Hit and Run: Schemion, Mercier Seek EPT Final Table; Players to Watch at WSOP

Lots of pros are still alive as the EPT Grand Final plays to a final table. And who could win their first bracelet in Vegas this summer? It’s all in our daily wrap-up of the world of poker, the Hit and Run.

EPT

There are 34 players left at the European Poker Tour Grand Final main event. Jose Carlos Garcia is the chip leader, and pros in the mix include Ole Schemion, Scott Clements, Johnny Lodden, Connor Drinan, Jason Mercier, Stephen Chidwick, Felix Stephensen, and Isaac Haxton. Live updates and chip counts here.

Also at the EPT:
–An interview with Mercier, including some advice for the Spring Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars:

–Philipp Gruissem wins a €5K side event.

Bracelet breakthrough?

Which five players are poised to win their first bracelet this year? It’s a great question, and there are some great answers here. Online beast Chris Moorman, who also plays pretty great live, tops the list. Ari Engel, David Peters, Chris Klodnicki and Brett Richey round out the selections.

WPT

Just the final table remains at the WPT Canadian Spring Championship, which is devoid of star power with the EPT getting a lot of the pros. The biggest name left is the short stacker, former WPT winner Dylan Wilkerson. Trevor Delaney is the chip leader as players vie for a top prize of $218K. Live updates and chip counts here.

Quick hitters

–Daniel Negreanu talks about being vegan.
–Part seven in Alex Weldon’s series on challenges of innovation in poker: Socialist Poker.
Online cash-game traffic continues to decline, mostly due to the million-dollar Spin & Go promotion at PokerStars, and similar “lottery” tourneys.
–Former World Series of Poker main event champ Johnny Chan is leading an effort to acquire the Mongolian National Lottery.
–Interviews with PokerStars pro Randy “nanonoko” lew and Team PokerStars Online’s Katerina Malasidou.
–Maria Ho appears in PokerListings’ Best Poker Moments video series:

–Updates on online poker efforts in California and Pennsylvania.
–People who do online-only gaming are less likely to have bad gaming habits than their live counterparts.
–A look at some new promotions at Borgata Poker in New Jersey.
–The latest on Full Tilt Poker remissions for Americans.
–A beloved grinder in the poker community, Robert “Uncle Krunk” Panitch, passed away.

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