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Daily 3-Bet: WSOPE Pre-Sweat, #DKLeak, Jacob to Jeopardy! TOC
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Today in the 3-Bet we find some early 2015 WSOPE sweats, a DFS scandal with poker ramifications and Alex Jacob fans prep for the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.
1) Will Liv Get Money to Berlin?
The 2015 World Series of Poker Europe begins tomorrow with an intriguing lineup of events and 10 more gold bracelets to adorn the wrists of poker players.
Running for the first-time ever in Berlin, however, has brought with it a few technical obstacles including getting buy-ins into the country on short notice and/or getting upgraded to business class for the flight over:
@WSOP how do we wire money for events please? Can't find any info on the site— Liv Boeree (@Liv_Boeree) October 6, 2015
By the sounds of it she's missed the wiring deadline so may have to consider the less-appealing option of a carry-on with €25k in it if she wants to play the High Roller. Meanwhile, former EPT Grand Final champ Mohsin Charania has his own concerns:
Tune in tomorrow for the answers! (And interviews and reports from our PL team live on the scene in Berlin.)
2) Draft Kings Info Leak Increases Calls for Regulation
Given the significant parallels between the early days of the online poker industry and the burgeoning cash-cow that is Daily Fantasy Sports it's been intriguing to watch the fallout from a "scandal" that's rocked DFS over the weekend.
While nothing untoward reportedly took place from the premature release of sensitive information by a Draft Kings employee (who won $350k on a rival site) it has brought major mainstream attention to the industry and its current lack of governmental oversight.
Why online poker is still illegal in the US (except for three states ofc) and DFS runs free is another question, but the added attention to the idea proprietary data could be used in unscrupulous fashion is a big first-step in slowing the industry down before anything truly horrible does happen.
The same could have been said for US online poker if the government jumped in early and gave Americans regulated, secure online poker from the beginning.
It's hard not to imagine the future of both DFS and online poker linked closely so it could even be the impetus we need to get it all under scrutiny and regulation sooner rather than later. More on the scandal from the New York Times here. Follow it on Twitter at #DKLeak.
3) Alex Jacob Returns for Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions
For a guy who "only" won Jeopardy! six times, former poker pro Alex Jacob is certainly one of the most popular (if polarizing) champs of all-time.
Poker fans and similar competitive-minded folk couldn't get enough of Jacob's aggressive, button-mashing, board-hopping style.
Traditional Jeopardy! fans weren't so amused.
Either way he made for great television so fans and haters alike should be excited for his return in the upcoming Tournament of Champions:
Since Alex mentioned it on tonight's #Jeopardy, I guess it's safe to tell you guys that the Tournament of Champions is airing Nov. 9-20— Alex Jacob (@whoisalexjacob) October 2, 2015
Other than the 2015 Battle of Malta final table and the WSOP November Nine, we pretty much have nothing else on the go so we'll be sure to tune in.