Daily 3-Bet: WPT Beijing Boom, Sit Down Hellmuth, NHL CCR

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at some solid numbers for WPT Beijing, Phil Hellmuth ballin’ and a credit card roulette that nearly bankrupted a young NHLer.

1) WPT Beijing Draws 400

The first-ever World Poker Tour Main Event in Beijing attracted 400 entries over the weekend, which is a positive sign for anyone that’s still waiting for that long-awaited poker boom in Asia.

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Bryan Huang looking good.

WPT Beijing, which is taking place at NUO Hotel Beijing as part of the 2017 Ourgame Chess & Card Festival, is a unique event because the field is made up of Chinese qualifiers from Ourgame’s social gaming service and international players.

Locals make up a large portion of the remaining 27 players in the tournament but PokerStars pro and Singapore national Bryan Huang leads with 1.1 million chips.

First place in the inaugural event will pay out $299,485 (with $15,000 to play in the 2018 WPT Tournament of Champions).

This is the first time the WPT has run a Main Event in China but a National Event has been held in Sanya for the last five years.

Tomorrow the remaining 27 players will reconvene and play down to a final table of six. You can follow along via the WPT live updates.

2) Take a Seat Phil Hellmuth

The NBA playoffs are back, which means so are the Golden State Warriors and super fan Phil Hellmuth.

As you might expect Hellmuth was front and center in the Warriors Game 1 win over the Portland Trail Blazers last night.

Hellmuth donned his extra-tight jersey and grabbed a seat with Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob. We’ll begrudgingly give Hellmuth fair dues to his #PHNiceLife hashtag in this case.

At least one fan wasn’t super happy with Hellmuth’s courtside stature, however.

3) Biznasty’s Epic Credit Card Roulette

Poker pros have been known to play some epic games of credit card roulette but it turns out NHLers are well versed in the practice as well.

Journeyman Paul “Biznasty” Bissonette, who once met Phil Hellmuth coincidentally, shared a pretty good tale of a nerve-wracking CCR from his early days yesterday on Twitter.

Who hasn’t at one point played a CCR that would break them?

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