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Daily 3-Bet: Year of Champs, Happy Loser, Tournament Plan B
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Today in the 3-Bet we find a recurring trend at this year's WSOP, solace in losing in poker and one veteran pro's way to stop the bleeding.
1) Rich Get Richer at WSOP
We're 20 or so events in to the 2017 World Series of Poker and, much like every year, a couple of notables trends have started to develop.
One you can bank on almost every year? Amurica is dominating both the bracelet and money leaders list with 15 (of 18) champs hailing from the US and A.
The $27m in combined prize money is also more than every other country put together - the next closest being the $2.5m won collectively by players from France ($2.2m of which came from ElkY).
Another intriguing outcome so far? 10 of the 18 winners have won a WSOP gold bracelet before - a fairly astounding percentage.
Included among the repeat bracelet winners are Upeshka Da Silva, Doug Polk, David Bach, David Pham, Abe Mosseri, Frank Kassela (a former WSOP POY no less), David Singer and Adrian Mateos.
First-time bracelet winners also include Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov, Nipun Java, Aditya Sushant and former Nov. 9er John Racener, which is certainly giving a pro-heavy lilt to the bracelet list this year.
If you're looking to make a bet on that continuing, odds are definitely high we'll see another familiar name sporting some new gold when Event #22, the $10k 2-7 Lowball Championship, finishes. Check out this Top 10 with 30 players left:
1. Jon Turner 367,300
2. Mike Leah 361,500
3. John Monnette 265,400
4. Robert Mizrachi 255,000
5. Shaun Deeb 230,700
6. Xavier Kyablue 228,800
7. Phil Galfond 223,100
8. Mike Watson 218,600
9. Nick Schulman 186,000
10. Darren Elias 179,400
That's a good 12 bracelets right there. Lingering below them are Mike Gorodinsky, Jesse Martin, Paul Volpe, Erik Seidel, Chris Ferguson and Jeff Lisandro, which should make for one hell of a final table.
As always, follow along with the live updates on WSOP.com and watch the live streaming on the PokerGO app.
2) A - B > 0
With literally 20,000+ combined tournament entries so far and, as you see above, just 18 winners there's another trend you'll find at this and every WSOP.
Losing. Lots and lots of losing. It's the nature of tournament poker, of course, and a nice cash can be just as rewarding as a final table to those in it just for the fun of the game.
If you're a poker pro used to coming out on the better end of variance, though, the losing can take its toll. And dramatically effect your enjoyment/experience for the rest of the summer.
If all of the losing has got you teetering on tilt, esteemed poker author Tommy Angelo has the article for you to read today up on CNBC.com dealing with the age old question of 'Would I rather play great and lose or play bad and win?'
The answer, of course, is win play great, and you've likely heard it all before, but it's good to remind yourself every now and again whatever level of poker you play. Have a go again right here.
3) The Long Goodbye
That's one approach to losing repeatedly in tournament poker. UK poker icon Barny Boatman has another good one:
I'm taking a break from tournament poker in order to spend more time with my money.— Barny Boatman (@barnyboatman) June 12, 2017