WSOP 3-Bet: Six >> Rio, France Zut Alors, $500k Caviar Dreams

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WSOP jumps into the future.

The PokerListings WSOP 3-Bet is a bone spoon, a tin of Iranian Almas and zero question you're the biggest afternoon poker news baller at the table.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find the final six from the first-ever WSOP online event going live, France lands another WSOP runner-up and tales from the $500k Aria Super High Roller Bowl almost too good to be true.

1) Franklin, Tuthill Go Live

David Tuthill
Tuthill: Might have live-game advantage.

So, that was really pretty cool to watch.

The first-ever WSOP online bracelet event played down to six yesterday with a couple of notable faces making the mix for the live final table at the Rio tomorrow.

Here they are with screennames revealed:

1. Craig 'imgrinding' Varnell - 2,572,767
2. Anthony 'casedismised' Spinella - 2,290,637
3. Ryan 'Stonerboner' Franklin - 1,832,138
4. Andrew 'SLOPHOUSE' Rose - 1,104,863
5. Hunter 'GringoLoco72' Cichy - 1,059,089
6. David 'TuttyBear' Tuthill - 467,813

Franklin, also known as HITTHEPANDA, has about $4m in online earnings and dozens of notable scores.

Tuthill is a veteran grinder with dozens of live and online scores including a WSOP Circuit ring and a final table in the $3k PLO this summer. Spinella also has a very decent array of live cashes including 20 of them at the WSOP.

Will anyone have an edge when they switch venues and get face-to-face? It'll be fascinating to watch the dynamic play out tomorrow on the livestream.

With an impressive 905 entrants first-place will pay over $167k. Check yesterday's big hands from the coverage here.

2) France Gets Sand in the Face, Again

You know which country is having a kind of awesome/kind of frustrating summer at the tables? The collective poker forces from the lovely nation of France.

Yorane Kerignard
Kerignard: Ne le croit pas.

Somewhat incredibly they've failed to win a bracelet yet this summer, but even more painfully they have six runner-up finishes among them after Aurélien Guiglini's runner-up in Event #59 last night.

The near-misses:

Gabriel Nassif (Event 19)
Pierre Milan (Event 25)
Jean-Marc Thomas (Event 31)
Erwann Pecheux (Event 34)
Yehoram Houri (Event 42)
Aurélien Guiglini (Event 59)

Some salt in the wound? France's Yorane Kerignard took third behind Guiglini in Event #59 last night won by, of all people, a Brit.

Sacre bleu. More on last night's finishes here.

3) Champagne Wishes and White Bean Dreams

If you followed the action from the $500k Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria that started yesterday you know vibe has been nothing short of spectacular.

Bobby Baldwin
Caviar for the Owl.

Just a few of the delights from yesterday:


  • Bobby Baldwin ordered caviar to the table. Caviar!
  • Ole Schemion? He ate some white beans
  • Andrew Lichtenberger chowed on a Tofu mash
  • In case you were unaware, there was free food for the players despite no fees for playing
  • Ivey busted rather unspectacularly
  • David Peters has the chip lead with 27 players left.
  • He's followed closely by Scott Seiver, Connor Drinan, Bill Klein and Andrew Robl
  • 43 total entries with $7.5m (!) to the winner
  • Several players who originally committed didn't show including Tom Dwan, Mohsin Charania, Sorel Mizzi, Noah Schwartz and JC Tran
  • Who unexpectedly played? 2015 Spirit of Poker Rising Star nominee Fedor Holz
  • Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon, Erik Seidel, Ben Lamb, Dan Colman, Phil Galfond, Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov will also return for Day 2

Also: What does your face look like if you've got $500k but the Aria won't let you buy-in? Like this it seems:

There's more but we're already out of breath. Check back for an update from the action later. Check our $500k Super High Roller Bowl photo blog for pics.

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