Daily 3-Bet: Retiree Rocks UKIPT Nottingham, New PPA Drive, Full Tilt Alive

Full Tilt operational

The PokerListings 3-Bet is a daring three-part voyage through the stormy mid-afternoon poker news ocean.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Robert Baguley taking down the massive Nottingham stop on the UKIPT, the PPA encouraging its players to never fold and some very odd signs of life on the Full Tilt Poker website.

Signs of Activity on Full Tilt Poker Website

The Full Tilt Poker website briefly showed players online today and whipped poker fans into a frenzy.

First reported by TwoPlusTwo user Paracatu, the website system status briefly went green and showed 411 players online.

It blinked out for a period of time but reappeared later and as of 2 p.m. PST was still showing 411 players online across 14,451 tables with four tournaments running. The number is static and is not changed since it first popped up.

Within a couple hours the thread had over 10,000 views as community members chimed in giving their thoughts as to whether the company was possibly testing it’s software in preparation for a re-launch.

There was no official statement from Full Tilt but rumors that the Bernard Tapie deal has gone through continue to swirl.

Maybe the French investor just wanted to take the software out for a spin before committing hundreds of millions.

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Robert Baguley, courtesy PokerStars

Retiree Wins Massive UKIPT Nottingham

Robert Baguley beat Iqbal Ahmed to win £200,400 – the biggest first place prize in UKIPT history – earlier today at the Dusk till Dawn poker club in Nottingham.

The 60-year-old Bagulay is a retired landlord from Leicestershire who plays regularly at Dusk Till Dawn. He qualified for UKIPT Nottingham for just £100.

Baguley entered the final table last in chips but put in a masterful performance and eventually pulled off an astounding upset by beating Ahmad heads-up. Ahmad had been chip leader since Day 2 and was the clear favorite heading into the final table.

Desite having to settle for second place, Ahmad still picked up £125,000, which surpassed Gareth Walker’s first place prize money from last year.

PokerStars UKIPT Nottingham exceeded expectations by drawing an astounding 1,625 players to create a prize pool of over £1.1 million.

Incredibly it was the biggest live field ever at a PokerStars sponsored event.

Baguley usually plays tournaments up to a maximum of £20 so winning the massive was unexpected, to say the least.

“I can’t even think at the moment, I’m fuzzy headed,” he said after winning.

Pretty sure the £200k will clear up his head in short order.

Black Friday PPA Never Fold

PPA Goes on Offensive on Black Friday Anniversary

It’s been one year since online poker’s Black Friday and the Poker Player’s Alliance is once again rallying poker players across the United States.

The Alliance announced a new campaign today that implored players to “Never Fold.” In addition this message was posted on the PPA’s website.

“One year ago, U.S. government action resulted in the shutdown of major U.S.-facing poker websites. To mark the anniversary of this day and to send the message to our elected representatives that we demand action on legislation to license online poker, let’s all tell Congress that the poker players and enthusiasts of this great nation will never fold in the fight for the right to play America’s favorite card game!”

The PPA detailed a new three-step plan that includes contacting congress, Black Friday paraphernalia and a Never Fold fundraising effort.

You can download a high-resolution Black Friday wallpaper from the site in addition to avatar and profile pictures.

You can check out the new campaign for yourself by going to the PPA website.

If only we’d known that wallpapers could fix Black Friday 12 months ago we could have avoided this whole situation in the first place.

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