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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
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.
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 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.