Daily 3-Bet: WPT Goes Social, Kihara Exits ‘Stars, Mercier vs. Tilly

A new way to play?

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at WPT launching a new Facebook app, Naoya Kihara leaving PokerStars and Jason Mercier getting lucky against Jennifer Tilly on PNIA.

1) WPT Launches Social Game

The World Poker Tour is moving into a new market segment with social poker app PlayWPT.

Adam Pliska at LAPC
The WPT's Adam Pliska and Lynn Gilmartin

PlayWPT is a free-to-play social casino platform with support for desktop and Facebook as well as a mobile app coming before the end of the year.

The app features poker, obviously, as well as an innovative form of progression slots called Time Slots.

Your amount of chips is purposely limited but you can easily top up an account with chips by spending real money.

It’s a new venture for the WPT and will compete directly with other popular free poker apps like Zynga Poker and World Series of Poker.

The PlayWPT app is the first join-product from the WPT and parent company Ourgame International Holdings.

Watch this space as it’s apparently a lucrative one.

2) Kihara Leaves PokerStars

Naoya Kihara
Naoya Kihara

Who doesn’t love Naoya Kihara?

The very first Japanese WSOP gold bracelet winner is always pleasant at the tables, won an award at PokerListings’ own Battle of Malta and repped PokerStars successfully for four years.

Unfortunately it appears his time with PokerStars is at an end as the company made the decision not to renew his contract.

Don’t worry about Kihara going anywhere, however, as the Japanese pro said via Facebook that he’s going to remain in the poker world and will continue improving his game.

Traditionally Japan hasn’t been a very strong market for poker so it’s fantastic that Kihara will continue to act as an ambassador for the game and we hope a few more Japanese players follow in his footsteps.

Of course the dream would be to have a big poker tournament in Japan. Someday, guys.

3) PNIA: Mercier Flops a Monster Against Tilly

Will the run-good ever end?

We didn’t catch this hand from the early August session of Poker Night in America at the time it happened but is it really a surprise that Jason Mercier won a big pot?

You can check out the 2016 WSOP POY go to war against Jennifer Tilly in the following hand below:

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