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Daily 3-Bet: Thirst 4 PCB, Russia How RU, Don't Call Us Fish
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a Galaxy S8, a selfie stick and all the chutzpah you need to film an afternoon poker news vlog in the Bellagio poker room.
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Bill Perkins giving away more Bahamas trips, Scotty Nguyen greets Russia and Leon Tsoukernik takes one for the amateurs.
1) Perkins Has Thirst for Giving
The Christmas Spirit has a hold of Bill Perkins and won't let go.
By the sounds of it, a few of those lucky winners can't make it to Atlantis to play so Perkins is re-visiting his giveaway and handing out even more.
At 12:30 PST today Perkins is doing a "lifestyle" Q&A and giving out at least one free package to this year's PokerStars Championship Bahamas.
If you've never been to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas where it's held we can tell you this from first-hand experience: it is very, very nice. And not cheap.
With full main event buy-in, flights and hotel it's worth well over $10,000, which is nothing to sneeze at.
Jump on board the Thirst Lounge train and see if you can get lucky by subscribing to his Twitch Channel right here.
2) To Moscow with Love
If you've been following the poker scene lately you know one of the latest trends in the pro/semi-pro game is vlogging. PokerStars pro Jake Cody might be the most notable example but poker players near and far have taken to recording their exploits in live casinos and giving a real inside look at a card sharp's daily grind.
Acceptability under a casino's rules and regulations aside, another notable pro who's taken to the trend wholeheartedly is former Most Inspiring Player award winner/Moscow Wolverine Team manager Anatoly Filatov.
Filatov has been pumping out vlogs for a while now and, despite being mostly in Russian, are still a very fun watch.
His latest efforts center around his recent trip to Vegas for the GPL Finals and WPT 5 Diamond and we can't get enough - particularly episode #54 with a special Christmas message from the legend Scotty Nguyen. Merry Christmas, baby! Check a couple out below and the full run on Gosu PokerTV.
3) Tsoukernik to Semi-Pros: "Don't Call Us Fish"
As the owner of the most popular poker room in Europe, the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Leon Tsoukernik spends his fair share of time around poker players of all stripes.
He's also spent his time and money battling some of the game's best in some very high-stakes cash games, both on camera and off.
While his game isn't quite as tight as, say, Fedor Holz, he's still got more than his fair share of moves. And the steely resolve to pull them off in tough situations.
Tsoukernik found himself in one of those spots today at the final table of the EPT Prague 50k Super High Roller. He was the chip leader coming in but aces like Charlie Carrel and Juha Helppi were waiting to take his chips away and claim another major title for the pros.
It didn't happen. Tsoukernik fought them off, one by one. He put pressure on in the right spots, didn't flinch in the face of an epic Carrel talk & staredown and won one of the last EPT titles left. And the amiable casino boss, who had pal Philip Gruissem on his rail in support, had a message for pros in his post-win interview:
"They should respect us when we play. And don't call us fish"
It was a cool moment and a cool match - that is if you don't mind the odd 9-minute tank here and there. Watch the full replay below: