Hit and Run: Big Names Near Lead at EPT Grand Final; TV’s CSI Does Online Poker

Ole Schemion and some PokerStars pros are crushing the EPT Grand Final main event. And a CBS TV show is gonna crap all over online poker. It’s all in our daily wrap-up of the world of poker, the Hit and Run.

ONLINE POKER BAD

A new episode of “CSI: Cyber” on CBS appears as though it will confirm all of our Sheldon Adelson’s worst fears. Namely, that online gaming marks the end of civilization as we know it. Well, maybe not that bad, but clearly the episode is going to make online poker and iGaming seem like a really bad thing. More here.

EPT

The European Poker Tour Grand Final is down to 125 players, being led by one of the best tournament players in the world, Ole Schemion. There are some other huge names near the chip lead: Jason Mercier and Vanessa Selbst. Other pros doing well include Isaac Haxton, Stephen Chidwick, Scott Clements and Dzmitry Urbanovich. Updates and chip counts here, report here. Stream of the day 2 action below:

In other EPT-related news:
–Scott Seiver reached his third final table of the series, winning the €5K pot-limit Omaha event. More here.
–In our latest look at poker’s power rankings, those final tables helped Seiver ascend to No. 1 in the Global Poker Index. That ended a long reign by Schemion.
–A look at Daniel Negreanu’s short day.
–Awesome:

–PokerStars releases some of the details of season 12, including a return to Dublin. More on the announcement:


–Sean Astin talks about playing with Phil Ivey and other poker nuggets:

WPT

Just 15 players are left at the World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship. Former champions Eric Afriat and Dylan Wilkerson are among those vying for a final table, as are Jonathan Karamalikis and Jeff Gross. Updates and chip county here.

More with Gross:

Quick hitters

–The Riviera in Las Vegas officially closes its doors.
–Watch out for the Europeans at the World Series of Poker.
–There’s a new PokerStars LIVE card room at the Casino de la Vallée in Saint-Vincent, Italy.
Crypto-logoed poker chips are apparently a thing people pay for.
What do mixed-game players know that we don’t?
–April was another awful month for Macau gaming.
–The week in poker podcasts.

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