Daily 3-Bet: Mercier Sweats, Mercier Flames, Exposing Deals

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier: Hot and Bothered.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Jason Mercier and the rest of the poker world sweating bullets in Barcelona, Mercier likewise turning the heat up on Annie Duke and Jeffrey Pollack and Lee Jones laying out the EPT's new "deals in the open" policy.

1) Mercier Leading Heavy-Sweater Parade at EPT Barcelona

Most of Europe has been experiencing a heat wave lately and the players at EPT Barcelona are paying the price for it.

Like the inverse of the almost ice-truck level of air con in Las Vegas, the poker room at the Gran Casino is 80+ degrees and rising today, making for a fairly uncomfortable day of poker.

PokerStars pro Jason Mercier, despite his native-born Floridian upbringing, seems to be among the ones struggling the most:

Plenty of players have chimed in on the heat situation but at least one pro is using it as a chance to diversify her poker attire:

2) Mercier Flames Annie Duke and Jeffrey Pollack, Negreanu Style

It might be the heat, it might be the missing $1 million freeroll, but whatever's under Mercier’s skin today also resulted in him taking the boots to Annie Duke and Jeffrey Pollack over Twitter too.

Mercier says he's been holding his tongue on the off chance the freeroll would go on, but all bets are off now:

And somewhere across the poker room, a tiny tear of pride fell from Daniel Negreanu's eye.

3) PokerStars’ Lee Jones Explains New EPT Open-Deal Policy

A long-time tradition in poker tournaments, deal-making is usually done off the tables and off camera.

Everybody knows about it, and anyone who's ever gone deep in a tournament has likely discussed one, but for some reason it's usually considered a bit of a private affair not to be discussed much openly.

International Man of Mystery Lee Jones
Lee Jones: Knows the deal.

A new rule on the EPT is saying otherwise, though, and requires it to happen out in the open for all to see.

Why the change? PokerStars’ Head of Home Games Lee Jones explains the decision in the PokerStars blog today.

"For a long time, poker sites (including PokerStars) felt that deals should not be public.

"Many people who were new to poker didn't understand what was going on and we feared that they would be confused or even put off by the idea that the players were somehow short-circuiting the tournament.

"So deals (when they were done) were taken off into a quiet corner, a restroom, whatever. Sometimes you'd hear announcers coyly refer to "an extra-long cigarette break" or some such euphemism when it was clearly apparent to all concerned that a deal was being discussed.

"However, we've since come to the (correct, in my opinion) conclusion that transparency serves everybody best.

"If somebody in the audience wonders why the players are talking about money rather than playing poker, he or she can easily enough ask and find out. It can actually be an intriguing part of the whole experience.

Case in point: last night’s two-handed deal between JC Alvarado and Dan Smith in the 50k Super High Roller, negotiated right at the table.

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