Technical issues at PokerStars causes tournaments to be canceled. The poker world preps for the U.S. Poker Open. Check out these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

PokerStars Down for an Hour at PokerStars

PokerStars had to take the unusual step of canceling mid-day tournaments due to a technical issue early Wednesday afternoon. The PokerStars technical team had to cancel tournaments and do a “server restart” to take care of the issue. The poker client was down for around an hour while PokerStars fixed the issue.

The top online poker room has instructed any players that have been “disadvantaged” as a result of the outage to email support@pokerstars.com. Players can also check out the rules for tournament cancellations at PokerStars.

Quick Hitters

– Mark your calendars. Running from February 1st through February 9th, the upcoming U.S. Poker Open will host nine high roller events. With buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 at No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and 8-Game, the series is expected to attract some big names. The series will culminate with the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event on February 9th. Poker fans can begin to check out live streaming action on PokerGO with a subscription starting on February 2nd.

– Watch Joey Ingram discuss the issue of bum hunting and how to fix high stakes poker games on his latest vlog, “Real Poker Talk.”

– New Jersey representatives have sent a letter to the Department of Justice urging officials to keep in place a 2011 opinion that leaves the issue of online gambling up to the states.

– Jason Strasser, one of the top tournament players of the early 2000s, bested a field of 1,249 to win the WSOP Circuit Choctaw Main Event for $332,539

– Grinderschool poker training video of the day is the first episode of the “4 tables of $100nl Full Ring” series, hosted by “Badgers.” In this episode, Badgers introduces his approach to the game and goes over preflop tips, postflop aggression, building reads and note taking.