Daily 3-Bet: Premier Sizzle, Antonio Goes Street, Putt Putt Perfection

Antonio Esfandiari
He's known as the Magician for a reason

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a clear line, a dirt-free ball and the truest of putts through the afternoon poker news windmill.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find the fantastic-looking Party Poker Premier League 7 ready to air, Antonio Esfandiari getting back to his street (magic) roots and a mini Putt Putt documentary brings tears to our eyes.

1) Premier League 7 Looks Fun

If you don't know who won the already filmed Party Poker Premier League 7, we won't ruin it for you here.

But even if you know who wins, this sizzle reel should draw you in for a look tonight in the UK (it airs on SkySports 3 at 11 pm).

Simply put, it looks like what televised poker should be. Engaging. Spirited. High quality. Unpredictable. And with a bit of rancor among tablemates.

Truth be told we've always been a bit confused by the Premier League scoring system but it looks like it was simplified a bit this time for us less-than-Nate Silvers out there.

Lineup rundown: PokerListings favs Jason Koon, Dan "Jungleman12" Cates, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Vanessa Selbst, Jonathan Duhamel and Dan Shak along with intriguing newcomers Dan Colman, Jeff Gross and Brian Rast.

Vets Scott Seiver and Sorel Mizzi round things out. Check the sizzle below:


2) OMG OMG OMG. Antonio Esfandiari Doing Street Magic!

Speaking of enticing sizzle reels ... how about Antonio Esfandiari doing street magic!

Why we're so completely thrilled to watch this when it comes out tomorrow we're not entirely sure. Maybe it's that all this time we've known his as "The Magician" but never seen him actually dabble in the black arts.

It's like a full Vegas circle of life completed of something. Check the Vine vid via the tweet below:

3) Putt Putt Perfection Doc is Putt Putt Perfect

Anyone else on the East Coast grow up watching the Professional Putt Putt tour on Saturday afternoons?

As a 10-year-old who dabbled in a bit of adventure mini-putt (mostly two-week family summer binges in Myrtle Beach) it was basically the equivalent to the early days of the WSOP on ESPN.

Grainy. Slightly mysterious. And full of slightly odd middle-aged white guys. But so utterly captivating you couldn't possibly look away.

As purveyors of the mini-documentary form ourselves we couldn't resist this phenomenal piece of work by illustrator Mickey Duzyj and the team at VictoryJournal.com.

The story: IT manager Rick Baird's legendary round of perfect putt-putt golf, only the third score of 18 in the Professional Putters Association's 50-year history of putt-putt tournament competition.

Watch, and try not to tear up a little yourself:


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