iPoker decides to merge player pools, a new report suggesting that Pennsylvania online poker may not be dead in 2015 after all and Helmuth appearance on Twitch this Saturday. All this and more in today’s edition of the Hit and Run.

iPoker Merging Player Pools

After nearly three years apart, the iPoker Network is finally getting the band back together. Beginning August 11th, the two player pools of the iPoker network — appropriately labeled iPoker1 and iPoker2 – will once again merge.

Poker players playing on any site on the iPoker network will have access to all cash game and Sit N go action (multi-table tournaments are already unified).

Originally split as a way to reward iPoker poker rooms for bringing in higher quality traffic (read: recreational players), the network had recently introduced a Sourced Based Rake that put more emphasis on recreational players to skins on the iPoker Network.

The new rake model appears to make it more palatable for sportsbooks that already on the iPoker Network as well as those possibly looking to join the network. This is due to the fact that, historically, sportsbooks tend to bring in more money and valued recreational players to the game.

iPoker2 network rooms include larger European brands such as William Hill, Paddy Power Poker and Betfair.

A Chip and a Chair for Pennsylvania Online Poker Legislation in 2015?

Pennsylvania state representive John Payne says that online poker is still on the table for Pennsylvania in 2015. Speculation had been that efforts were stalling this year but Payne said “nothing is further from the truth” when asked about the reports.

Budget issues and tax rates have been a primary cause for the pause thus far, but Payne says there is still a couple months to get something done this year. Various bills are up for consideration and if nothing is past this year, there is always next year.

Phil Helmuth to Twitch

Yesterday we told you that Jason Somerville is revamping his Twitch Podcast on August 16th. Perhaps not to be outdone, Phil Hellmuth has announced has announced his own Twitch appearance, slated for this this Saturday at noon at noon playing the PlayPineapple App on iOS.

Viewers will have to stay tuned to see the hijinks and somehow, we hope, he can work in a patented blowup.

Quick Hitters

-Today, Alex Weldon posted part 2 of his interview with Andrew Barber on Poker, Economics and Ethics. In this edition, Barber discusses some solutions for the issue of selling action at a markup.

-Isildur1 was the largest high stakes poker winner in July, according to a stats from HighStakesDB, says P5s.

-Terrance Chan of MMA and formerally of Ultimate Poker fame, has started a campaign to get former Poker Stars head Isai Scheinberg into the Poker Hall of Fame. Flushdraw’s Haley Hintz explains why that may not be a good idea.

-GVC Holdings has raised its bid to acquire BWIN.Party to 1.3 billion pounds. GVC is attempting to divert attention from a bid from 888 Holdings, which they confirmed to be worth 1 billion in May this year.

-When he’s not busy bringing an online hockey Franchise to Las Vegas, Daniel Negreanu is trying to help the efforts to bring online poker to California