A new PokerStars game is one step close to launching for real money. William Kassouf to play Poker After Dark next week (probably “like a boss”). Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

PokerStars Alpha Tests Power Up

PokerStars has been testing a new game called Power Up over the last two weeks. The game, which was first announced in February, which to combine the world of online poker and the high-polished elements in eSports.

According to PokerStars, the game has been well-received with over 150,000 play money hands played by 90,000 unique players. The success of the alpha test means the game could be coming to the real money tables soon rather than later.

Pokerfuse reports that game is highly polished, surprisingly robust and provides players with an immersive experience.

Power Up developers are currently working on real money play and a mobile platform. “It should be fairly quiet through summer as we will be busy behind the scenes making the last tweaks on the game to have it 100% ready for the Real Money stage,” said Chris Straghalis, Head of PokerStars’ Product team. While players await the real money launch of Power Up, questions remain about possible regulatory hurdles as well as how players will react to playing the game for real money.

If all goes well, Power Up could be a “turning point” for the industry.

Quick Hitters

– Poker After Dark news: Doyle has indicated through Twitter that may not end up playing Poker After Dark on Wednesday. Brunson is scheduled to play against Tom Dwan, Andrew Robl, Jean-Robert Bellande, Lauren Roberts and Bill Klein. In other Poker After Dark news, William Kassouf is on board for a August 22nd episode. The $25k buy-in event will be a winner-take-all format with the victor receiving $150k.

Meanwhile, the poker world is still buzzing about the $700k pot that saw Tom Dwan’s AA go up against Antonio Esfandiari’s KK. PokerNews breaks down the hand that has all the poker world talking.

— Martin Kozlov has won the $10,000 Six Max Championship event at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship where he will take home $754,083. Meanwhile, John Andress won the $25,500 High Roller event to receive just over $800,000.

– Viktor “Isildur1” Blom is among the 800+ players who have entered the €1,100 buy-in at the PokerStars National Championship in Barcelona, which is running from August 16th to August 21st.

– Grinderschool.com classic poker traiing video of the day is a look at balance in PokeStars Zoom games. This episode is part 4 of a 16 part series.