PokerStars launches another new game. Portugal joins the European player pool on PokerStars. Paddy Power Betfair with a big acquisition in the wake of U.S. Supreme Court decision. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

Showtime Hold’em Launches on PokerStars

Split Hold’em has given way to Showtime Hold’em, a form of poker that shows all folded cards to the rest of the table (except in the case of the showdown where the losing player folds). The game is available in the lobby of the PokerStars.com website and is the latest in new game innovations on PokerStars that has included Spin and Go and Power Up Poker.

Besides the obvious major difference in the games, the PokerStars Showtime games run exactly like a standard game of No Limit Hold’em.

Quick Hitters

– PokerStars Portugal has officially joined the PokerStars European player pool that already includes of PokerStars Spain and French players. With the inclusion of Portuguese players, PokerStars becomes the first site to offer a player pool consisting of all three regulated and previously ring-fenced countries. PokerStars is celebrating the news by offering a Trio Series with $5 million in guaranteed tournaments from June 3rd to June 13th.

In addition to the player pool being available to those in the three countries, players outside of the three countries can play on the network as long as they are not from a segregated market or in a restricted country.

– NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has commented on the Supreme Court’s PAPSA decision last week. Goodell has called for “uniform standards” in state regulations and has stated that the league is prepared to address changes in a “thoughtful and comprehensive way” that helps protect consumers.

– In the daily fantasy sports world, Paddy Power Betfair has agreed to purchase FanDuel as the Dublin-based company gears up to offer sports betting ahead of state regulation, which is expected to ramp up in the coming months. Paddy Power Betfair will be purchasing 61% of the brand with $612 million in US assets and $158 in cash.

– After 183 tournaments and $65 million in guaranteed prize pools, the 2018 PokerStars SCOOP has concluded. “Tankanza” won the $10,300 Main Event when he outlasted 654 entries to win a $1,133,160 prize.

– The World Poker Tour season-ending event, the WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic, attracted 162 entries and is now down to a final table. Darren Elias has an impressive lead with 2.3 million chips, ahead of Dietrich Fast with 882k. Also at the final table when action resumed Wednesday are Jonathan Little, Sam Panzica, Kitty Kuo and Joe McKeehen.

Should Elias be able to hold on, it would be his fourth World Poker Tour title. Phil Hellmuth, who recently revealed a heart condition, finished in 8th.

– Fan favorite 2017 WSOP final tablist John Hesp has confirmed that he will be participating in the 2018 WSOP Main Event.

In other WSOP news, US Poker’s Martin Derbyshire has some tongue-in-check predictions for the poker media during the 2018 World Series of Poker.