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Today in the 3-Bet we find Jean-Robert Bellande getting as near to a WSOP bracelet as he might ever get, Mike “SirWatts” Watson taking over the GPI Player of the Year lead and vagabond poker pro Gareth Chandler offering up another great post from the road.
1) Jean-Robert Has Brush with Bracelet
To be fair, Jean-Robert Bellande has had some very deep runs in the WSOP Main Event that have come to unfair ends.
Would he have closed those events out for a bracelet of his very own? Probably not. But he has had a sniff of the final table and came within a hair of a bracelet with a runner-up finish in 2008.
He found an easier way of bringing one home with him from Australia though - by accidentally importing Daniel Negrenau's luggage with his WSOP APAC bracelet in it. And in true @BrokeLivingJRB fahsion, he even got Negreanu to pay the $75 overweight charges on his own bag!
Check the Twitter timelines for the full story; snapshot below:
Tired! Grabbed the wrong bag in LA and had to pay $75 cause it was 2 lbs over. Then realized its not my bag! It's @brokelivingjrb's bag— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 16, 2013
Watched @realkidpoker bag do countless laps at customs with no sign of mine (fake Tumi)... Yup#brokeluggageexchange twitter.com/BrokeLivingJRB…— Jean-Robert Bellande (@BrokeLivingJRB) April 16, 2013
I can say this now that my bag is safely en route- I packed bracelet #5 in my bag! @brokelivingjrb you were THAT close to owning your first!— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 17, 2013
2) Mike "SirWatts" Watson Passes Volpe in GPI POY Race
It's still super early, but there's never a bad time to be the Player of the Year leader is there?
The latest Global Poker Index POY rankings are out and it's good news for perpetually underrated crusher Mike "SirWatts" Watson.
Coming off of two 2nd-place finishes at EPT London in March, Watson leapfrogged Paul "paulgees84" Volpe to take over the current lead.
There's still a long way to go obv. but we're sure he won't mind claiming the top spot if even for a little while. The full GPI POY Top 10:
- 1. (+1) Michael Watson 524.77
- 2. (-1) Paul Volpe 501.54
- 3. (--) Daniel Shak 490.98
- 4. (+8) Ole Schemion 446.69
- 5. (-1) Christian Harder 410.03
- 6. (+32) Philipp Gruissem 396.73
- 7. (-2) Ana Laura Marquez 390.93
- 8. (-2) Scott Seiver 386.91
- 9. (-2) Yury Gulyy 355.17
- 10. (+6) Bryn Kenney 355.11
3) Gareth Chantler Continues South American Poker Odyssey
We told you about Gareth Chantler's last great travelogue about playing poker in Colombia and he's got a new post up on the PokerStars blog, again packed with South American poker stories.
This time he's in Buenos Aires, where he finds quitting at the right time a very valuable skill:
"I isolated a limper and the bearded man three-bet me once again. This time, it was to less than the minimum, but the dealer didn't notice. I did not mind - it didn't appreciably affect my bad intentions.
"I knew what kind of hand he had. That, it is worth pointing out, is neither necessary, nor sufficient, for a successful bluff.
Moving on to Uruguay next.
"When he called my four bet, the flop came seven, four, three, rainbow. I had ace eight offsuit - nothing. But the bearded man was weak; I could not give up on a huge pot.
"I had twenty five hundred pesos remaining at my disposal. I cut out seven-fifty, prepared to launch the rest on the turn. Again my opponent started talking, eyeing my stack. It seemed like this time he had given up.
"He shrugged his shoulders, picked up chips, and raised me to fifteen hundred. When I folded he slammed the table, he knew something had been up! I gathered my remaining chips to leave. Quitting is a skill.
"Before I did he told me two things. First, that he thought I had ace king and second, that he raised the flop, with two nines, to see where he stood. This meant that he had not folded the bottom of his range preflop. I began to realize the extent of my misread. I walked the piers back to the hostel."
It's another great post worth a full read; check it out on the PokerStars blog.