Hit and Run: Zinno Claims PoY at WPT Championship; Brains Vs. AI Guide; PokerStars Pros On Twitch

The World Poker Tour Championship is into day 2. A look at everything you need to know about the pros vs. computer heads-up poker challenge. And PokerStars pros are streaming on Twitch more and more. It’s all in our daily wrap-up of the world of poker, the Hit and Run.

WPT Championship

The World Poker Tour Championship is underway at the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Former WPT winner Jonathan Jaffe is the current chip leader. Other pros doing well on day 2 include Keven Stammen, Tony Dunst, Jason Mercier, Scott Clements, and Carlos Mortensen, among others. Just 239 entrants in this one, which is down a lot from last year, which had more than 300 for the same price point, at the same venue.

Also, Anthony Zinno officially became the player of the year when Darren Elias busted from the tournament today. Both players had won twice on the WPT this season, and both did it back-to-back. But Zinno was able to claim the honor.

PokerStars + Twitch

We knew PokerStars was getting serious about Twitch. But it became even more evident this month, as lots more of the online poker site’s pros have given Twitch a try, to good results. From Daniel Negreanu to Liv Boeree, we take a look at some of the site’s stars that are now live streaming.

California poker

So, Monday’s a pretty big day if you want to see regulated online poker grow in the United States. The nation’s biggest state is holding a hearing in the legislature that will go a long way toward determining whether we’ll see online poker in California in the near future, or at all. So, if you’re in California, or even if you know anyone in California, and you have an interest in being able to play poker online in the future, read this, and do the linked call to action.

Brains vs. AI

A challenge between four heads-up poker pros and a computer program kind of snuck up on the poker community this week. It’s taking place in Pittsburgh over the course of two weeks, pitting the likes of Doug Polk (WCGRider) and Dong Kim (Donger Kim) against a bot called Claudico, developed by Carnegie Mellon University. The whole thing is being streamed on Twitch. Check out our Viewers’ Guide here.

Quick hitters

–The European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monaco is on tap. Here’s a look at what to watch for.
–You can watch the last day of Celebrity Cash Kings featuring Dan Colman, Liv Boeree, Daniel “Jungleman” Cates, George Danzer, Philipp Gruissem and Ole Schemion on Monday:

Watch live video from PokerRoomKings on www.twitch.tv

–A breakdown of the $500K buy-in Super High Roller Bowl at Aria scheduled for this summer, which is now up to an amazing 58 registered players.
In Forum Files, Negreanu says don’t go pro, and some smack talk about Tom “durrrr” Dwan.
–“bbvisbadforme” is the current leader in the high-stakes online cash games for this year, up over a million dollars.
–Updates from the Mid-States Poker Tour Canterbury Park.
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