Is Chris Ferguson’s Full Tilt apology enough? Darren Elias wins another WPT title. Check out these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

Chris Ferguson Records Video Statement on Black Friday

Ahead of Chris “Jesus” Ferguson’s appearance at the World Series of Poker this summer, the former Full Tilt Poker executive has issued a short apology via video site Vimeo regarding Black Friday and the subsequent fallout surrounding Full Tilt.

“I deeply regret not being able to prevent Black Friday from happening…One day the Full Tilt Poker story will be told…” Watch the full 42-second statement below:

Chris Ferguson reaches out to the poker community from Chris Ferguson on Vimeo.

The apology comes some seven years after Full Tilt players had their funds frozen for many months until PokerStars ultimately bailed out players after purchasing Full Tilt.

Reaction to the apology has generally been unfavorable with many players questioning why it took so long and others saying that the apology didn’t go nearly far enough. Go here to view apologies from top players or the Two Plus Two forums to see how players as a whole are handling the news.

Quick Hitters

– Darren Elias became the first player ever to win four World Poker Tour titles after taking down the inaugural WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic at the Aria for a first place prize of $387,000. In winning the title, Elias needed to outlast 162 entries that included a final table of Joe McKeehen, Sam Panzica, and Jonathan Little.

With his victory, Elias has moved up above the $6 million mark in live tournament winnings.

Next up for the WPT is the WPT Tournament of Champions, which will run from May 24th to May 26th and feature dozens of former champions of WPT events. Keep up with live updates via the World Poker Tour website.

– An update on PokerStars Portugal’s inclusion into the PokerStars Europe Network. Non-Zoom cash games will continue to be segregated between Portugal and rest of the network due to a 5% rake maximum required by Portuguese regulators.

– Short Deck poker got a lot of attention last week at the Triton Super High Roller Series, but is this game a fad or here to stay?

– Joey Ingram sat down with Bryn Kenney over the last few days to discuss a variety of topics:

– The American Gambling Association has announced that they will oppose attempts to regulate sports betting at the federal level, opting instead to support state rights to provide their own regulations. The move comes in opposition to Orrin Hatch’s efforts to introduce federal level regulation framework.