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Daily WSOPE 3-Bet: Harwood Pop, Newhouse Fire, Balsiger Fortune
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Loni Harwood keeping up a poker legacy started by her father, Mark Newhouse explains his path from a two-year poker money fire to this year's November Nine and Jake Balsiger recounts his good fortune in getting hit by a truck. No, really.
1) Loni Harwood: Poker in the Family
Staten Island's Loni Harwood straight-up mashed the 2013 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Six cashes. Three final tables. An open-field bracelet. A crazy $875k in earnings. All the while looking like she was literally born to play poker.
Turns out she just might have been as her father, as she told us at the WSOPE outside Paris yesterday, also made a living as a poker pro:
2) Mark Newhouse: If I Make Final Three, I'm Not Looking Back
2013 WSOP November Niner Mark Newhouse has been around the block in poker. Or as he puts it, "spent a couple years setting money on fire" and "made every poker mistake you can."
His circuitous path has arrived at a spot at the World Series of Poker Main Event final table this year and he sees the freedom he's always wanted there for the taking:
3) Jake Balsiger: Not Sure He Would Avoid Getting Hit By Truck
You read that headline right.
Arizona State grad Jake Balsiger, who finished third in last year's WSOP Main Eent for $3.7 million, actually only managed to play the event because he got hit by a truck, suffered severe brain damage and received some settlement money.
It worked out for him in the end with life-changing money, a new career traveling the world playing poker and, as the cherry on top, an 888 Poker sponsorship.
Still, if he could turn back time and skip getting hit by the truck he would, right? Maybe not ...