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Today in the 3-Bet we find Will Kassouf off and racing, high-stakes underground poker in Cambodia and a revisit to the High Stakes Poker profit/loss list.
1) Kassouf At It Again
For those who still think British solicitor/poker pro Will Kassouf is just a fast-talking, one-trick, speech play pony? You might want to reconsider.
More game than you think.
Kassouf, as we all now, exploded into the spotlight last summer with his epic performances in the WSOP Main Event.
His 17th-place, $338,288 cash was by far his career high but if you check his Hendon Mob since he's shown he's not fading back into the woodwork anytime soon.
First there was a 2nd for £30,000 in Nottingham last September. Then, of course, the famous EPT High Roller deal for €532,500 and the trophy.
He's back in Nottingham this week for the £6m partypoker Millions and, chances are, we'll be hearing much more from him (pun intended) there.
He's off to a smashing start on Day 1e with over 2.3m in chips and, once they switch the live stream over to the Main Event tomorrow we imagine Kassouf will be front and center.
If he holds on to those chips, of course.
2) "Moving to Cambodia Was a No-Brainer"
Low rake. Super soft high-stakes games. Plenty of sunshine. Dirt cheap cost of living.
Live at the Riverking (Photo: Sam Jam, SouthEast Asia Globe)
Sounds like the ideal place for a poker player, yeah? What if we told you it was Cambodia?
The developing nation tucked between Thailand and Vietnam has moved up to become a "lower-middle income economy" over the past decade or so and poker players have taken notice.
According to writer Sam Bradpiece in the Southeast Asia Globe, so much so that "Western players are flocking to Cambodia to exploit the country’s illegal poker scene."
That scene is centered around the Riverking poker room in a 'dilapidated' Phnom Penh hotel where the stakes are high (pots have reached $60,000) and games are soft, although variants and betting procedures can be random.
Says 56-year-old Gareth ‘The Nugget’ Jones: “The poker is easier and better here [than in the UK]; there’s more action. [Moving to Cambodia] was a no-brainer.”
3) David Benyamine Won $900,000 on High Stakes Poker
Despite it going off the air six years age, not a day goes by where we don't think about infamous poker show High Stakes Poker.
A tweet from Jake Cody today reminded us of it yet again and led us to revisit a few of the profit/loss totals for players on the show.
Is there a list of all time profit/loss from all seasons of High Stakes Poker anywhere??— Jake Cody (@JakeCody) April 19, 2017
Even though it's kind of old news and we knew it already ... man. There were some wild numbers for that show.
A few highlights are below. All counts are unofficial, of course.
Crushed on HSP.
Tom Dwan +1,756,500
David Benyamine +904,150
Johnny Chan +616,600
Mike Matasow +609,350
Doyle Brunson +538,150
Patrik Antonius +418,490
Phil Ruffin +396,700
Phil Ivey +332,400
Eli Elezra +312,650
Erick Lindgren +273,550
Haralobos Voulgaris +272,200
Mimi Tran +251,400
David (Viffer) Peat +209,400
Brad Booth +205,600
Guy Laliberte +188,950
Not so much.
Jason Mercier -165,500
Sam Farha -171,650
Andreas Hoivold -189,300
Todd Brunson -202,400
Jamie Gold -217,140
Daniel Alaei -222,300
Erik Boneta -233,400
Shawn Sheikhan -243,900
Dario Minieri -328,400
Ilari (Ziigmund) Sahamies -362,150
Robert Croak -372,500
Bill Klein -430,700
Phil Galfond -431,500
Daniel Negreanu -2,000,150
Man. What a show. What was your favorite moment on High Stakes Poker?