PokerStars looks to ax a new game while teasing new games. PAPSA reaction comes in from all angles. Check out these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.
PokerStars Ditches Split Hold’em
It was good while it lasted but PokerStars Split Hold’em was removed from the PokerStars lobby on Monday. The game had been in a trial stage for six weeks but apparently did not catch on with players.
Poker Industry Pro suggests that a number of new variants may be in the pipeline including Showtime, PokerStars Fusion and Spin & Goal. Nick Jones from PIP says Showtime could debut after the SCOOP.
As we anticipated, Split Hold'em was removed from the PokerStars lobby yesterday after its limited six-week run, and it was not immediately replace with something new. Give it 10 days and let the SCOOP dust settle, and I think we'll see Showtime debut. https://t.co/MRFzV9O9R3 pic.twitter.com/5EiXGsS1Tc
— Nick Jones (@pokerprojones) May 15, 2018
Sports and Gambling World React to SCOTUS Supreme Court Decision
Reaction continues to pour in after the Supreme Court’s PAPSA decision on Monday. Each of the sports leagues has commented on the decision and don’t appear to be setting themselves up to fight the decision, instead emphasizing fair play and keeping the integrity of the game alive.
Among the professional poker player reactions getting attention was a Phil Hellmuth comment implying that sports betting had been legalized (state action is still needed for sports betting to be legal in a given state).
Mark Cuban weighed in by saying that online poker could boom again thanks to the ruling.
From the Fake News Bin: offshore sportsbooks looking for new markets in unexpected places in the wake of the Supreme Court PAPSA ruling.
– PokerStars SCOOP update: Ole “wixoxizo” Schemion wins a PLO High Roller for $283,261 while Cal “cal42688” takes home his ninth and tenth SCOOP events after winning the $2,100 NLHE 6-Max and $1,050 PLO8 9 Max.
– In an interview with Poker Strategy, Chris Moneymaker reveals how he has learned some pointers from 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe McKeehen.
– The new podcast you didn’t think you needed – Mike Matusow has revealed that he will be starting a podcast any day that will coincide with the 2018 WSOP.
– In Joey Ingram’s lastest vlog on the Poker Life Podcast, he speaks with somebody you may not know from the tables but instead somebody whose work you have definitely seen. Watch a two hour sit-down with video editor Thomas Keeling known in some parts as SrslySirius.
– Part Time Poker’s David Huber with a piece on how Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals will be restricted to betting limits of 2 after a UK government crackdown.