Hit and Run: WPT Champ Is Just 22; Hellmuth, Laak on ‘Poker Night’

Dustin Gouker : April 22nd, 2015


The World Poker Tour event in Florida crowns a very young champ. And the stars come out for Poker Night in America. It’s all in our daily wrap-up of the world of poker, the Hit and Run.


A 22-year-old — Griffin Paul — took down the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $1 million. Paul had just $75,000 in live tournament cashes before the victory…not surprising given his age. Story here. He beat former WSOP champion Joe Ebanks heads-up.

Also, Anthony Zinno — who has won two WPT events this year — took over the top spot in BLUFF’s player of the year race with a runner-up finish in a side event in Florida. Details here.

Poker night

The latest episode of Poker Night in America is out; you can watch below. It features a pretty sweet lineup of Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak, Liv Boeree and Shaun Deeb, among others.

The scene of the next episode, with action being filmed next week, is Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia. The table there will include Hellmuth, Deeb, Andy Frankenberger, Tom Schneider, Alec Torrelli, Darren Elias and Dan Shak. Details here.

Quick hitters

–Dan Bilzerian and a giraffe. What else can we say?

More on the shutdown of Nanjing Millions in China, which may have run afoul of Chinese law because it allowed unlimited rebuys.
–A weird story from Europe, where an Italian player won $60K in a MicroMillions event. He tried to withdraw some of his winnings, but was told poker was illegal in the German state where he lived and played. More here.
–Former Lock Poker pro Bryan “PrimordialAA” Pellegrino opens up after his former employer shuttered its virtual doors.
–Ranking all of the possible starting hands in no-limit hold’em.
–A Pennsylvania state senator said he is “willing to look” at online gambling bills.
–A hearing on online poker in California is postponed.
–A bill in Nevada that would limit interstate compacts for iGaming to just online poker gets some traction. Currently, Nevada and Delaware share online poker liquidity.
–PokerFuse gives us its impressions of the iGaming North America Conference.
–A look back at an ace-high call by former World Series of Poker Main Event winner Pius Heinz.

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