Kevin Eyster and Fedor Holz book $1.5 million wins at Bellagio. Alex Millar talks about his decision to leave PokerStars. Three New York casinos green lighted. And more.

Kevin Eyster wins WPT Bellagio

Kevin Eyster is now $1.5 million richer after prevailing over a very tough WPT Bellagio Five Diamonds final table to win his second career WPT Championship – Eyster won the 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Further, the seven-figure payday sent his lifetime tournament earnings over the $4 million mark.

The win also pushed Eyster to the top of the WPT Player of the Year race, just ahead of one of his final table competitors, Cate Hall, whose hardliner stance against the WPT Royal Flush Girls was featured in yesterday’s Hit & Run.

Fedor Holz wins WPT Alpha 8 Las Vegas

While Eyster was busy winning $1.5 million at the WPT Five Diamonds Championship final table, Fedor Holz was busy accumulating a massive chip lead (according to the WPT website Holz had 40% of the chips in play with eight players remaining) in the $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha 8 tournament that capped off the Five Diamonds tournament series at the Bellagio.

The next day Holz returned to the Bellagio and put those chips to good use, winning the 44-player tournament, and adding $1.5 million to his lifetime tournament earnings.

Daniel Negreanu made a solid run at the title, but couldn’t overcome Holz’s advantage and finished in third place.

Quick Hitters

– iGaming Business has produced a white paper titled, ‘Shadow blocking: the response of the igaming industry to the rise of ad-blocking’ penned by iGB contributor Scott Longley.

– New York gaming regulators have officially approved the licenses of three new casinos that are currently under construction in upstate New York. The three casinos are: the Montreign Resort Casino in Thompson; the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady; and Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre.

– It looks like Phil Ivey will end  2015 as online poker’s biggest loser, down nearly $2.5 million at the time of writing.

– Alex Weldon takes a look into poker’s future in his latest installment of the Forum Files, as predictions for 2016 dominate this week’s highlighted forum threads.

– Alex Millar talks to Cardplayer Magazine about his decision to leave PokerStars Team Online.