Daily 3-Bet: Poker Bribes, Ole Ole Ole, Final Final Table

Russell Thomas
Inside the hero call with Russell Thomas.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find the age-old, poker-game bribe alive and well in China, Ole Schemion making a great year even greater with another huge win and the final episode of Russell Thomas’ Final Table documentary breaking down his amazing call against Steve Gee.

1) Professional Poker Loser an Actual Job in China

Poker player
Just make it look real, kid.
 

Are you very successful at losing at poker but also capable of making it look like it's #justbadluck?

There may be some work for you in China.

Finding a new angle on the money-dump to grease the wheels of the political machine, a property developer in China has not only found a way to use poker to do it but even outsourced the gig to a professional so he doesn't have to destroy his liver.

For the Financial Times, Jamil Anderlini writes:

"In fact, things had become so bad for the property developer that he had come up with an ingenious way to outsource his bribery. He now organises private high-stakes poker games with well-connected officials but hires a professional player to represent him.

"He allows the officials to play on credit, shows up to drink a few toasts and play a few rounds, tells his representative poker pro who to lose big to and then goes home to bed in the interest of preserving his liver and his sanity."

Read the full post here.

2) Ole "wizowizo" Schemion Wins Masters Classic for $365k

Yeah - pretty nice year for online wunderkind Ole "wizowizo" Schemion so far.

oleschemion
Nice year, wizowizo.
 

Besides being a general all-around crusher online, Schemion got things off to a good start in 2012 with a fifth-place finish in the SCOOP Main Event in May for $280k.

He followed that up by smashing the live Partouche Main Event final for $1.5 million and that prestigous (if now obsolete) title.

He capped his year off with a little "bonus" over the weekend as he won the 2012 Masters Classic of Poker in Amsterdam for $365k.

Yep. That's a good year. Schemion knocked off pros Pieter De Korver and Bryn Kenney, among others, at the final table for the win. More on Schemion's latest title here.

3) Breaking Down a Great Call: Last Ep. of Final Table Doc Up

We've enjoyed every episode of Russell Thomas' and Jason Somerville's Final Table documentary but the last episode - posted earlier today - could be our favorite.

Wrapping up an amazing 104 days of training, planning for and playing the WSOP Main Event final table, the final 11 minutes is truly as good a behind-the-scenes look at the final table through one player's eyes as you're gonna get.

If you've ever wanted to know what it feels like to make the best call of your life under the incredible pressure of the Main Event final table, this is for you.

Spoiler alert: It feels pretty good.


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sam crow 2012-11-12 18:31:48

"In fact, things had become so bad for the property developer that he had come up with an ingenious way to outsource his bribery. He now organises private high-stakes poker games with well-connected officials but hires a professional player to represent him.

"He allows the officials to play on credit, shows up to drink a few toasts and play a few rounds, tells his representative poker pro who to lose big to and then goes home to bed in the interest of preserving his liver and his sanity."

Communism in action

james 2012-11-12 17:45:43

thank god that guy didn't win boring as shit

Scott Hatterberg 2012-11-12 16:43:19

Jason Somerville seriously needs to go in a new direction with his hat choices.

Layne Flack 2012-11-12 16:41:26

Can anyone spot me a ticket to China?

Grant 2012-11-12 16:40:48

sick call

Hank 2012-11-12 16:31:58

That was a tremendous call at that stage of the final. Gee's story definitely didn't add up but you still have to have some serious trust in your game to make it. Well played Russell. That was one of the final table highlights absolutely.