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Today in the 3-Bet we find Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom getting a WCOOP first, Seth Davies misclicks at the Masters and a major challenge brewing on Poker After Dark.
1) Isildur Wins 1st WCOOP
While all of the poker world is either bowing down to or trying to figure out just who "The Goose" is today, let's not forget about one of the OGs of mysterious poker buzz.
There was a time back in the day when, as he took on all comers and tore up the game's highest-stakes online, "Isildur1" was just a nickname to most.
When it was revealed to be Sweden's Viktor Blom and he became a sponsored pro a bit of the mystique wore off but there were still plenty who saw Blom as a true revelation in poker - and the game's future.
Fast forward a decade or so and Blom has morphed into a semi-strange figure in the game. He still battles it out at the highest-stakes games online (and occasionally live) but the "awe factor" has faded.
There's no doubt he still has chops, though, as he proved yesterday by winning the $2,100 WCOOP HORSE event - an event he finished runner-up to Daniel Negreanu in last year.
It's Blom's first WCOOP title, which is somewhat surprising given how long he's been around (he has 3 SCOOP wins incl. Main Event).
And it's an interesting footnote on a day the Germans are being universally pegged as the greats of the day. More about Blom's win here.
2) Tough Moment for Seth Davies
We've all done it. But you certainly never wish for it to happen to someone in a huge moment like at the final table of the Poker Masters $100k.
Davies still managed to take 4th for $324,000 so it's not all bad news. But, ouch.
3) Hellmuth vs. Germans Coming to Poker After Dark
If you haven't caught up with all the Phil Hellmuth vs. Daniel Negreanu vs. the Germans banter firing on Twitter over the last 24 hours, catch up here.
In a nutshell? Daniel said the Germans are the best NL tournament players in the world and he needs to work to improve his game to catch up. He also suggested they play rings around Hellmuth; Hellmuth disagreed vehemently.
Many, many people chimed in - including poker pro and commentator David Williams, who threw out this potential challenge:
Now, because poker is amazing like that, it just might be a thing in December on Poker After Dark - as long as Phil's 'schedule isn't too busy.'
I was invited to every PAD (Poker After Dark). I LOVE PAD, but my schedule has been JAMMED UP! Maybe December. My terms in next tweet. https://t.co/naK3g05OS8— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 21, 2017
Terms: PAD on @PokerGo: 3 days in-a-row. Day 1: 25K buy in sit and go. Day 2: 25K buy in cash game $100-$200 blinds. Day 3: not sure yet!— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 21, 2017
We'll be back in December. Pls make this happen @PokerGO— Stefan Schillhabel (@becksundsoda) September 21, 2017
God bless us. What a time we live in. Also god bless to Dominik Nitsche who's trying his best to get in the game, too.
I'd sit on @RunGo0seRun's lap to play in this game. Let's gooo— Dominik Nitsche (@DominikNitsche) September 21, 2017
Also: respect to Daniel who will take the Challenge on with or without Phil:
An honest post game discussion about hands I played and any and all mistakes I made. I'll pay for the lessons.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 21, 2017