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Today in the 3-Bet we find Jamie Gold's 2006 WSOP Main Event bracelet sold at auction (apparently against his will), Jason Mercier opening up the Twitter floor for questions and a ballsy yet ultimately unsuccessful turtle bluff snapped off at Guangzhou airport.
1) Jamie Gold Sells 2006 WSOP Bracelet
So Jamie Gold's 2006 WSOP Main Event bracelet - that from the richest Main Event ever and holding seven carats of diamonds and 120g of white and yellow gold - was sold at auction last night in Chicago.
The selling price was $65,725 to an anonymous bidder, says Heritage Auctions, who ran the sale.
Which is sort of weird on its own, we guess, but even weirder is the fact Gold says he didn't want to sell it at all. And it wasn't him who put it up for auction. Check this Bluff interview from the summer for more (skip to 1:35):
So... had he sold it to someone else already? Is Crispin Leyser back for more of his 50% cut? Oh, Jamie. If only winning $12 million made life easier.
2) Mercier Opens Twitter Floor for Lifestyle Questions
Ever wondered how many rabbits it would take, charging all at once, to bring Jason Mercier down?
Mercier spent 30 minutes answering Twitter questions from his fans last night and that was among the best for sure. Although 7 rabbits seems pretty low, no?
More illuminating answers below; check the rest on @JasonMercier.
3) Man Fails with Old "Turtle in Hamburger" Bluff
We've run some bad bluffs in our day (so so many, and so so bad) but never one quite as bold and awesome as this one recounted today in the South China Morning Post:
"The incident occurred on the morning of July 29, when a man, surnamed Li, was about to board China Southern Airlines flight 345 to Beijing, Guangzhou Daily reported.
"As Li passed through airport security, X-ray screening machines detected a few 'odd protrusions' sticking out of a KFC burger that the man had packed in his bag.
"Airport staff determined that the protrusions looked suspiciously like turtle limbs, and asked to inspect Li’s luggage.
“'There’s no turtle in there, just a hamburger,' Li reportedly insisted. 'There’s nothing special to see inside.'”
Li finally gave in to an inspection and his pet turtle was found inside the burger. When asked for an explanation, Li just said he wanted to travel with his “beloved” turtle.
Which is probably a better reason than we've ever given for anything tbh.