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Today in the 3-Bet we find the dates set for the 2013 World Series of Poker, poker fans in Washington and Colorado twiddling their thumbs while weed lovers get baked and Phil Ivey adding another big name to his pro roster while he goes to work in Macau.
1) Dates Announced for 2013 World Series of Poker
Greg Merson's seat at the WSOP Main Event final table is barely cold but the poker world has already turned its eyes its next shot to take his title from him.
The World Series of Poker released the dates for the 2013 WSOP today with 49 days booked from May 29-July 16 for 60+ events.
No specific tourney dates other than the Main Event have been announced but all the usual specialty events – Casino Employees, Ladies, Seniors and the weekend $1k No-Limit Hold'em tournaments – will return.
The 2013 Main Event will start on July 7 and have three Day 1 starting flights (July 7, 8, 9) similar to this year.
The next members of the November Nine will be set July 16.
As far as side events go, cash games begin May 29 and run 24/7 for the whole series. Non-bracelet tourney buy-ins start at $75.
Just under 75,000 participants hit the 2012 WSOP generating a record-breaking total prize pool of $222 million.
2) Weed Legal in Colorado, Washington; Poker Still Not So Much
While poker players across the US remain painfully in limbo over the future of online poker, another popular pasttime with similarly ardent fans has crossed into the promised land.
Both Colorado and Washington passed initiatives in the Nov. 6 election to decriminalize marijuana possession, making for the interesting juxtaposition of currently being able to get high 24/7 in Seattle or Denver but not be able to play cards for money online once baked.
Probably for the best, for some, but still an odd, Freaky Friday-esque scenario in the US and A.
Marijuana possession is still a federal crime but as of December 6th (in Washington anyway) it's not a violation of state law to possess up to an ounce (or 16 ounces of "marijuana-infused product") for personal use.
The cops say they'll look the other way on the federal statute. The Washington initiative also set out a one-year time frame to launch a licensing system for marijuana production and sale.
If only poker could be so lucky.
3) Ivey Signs Cole South, Back at Work in Macau
The pro team for the new IveyPoker.com training/social site grew by one yesterday with the announcement of the signing of Cole South.
The much-revered high-stakes player/coach joins an impressive team that includes Patrik Antonius, 2012 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Merson and Las Vegas power woman Jen Harman.
What the site will actually be/do is still a bit fuzzy but it seems there will be a social gaming platform along with free poker coaching videos provided by the aforementioned pros.
Meanwhile, while the hard-working members of #TeamIvey make signing announcements and tweet like a soccer mom who just got an iPad, Ivey is back at the StarWorld casino in Macau grinding the highest-stakes cash games in the world.
No word yet on his luck/action, but check in with the ongoing 2+2 thread for any reports.
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