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Today in the 3-Bet we find Charlie Carrel posting up all over Europe, a big Bellagio $100k chop and Andrew Lichtenberger beats Phil Galfond to the punch.
1) Stay Gold, Charlie
You know who's having a very, very good year on the tournament circuit? Former PokerListings Rising Star award winner Charlie Carrel.
On a roll.
Maybe not, like, Fedor Holz good. But still really, really good.
It started off well at the PCA with a 3rd in a $5k turbo and continued in Dublin in Feb. with a 1st and 3rd in the EPT High Rollers. Another side event win in Monte Carlo in April kept things rolling.
Things really took off in the Fall when he final table 3 times in Malta and crushed five cashes at the MCOP in Amsterdam. He's now three events in in Prague and has a 1st and 3rd and another $200k in his pocket.
Today, with 11 players left in the €50K High Roller, he now has 3.7m in chips with the average stack at 1.1m. It's safe to say everything's coming up Charlie Carrel.
To see how much he'll add to his $1.5m in scores for 2016, follow the updates here.
2) Schwippert, Marchese Chop Bellagio $100k
Someone else who just quietly hums along, crushing big tournaments and further cementing his reputation as one of today's true NL Holdem tourney masters?
The Quiet King.
Tom "KingsofCards" Marchese.
More of a homebody who rarely travels, Marchese has simply made the Aria High Rollers his own personal ATM this year.
With $25k-$100k buy-ins they draw only the most talented of fields and Marchese perpetually stuns by winning or going deep in almost all of them.
According to Hendon Mob he has 4 wins, a 2nd, six 3rds, a 4th, two 5ths and a 7th in them since Sept. 2015 for over $2.5m. He also finished 14th in this year's WSOP Main Event.
Over the weekend he chopped the Bellagio $100k with Jan-Eric Schwippert for another $1m to bring his astounding career live earnings to $15.6m. That's 12th all time on the USA money List. Egads that's good.
3) LuckyChewyPoker.com is Live
This was a surprise.
While we (and most poker fans) thought Phil Galfond would be first to the post with a new "by players, for players" poker site it turns out Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger -- the author of Yoga of Poker -- was quietly powering away behind the scenes with the same idea.
Even Phil's intrigued.
LuckyChewyPoker.com came out in beta mode this weekend and while it's just for play-money to start it already has its RNG up to UK Gambling Commission standard.
Along with Texas Holdem and Omaha games it will have a free poker school, a referral network for poker coaching, a Gaming & Trading Community and a big weekly online poker tournament lineup.
It's free to get a play-money account until March 31, 2017 and real money online poker, it says, is coming to legalized jurisdictions soon. Intriguing.
Some explanatory tweets from Chewy about it below:
(2) in time. Our team will continually be updating artwork, user interface and various system functionalities as we move forward. If anyone— Andrew Lichtenberger (@luckychewy) December 11, 2016
(3) has any ideas or input they would like to share please do not hesitate to do so. Our vision is simple - a poker site by the players for— Andrew Lichtenberger (@luckychewy) December 11, 2016
(4) the players with low rake and great rewards. We have been sharing our platform with the international gaming community and intend to— Andrew Lichtenberger (@luckychewy) December 11, 2016
(5) create as large a player pool as international law’s allow for. We will have more updates and exciting news to share with regards to— Andrew Lichtenberger (@luckychewy) December 11, 2016
(6) real money licensing and legislation in the times to come as well. We are excited to continue to promote and share the game we all love.— Andrew Lichtenberger (@luckychewy) December 11, 2016
(7) Thanks for your interest and participation, for without you this would never have come to manifestation. Good day all! <3— Andrew Lichtenberger (@luckychewy) December 11, 2016