Online poker continues to struggle in New Jersey. Daniel Negreanu responds to Doug Polk criticisms on rake. You can find these stories and more in the Tuesday Hit and Run.

New Jersey Online Poker Continues Struggles

While New Jersey’s online casino numbers reach new records, online poker continues to struggle in the state. The state recently released revenue numbers for January and they aren’t good. Last month, New Jersey suffered their worst January since launching 5 years ago. The month also marks the 11th straight with year-over-year declines. In contrast, online casinos have recorded 38 months of straight year-over-year growth.

There is good news on the horizon, however. Last year, the state announced that it would be merging player pools with Nevada and Delaware (a date has yet to be announced). Pennsylvania, which is the largest state to pass online gambling legislation, is also expected to begin offering online poker in 2018 with expectations that they too would join the merged player pool.

In other New Jersey online poker news, PokerStars has announced details of the inaugural New Jersey Turbo Series, which will consist of 28 turbo tournaments running from February 22nd through March 4th. A $100 buy-in $25,000 guaranteed Main Event will be held on March 3rd.

Quick Hitters

– On his Full Contact Poker podcast posted over the weekend, Daniel Negreanu discusses a variety of topics including the Mike Leah controversy, the American Poker Awards and Doug Polk’s recent criticism of him. Below you can watch the episode in full (time stamped from where Negreanu begins to discuss the APAs.

Polk also posted a video blog of his own over the weekend. The subject of Negreanu’s remarks wasn’t on the menu but instead a discussion with Andres Artinano on the best cash game poker players iun the game today. Speaking of Polk, the vlogger now more subscribers to his Crypto channel than he does he poker channel.

– A reminder for former PKR players who had funds on the poker room when they closed last year: players must submit claims by February 28th to receive a refund from PokerStars, which is bailing out PKR players by reimbursing balances.

– Watch Twitch streamer Lex Veldhuis react to good and bad beats recently on his Twitch stream:

– poker training video of the day is a short from Carroters on “Playing Flush Draws.” In the video, he goes over two hands that involve a flopped flush draw.