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Daily WSOPE 3-Bet: Hellmuth 100, Doc Brag, Danny Darko
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Hellmuth locking down his 100th career WSOP cash but ending up tweeting from his hotel room again, David "Doc" Sands taking his poker hubris to the next level and Dan O'Brien denied again on the doorstep of his first career WSOP bracelet.
1) Hellmuth Gets 100th Cash, Alone in Room Again
The emotional roller coaster that is poker icon Phil Hellmuth delivered another classic ride today in Event #5, €2,200 No-Limit Hold'em.
Cruising along with an above-average stack and 36 players left, Hellmuth felt like he was "in the zone" and celebrated his 100th career WSOP cash.
Minutes later he was up in his room ruminating on how it all went so wrong so fast. He also managed to drop a classic "It's just a game to you, this is my life" bomb in the process. Check the timeline below and look for Phil to pop up in Event #6 momentarily.
Feels wonderful to hit my #WSOPCash100!! I've got 99 cashes, & a 100th one! BUT no time to celebrate as I'm in the zone w 36 players left— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) October 17, 2013
Wow! I had a ton of chips and was in the zone, and just like that I'm out! I let the crazy player bluff me on the river or Im chip leader— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) October 17, 2013
Tough tough spot, but if I trust my read and CALL, then I'm chip leader. I had 8s-6s on 8d-5d-2c-5d-3d board and he bet big every street!— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) October 17, 2013
In my room ruminating: if I make that call, then I'm chip leader with 28 left, instead busted...I'm in the zone, BUT didn't trust my read— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) October 17, 2013
Should be celebrating 100th cash, but instead feeling down cause I lost 50 big blinds in 10 mins to bust! Gonna nap, then play #WSOPE PLO— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) October 17, 2013
2) David "Doc" Sands: Also in Hellmuth's Room
Technically, David "Doc" Sands isn't at the WSOPE this year. But given he and Hellmuth share the same Twitter spirit animal we felt this put him in Hellmuth's room in spirit.
Earlier this week Sands tweeted a classic poker humble brag, which Steve O'Dwyer took to task:
@Doc_Sands Pretty sure you're mistaken. You're USA #1 but stilll behind Marvin and Ole on the worldwide rankings.— steveodwyer (@steveodwyer) October 16, 2013
Definitely a nice accomplishment, although if you asked a million USA Today readers who David "Doc" Sands is we'd guess the answers would skew to Johnny Carson's bandleader, Leaping Lanny Poffo's WWF tag-team partner or the old doctor Kevin Costner visited in Field of Dreams.
Not one to be deterred, though, Sands followed up today with this tweet:
Group of guys walk by me as I wait outside casino in my car. One points and says, "Thats what I be in in that Grand Theft Auto." #reallife— David Doc Sands (@Doc_Sands) October 17, 2013
3) O'Brien Pipped at Bracelet Post, Mercier Falls Too
What was shaping up to be an amazing day at the WSOPE for the Jason Mercier stable didn't quite pan out.
First, Dan O'Brien's 3-1 chip lead in Event #3 eroded and he was denied his first career WSOP bracelet by Frenchman Darko Stojanovic.
Then Mercier, in the hunt for his third career PLO bracelet, couldn't quite get over the hump in Event #4 and dropped out in fourth - meaning he also couldn't collect on his €130k prop bet with Phil Ivey. Here's O'Brien's take on it below: