WSOP 3-Bet: Matros 3peat, Busquet Blog, Face Cards

Matt Matros
Matt Matros won $454k and his third WSOP bracelet tonight in Las Vegas.

The WSOP 3-Bet is a rapid-fire rundown of three stories from the World Series of Poker that might otherwise fall through the cracks.

Today in the 3-Bet we spotlight poker professional Matt Matros’ bracelet win over Mark Radoja in the $1,500 No-Limit Six-Max event, a thought-provoking blog post from former WPT winner Olivier Busquet plus a mysterious person handing out poker trading cards in the halls of the Rio in Las Vegas.

Matt Matros
Matt Matros defeated Canadian Mark Radoja heads-up.

Matt Matros Wins Third Bracelet in Three Years

Self-proclaimed Ivy League math geek Matt Matros is quickly becoming the most consistent player at the World Series of Poker.

Tonight he won his third bracelet in as many years, defeating fellow bracelet winner Mark Radoja to win Event 16, $1,500 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em.

Matros, whose live tournament earnings now exceed $2.3 million, battled his way through a final eight that included Mike Matusow and Matt Glantz.

1,603 players fell before Matros closed the door on Radoja.

He pocketed $454,853 for the win while Radoja took $281,502.

A Yale Math grad and the author of The Making of a Poker Player, Matros has been playing poker professionally for 10 years.

Check our Poker News Section tomorrow for the winner interview.

Revealing New Blog Post by Olivier Busquet from WSOP

Former WPT winner and online Heads-Up SNG god Olivier Busquet released a new blog post and it’s definitely worth a read.

Olivier Busquet
Olivier Busquet

Busquet has a way with words and he talks about a lot more than just poker.

And if you’re looking for someone to watch at the 2012 World Series of Poker you could do worse than Busquet.

The World Poker Tour event he won in Atlantic City was one of the biggest the tour had ever seen with 1,018 so he’s got the ability to navigate big fields, and he’s running hot so far in 2012.

Just a few months ago Busquet finished second at EPT Campione for more than $570k.

Here’s an excerpt from Busquet’s latest post:

With me personally, my mind always plays tricks when I try to understand why I've lost. Did I just get unlucky? Was my opponent playing better than me in that session? Has my slight edge become no edge? The answers to these questions, I've noticed, typically don't come from an accurate grasp of reality, but rather from a combination of emotions, usually rooted in fear, insecurity, jealousy and pride.

The reality is, though, that through poker, I create very little if any value for society (some entertainment value perhaps?).  I don't produce anything, what I do doesn't benefit anyone except for me.  If anything, part of my job is to exploit people who have gambling problems and/or a lack of self-control and addiction.

Daniel Negreanu Leaf Card
Don't invest your retirement fund in poker trading cards just yet.

Collect All Your Favorite Poker Pros

In a stunningly behind-the-times move, Leaf Trading Cards has introduced a new set of autographed, collectible cards for 2012 featuring the biggest names in the poker game.

We spotted a stack of shiny cards sitting in front of Phil Hellmuth when he was playing in the $5k Stud Hi-Low event yesterday, and upon closer inspection they were Hellmuth trading cards.

Turns out someone’s been roaming the halls of the Rio giving poker pros stacks of cards with their own faces on them.

Just like baseball cards it looks like the real money is in autographed cards, and just like baseball cards people are going to realize pretty quickly they’re not actually worth anything.

Regardless, the autographed cards are up for grabs in various places.

The best part is that the 2012 editions still feature Full Tilt logos on every single FTP sponsored pro.

Buy them on eBay, or grab something called Dual Auto Pocket Pairs which for some reason features Annie Duke and Paul Wasicka on the same card with autographs. That will cost you $449.

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