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Today in the 3-Bet we find a decidedly local vibe to PokerStars Live in Sochi, a glimpse of Matt Berkey's Dead Money series and high-stakes pros get targeted.
1) A Round of Black Pudding
While the buzzing 888Live Barcelona festival wound down this weekend on the sunny beaches of Spain another big pokerfest was kicking off much further north on the shores of the Black Sea.
Not convinced on pudding.
The inaugural PokerStars Championship Sochi began earlier this week with the first-ever National Championship, a RUB 66,900 buy-in (around USD $1,200) No-Limit Hold'em event.
A healthy field of 756 entries grew the prize pool up to about RUB 43,999,200 and it was ultimately won by Russian Georgy Phillipovich (over a final table of all Russians) for RUB 6,313,500 (USD $122k).
Day 1A of the Main Event is now underway with a similarly local vibe to the field as Russian names, known and unknown, dominate the live updates.
To say it's a spelling challenge for the updaters would be an understatement. But they're plunging along with great updates with a touch of local flair including an early look at the food situation at Sochi Casino.
For one, it's apparently pretty good. For two, it also includes a menu item called "Russian Meat." What does it contain?
"black and green olives, sun-dried tomatoes, eight slices of black pudding, six slices of prosciutto, six slices of bresaola and a further eight slices of some cured animal that was impossible to distinguish from a distance."
Follow the PokerStars blog for more such delights. Notables on hand include Chris Moneymaker, Felipe Ramos, Luca Pagano, Alex Kostritsyn and Kitty Kuo, to name just a few.
2) Matt Berkey Is (Not) Dead Money
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3) Selbst, Smith Among High-Profile Hacks
When you're a high-stakes poker pro and a visible presence out there in the poker world and beyond, you're always at risk of being a target for professional thieves.
Not a fan of hacking experience.
In the past, this has come mostly in the form of Trojan implants though apps like TeamViewer or from stolen laptops - most of which are preventable via RSA tokens and more vigilant watch over computer interactions.
In the age of cybercurrency, though, there's a new hack in town. And it's taking over a mobile phone account.
Poker pros Vanessa Selbst, Dan Smith, Vanessa Rousso and more have recently been the subject of attacks that, as Forbes explains, originate with the hackers taking over a target's mobile humber, getting passwords redirected and gaining access to email, Dropbox accounts and more.
To be clear: this isn't a hack into a player's online poker account. It's an attempt to get at their cybercurrency, like BitCoins, which can be transferred into hacker accounts with more impunity.
Still, though: it's a reminder to all to keep close watch on our online security and passwords at all times. Better safe than sorry. More on the hacks from Smith and Selbst:
In the process of securing my shit. Apparently using google authenticator is >>> having your phone as as your backup.— Dan Smith (@DanSmithHolla) May 24, 2017
Hey guys so sorry, I was hacked :/ Everything's resolved now and everyone is ok— Vanessa Rousso (@VanessaRousso) May 23, 2017