobias Reinkemeier – €46,200
6. Oleh Okhotskyi – €33,000
7. Viktor “Isildur1” Blom – €29,700
8. Martin Jacobson – €26,400

Daniel Tzvetkoff
Daniel Tzvetkoff photo by Courier-Mail

2) Online Poker Informant Tzvetkoff ‘Hiding’ in NYC

Daniel Tzvetkoff is not a favorite in the poker industry.

The former payment processor not only blew the whistle on major poker sites that were open to U.S. players but allegedly stole millions from industry giants such as Full Tilt and PokerStars.

Since allegedly becoming the FBI’s star informant, Tzvetkoff hasn’t been seen in public but that changed yesterday when the Courier-Mail allegedly made the Australian in NYC.

Apparently Tzvetkoff was sight-seeing with his family in Chinatown’s Mott St.

When approached by the newspaper’s staff, Tzvetkoff first denied his identity but eventually told reporters they were going to get in trouble and hastily hailed a cab.

Since getting arrested in Las Vegas in 2010, Tzvetkoff was charged with money laundering, bank fraud and other charges. He was allegedly looking at a 75 years in prison until he supposedly turned state’s evidence.

He handed over more than 90,000 documents including emails to the prosecutors.

Tzvetkoff is also expected to be a key witness in the upcoming trials of the online poker sites' company heads.

Be sure to get the full scoop at the Courier-Mail here.

3) Jason Mercier Ballin’ Out of Control

Since winning EPT San Remo in 2009, Jason Mercier has travelled the world, made millions and become somewhat of a big shot in the poker world.

You haven’t really made it, however, until you take a helicopter ride to Monte Carlo in Monaco.

That all changed this week.

Mercier, along with Jason Somerville and Justin Bonomo, took the journey from Nice to Monte Carlo in style. He even recorded the process (questionable choice on the vertical format, but whatevs) on his iPhone.

We said it before but Team Mercier is taking over the poker world.

Check out or take a look at an epic screen shot of the trip below.

Jason Mercier Twit Vid

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