PokerStars to leave Australia by mid-September. The official trailer for Molly’s Game is released. Find these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

PokerStars Will Depart Australian Market by Mid-September

As expected, PokerStars will leave the Australian market by mid-September after the Australian Senate finalized passage of an amendment to the country’s online gambling laws. In the run-up to the bill’s passage last week, PokerStars had emailed Australian players detailing their intentions.

One of the bigger online gambling markets in the world, the departure comes at a time when poker rake is down 5.9% over the last year and more seasoned players are frustrated with PokerStars policies that are putting recreational players in the forefront.

Despite PokerStars departure in Australia next month, the largest online poker room said that they hope that can reenter the market at a future date. “We’re proud to have seen the Australian poker community grow so strong over the last decade,” the emails said. “We do respect the Australian Government’s decision in taking steps to protect consumers and hope that in time we’ll be able to serve real-money poker to you again.”

Quick Hitters

– The official trailer for Molly’s Game has been released. The movie, which is based on a true story of the high-stakes games run by Molly Bloom for some of Hollywood’s elite, is set to premier on November 22nd. Catch the trailer below:

– Looking for a new page-turner? Steve Ruddock of US Poker lists 9 poker books you wont be able to put down. Meanwhile, Chris Moorman discusses his new autobiography Moorman, which was released this summer.

– Via a press release through Bodog, Calvin Ayre has been announced as a “Special Economic Envory” for cryptocurrency matters in Antigua. Ayre plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge last month for his role in the Bodog Entertainment group.

– Grinderschool poker training video of the day is a look at the Nature of Zoom. This is episode 2 in a 16-part series.