Some big names sign up for the return of Poker After Dark. World Poker Tour to come to Japan. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

Poker After Dark to Return

Poker After Dark is making a return to Poker Central this month and a couple big names have been announced including Jean Robert Bellande and Doyle Brunson. The $100k buy-in $200/$400 cash game will run for three days starting on August 14th. The action will be broadcast live on Poker Central, a service that provides streaming on-demand video. Along with ESPN, Poker Central broadcasted various events during the World Series of Poker this summer.

Announced in July, Poker Central will broadcast Poker After Dark episodes year-round from the ARIA Resort and Casino. The episodes will feature both cash games and sit and gos in games such as No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and a variety of mixed games.

Brunson recently confirmed his appearance on Twitter:

A full lineup of the first Poker After Dark will be announced shortly by Poker Central. The original Poker After Dark aired on NBC from 2007 until 2011. Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu recently discussed some favorite Poker After Dark memories on the Poker Central podcast.

Quick Hitters

– The World Poker Tour is coming to Japan as the poker tour says the market is flourishing after recently legalizing Las Vegas-like casinos. The tour will go through Japan later this year from November 23rd to the 26th, where there will be four tournament events planned. The expansion into Japan comes on the heels of a recent stop in Beijing earlier this year and a scheduled stop in India in early November.

– 2017 WSOP Main Event Champion Scott Blumstein was getting ready to leave his seat as a professional poker player. Then he won the Main Event. Blumstein recently sat down with PhillyViews.com to discuss his life after winning poker’s biggest prize.

– 888 Holdings has capitalized on Google’s decision to allow real online gambling apps in the Google Play store. 888 associated brands include 888casino, 777, 888poker, 888sport, Wink Slots and Wink Bingo.

– Latest featured Grinderschool.com classic video series is on Beating Pot Limit Omaha Micros. The first episode in a 6-part series on starting hands.