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Today in the 3-Bet we find Daniel Negreanu taking his rightful place at the top of poker's all-time live tournament money list, Hugo Pingray quietly bagging a monster victory in just his second-ever WSOP event and Phil Hellmuth morphs into a butterfly (sorta).
1) Negreanu Now All-Time Money Leader at $29m
Try these numbers on for size, Daniel Negreanu:
- Nine cashes at the 2014 WSOP for over $8.5m after yesterday's $8.28m runner-up in the Big One for One Drop
- A *substantial* amount won (anywhere from $400k to 7-figures, apparently) on his open bracelet bet with himself and Phil Ivey
- 1st on Canada's All-Time Live Tournament Money List (over $17m ahead of #2 Jonathan Duhamel)
- 1st on poker's All-Time Live Tournament Money List at $29m (now $3m clear of Antonio Esfandiari)
Pretty sweet summer, hey? And absolutely fitting that poker's greatest ambassador now holds the title of all-time leading money winner.
Dream, declare, deliver - nobody does it better than DNegs. Congrats to one of the all-tme greats.
2) France's Hugo Pingray Wins Monster Stack, $1.3m
While the $15m top prize of the $1m Big One for One Drop drew the attention of all this week France's Huge Pingray quietly - and rather dominantly - marched to his own big title.
The low-key Pingray, who says he's only been playing poker for three years, topped a field of almost 8,000 players to walk away with the first-ever WSOP Monster Stack title and $1,327,083.
Check out these numbers for just how incredible an achievement it was:
- Field size was 7,862 players - 3rd-largest ever at World Series of Poker
- Prior to the win Pingray had 4 career live cashes for a total of $45,631
- This was Pingray's second-ever WSOP tournament
- Also Pingray's first-ever WSOP cash
- His payout was 885 times (!) his buy-in
- He's now 25th on France's all-time money winner list
For a 23-year-old student who just decided to take a year off from school to pursue poker, it's the ultimate gap-year miracle.
"I wanted to give myself a year off to play poker and see how it goes,” Pingray told the WSOP. “This is a big help, I must say.”
3) Phil Hellmuth Morphs Into Kinder, Gentler Phil Hellmuth
PHv2 (PH Version Two): no whining and no complaining! PHv2 is allowed an occasional emotional outburst...And PHv2 ALWAYS plays great!— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) July 2, 2014
Will it last? Is PHV2 here to stay? Tune in tomorrow to find out! It could go either way!