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


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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Hellmuthclimbing 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.

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” Catesto 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:

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