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Daily 3-Bet: Monster Yoon, Battling Mercier, Alive w/ Poker
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Brian Yoon showing he's a real poker monster, Jason Mercier fights on and the WSOP is alive with great poker stories.
1) Yoon Goes 3x, Wins $1m
27-year-old Californian Brian Yoon isn't necessarily the first name you think of when you start bandying about multiple WSOP bracelet winners.
It's about time he entered the conversation, though.
Yoon steamrolled to his third career WSOP bracelet yesterday and a monstrous $1,094,349 payout in the 2017 WSOP Monster Stack event.
He knocked out the final 4 players to seal the deal, too, and give himself yet another win over a massive tournament field.
Yoon's previous two bracelet wins? The $1,111 Little One for One Drop in 2013 for $663,727 and the $5k NL 8-Handed event in 2014 for $633,341.
That's over $2.4m in WSOP earnings alone (of $4.2m total live).
Without, you know, beating the monster metaphor to death ... that's a 'monster' of a poker resume. Congrats to him. Enjoy that moniez!
2) Mercier in Final 23 of $1,500 NL
It's safe to say, after last year's 2-bracelet, 11-cash, POY winning WSOP, Jason Mercier was going to have a tough time matching it in 2017. So far, that's been the case.
While Mercier has 5 cashes (and one FT) for about $100k total - a massively successful summer for 98% of the poker world - it likely hasn't quite measured up to the high expectations he puts on himself every summer.
Mercier is the epitome of a grinder, though, and equally likely to put three final tables in the bag this week. And that hot streak could start today as he's in the final 23 to start Day 3 of Event #52, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.
With 457k in chips Mercier's is 9th heading in but a couple of nice pots early and he could seize control. The fact he's even in a $1,500 is proof Mercier is in grind mode and willing to do the work for bracelet #6.
Will it happen today? Tune in to the final table live stream on the PokerGO app to find out.
3) Indestructible Grumpa
Nine strokes. 11 heart attacks. 2 amputations.
We've heard some incredible poker stories over the course of our 12 years at the World Series of Poker but every year we're still surprised by how many more are out there to find.
While we met our own, battle-hardened survivor with a lifelong relationship with poker, ESPN's Bernard Lee told the story of 69-year old poker player Warren "Grumpa" Griffith.
We won't give away all the twists and turns (although the intro above speaks to a few of them) but suffice to say it's an amazing story and a life intertwined with poker in ways most of us can't imagine.
What's the most amazing story you've heard at the World Series of Poker? Let us know in the comments below!