The first bracelet winner of WSOPE is crowned. Ryan Hughes takes over the lead on the WSOP POY race. Check out these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

Oleksandr Shcherbak Wins WSOPE MONSTER STACK

Oleksandr Shcherbak won his first WSOP bracelet after coming out on top in the €1,100 MONSTER STACK event at the World Series of Poker Europe over the weekend. In winning his first bracelet, Shcherbak also took home €117,708.

Relatively new to the poker scene the Ukrainian Scherbak’s victory was also his first WSOP cash. Shcherbak’s largest cash was in September, when he finished 3rd in the $5,000 + 300 No Limit Hold’em at the partypoker Millions Russia.

WSOPE continued on Monday with the start of the €550 Pot Limit Omaha event. A total of 217 players have entered with 16 left at the time of this writing. The tournament will conclude on Tuesday.

Quick Hitters

– With his performance in the first event of World Series of Poker Europe, Ryan Hughes has taken the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race (which encompasses both the Las Vegas and European series). Ryan Hughes finished in 21st place in the €1,100 MONSTER STACK, a finish which earned him 3,184 in prize money.

Updated standings have Ryan Hughes with 922.10 points, ahead of Ferguson’s 898.46. Having won a free entry into the WSOPE Main Event, Ferguson is in the Czech Republic to defend his lead heading into the WSOP Europe.

– Over the weekend Barry Carter posted an interesting article on the profile of a recreational poker player. While new players traditionally have been converts from casino games, the trend towards the tech-savy young player is becoming more prevalent.

– A handful of states are making last-minute efforts to regulate online gambling before the end of the year. Although this has become a familiar sight for industry observers, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Hampshire and Michigan have all seen activity over the last couple weeks

– Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy outlasted 699 entries to come out on top of the PokerStars Sochi Main Event to win $133,951.

– In the Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day, Elliot continues his series on the “Fishing Season” series. In Episode 4 of 7, Elliott plays multi-tables a session at the microstakes.