Two big names join the Virtue Poker platform. The launch of Poker Masters means a big week for poker streams. Check out these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

Colman and Rast Join Virtue Poker

Dan Colman and Brian Rast have signed on to Virtue Poker, a poker platform with the cryptocurrency Ethereum. The new platform aims to offer players an elevated level of player fund protection, safeguards against fraud and a guarantee of game integrity.

Virtue Poker has been in development for over two years with real money expected to launch sometime in the middle of 2018. In addition to making poker more secure and safe, Virtue Poker also hopes to do it all while lowering costs.

“Our aim is to have the lowest rake in online poker to create a larger share of winning players, and encourage players to continue playing on our platform. The Virtue Poker team will be testing multiple rake structures and seeking feedback from the poker player community through our private beta before announcing our initial rake structure.”

Below is a preview of the poker room:

Big Week for Poker Streaming

This upcoming week is a big one for poker fans who enjoy streaming poker. Most notably, the Poker Masters will begin on September 13th with five events of $50,000/single rebuy action followed by a $100,000 buy-in Freezout on September 18th. PokerGo will have the coverage of the event, which includes the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu and others.

Poker Night in America will also be streaming from the Canadian Poker Championships beginning on September 11th through September 13th. Poker fans can catch the action on the Twitch channel for Poker Night in America with a 30 minute delay.

If that is not enough, you can also check out regular weekly live poker streams from StonesLivePoker, Live at the Bike, BellagioPOTS and countless live streams from professional poker players.

Quick Hitters

– The Australian online poker ban will be officially enacted this Wednesday, but PokerStars halted real money play in Australia today.

– Check out the trailer for In the life of a champion, a video series that will chronic Fedor Holz’s appearance at the Poker Masters:

– A great article from PokerStrategy’s Barry Carter posted over the weekend about poker economy. The piece takes a look at the economic theory of poker and why players don’t always act in the best interest of the game.

– Classic Grinderschool video of the day is part 2 of the series on Mastering Double Up or Nothing Sit N Gos.