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WSOP 3-Bet: Hellmuth at War, Barron on Grind, Aussie Matt Burns

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Hellmuth declaring war on, well, everybody, Phoenix Sun Earl Barron gets on his grind and Aussie high-roller Matt Kirk lights up the Aria Super High Roller cash game.

1) Hellmuth: At War with… Himself?

While our attention was decidedly diverted by the $ 250k Super High Roller cash game at Aria yesterday we did, of course, follow the playdown of the $ 111,111 High Roller for One Drop.

A big deal in its own right it ended up being even bigger with Phil Hellmuth at the final table vying for his 15th bracelet.

While he managed to avoid calling anyone an idiot he did end up declaring “war” on several players throughout the day. Dan Colman, in particular. But also several other players along the way:

War has been declared by @phil_hellmuth against @sorelmizzi @ConnorDrinan me & @MattStoutPoker. That leaves 2 neutral parties.

— Andy Frankenberger (@AMFrankenberger) June 29, 2015

Whatever strategy Phil was employing to flank his opponents failed, however, as he ultimately lost his chip lead and fell in sixth while former world champ Jonathan Duhamel walked away with the $ 4m.

As always, his biggest battle appears to be with himself.

Played my best poker for 24 levels in @WSOP #OneDrop, then DID NOT protect my chip lead at Final Table: 6th place, my fault! #PHMessedUp

— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) June 30, 2015

Read the full account of Hellmuth’s day here.

2) Earl Barron Grinding WSOP Like a Pro

We’ve spotted 7’0″ NBA reg Earl Barron at the WSOP several times before but this year he’s standing out for more than just his height.

Earl Barron
Barron: Game is tight.

His poker game seems better than ever as testified by his two cashes already – a 613th in the Millionaire Maker and a 350th in the 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em event.

He’s back at it again the the $ 1,111 Little One for One Drop today and is already building a stack. He’s even tweeting like a seasoned grinder!

That brings his career total up to six WSOP cashes and around $ 80k in total earnings – impressive for a guy who also happens to be one of the 300 or so best basketball players in the world.

Barron finished up the season this year with the Phoenix Suns and as free agency in the NBA opens today at 9 pm we expect him to be receiving a few calls – possibly at the table later.

We’ll keep you posted if he changes hats or anything.

3) Aussie Matt Lights Up $ 250k Cash Game

Matthew Kirk
Aussie Matt (w/ hair)

We don’t want to spoil it for those waiting on the TV show of the Aria $ 250k Super High Roller Cash Game, but wow: Did “Aussie Matt” Kirk ever light a fire under the game yesterday when he rolled in.

He also, as it turned out, set fire to a quick $ 500k in buy-ins before finally coming out on the right end of a flip with Ivey. To grab the spotlight at a table that included Jen Tilly, Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari and JRB among others … that’s also saying something.

Speculation naturally ran wild about Kirk’s background (and his semi-twitchy behavior at the table). Here’s what we found:

 

One of the biggest high-stakes cash-game PLO players from Australia who’s been playing in Las Vegas/LA for past few years Was the player who had $ 400k in poker chips stolen from his apartment in LA earlier this year Was reportedly playing Ivey in a massive heads-up PLO session for previous 48 hours and was down over $ 1m Reportedly lost over $ 1m in previous sessions with Phil Laak (twice) and others

Based on his play yesterday most seem to think he’s the fish at the table but the sample size was fairly limited. Will he be back today?

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Poker Spectator Collapses in Midst of WSOP Hand, Rushed to Hospital

His condition is unknown.

The incident occurred during a critical moment of the tournament with poker pro Dan Colman all-in with K J against businessman/poker player Bill Klein’s A A on a J 5 2 flop.

The man collapsed and the tournament was immediately paused with action still pending.

Paramedics were rushed to the Rio and attempted to resuscitate him for approximately 15 minutes with no success before the man was finally taken to the hospital.

Approximately 30 minutes later action resumed in the tournament and the board finished with the T and then the 6 to eliminate Colman’s chances of winning $ 3.9m.

A Surreal Moment in High-Stakes Poker

Jason Duval
Jason Duval spoke to the victim moments before the incident.

French Canadian poker pro Jason Duval saw the experience first hand because he was standing right next to him in the stands.

“I talked to him like three minutes before it happened. He was rooting for Colman. I was watching the hand. I don’t know what happened — I looked back and he was on the floor struggling.”

Duval said they tried to help but to no avail.

“At one point he was breathing,” he said. “We told him he was going to be OK. Then he started breathing… I don’t know. His chances aren’t looking good.”

WSOP Media Coordinator Nolan Dolla has decades of experience working poker tournaments but said he’d never seen anything quite like it.

“It was bizarre,” he said. “It was completely surreal. It was happening at the crescendo of the tournament.

“He appeared unresponsive, someone Tweeted he had a pulse though.”

$ 111k One Drop Winner: “I Hope He’s OK”

Jon Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel

Eventual $ 111k WSOP One Drop champ Jonathan Duhamel, who won $ 3.9 million, said the incident put things in perspective.

“It’s so unfortunate and I hope that this guy is alright and I give all my thoughts and all my prayers to this guy and I really hope he’s alright.

“I don’t know what to say. The whole room didn’t know what to do in that situation. It was really sad and we all hope he’s going to be okay.

“This is just a poker tournament and something like this puts it in perspective. It wasn’t that important in the end…”

WSOP tournament director Jack Effel confirmed said there was no update on his condition as of approximately 2 a.m.

“We’ll have something in the morning,” said Effel. “Hopefully sooner.”

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

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