The WPT Five Diamond Classic beats an event record. Jake Cody’s new video blog earns rave reviews. Poker Stars announces their 2017 TCOOP schedule. These stories and more are in today’s Hit and Run.

WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic Attracts Over 677

One of the most popular WPT stops is well underway. The WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic drew 519 on Day 1 action and another 158 plus on Day 2, beating last year’s 639 and eclipsing an all-time high. The previous record for the event was achieved 2007 when 664 players joined the tournament over 2 days. The prize pool that year was just shy of $10 million. Players could buy into the tournament with $10,400 or through satellites.

By 6 PM ET on Tuesday, just under 400 entrants remained with Robin Hegele the ship leader at 183k. Phil Helmuth and Mike Sexton were among those knocked out.

Keep up with live updates from the official World Poker Tour website. The tournament is scheduled to last until December 10th.

If you’re playing in the WPT Five Diamond or any other future WPT tournaments, you’ll definitely want to check out the MyWPT app, a resource exclusively available to players who join the tour. Players can chat with WPT and casino staff, follow live updates as well as alert reporters on the scene about exciting hands.

Here is a intro on the MyWPT app:

Quick Hitters

– England’s Jake Cody, a WPT and EPT champion and 2011 WSOP Bracelet winner, is the latest poker player to start a video blog. The well-edited vblog was launched in mid November and encompasses in-depth commentary that covers the life of being a poker player, some tips as well as a personal “hole cam” recorded at his live tables. The verdict so far? It’s actually pretty solid.

Check out the pilot below. If you like what you see, another half-dozen are already available.

PokerStars has announced their TCOOP 2017 schedule. Over 65 events, PokerStars will guaranteed $15 million in prizes. The chips start flying on January 18th with the action running until January 29th.

– But how much did you lose? For professional poker players, meeting with family during the holidays can be a stressful time. There are many misconceptions that civilians can have about poker players. PokerUpdate’s James Guill breaks down some of the most common stereotypes that players face in a recent article.

– In other PokerStars news, Amaya Gaming David Baazov CEO and Chairman continues to face criticism for his recent offer to acquire the company. Investor SpringOwl complained in a letter about Baazov’s offer and also rejected any future relationship with Baazov. Despite the obstacles Baazov faces, OPR says that the bid cannot be counted out yet.