Daily 3-Bet: King Hellmuth, Jungle Tilt Off, Hollywood PAD

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Hellmuth climbing the KOTH mountain, Dan Cates makes peace with his tilt and a touch of Hollywood for Poker After Dark.

1) Phil Won’t Give In

Of the four players signed up to battle in the $200,000 Poker Night in America King of the Hill heads-up showdown, Phil Hellmuth was likely the least feared as a HU player.

2016 WSOP Phil Hellmuth

No quit in Phil.

As always with Phil, though, you can’t discount the White Magic.

Not only did Hellmuth advance past his first heads-up opponent, the ultra-tough heads-up boss Doug Polk, he dispatched another HU legend in Dan “Jungleman12” Cates to win the KOTH title yesterday.

He did it in vintage Hellmuthian fashion, too, by coming back from a 34-1 chip disadvantage in the rubber match to win the final 2-1.

A known short-stack ‘aficionado,’ so to speak, this was a remarkable comeback even by Hellmuth standards and he himself afterwards he “had to get lucky’ to do it.

He did get Cates to shockingly fold trip 10s, though, and said he “never, ever gives up” – and there’s certainly something to be said for that. Watch the match in its entirety below:

2) Jungleman Makes Peace

So how does Dan Cates feel about being on the opposite side of the Hellmuthian White Magic forces? Surprisingly, not so bad:

lost to @phil_hellmuth in the most tilting way possible on @PokerNightTV, who put up quite a good battle esp for not being a HU player

— Daniel Cates (@junglemandan) August 24, 2017

In a vacuum I actually don’t mind to much to lose to @phil_hellmuth, aside from internet trolls trying extra hard to tilt my face off.

— Daniel Cates (@junglemandan) August 24, 2017

Now that … that’s some personal growth right there. Props to the Jungleman.

3) A Touch of Hollywood on PAD

After last week’s blockbuster return of Tom Dwan to the Poker After Dark lineup – and the return of the show itself – poker fans have been champing at the bit for more action.

Igor Kurganov Liv Boeree 2017 WSOP 5544

Poker’s “it” couple, too.

Thankfully PAD and PokerGO have delivered with more great nights of poker this week featuring Ben Lamb, Nick Schulman, Matt Berkey, Mike Matusow and more in $25k SnG action.

To cap the week off they’ve added a splash of Hollywood to the mix tonight with producer Randall Emmett of Lone Survivor and Starz TV show Power.

Also in the mix tonight are poker’s preeminent power couple Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree, “bong hog” John Morgan, the great Jason Koon and Greg “FBT” Mueller.

Check it out on PokerGO tonight!

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