Maria Ho gets closer to a WSOP Europe Main Event victory. Park Yu Cheung breaks a tournament cash record. Check out these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

Maria Ho Builds Lead in WSOPE Main Event

Day 5 of the WSOP Europe Main Event began on Thursday with 12 players remaining and a plan to play down to 6 for the final table tomorrow. First place will not only win the presitious WSOPE Main Event bracelet but also €1,115,207 in cash.

Maria Ho still holds the lead at the time of this writing with an healthy chip lead of 9.8 million to Marti Roca De Torres’ 4.7 million. Following Ho and De Torres is Gianluca Speranza, Mathijs Jonkers, Luis Rodriguez, Jack Salter, Niall Farrell and Robert Bickley as short stacks.

Andrei Boghean, Marc MacDonnell, 2015 WSOPE Main Event winner Kevin MacPhee and Stepan Osinovski were knocked out Thursday.

This can all change quickly, so keep up with the latest from WSOP.com or watch Day 5 action from the WSOP Europe Main Event below:

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ICYMI: Dan Shak won €210,112 in the €25,000 Super High Roller held at the World Series of Poker. This event was not a bracelet event.

Quick Hitters

– Park Yu Cheung has had a great year. How great? After making the money 7 times in the recent 2017 Asia Championship of Poker, he has set a record for the most recorded tournament cashes in one year (62) with almost two months left in the year. The previous record (56) was held by John Zentner III during 2013.

– The Texas attorney general says that despite a lack of commercial casinos, the state supports a change to PASPA, which effectively bans sports betting on a federal level except for Nevada.

– Apparently if you’re Chris Ferguson and you win WSOP POY honors, you stir up a hornet’s nest. David Huber takes an in-depth look back at why much of the poker world is still mad at Chris Ferguson.

And here’s another take from FlushDraw.net defending Ferguson (actually no, it’s another takedown).

– Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day is a continuation of the series on Professional SNG play. This episode, Part 5 examines ICM & Shoving in Sit N Gos.