HNR 3/1: Party Segregating Cash Games Based on Win Rate?; WPT Champ

Is Party Poker keeping fish away from regulars? And a champ is crowned at the L.A. Poker Classic. It’s all in Friday’s edition of the PTP Hit and Run.

WPT winner: The World Poker Tour’s L.A. Poker Classic in the books, and Paul Klann won for more than a million dollars. Report here, more with the winner below. Paul Volpe was second.

Party Poker segregating cash games: Apparently, Party is creating player pools for its cash games, based on win rates. Story here rounds up all the information available, and what seems to be a confirmation of the policy — essentially hiding fish from better players. Obviously regular winners aren’t terribly excited about this…sounds like a great to get rid of top players, to us.

Quick hitters:
–The latest on the Team PokerStars vs. Team Full Tilt Poker challenge set up for EPT London, with Daniel Negreanu, Isaac Haxton and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier taking on Gus Hansen, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom.
–Negreanu blogs about needing a break.
An interesting story on Chris Moneymaker, on being an ambassador for an Ohio casino where he plays marathon sessions against locals.
–You can earn more VPPs and FPPs at PokerStars during certain times of the day, in a promotion called Haxton’s Happy Hours.
–Heading into this Sunday’s $7 million Sunday Million at PokerStars, the site’s blog looks back at some past big winners.
–The latest on online poker regulation efforts around the U.S. And more from Iowa.
–Will Italy and Spain be sharing player pools for online poker eventually?
–Kickstarter is helping some poker products get off the ground.

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