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Daily 3-Bet: Secret N9 Coach, $3bn Spin & Gos, Dwanspotting
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Today in the 3-Bet we find November 9er Joe McKeehen enlisting secret help, PokerStars' Spin & Gos celebrate a $3bn anniversary and Tom Dwan surfaces right where you'd expect.
1) McKeehen: "Not a Big Moment"
For most people a seat - and the overwhelming chip lead - in the WSOP Main Event November Nine would be heart-attack inducing.
For Joe McKeehen, who actually still lives at home with his parents in North Wales, Pa., it's "just another poker tournament."
The 24-year-old former Risk world champ is about to rocket back into the poker spotlight with the final episodes of the ME airing on ESPN and the return of the Nov. 9 to play things out Nov. 8-10.
With $7.8m on the line for first and a third of the chips at the table there would seem to be some built-on pressure for him. According to McKeehen, who spoke to Philly.com, it's not stressing him too much:
"I'm very confident," he said. "It's just another poker tournament to me. It's not like it's a big moment.
"It will depend if I play well, if I get lucky - all that stuff. I can't say I'm going to get top three for sure. That would be silly."
Which, uh, cool. We're more nervous than that just thinking about it. Although we'll see if his cool gets kept out when the lights come up at the Penn and Teller Theater.
Despite the confidence McKeehen's not leaving it all up to chance, either, as he revealed he's enlisted a coach - "one of Las Vegas' top strategists" Philly.com says - who prefers to remain nameless.
2) 1 Year of Spin & Gos = $3 Billion
Want a couple of astounding numbers to mull over?
PokerStars cranked out its first-ever Spin & Go just one year ago. 1 year! Given how ingrained they've become in the poker economy it's hard to believe they haven't been around longer.
In that year they've also managed to pay out $3 billion to players large and small. $3 billion - with a B. That's bigger than the GDP of roughly 30 countries in the world.
We've done our own statistical deep dive into their potential profitability (Spoiler alert: They can be) but it's clear they've been pretty +EV for at least one entity - Amaya's balance sheet.
So much so they're even rolling them out live at EPT Malta this week, too.
During the one-year anniversary celebration there are a bunch of special promos going on along with the return of the $1m Spin & Gos, which have made for a few life-changing moments already. More info in our PokerStars review.
3) Out with Macau, In with Manila
It's become pretty clear over the past year that the biggest live poker games in the world have moved for good from Macau to Manila.
And if there was ever a legit sign it's true, it's a pic of Tom Dwan in the midst of the action.
There's been plenty of mystery surrounding young durrrr's whereabouts/bankroll stability over the past little while but, as it turns out, he's still right where we should have expected him to be:
Hey, Tom! Please come back and play on TV for us soon. The people need you.