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Today in the 3-Bet we find Dan Smith inspiring awe across the poker community, Johnny Chan inspiring disdain and in anticipation of the impending WSOP Main Event final table we revisit a hand that probably haunts Joe Cheong.
1) Smith Blows Minds with Sunday Million Win, Extra $8k
Dan “KingDan” Smith has had an awe-inspiring year.
With $3.6 million in live tournament earnings including super high roller wins in Barcelona and Australia plus three side-event titles at the EPT Grand Final and five cashes at the WSOP, Smith’s year has been mind-blowing already.
Then last night he beat 7,000+ players to win the PokerStars Sunday Million for over $219k.
Even more incredible, thanks to some sort of insane chop mojo, he took home $8k more than the original first-place prize money.
Smith’s peers were a bit awestruck, to say the least. Even Smith seemed a bit impressed with himself – and who, really, can blame him?
Binkkkkkk, just beat out over 7000 entrants and won the Sunday Million on @pokerstars !! Chopped 5 handed, got 8k more than first place :P— Dan Smith (@dansmithholla) October 22, 2012
@dansmithholla ok i believe you won another huge poker tournament, but more than 1st place money? SERIOUSLY? congrats...— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) October 22, 2012
And @dansmithholla puts a cap on what is unquestionably the greatest year in MTT history. Chops for more than 1st while still 5handed.— Scott Seiver (@scott_seiver) October 22, 2012
Winning more then first place money in the Sunday Million has to unlock some sort of achievement @dansmithholla— Peter Jetten (@PeterJetten) October 22, 2012
2) Johnny Chan Pimps Questionable Poker Reality Show
Roughly 18 seconds into the “sizzle reel” for a new poker reality show called Full House with Johnny Chan, Chan walks slowly down the steps of his Vegas mansion and awkwardly says to the camera:
“Hi, I’m Johnny Chan. I am the most famous poker player in the world. I won 10 World Serie(s) Poker bracelet(s). (Spreads his arms) Welcome to my mansion!”
And that might be the last enjoyable moment in this 6:22 train wreck of a poker vehicle.
The premise seems to be Chan has five poker pros live at his mansion in Vegas. He stakes them each with $200k. If the player goes broke, he or she is gone and a new pro comes in.
Somehow, Doyle Brunson is involved but we’re not sure how as the sizzle reel never makes it clear.
Full clip below; you've been warned.
3) Fillippo Candio Goes Runner-Runner, Flails Around Wildly
Speaking of televised poker horrors, with the WSOP Main Event final table coming up this weekend we were reminded of this painful flashback from the 2010 WSOP Main Event.
We love Jonathan Duhamel and he’s truly been a great poker ambassador, but if Joe Cheong holds here and hits 40 million in chips, we’re pretty confident he would have been the champ.
Either way we're pretty sure this Fillippo Candio chicken dance lingered in Cheong's mind for awhile.
Note to Johnny Chan and schlocky TV producers: The WSOP Main Event is still (and always will be) the greatest poker reality show.