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Today in the 3-Bet we find an unassuming Canadian taking the POY lead, Kristen Bicknell joins the party and how poker saved a father-daughter relationship.
1) Mariz Wonts Gets Million!
What a week it’s been for Montrealer Pablo Mariz.
As we found out yesterday Mariz got his start in poker just like most of us – low-stakes SnGs with his friends and then a slow climb up the low- and mid-stakes cash games.
He’s hit the WSOP for the past couple of years but with only modest success, cashing four times last year for about $15,000 total.
Today, he’s a poker millionaire.
In the space of a week Mariz has taken his career live earnings from around $89k to $1.3m. First, he and his friend, David Guay, finished 2nd in the $1k Tag Team event for $46k.
Last night he lived out the ultimate poker player’s dream by turning his $1,500 Millionaire Maker buy-in into $1.22m.
As he put it, “It’s a dream come true. I’ve always dreamed about this. I’ve been coming here for six years and thinking about this.”
As an added bonus his huge win over 7,760 runners has also planted him atop the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year race, ahead of such luminaries as Barry Greenstein, Aditya Agarwal, Dario Sammartino, Bertrand Grospellier and, of course, Daniel Negreanu.
What a run! Massive congratulations to him and all the unassuming grinders out there! Your turn just might be next.
2) Kristen Bicknell Joins Team partypoker
Speaking of unassuming Canadians and WSOP bracelet winners …
The awesome Kristen Bicknell has impressed plenty over the past couple of years with big scores online, on the WPT and by winning 2 WSOP bracelets of her own.
Now she’s part of one of the fastest-growing, most talented pro teams in poker.
partypoker announced this week it has signed Bicknell as its newest Canadian ambassador, where she’ll ‘help grow the Canadian poker community’ and ‘listen to feedback to help partypoker optimize both live and online poker for the Canadian poker market.’
“We have been looking to add a Canadian poker pro to our team for some time,” said partypoker Managing Director Tom Waters, “and I’m delighted that we have been able to appoint Kristen.
“I want to ensure that we are listening to players in the local communities and having such a great, personable individual like Kristen on board gives players the opportunity to pass on their feedback directly.”
Kristen will be sporting the partypoker patch at the WSOP where she’ll be looking to defend her $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty title from last year and her Ladies Championship from 2013.
3) Why Do You Love Poker?
Very cool initiative and hard to keep a dry eye watching these videos from PlayWPT.com. Check out Maria’s story by clicking on the image below:
Why do you love poker? Let us know in the comments below!