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Today in the 3-Bet we find the man behind the PlayinWasted account that won $1.5m in the WCOOP Main Event revealed, an insane diamond-encrusted poker chip worth almost half a million dollars and we start a new Friday feature called "Poker Rap Battle."
1) PlayinWasted is 22-Year-Old Student from Cologne
Win the most important online poker tournament of the year and it's inevitable people will find out who you are - regardless of how much you want to remain anonymous.
When German players finished 1-2-3 in the recent WCOOP Main Event and carved up $4m between them, people were extra curious.
One of them, Daniel "Allanon85" Drescher, was known. Now the second - winner PlayinWasted - has been found too. According to Italian poker site AssoPoker the mystery man is David Kaufmann, a 22-year-old who lives just outside Cologne.
That jives with an anonymous interview PlayinWasted did with PokerStars in which he revealed he is a student near Cologne studying psychology. He also says:
- He definitely considers himself a recreational player
- He's never read a poker book or watched a training video and doesn't use a HUD
- He busted Isildur1 in a big cooler early in the tournament
- He had 29% of his action with 71% going to friends/backers
More great details on how he became a WCOOP main event champ in the interview here.
2) The World's Most Valuable Poker Chip
If you were sitting around this morning thinking "I wonder what the world's most valuable poker chip is," have we got good news for you.
The Guinness World Records organization has found it! And it's made of pink gold!
According to a post on Canadian Jewish News this morning the chip was made by jeweler Gerald Lewy as the centerpiece of a collection of "glitzy jewelry and tchatchkes" and has been appraised at $450,000.
It's "retail value" is less than that, Lewy says, at around $275,000, but the appraisal value is enough to get it top honors in Guinness' eyes. According to the article it's made of:
"22-karat pink gold, framed by 5.13 carats of pink diamonds, with a rim consisting of 17 one-carat diamonds, bearing on one side a diamond-encrusted lucky seven and, on the other, a lucky eight made of 62 small round diamonds. The numbers alone weigh in at 2.5 carats."
Lewy says it took him 2.5 years to make and he was inspired after he saw a poker chip at a trade show and thought it had "no flair."
3) Poker Rap Battle: "In the Main Event" vs. "Stack 'em to the Top"
Poker raps give us a special kind of joy that's hard to describe. Is it the rhyming of stacks and jacks? Opponents and avoidance? The seriousness of poker rap's proponents?
Whatever it is, we can't get enough of it. And, thankfully, we just keep getting more of it.
If you caught the latest episode of the WSOP Main Event on ESPN this week you were treated to another gem from Brett Richey, which we believe was called "10-2 Mang."
it's a delight. It also got us thinking about the history of poker rap and inspired a new Friday 3-Bet segment called poker rap battle.
Two of poker rap's finest, head-to-head. For Week 1 we've picked a previous cut from Richey vs. poker rap progenitor Prahlad Friedman's lesser-known "In the Main Event."
Can it top Richey's iconic "Ben Lamb going ham on a man" masterpiece? Let us know (and add in any suggestions for future battles) in the comments.