Want the latest news and gossip emanating from the World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas? Here's where you'll find it.
Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Hellmuth trying to keep up with the Joneses (aka Ivey and Negreanu), Jean-Robert Bellande gets sprung from Clark County Detention Center and Dan Bilzerian somehow, some way, carries on.
1) Hellmuth Keeps Name in Lights, Dream Alive
The kid stays in the picture.
Phil Ivey just won his 10th bracelet, cutting Phil Hellmuth's WSOP bracelet-record lead to just three.
Daniel Negreanu just finished runner-up in the richest poker tournament in the world for $8.3m, making him poker's all-time money leader.
The two also just collectively bested the poker world in an "us against them" bracelet bet for probably close to seven-figures.
What's a guy like Phil Hellmuth got to do to keep up with his peers? Make a run at bracelet #14, obv.
Hellmuth was up to his usual tricks yesterday in Event #61, the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship, talking a big game and finishing the day third in chips with just nine players left.
Just $268k is on the table for the winner in this one but way more is at stake for Hellmuth. The kid has to stay in the game, because so far he's being outpaced by the other two Amigos. (For the record Hellmuth is Chevy Chase, Ivey is Steve Martin and Negreanu is Martin Short. There is no debate.)
With Todd Brunson, Aussie James Obst, Ben Yu and Jesse Martin also at the final table - not to mention the Landfish - the live stream should be a gem. Watch it here.
2) JRB's Salty Summer Gets Saltier
You think you've had a rough WSOP?
Poker's perennial Charlie Brown Jean-Robert Bellande capped off likely one of the worst months of his life over the last couple of days with a bonus 16-hour stint in Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.
After losing this ridiculous hand at Aria and busting the $1m Big One for One Drop, JRB got arrested two nights ago for having the wrong license plates on his Bentley.
Seems like a minor infraction worth, say, a fine and maybe a tow. Not for JRB apparently.
We've never spent 16 hours in Clark County Detention Center, but we have spent a couple of nights in a ski town drunk tank. If we can extrapolate our experience to one of the busiest detention centers in America, we're gonna guess JRB will be seeing things he doesn't want to see when he closes his eyes for a very long time. Still, you can't keep a good JRB down:
And that, friends, is why JRB is an inspiration to us all. Keep fighting, sir. We appreciate you.
3) Dan Bilzerian Still Enjoys Guns, Cat Humor
The World Series is almost over, tension is everywhere at the Rio (and on Twitter) and the future of the game is apparently in jeopardy because of a non-interview.
What's poker playboy Dan Bilzerian doing in the midst of all this melodrama, you ask? Oh, the usual: