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Today in the 3-Bet we find Ole Schemion obliterating the EPT Player of the Year leaderboard, Phil Hellmuth gets a double dose of food poisoning and panic and a Norwegian politician makes plans for a floating poker fortress.
1) Ole Schemion Runaway EPT POY
It's hard to put into words just what German tourney crusher Ole "wizowizo" Schemion did on Season 10 of the European Poker Tour this year.
Well, now that we think about it, it's not that hard actually. He destroyed it. From beginning to end, he outright thrashed it like no one before.
His reward? Official status as EPT Season 10 Player of the Year and a $50,000 PokerStars Passport (as if he needed it) to play anywhere next season.
Schemion's title has been in the bag for a while now as he finished head-and-shoulders above the pack on the EPT Leaderboard with nearly 1,400 points. Next closest? Alex Bilokur with 997.5.
Among Schemion's crazy numbers this year:
- 14 cashes for $2.1m total
- 3 Super High Roller final tables
- Cashed in all 3 major events (ME, HR, SHR) at three different stops (!)
If we had to nitpick (we don't, but we know someone will), he did "only" win one outright title (EPT San Remo High Roller). So, you know, there's room for the 21-year-old to improve. More on Ole's POY romp here.
2) Hellmuth Has Panic Attack in Kentucky
Before we even get into this we'll say off the top: Panic attacks are no joke, so we're in no way poking fun at Phil Hellmuth.
And as a guy who's played in some of the biggest poker tournaments ever with millions of dollars on the line, it's pretty scary Hellmuth succumbed to a bout of panic at a charity poker tournament he was MCing in Kentucky yesterday. Tweeted Phil:
My tourn: http://t.co/7ohE48XFBG It will be best party in Louisville tonight!! Charity poker + DJ + Rock stars + Movie stars + athletes— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) May 1, 2014
During my amazing charity Tourn I was Lying on cold floor in back kitchen fighting off a panic attack! When realized I had food poisoning— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) May 2, 2014
Food poisoning is awful, but panic attacks are worse! I dodged a panic attack, hit bathroom, felt great afterwards & MCed 3 hrs straight— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) May 2, 2014
This fast super pimped out life is wonderful (no complaints), BUT I need to slow down and take care of myself! #WSOP is around the corner— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) May 2, 2014
We'll digress on the "pimped out life" part but we couldn't agree more. Take care of yourself, Phil. The WSOP (and the poker world) needs you in top shape come summer.
3) Torchlit Poker on Island Fortress off Norway? Yes, Please
We've never heard of him before today but we've already developed a gigiantic man crush for 23-year-old Norwegian politician Sivert Bjørnstad.
A member of the Progress Party, which is working diligently to finally legalize live poker in Norway, Bjørnstad wants to turn Monkholmen, a tiny island fortress just off the city of Trondheim, into a casino/poker tournament haven. We'll let him paint the picture:
"Imagine arriving at the island on a beautiful summer evening in a boat," Bjørnstad told Norwegian media outlet Adresseavisen, "walking up the cobblestone hill to the Tower Building - with torches on both sides.
"A casino on Munkholmen would shut Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. A casino located in the ocean, it would be absolutely wonderful."
Yes. Yes it would be wonderful. It won't "shut Caesars Palace," but let's still make that happen Norway. More from The Local here.