More players allowed to play on the new PokerStars France/Spain. Darryll Fish wins the WPT Lucky Hearts Main Event. Check out these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

PokerStars.com Players can Play PokerStars France/Spain

International players are among the beneficiaries of newly merged PokerStars France-Spain player pool. A representative from PokerStars confirmed that players would be able to register through PokerStars.es in addition to maintaining their account at PokerStars.com.

The development would allow non-Spanish and French players to play against these players. The only players restricted from playing on this player pool are countries where PokerStars is not allowed as well as countries that are ring-fenced restricted markets (such as New Jersey and Italy). Players are instructed to contact PokerStars support to meet Spanish regulations.

Quick Hitters

– Darryl Fish took home a victory in the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event when he battled Aleksandr Shevlev heads-up to win a $511k first place prize.

Justin Bonomo and Ben Tollerene each won events at the Seminole Hard Rock. Bono won $556,873 when he took down the $25,500 High Roller in a field of 75. Ben Tolleren, who finished in 3rd for a $248k prize, later took down the $5k for $163,944.

In other WPT news, the World Poker Tour will end the current season at the Aria Casino of Las Vegas when it holds the WPT Tournament Champions Festival from May 17th until May 26th. Held before the Tournament of Champions, will be the first-ever WPT Bobby Caldwin Classic Main Event, beginning on May 20th.

– The partypoker Big Game is returning with a Pot Limit Omaha version in February during the partypoker Millions Germany event. Sam Tricket, Jeniffer Tilly, Viktor Blom and Phil Laak are among those confirmed for the 36-hour €50/€100 cash game. Slated for February 10th to February 12th, the game will feature a “Button Booster,” where the button will put in a big blind that will accumulate for the button position until the button wins a hand.

– US Poker’s Martin Derbyshire has some harsh criticism for Isaac Haxton, who this week signed with partypoker as a sponsored pro. Derbyshire praises Haxton for his stand against PokerStars but questions his actions by playing PokerStars events.

– A bill that would legalize online poker in New York has easily advanced out of committee, the third year achieving the feat. The bill passed the Senate last year but had to start over to begin the new session.

– Part Time Poker’s Alex Weldon has posted his latest poker rankings update with Andrian Mateos off to solid start in January.

– Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day is a short video on the old $10 NL full ring Rush Poker games. In this episode, CodeRed goes over a session where he discusses adjustments and intro advice for playing these fast-fold games.