Daily 3-Bet: Pons' $3k Win, Poker Central Expands, NAPT Redux?

Chris Moneymaker
PokerStars' live tournaments return to US.

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at N9er Fernando Pons getting some great practice, Poker Central adding some big-name pros and PokerStars returning to the USA for its first live tournament in years.

1) Fernando Pons Wins €50 Turbo

What do you do after locking up $1m, a spot in the 2016 November Nine and a shot at winning $8m? Start grinding €50 turbos online of course!

Fernando Pons IMG 9302
Already a winner.

That’s what Spaniard Fernando Pons got up to this week.

In fact Pons, who plays online as nandito1312, outlasted all 336 entries in the SuperJueves Bigstack Turbo €50 on PokerStars.es to win €2,947.

The 888poker qualifier is taking an active approach to the November Nine hiatus and is heading to Bilboa today to play the 888Live event.

Pons of course has his work cut out for him at the Main Event final table as he’s the shortest stack with 6.1 million, which is roughly 12 big blinds.

Probably a good time to start grinding those nine-player Sit & Go’s 24/7.

2) Poker Central Adds Ho, Rast, Marchese

The Poker Central family got a lot bigger this week.

2016 WSOP Maria Ho2
Maria Ho

The burgeoning poker TV network added poker pros Maria Ho, Brian Rast and Tom Marchese as official ambassadors. They’ll join Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari carrying the Poker Central badge.

Rast is an obvious choice for an ambassador role as he won the inaugural $500k Super High Roller Bowl for $7.5m in 2015.

Ho is one of the most well-known pros in the game and even hosts PokerListings’ €550 Battle of Malta tournament.

Finally Marchese’s success in the game is the stuff of legend with over $13m in earnings.

Lately the Aria $25k Super High Roller events have been Marchese’s own personal piggy bank. He also showed his humorous side during his matches on the Global Poker League.

3) PokerStars Live in USA

Did we hear that right? A PokerStars live tournament is going to take place in the USA? That’s correct, according to Chris Moneymaker:

Details are scarce as of yet but Moneymaker said it will be in New Jersey, which makes sense considering PokerStars operates a NJ-facing site.

You have to go back all the way to early 2011 for the now defunct North American Poker Tour to find the last ‘Stars event that was held on US soil.

Perhaps if things go well, Vanessa Selbst will finally have a shot at winning a third 'NAPT' title.

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