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Today in the 3-Bet we find Dan “KingDan” Smith maintaining his reign over the Global Poker Index rankings, recent Sunday Million winner SexyLady409 getting in deep with her new bankroll and the 90 billionth hand on PokerStars paying out for several lucky players.
1) Dan Smith Keeps Stranglehold on GPI Rankings, POY
When poker pro Dan Smith had the foresight to nickname himself "KingDan" online, not even he likely expected it to be this apt.
Smith has had an unparelleled 2012 in tournament poker. His huge wins are almost too many to count and include no less than two 7-figure scores and $3.6 million in earnings.
Oh - and he won the Sunday Million online in October for MORE than first-place money.
Most frequent Dan Smith photo taken in 2012.
Naturally, Smith's epic year is paying off. As his wins slotted into the Global Poker Index's ranking system, Smith jumped up to 1st overall in the weekly rankings in early Nov. and has stayed there since.
This week he maintained his 150-point lead over #2 Jason Mercier along with his 125-point lead over Marvin Rettenmaier in the Player of the Year race (which he's held for a while).
The top 10 below; find the full Top 300 and POY standings here.
- 1 Dan Smith 3,041.92
- 2 Jason Mercier 2,891.05
- 3 Marvin Rettenmaier 2,709.42
- 4 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier 2,677.55
- 5 Philipp Gruissem 2,515.2
- 6 Andrew Lichtenberger 2,450.24
- 7 Mike Watson 2,445.48
- 8 Steve O'Dwyer 2,431.90
- 9 Phil Hellmuth 2,421.95
- 10 David "Doc" Sands 2,409.74
2) Sunday Million Winner SexyLady409 Goes On High-Stakes Bender
Even Ignat foiled - for now. (Photo: PokerStars blog)
We’ve seen this happen before with amateur Sunday Million winners (we’re looking at you, Russia), and let’s just say it rarely works out.
22 year old Diane Cahill from Ireland had an epic run on Nov. 18 to chop the PokerStars Sunday Million four-handed and scoop the extra $20k for the title.
She took home over $132k and, according to her interview with the PokerStars blog, “never thought for one minute I could have won it.”
Her thinking about her skill level seems to have changed over the last week as yesterday she was spotted trying to run up a $10k buy-in at the $50/$100 tables. She even hit up some $1k hyper turbos.
A massive lineup to get in the game naturally ensued and heavy hitters such as Ignat "0human0” Liviu even got to take a crack at her.
In the short term, she seems to have survived – she won 26/45 hyper turbos and actually cleared about $20k at $50/$100 before quitting.
Still, we know where this will end up - back at the micros. Read more about her Sunday Million win here and more on her bender here.
3) Six Players Split Up $230k in 90 Billionth Hand
Let that sink in for a bit. 90 billion poker hands.
An amazing accomplishment, although just a blip on the road for industry leviathan PokerStars as it treks its way to 100 Billion Hands and beyond.
Still, it worked out pretty well for six lucky players at a $1/$2 table yesterday who happened to be in the right spot to hit hand 90 billion.
Thanks to Stars' ongoing Milestone Hands promotion just under $230k was split between the players. m1sspiggy, who won the hand, scooped $66,380 while everyone else scored between $14k and $48k.
Mbn. The results for Milestone Hand: #90000000000
- m1sspiggy -- $66,380.00
- Balázska87 -- $36,370.00
- carambaWOW -- $14,770.00
- guss23778 --$48,130.00
- Kud3 -- $32,190.00
- SHUR43 --$31,790.00
Catch you at SexyLady's table, m1sspiggy.