Daily 3-Bet: SirWatts King, BOOM Go, BG Emergency

Barry Greenstein
BarryG: Sounds the OFC alarm.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find poker pro Mike "SirWatts" Watson taking over the GPI POY throne, Jay Rosenkrantz sharing the release details for the highly anticipated BOOM online poker documentary and Barry Greenstein making an emergency blog post about cheating on the open-face chinese poker app.

1) Mike "SirWatts" Watson Takes GPI POY Lead

The latest Global Poker Index update is out and there's a new name at the top of the POY rankings - Canadian Mike "SirWatts" Watson.

Michael Watson
SirWatts: Off to good start.

After a very successful 2012 that Watson himself said would be hard to top, he's started 2013 off with a win and two third-place finishes already to overtake Dan Shak at the top of the POY list.

A legendary online crusher, Watson has turned himself into a live terror over the last few years and now has over $6m in career cashes.

Also making huge jumps up the POY chart this week were Bryn Kenney and Tim Reilly. The current top 10 on the GPI POY:

  • 1. (+10) Michael Watson 342.97
  • 2. (+2) Vladimir Troyanovskiy 324.44
  • 3. (+17) Bryn Kenney 301.95
  • 4. (+3) Ole Schemion 290.11
  • 5. (-4) Daniel Shak 284.75
  • 6. (+103) Tim Reilly 282.53
  • 7. (-5) Igor Kurganov 280.74
  • 8. (+10) Michael Mizrachi 275.10
  • 9. (+15) Micah Raskin 265.61
  • 10. (-7) Michael Telker 256.47

Check the full top 100 on the POY list or the current top 300 list here.

2) BOOM Documentary Out By This Summer

Despite a rejection from the SXSW festival, producer Jay RosenKrantz says the much-anticipated BOOM: The Incredible True Story of Online Poker documentary is on the verge of release anyway.

The approach will depend on whether it makes the cut at two other film fests, but the movie itself will be "picture locked" by March 1 and out before the end of the summer someway, somehow:

"We'll be going live with a new trailer and the ability to digitally pre-order the film, as well as join our mailing list. The important thing to note here is that regardless of our film festival results, we will be distributing the movie online, globally, in a wide variety of standard digital formats, so you can buy the film directly from us and watch it wherever and however you want to.

"We will be rolling this out no matter what happens, so the only thing in question now is a timeline (which depends on the festival results and distribution deals we could be offered). At the latest we hope to be available in wide release by this summer."

Count us among the poker fans really looking forward to it. Read more about the release plan(s) here; watch the old trailer below:

3) Greenstein Finds Major Holes in OFC App

Barry Greenstein
BarryG: Knows when things aren't right.

Caught up in the new Open-Face Chinese Poker craze?

If you are, and have played against anyone for money on the mobile app, you might have been getting fleeced says poker icon Barry Greenstein.

In an emergency blog post Greenstein put up this morning, Barry shares a few questionable sessions he's had on the app and a quick investigation he did that definitely showed the door was open for non-fair play.

He also says the signs he thought something was amiss as he was losing are a good general rule to apply to all gambling situations:

"...if you go somewhere and you lose and you don't understand why you're losing -- especially if you seem to be losing in ways that don't seem right to you -- you have to quit.

"If there's one game where you think the players are better than you but you do okay, go and play in that one even if there might be another game where the players seem really bad, but you don't win."

Check the full post here.

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