Daily 3-Bet: Phil Flops, Trickett Doc Drops, Boycott Balk

Phil Hellmuth
Hellmuth: Needs to rethink his entrance scheme. And his grammar.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find one of the world's greatest tournament players staking claim to the world's worst tournament entrance, Sam Trickett's High Stakes documentary finally hitting the air and the Dalla-driven boycott of the Venetian off to a less-than-boycott-y start.

1) Hellmuth Jumps the Entrance Shark, Whiffs on Wheres

So, Phil Hellmuth's signature entrances at the World Series of Poker have been many and varied over the years (Army General, Caesar among the more inspired), but as ostentatious as they've been they have had some charm to them.

He is the greatest WSOP figure of all-time, after all, and the WSOP stage is worthy of some over-the-top pomp and circumstance every now and then, isn't it?

That said it might be time to for Phil to give up the entrance ghost for good after his perplexing effort at WPT Venice (which aired on Sunday on FSN).

Arriving in a gondola in a gothic mask and cape, it was all just a little too, well, much. Even Phil still seems perplexed about what Venetians do and what exactly he was "whereing."

It didn't help him get past Day 1 either. Check his entrance below.


2) Sam Trickett's High Stakes Doc Drops

We mentioned the trailer for this when it was released last month and got pretty stoked on it.

Looks like our enthusiasm was well founded as the full High Stakes documentary, tracing Sam Trickett's rise up through the poker ranks and $10m payday in last year's $1m for One Drop, is up now and it looks solid.

There's also nothing we enjoy hearing more than someone call Trickett a former plumber. Here's the trailer again below; watch the full doc here.


3) Venetian Boycott Day 1: More Flops, Less Walks

Steve Dannenmann
Dannenmann: Not big on boycott.

So... last week we mentioned the proposed Venetian boycott spearheaded by Nolan Dalla and "Day 1" of the five-day walkout is now officially in the books.

Only problem? Not so many people are letting their feet do the talking, as according to Vegas INC the tables at the Venetian were still pretty stuffed with poker players yesterday.

Solidarity is strong among pros online, and a few notable stars have backed Dalla up, but the overall impact seems to be negligible so far.

Not one to be discouraged Dalla told Vegas INC: "“Frankly, I don’t think there is a metric to measure how effective the boycott will be.

"This was about awareness, and to that end, we have been successful.”

At least one well known "poker name" has taken issue with Dalla's boycott as 2005 WSOP runner-up Steve Dannenman laid into the boycott on Facebook this morning.

We'll keep you posted as the week progresses and, we hope, hear from Dalla more.

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