WSOP 3-Bet: Merson Leading, Colossus Madness, World Series of Spelling

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The PokerListings WSOP 3-Bet is a tightly-knit phalanx that barrages the mid-afternoon poker news world with non-stop entertainment.

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In today’s Daily WSOP 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Greg Merson going deep, the insanity that is the Colossus and another major competition that has some serious poker ties.

1) Greg Merson Hunts Bracelet #3

Greg Merson
Greg Merson

Event 2, $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em, has been reduced to 20 players and former world champ Greg Merson is among the final players still standing.

In fact Merson is third in chips with 800,000 chips and has a legitimate shot to win his third WSOP bracelet today (although let’s be honest, there’s a good chance this event is going to need overtime).

Doc Sands, Jason Wheeler and Bryn Kenney are also among the players with a shot at the first open bracelet of the 2015 WSOP and the $466,120 first-place prize.

The other big news from last night is that Californian Brandon Barnette won the first gold bracelet of the summer in the Casino Employees Event.

Here are the top 10 chip counts heading into Day 3 of Event 2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em:

1. Carl Westcott - 1,060,600
2. Artur Koren - 1,062,000
3. Greg Merson - 800,000
4. David “Doc” Sands - 705,000
5. Jason Wheeler - 683,000
6. Long Nguyen - 659,000
7. Michael Wang - 653,000
8. Barry Hutter - 609,000
9. Bryn Kenney - 596,000
10. Corrie Wunstel - 526,000

2) Enter The Colossus

wsop colossus
It's massive obv.

While there’s been a significant amount of grumbling from serious grinders about how the Colossus has taken over the Rio there’s no doubt today is an incredible day for poker.

Action kicked off at 10 a.m. this morning and suffice to say the Rio is jam-packed.

Every single seat in the Rio is booked (even the Poker Kitchen has been converted into another poker room) and it appears the tournament will easily pass the 20,000-player mark.

It just doesn’t get any bigger than this and we may be seeing the peak of the small buy-in tournament right before our very eyes.

The scary thing is that even with it’s multiple flights the Colossus may sell out so if you want to play you probably want to get to the Rio and get registered ASAP.

For everyone playing we got five tips for playing the Colossus from five world champs.

3) World Series of Spelling

Finally, with the National Scripps Spelling Bee on TV last night and former champ Pratyush Buddiga in the field this Tweet by Dan O’Brien is pretty much perfect:

WSOP Bonus Min-Bets

1) Safety Deposit Box Wait Lines Solved

Remember those incredibly long lines for deposit boxes on Day 1? It’s apparently been sorted out.

2) Not Everyone Loves Colossus

Jason Mercier is among the many pros that understands the value of the Colossus but doesn’t necessarily want to play it.

3) PokerStars Set to Begin Trading on Nasdaq on June 8

This isn’t exactly WSOP related but it does involve poker in the US.

According to Reuters PokerStars parent company Amaya is set to start trading on the Nasdaq on June 8.

There was a time when PokerStars being traded on the Nasdaq seemed like a pipe dream. This has got to be a good thing for online poker in the USA.

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