Daily 3-Bet: Holz vs Go0se, Kempe vs George, Daniel vs Phil

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Today in the 3-Bet we find two Top Guns duking it out for the Purple Jacket, Rainer Kempe re-imagined and shots fired between poker legends 1A and 1B.

1) Maverick v. Go0se

After 7 days, millions of dollars in buy-ins and dozens of impossibly intense, high-level poker hands, it all comes down to this.

A jacket to go with the haircut?

Six elite poker players return to try and become the first-ever Poker Masters champion and wear the Purple Jacket.

The heavy favorites? Fedor Holz and Steffen 'Go0se.core!' Sontheimer.

Holz, of course, is the best tournament player in the world (more on this later) of late with a mind-boggling, multi-million-dollar series of results over the past 24 months that will likely never be matched.

Sontheimer is the heir apparent, anointed by King Holz himself as the best player in the game right now

It's an epic showdown on Highlander/Rocky v Drago levels and we can't wait to watch it all play out on PokerGO shortly.

Mind you there's still a chance any of the six can claim the crown depending on how it plays out - as long as Sontheimer crashes out early. Here's how they stack up to start:

1. Fedor Holz 1,471,000
2. Christian Christner 1,367,000
3. Steffen Sontheimer 1,354,000
4. Stefan Schillhabel 1,218,000
5. Justin Bonomo 1,050,000
6. Seth Davies 740,000

2) Rainer Kempe ... You are the Weakest Leak!

If you didn't already know (more on this later), the elite group of German high-rollers who descended on the Poker Masters this week are, by verdict of those in the know, the best in the game right now.

Rainer Kempe
Rough week for Kempe.

Holz, Sontheimer, Stefan SchillhabelChristian ChristnerKoray Aldemir and Rainer Kempe as a group of friends/horses/poker thinkers have clearly shown they're a step ahead of the standard in tournament poker.

With four of them at the final table of the $100k today - and all over the final tables all week - it's not a big leap to say it's beyond variance with this group.

It's hasn't been smooth sailing for everyone this week, though, as Kempe, $5m winner of the Super High Roller Bowl in 2016, has failed to cash - much to the delight of the playful Sam Grafton:

When you have a super strong franchise but it's let down by just one weak link..pic.twitter.com/TxEMQDehuB— — Sam Grafton (@SquidPoker) September 19, 2017

Lol. Btw, if you're not a big Bond fan that's George Lazenby (of On Her Majesty's Secret Service) Grafton's comparing Kempe to. And we beg to differ he's the worst Bond - that's Pierce Brosnan by a mile.

3) Daniel Looks In, Phil Lashes Out

When you've been at the top of your chosen profession for years it's hard to hear you've been surpassed by younger, more talented players who've put the time and effort in to re-shape how the game is played.

Some, like Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel, have acknowledged the winds of change and worked to bring their skill level up accordingly.

Some, like, Phil Hellmuth, refuse to give up the mantle just yet - despite a raft of evidence to the contrary - as demonstrated by an amazing Twitter exchange spurred by Negreanu' yesterday.

The full thread/conversation is really quite amazing and worth a full read; excerpts/highlights below:

More thoughts from Negreanu about it below along with a parallel perspective that seems to fit. Enjoy!Poll

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