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Daily 3-Bet: Russia/Ukraine Peace, Gold Biking, Chan 2-0 in MMA
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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at another Global Poker League wild card selection, a resurgent Jamie Gold and Terrence Chan’s dominant MMA performance in Manila.
1) Filatov Taps Yaroshevsky for GPL
Who says poker doesn’t bring people together?
Anatoly Filatov, manager for the Moscow Wolverines, picked Ukrainian Igor Yaroshevsky to represent the team.
Yaroshevsky might not be quite as well known to North American audience but he has $1.6 million in lifetime live tournament earnings.
The Ukrainian has also been a beast on the Global Poker rankings and at one point last year managed to play his way into the top 30.
Of course yesterday Fabrice Soulier selected French high-stakes master Alex Luneau as his wild card pick. So that’s two down and 10 more selections to go.
Unsurprisingly Filatov picked himself as the second wild card selection. At this point can we just make it official all the team managers are going to play?
Also now added: Sam Trickett to the London Royals and Todd Brunson to the Rome Emperors:
2) Jamie Gold Leads Star-Studded WSOPC at the Bike
It’s not often we use the words “star-studded” and “WSOPC” together but the recent event at the Bicycle Casino certainly warrants it.
Former world champ Jamie Gold currently holds the chip lead with 12 players remaining including Antonio Esfandiari, Ray Henson, Bruce Buffer and Bryn Kenney.
The $1,675 buy-in tournament attracted 756 entries for a prize pool of $1.1 million. First place is set at $226k.
Actor James Woods gave even more Hollywood credibility to the event by coming in 30th place.
The tournament will resume at 1 p.m. today and you can actually follow along via the official WSOP live updates.
Here’s a complete look at the chip counts heading into play today:
- 1 – Jamie Gold – 2,875,000
- 2 – Ludovic Geilich – 2,175,000
- 3 – Alexander Greenblatt – 1,780,000
- 4 – Jack Duong – 1,455,000
- 5 – Blaise Hom – 1,290,000
- 6 – Antonio Esfandiari – 1,235,000
- 7 – Hector Contreras – 1,155,000
- 8 – Barry Woods – 940,000
- 9 – Ray Henson – 870,000
- 10 – Ken Coplon – 500,000
- 11 – Bruce Buffer – 455,000
- 12 – Bryn Kenney – 395,000
3) Terrence Chan Wins “Thrilla in Manila”
Poker pro/MMA fighter Terrence Chan had his own “Thrilla in Manila” last week and we’ve finally got some photos and video from the event.
In case you didn’t hear already Chan successfully defeated opponent Joco Mabute with a submission very early in the match.
Chan is now 2-0 in professional MMA and still eyeing that big fight. Technically he’s had six fights in total but four were amateur bouts.
The former PokerStars employee broke down the fight and his experiences in Manila in an elegant blog here.
We know first-hand that Chan’s training regiment is no joke. He was of course the focal point of an Easy Game video documentary we produced in 2013.
In the meantime here are some photos and video from Chan’s successful bout.