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Daily 3-Bet: Mizrachi 3peat, Dzmitry v. Jaffe, Hellmuth Smedium
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Rob Mizrachi adding a line in the family's WSOP history, two new gladiators enter the GPL Cube and Phil Hellmuth gets his sizing wrong.
1) Mizrachi Wins Third in 3 Years
Winning a World Series of Poker bracelet in three consecutive years is no small feat. In fact, according to WSOP Twitter Czar Kevmath, just 11 players have done it in the entire 47-year history of the Series.
Two of those now come from the same family as Rob Mizrachi joined the elite group yesterday with his victory in the $10k Seven-Card Stud Championship.
That last guy to do it before him? His brother Michael - aka The Grinder.
Given the expanding size of fields and depth of poker talent, just four players have managed to do it since 1994 to put the Mizrachis in even thinner air. The full list of players, c/o Kevmath:
- Bill Boyd 1971-1974
- Johnny Moss 1974-1976
- Doyle Brunson 1976-1979
- Gary 'Bones' Berland 1977-1979
- Bobby Baldwin 1977-1979
- Lakewood Louie 1978-1980
- Erik Seidel 1992-1994
- Allen Cunningham 2005-2007
- Matt Matros 2010-2012
- Michael Mizrachi 2010-2012
- Robert Mizrachi 2014-2016
If we're not mistaken Mizrachi was one of the players picked as a horse against Jason Mercier in his WSOP bracelet bets, which adds some early pressure on Mercier to get even.
Follow the live updates on WSOP.com for all the action today including the start of the $10k Heads-Up Championship.
2) Urbanovich Makes Cube Debut, Jaffe Subs in for Galfond
The results were intriguing, to say the least, and the potential matchups we'll see over the course of the summer are pretty scintillating.
We were ready for another absolute blockbuster today with Polish young gun Dzmitry Urbanovich scheduled to face legend Phil Galfond, but unfortunately Galfond had to withdraw.
In his stead will be Jonathan Jaffe, who if you're into dry wit, the occasional sight gag and great play, is also a fantastic watch.
Other players rumored to be stepping into The Cube this week include Chris Moorman and Jeff Gross. Watch it all play out live, game-show style, right here!
If you happen to be in Vegas and want to watch it live, email lasvegas (@) mediarex.com for free tickets (space is limited, though).
3) Hellmuth Still Working on Sizing
There are few things poker players have found more perplexing over the years than Phil Hellmuth's particular brand of poker "small ball" but it seems Hellmuth's unusual approach to sizing carries over to his fashion sense, too.
After sporting his trademark, odd-length leather jacket for years Hellmuth has moved into a new territory of problematic sizing with his now frequently worn Golden State Warriors jersey.
Wearing it both during the recent $300k Super High Roller Bowl and courtside as he watched the Warriors smoke the Cavs in Game 2, Hellmuth has at least begun to acknowledge he might not have the best sense of his own size, always: