Daily 3-Bet: Trickett Rampage, Sylvia Suckout, Sbrugby Runs Sahara

Jesse Sylvia
October Nine chip leader Jesse Sylvia.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Sam Trickett still on a money-making rampage, Jesse Sylvia finding his destiny at the WSOP Main Event and Brian "Sbrugby" Townsend taking on one of the world's toughest races.

1) Trickett Has Biggest Day Ever Online, Wins $250k

If you play poker long enough there will come a time when your cup will run over.

Sam Trickett
Can't stop won't stop.

Whatever the combination of running well and/or playing well that leads to an epic heater, it borders on the truly magical.

For most of us, that ends up in a new flatscreen and maybe a splurge on playoff tickets. Or, say, a break-even month.

At the right time at the right stakes, though, it can change your life.

British pro Sam Trickett has been on one of those life-changing heaters for a while now, starting with a series of 7-figure scores in 2011.

It continued with some big wins in the Macau cash games and capped, so it seemed, with a second-place finish in the $1m Big One for One Drop for a cut of $10 million.

That wasn't enough of a peak for Sam though as he took it to yet another level yesterday with his best-ever day online.

Playing PLO under his alias “tr1cky7” on PokerStars, Trickett crushed all comers at up to $200/$400 to pocket around $250k.

How'd it feel? Pretty good it looks like:

2) Jesse Sylvia Sucks Out on AJ Jejelowo, Changes Destiny

It's both a painful cliche and a hard truth in poker - one hand literally can change everything. And there's no greater stage for a turn of the cards than the WSOP Main Event.

It happened for Chris Ferguson. It happened for Chris Moneymaker. And it might have happened for Jesse Sylvia on Day 5 of this year's ME, shown this week on ESPN.

Starting the hand with 1.6 million in chips and 100 BBs, Sylvia got in a blind vs. blind raising war with bigger stack AJ Jejelowo.

Sylvia's six-bet shove with A 3 was snap-called by Jejelowo and his pocket kings and Sylvia was left with a 30% chance of staying alive.

An ace hit the flop, and instead of Jejelowo edging his way closer to the final table we now know Sylvia as the chip leader of the October Nine.

Such is poker. Check the hand starting at 41:40 below.


3) Brian "Sbrugby" Townsend Running 250km Race in Sahara Desert

Brian Townsend
Running good.

Ever wonder what Brian "Sbrugby" Townsend, one of the most influential online high-stakes poker players of all-time, is up to?

Thanks to a tweet from his pal Brian Hastings, we found out Townsend is spending his days in Vancouver lately - possibly playing poker but definitely training for one of the craziest races in the world.

Part of a desert-racing series put on by RacingThePlanet, Townsend has been training to run 250km across the Sahara Desert. In 7 days.

That's what we said too.

Blogging about it on the 4Deserts Series website, Townsend explains some of his training process:

"As the race gets closer I find myself being more and more consumed by it. Today I ran 20 miles in 3.5 hours. 7 miles were to Jericho beach in Vancouver and the remaining 13 were going up and down the same 3 mile stretch of soft sand beach over and over.

"The girls playing volleyball thought I was insane, but I guess I am kinda that weird running guy now. I have been wearing a 20 pound pack to train but lightened the load to 15lbs today."

If you ever wondered what made Townsend so good at poker, there might be something there.

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