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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil's bestie help drown his sorrows, Chino Rheem chases WSOP gold and Eugene Katchalov embraces his bustout sadness.
1) Send for Chamath, Absinthe
As we've said millions of times the World Series of Poker just doesn't feel like the World Series of Poker without a Phil Hellmuth bracelet run.
Chamath: Always a sympathetic ear.
Yes, he has 14 already and they give out 74 a year now so they're not all that rare.
But it's what Phil's career is more or less defined by (along with his 123 WSOP cashes) and, when he does get to final table, there is an undeniable buzz in the air.
We thought we were on the brink of another of those moments yesterday when Phil took the chip lead into the final 14 of the $10k Stud Hi-Lo Championship.
Sadly, as Phil put it: "bad runouts, misplayed one hand" and that was that. Out in ninth before the official final table even.
So while Chris Vitch celebrated his 2nd bracelet as the eventual winner, Phil and his "bestie," former Facebook VP Chamath Palihapitiya, drowned their sorrows in some (we imagine) very expensive wine and the absinthe cart:
Massive disappointment: PAIN! Chip leader 14 left, finished 9th (not even an official final table!). Had bad run outs, misplayed one hand— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) June 27, 2017
There are still 25+ events to go so we may see another yet but the window is definitely closing on bracelet #15 for 2015. Here's hoping it's not too late.
2) Chino in Position for Bracelet #1
As live poker players go there are few in the game who have proven themselves as much over the years as Chino Rheem.
3-Time WPT champ; 1st time WSOP bracelet winner?
Not only a former November Niner (he finished 7th in 2008) Rheem has over $8.7m (!) in career live earnings along with 3 WPT titles, 2 APT titles and heaps of deep WSOP scores.
He's had his issues with paying back debts, for sure. But he's undeniably one of the best pound-for-pound poker players in the world.
Despite that impressive 13-year+ career in live poker he's yet to taste WSOP gold, though, with a 4th in the $10k PLO in 2014 his most recent near-miss.
Will that change today when he takes the chip lead into the final 19 in the $3k PLO 6-Max?
Hard to say, but with short-stacked vets Jeff Madsen and Roberto Romanello the only 'big' names standing in his way, it might be his time.
Follow along with the WSOP Live Updates and tune in for the final table live stream on the PokerGO app as per usual.
3) What's in the Fridge?
Former PokerStars pro Eugene Katchalov's unfit, unhealthy days are far behind him but that doesn't mean he still doesn't look to food to ease the soul-aching pain of a WSOP bustout:
He may have only gorged on some kale chips and a protein shake but we still empathize with him and everyone feeling the burn of a WSOP bustout.
What do you do to console yourself after a tough beat/bustout? Let us know in the comments.Poll