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WSOP 3-Bet: $1.2m Cinderella, Mercier Lit, Paging Patrik Antonius
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Today in the 3-Bet we find an under-the-radar electrical engineer bucking long odds, Jason Mercier's struggles continue at the 2015 WSOP and we send out the call for Patrik Antonius.
1) Adrian Buckley, Millionaire
When you've faded a 7,200-player field and sit at the final table with four gold bracelet winners, that's already the stuff poker dreams are made of.
When you fade all of them, too, and take home a payday of $1.27m to your day job as an electrical engineer?
That's the stuff of poker fantasy. But it actually, really, came true last night for 27-year-old Adrian Buckley of Dacono, Colorado.
Buckley became the 2015 WSOP Millionaire Maker champion after defeating a final nine that included poker legends Mike Sexton, Erick Lindgren and Olivier Busquet.
As Buckley himself put it, “This is one-hundred percent surreal. This has been a crazy few days. It was the run of the century.”
Adding to his Cinderella story Buckley only had 6 BB to start Day 3, 10 to start Day 4 and overcame the chip disadvantage 3 times heads-up.
Saying that he'll pay off his student loans and play a few more events this summer - including maybe the $50k Players Championship - Buckley still says he'll return to his job as an engineer with Lockheed-Martin.
More on his amazing run here.
2) Mercier Yet to Make a Day 2 at 2015 WSOP
Remember all that stuff we said about momentum, confidence and surefire WSOP success when Jason Mercier won three SCOOP championships in a week?
Err, maybe we were a bit premature.
Haven't been able to bag chips yet this summer... Busted 10k omaha8 with 20 mins left in the night. Might just play cash today, hmmm— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) June 9, 2015
Got lit up playing cash... Decided to hop in this 2-7 NL 1500 last second... Got about 10k from 7500. Hoping to make my 1st day 2 of Wsop— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) June 10, 2015
3) Calling Patrik Antonius
No Ivey. No Dwan. And no Isildur1 (although that's not so much of s surprise, of course).
So far the 2015 WSOP is decidedly lacking in its online superstar/gawkability factor.
Another big name yet to make a real appearance?
The legendary Patrik Antonius.
We know he's in Vegas playing the big cash games but it'd be nice to see him add another deep run in a WSOP event to his legacy.
Also, think of all the disappointed massage girls
The $50k PPC and $111k One Drop can't come soon enough for any of us, really.
Follow Antonius on Twitter here for updates.
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