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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at a PokerStars live events shake up, David Bach getting a hat trick and the Vegas Golden Knights getting a look at Roberto Luongo.
1) Report: Stuchly Out at PokerStars
PokerStars Director of Live Events Edgar Stuchly is leaving the company according to several reports from Germany.
Stuchly started with PokerStars in 2011, prior to the Amaya acquisition, and guided the EPT through several turbulent years.
Stuchly told us earlier this year that one of his major goals after taking on the Live Events position was to decrease the quantity of EPT events but increase the quality of each individual event.
It’s been a strange 12-month period for PokerStars live events with the beloved European Poker Tour ending operations and a lukewarm response to new Championship events in Panama and Sochi.
It hasn’t been all bad, however, as Barcelona continued to attract record-breaking numbers with some of the most well-attended high rollers ever.
It’s still unclear if Stuchly left the company or PokerStars let him go but we expect a statement from the company in the near future.
2) David Bach Snags Third Bracelet
It’s not every day you beat a final table that includes Daniel Negreanu AND Jason Mercier but that’s what David Bach managed to do this weekend.
Bach closed out the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship to take down $383,208 and his third WSOP bracelet.
Incredibly it was Bach’s second bracelet of the summer as he won the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice for $119k in the first week of June.
At this point it’s safe to say Bach is a true mix game master with his other bracelet coming in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament back in 2009.
You might think two bracelets in one summer would catapult Bach into first place on the Player of the Year leaderboard but this year’s system, which has faced a bit of criticism, puts him all the way down at 20th with 301 points thanks to the way it’s weighted.
Mercier and Negreanu finished fifth and sixth respectively and are both still chasing their first bracelet of the summer.
3) Roberto Luongo to Vegas?
All 30 NHL hockey teams released their lists of protected players for the upcoming Vegas Golden Knights Expansion draft.
One notable player that will be exposed to the expansion draft? One Roberto Luongo.
Luongo currently plays goal for the Florida Panthers but has a major passion for poker and has played the World Series of Poker twice, finishing 634th for $19,227.
There are a number of hockey players who have shown a predilection for poker in the past including Jeremy Roenick, Scottie Upschall, Phil Kessel, Mats Sundin but Luongo is the only one that has a Main Event cash to his name.
Living in Las Vegas would certainly give Luongo access to some great games but then again it’s not like Florida is lacking in that department.
Realistically Vegas has access to a number of high-profile goaltenders, including the Penguins Marc-André Fleury, so they’ll probably pass on Luongo’s long contract.
Dare to dream, right?