Soccer’s biggest star joins PokerStars. And the biggest tournament series in the world gets underway. It’s all in our daily wrap-up of the world of poker, the Hit and Run.

Ronaldo to PokerStars

It’s hard to trump the World Series of Poker as it gets ready to start, but PokerStars did so with the signing of the best soccer player on the planet. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is joining Team PokerStars, the online poker site announced today. PokerStars has now likely given giant suitcases full of cash to a pair of soccer stars, after also signing Brazil’s Neymar earlier this year. Clearly, the site is banking on the signings to bring a lot of new players to the game, and a lot of money into PokerStars’ coffers. Will the strategy pay off? Are more sports stars going to get deals from PokerStars? Only time will tell.

WSOP begins

So, maybe you’ve heard of this thing called the World Series of Poker. It starts today. Want to follow along? Here’s our guide to keeping up with the action. A $5K NLH event and the casino employees tourney kick things off. Live updates here.

Other WSOP nuggets and stories:
–Apparently, 2008 main event winner Ivan Demidov never got paid after a staking deal allegedly went wrong.
–The $565 Colossus is already the biggest live poker tournament ever held, and it’s still two days away from starting.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal previews the WSOP.
Some mainstream coverage via Yahoo.
–A roundup of what’s new and notable this year.
A look inside the Rio before the start of the WSOP. And a look at how the Pavilion Room goes from empty to full:

–Dan Smith leads the BLUFF power rankings heading into the summer in Vegas.

Quick hitters

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom streamed while playing on Unibet Poker.
Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” Kanit won the Spring Championship of Online Poker main event, while Jason Mercier took down player of the series.
–A California online poker bill continues to run into stumbling blocks, ahead of a committee vote today.
–Pennsylvania’s budget talks and online gambling legislation could intersect.
–It’s stud and draw week at PokerStars.
–Updates from the Eureka Hamburg and the APPT Macau.
–Are you able to count outs correctly?
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