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Daily 3-Bet: Piqué Peaks, WPT Gets GACKT, PokerStars Candid
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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Gerard Piqué making a huge score, the WPT getting some attention from a Japanese pop star and some candid PokerStars photos.
1) Gerard Piqué Wins €129,350
Quick, name the world-famous footballer that’s made the most money playing PokerStars tournaments.
Instead it’s an athlete that’s never even had a major sponsorship deal with PokerStars. We’re talking about Spanish centre-back Gerard Piqué.
Piqué added to his growing legend in the poker world this weekend by taking fifth in the massive €25,500 Super High Roller at PSC Barcelona for €129,350.
It was Piqué’s biggest score on the poker circuit but certainly not his only one.
Piqué has cashed in numerous Barcelona events over the years including a third-place finish in a €2k side event last year and another third back in 2011 in a €5k side event, also at EPT Barcelona.
In total Piqué is up to just over $275k in lifetime live tournament earnings and seems like the most natural target for a PokerStars deal once he hangs up his boots.
2) Japanese Pop Star GACKT Debuts on WPT
Japanese pop superstar and actor GACKT took part in WPT’s $1 Billion celebration and then played in Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino in LA this weekend.
While GACKT is not exactly a household name in North America he’s renowned for his music career in Japan and a huge poker fan to boot.
GACKT has already cashed in a few events as well including the WSOP’s $1,111 Little for One Drop and, more impressively, finished fourth in one of Aria’s $25,000 Super High Roller events for a tidy $75,600.
GAKT picked up the game during a music tour in Europe and sounds like a huge proponent of the game, according to an interview with the WPT:
“I had a lot of fun and realized how fun poker is. In Japan, it’s kind of sensitive because playing poker sounds like gambling. I didn’t say anything at first, but the times are always changing and I decided to be someone who could tell people to join poker and that it’s not just gambling. It’s a game of strategy. When I play poker it makes me strategize my every move and try to think ahead of my opponents.”
That’s a man after our own heart. GACKT’s WPT debut is particularly noteworthy because the WPT actually has an event scheduled to take place in Tokyo this year from Nov. 23-26, 2017. The only prizes will be buy-ins to other WPT events, but it’s a start.
3) PokerStars Instagram Gets Personal
Sometimes it’s hard to get beyond the corporate culture that invades the various social media accounts in the poker world but we’ve been digging what PokerStars’ Instagram has been doing lately.
Over the last week ‘Stars has been posting some excellent photos of Team PokerStars Pro away from the tables. It’s a cool campaign and worth checking out over on their Instagram account.