WSOP 3-Bet: Hellmuth Crash, Mercier Fix, Main Event or Bust

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Hellmuth's run at bracelet #14 fizzling out early, Jason Mercier getting green (in two ways) after busting out of the $10k PLO and it's that most wonderful time of year again.

1) Hellmuth Falls in Sixth, Takes It Well

We really thought yesterday was Phil Hellmuth's time to shine at the 2014 WSOP.

His pals in the poker version of Three Amigos - Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu - have both had summers to remember, and PHV2 was in prime position to join them coming in third in chips to the $10k Stud final table.

It wasn't meant to be, though, as the whims of poker brought him crashing to the rail:

He brushed it off and jumped in the $10 PLO but met a quick demise there too:

Still, the great one seems in good spirits despite it all. Maybe there is something to this Phil Hellmuth Version 2.0 after all.

Let's hope he's saved all his run good for the Main Event, as there would be nothing quite as spectacular as a November Nine that includes old PH.

2) Mercier Recoups 1/5 of Buy-in Eating Chicken Wings

Another early victim of the $10k Pot-Limit Omaha event was PokerStars pro Jason Mercier, which is somewhat surprising given how dominant Mercier tends to be in PLO events - especially in its high-buy-in form.

Thankfully, though, he found an easy way to recoup 1/5 of his buy-in:

It's been a slow summer on the bracelet front for Mercier but at least he has his iron stomach to fall back on should things go south. Oh, and also that little $1.6m score at the Bellagio.

3) It's Go Time (Almost)

Ryan Riess Wins 2013 WSOP Main Event 20

Tomorrow. 12 noon. The day every poker player waits for and dreams of all year.

And no one sums it up better than Mohsin Charania:

Poker players everywhere, may all your Main Event dreams come true.

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