PokerStars and the World Poker Tour join forces for an event in Amsterdam. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering rolling back 2011 DOJ online gambling opinion. Check out these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.
PokerStars and WPT Offer Joint “Montedam” Promotion
The World Poker Tour and PokerStars Championship are joining forces, at least for one special occasion. Both tours are slated to hold events in Amsterdam over next few weeks – the PSC from April 25th to May 5th and WPT from May 5th to May 13th. Players who participate in both events will be eligible to earn points towards a leaderboard that will award €20k in PokerStars and World Poker Tour buy-ins.
Players earn leaderboard points based on performance in two select PSC events and two WPT events. The PSC portion will award points for the €1,100 PSC Monte Carlo event (April 26th-30th) and the €5,300 Monte Carlo Main Event (April 29th-May 5th). The WPT events will award points for the €1,500 buy-in WPTDeepStacks (May 5th-8th) and the €3,300 Main Event, which will run from May 9th-13th.
The player at the top of the leaderboard will receive a PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event package worth €7,500. Smaller prizes range from WPT Main Event packages to buy-ins to WPTDeepstacks events. PokerStars will also be topping things off some additional perks. Players who play in one event from each tournament will receive a PokerStars $30k freeroll ticket. Players who participate in both Main Events will earn a $300 PokerStars SCOOP buy-in.
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) April 17, 2017
– Bad news could be on the horizon for proponents of online gambling in the United States. According to a report from Gambling Compliance (paywall), Attorney General Jeff Sessions might be looking at a reversal of the 2011 Department of Justice opinion which stated that existing federal laws only applied to sports betting. In light of recent legislative losses, the relatively small anti-gambling coalition has apparently shifted their strategy by putting pressure on the Justice Department.
– The top spots in the GPI leaderboards remain unchanged with some new threats near the top. In the 2017 GPI Player of the Year standings, Bryn Kenney holds the lead with Ari Engel jumping 4 places to 2nd. Meanwhile in the GPI 300, Nick Petrangelo holds his lead over David Peters. Justin Bonomo moves up 2 places to 3rd place.
– Hopefully you’ve done your taxes by now, but if not, there is still time. UIt’s a bittersweet moment for poker players. You won money for the year, but now you have to pay Uncle Sam. Poker News examines the unique challenges poker players face and how you can plan for next year.
– Grinderschool.com video of the day is on final table bubble play in MTTs. Check out this episode here.