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WSOP 3-Bet: Ivey Who? Five Bees, $25k Fantasy Brick
The PokerListings WSOP 3-Bet is an AC-chilled, three mile walk down the deserted halls of the late night poker news convention center.
Today in the 3-Bet we see a Phil Ivey fan putting his foot in his mouth, the summer's first critical dealer error plus a complete air-ball from Jason Mercier in the $25,000 WSOP Fantasy League.
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1) Fan Talks to Ivey about Ivey, Doesn't Know it's Ivey
We have to give a big tip of the hat to poker pro and international man of mystery Tony Dunst for relating this priceless Phil Ivey story via Twitter.
Dunst sums it up perfectly so read his tweets to find out how a poker fan managed to talk to Phil Ivey about Phil Ivey, all the while having no idea that he's Phil Ivey.
Old guys joins table and gets into discussion about @philivey while remaining completely oblivious that he's directly across with him.— Tony Dunst (@Bond_18) May 30, 2013
Was talking about 12 mil baccarat session and said "He was playing with his girlfriend." Phil nearly had a seizure.— Tony Dunst (@Bond_18) May 30, 2013
The best part was when Phil asked him if reading marked cards is cheating, and then Tuan Lam asked "Have you ever met Phil?""No...no."— Tony Dunst (@Bond_18) May 30, 2013
2) WSOP Dealers Still Working Out the Kinks
This year the WSOP assured us that their new dealers would be put through a mandatory training program, and that returning dealers would be encouraged to take a refresher course.
We can only imagine that this dealer missed the class.
One player in the $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker tournament was dealt the hand you see in this picture.
And while we commend the player for picking up one of the rarest and most sought-after hands in poker, we can only see this as a missed opportunity.
What he should have done is get as many chips in the middle of the table and triumphantly slam his hand on the table like it was the nuts.
That's what we would have done.
H/t to Tony Dunst once again for catching this.
3) Jason Mercier Bricking $25k WSOP Fantasy League
Jason Mercier has been crushing the live tournament circuit so far this year, as we learned when we spoke to him today about bouncing back from a tough 2012.
But despite having the skills to rack up more than $1.7 million in 2013 earnings, he's whiffing hard in the $25,000 buy-in WSOP Fantasy League.
Mercier's team, which includes Chris Bjorin, ElkY, Greg Mueller, George Lind, John Racener, John Hennigan, Marco Johnson and Bryce Yockey is tied for last place with Team Cary Katz.
Swede Chris Bjorin is the only Team Mercier member to have cashed.
Mercier is up against 13 other teams in the Fantasy League, with $350,000 to be split between the top four teams at the end of the summer.
And if you want to keep track of the progress someone has done us a big favor and created a website.