The WSOP to tweak its Player of the Year rankings for 2017. Massachusetts online gambling prospects dim for 2017. Read these stories and more in the Hit and Run.

New WSOP POY Rankings Tweaked,

The poker world is getting into the home stretch before the start of the World Series of Poker on May 31st (not counting the Daily Deepstack events the day before). Earlier this week, it was revealed that the WSOP November 9 era is over in favor of a July conclusion to the tournament. Now another change – this time the way the prestigious Player of the Year rankings are determined.

Beginning this year, the WSOP is axing the Global Poker Index formula for a new calculation, which has yet to be released but heavily influenced by industry-veteran Jessica Wellman. The new formula will aim to provide more balance in favor of lower buy-in tournaments and those that participate throughout the series.

King’s Casino will be sponsoring the award this year with a new proprietary formula. Regardless of specifics the new formula, you can bet that there will continue to be debate on the best way to determine Player of the Year honors. In addition to receiving the honor of Player of the Year, the player who achieves the feat this summer will receive a 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event seat in November as well as 2018 WSOP Main Event seat.

Quick Hitters

– With action concluding on May 23rd, The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) still has a few days of action with three Main Events (by buy-in type) on May 21st. Some relatively big names have recently made a showing in the series, with Kenny “SpaceyFCB” Hallaert and Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos winning events.

– Massachusetts online gambling hopes appear dead for 2017 according to the Massachusetts Senate president.

– The highly anticipated Super High Roller Bowl is less than 2 weeks away. Poker News today released an excellent breakdown of the 56 players scheduled to participate for the $300,000 buy-in Aria tournament.

– Grinderschool.com classic poker training video continues the series on Common Pitfalls in Poker. This is part 8 of a 13 part series.