partypoker software undergoes a major change. Jay Lee is the first WPT winner of Season XVI. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

partypoker Releases Phase I of Software Updates

Party Poker has unveiled a major new software update which includes significant changes to the poker lobby and table view. The changes are being released in two phases. “Phase 1” of the new update, which as been released, includes a variety of improvements including improved game navigation, collapsible filters, darker lobby and table themes, an update to the Sit and Go here lobby and the removal of a one-click lobby.

The new changes have come as a result of player feedback and happen during a time that partypoker continues a renewed effort to compete with PokerStars, which has been increasingly angered longtime players in months.

Phase 2 of the design will be released in the coming months and will add the following features: lobby view in full screen; filter, display, game and tournament information enhancements, improvements to tournament lobby displays, improved customization and an improved table look and feel. “The upcoming software release is another step in the direction of getting our dream poker room,” said partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard.

Jay Lee Wins WPT Choctaw

Jay Lee became the first winner of the World Poker Tour Season XVI when he took down WPT Choctaw on Tuesday. For his win, Jay Lee takes home $593,173 and his first WPT title. In addition, Lee also receives a $15,000 entry into the WPT Tournament of Champions.

To win the title, Lee had to outlast 924 other opponents. James “Jeb” Hutton came in second for a $366,895 payday. The World Poker Tour will now move on to the WPT Legends of Poker, which will take place from The Bike in Southern California from August 25th to August 31st.

Quick Hitters

– PokerStars today released a new version of Spin and Go called Spin & Go Max. The new variant will include additional variation and features as well as the chance to earn up to 10,000x your buy-in. Alex Weldon will have his unique take on this new PokerStars game in the coming days.

– Kenny Hallaert has once again taken down the Online Poker Triple Crown – his second of the year. The accolade, which is an achievement of winning three tournaments with a $10,000 or greater prize pool on three separate online poker rooms in the same week.

– Grinderschool.com classic poker training video of the day is a review of a session at the PLO microlimits in the “Beating PLO Micros” series. This episode is part 5 in a 6 part series.