A surprise appearance at the PokerStars $100k Super Higher Roller. Jake Cody gets personal in the latest episode of his vlog. Be sure to catch these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Kevin Hart Poker Player? Comedian Enters SHR $100k

Comedian Kevin Hart is among 39 poker players who have registered to play in the $100k PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller during Day 1. Play is underway with Steve O’Dwyer taking an early lead with 625,000 in chips. Hart is towards the bottom of the pack with 175,000 in chips as of 7 PM ET Friday night.

Apparently a high stakes players for years, Hart has also been seen playing in poker rooms in California. Although dubbed the Super High Roller, the $100,000 buy-in is likely a drop in the bucket for Hart, who has an estimated net worth of over $60 million. At one point early in the tournament, Hart even joked that he was playing “penny poker.” Hart also reportedly jokingly called the floor as an opponent stabbed a fork into a watermelon. Apparently Hart is in top form, despite a slow start in the tournament.

Dan Colman, Jason Mercier and Negreanu are among the players that have also entered thus far. Some poker fans couldn’t help but managing the table talk that could ensue with the likes of players like Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth — or William Kassouf?

Playing the Poker Stars Super High Roller Tournament today….Wish me luck. #ComedicRockStarShit

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Quick Hitters

– Poker Vlogger Jake Cody continues to demonstrate why video blogging is gaining appeal among poker fans — authenticity. In his latest vlog (episode 8), Cody opens up about a “mini depression.” Check it out below (h/t f5Poker). And if you’re looking for your next dose of Mr. Cody you wont have to wait long. He will be broadcasting at the PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas next week.

– File this one under under “we’re shocked”. You will all remember a 2014 Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling campaign which maintained that terrorists are using online gaming sites to launder money and fund their operations. As if the claim needed further debunking, a Congressional task force recently issued a report titled “Stopping Terror Finance: Securing the US Financial Sector.” In the report, there was absolutely no mention of online gaming being used to fund terror plots. Here is a video from of the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling more popular videos:

– As anybody who plays poker knows, the game is always evolving. That’s why it can be so important to look to new opportunities including new games to play. With 2017 less than a week old, PokerUpdate takes a look at the best games to learn this year.

– The Party Poker Powerfest is running in late January. Over the course of two weeks, Party Poker will guarantee $11 million in prizes over 224 events. It’s the biggest ever Powerfest with two of the events featuring guaranteed prize pools of $1 million.