Players rejoice as Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet funds hit bank accounts. Blink and you missed him – Tom Dwan is a no-show on Thursday’s Poker After Dark. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Players Begin Receiving Absolute Poker Refunds

Check your bank accounts. Many former Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet players reported receiving transfers on Friday for their AP and UB balances that were locked up (and presumed lost) since both sites’ closure in the middle of 2011. While many bank transfers were credited today, players waiting for checks have been told to wait another 2-3 weeks.

Claims administrator, Garden City Group confirmed last month that they will pay $33.5 million in refunds. Players had until September 7th to file a claim for their missing funds.

Tom Dwan Ducks Out of Poker After Dark

After joining Poker After Dark on Wednesday, Tom Dwan decided not to play the event on Thursday.

Dwan also missed the event on Tuesday, leaving some poker fans upset.

“PLOMG” week featured three days of a $300/$600 Pot Limit Omaha, $100,000 buy-in game. Brandon Adams, Josh Arieh, Daniel “Jungleman” Cates, Phil Galfond, Isac Haxon, Tom Dwan and Chance Kornuth were among those featured. Some of those watching — including Josh Arieh — found some of the action to be less than stellar.

In other PokerGo programming news, next they will introduce their latest poker-themed show as the company delves into the world of dating. The six-part series called Chasing Hearts is slated to begin on October 2nd and promises to “combine unpredictable blind dates and poker-themed analysis to present a clever twist on the traditional dating show.”

Quick Hitters

– The World Poker Tour and ELC Gaming have announced the first ever eSports collaboration, taking place at WPTDeepStacks at the Holland Casino from October 9th to October 15th.

– With nearly nine months of poker in the books for 2017, Bryn Kenney continues to lead a variety of Player of the Year races. US Poker also takes a look at the international poker events that are left to be played before the end of the year.

– Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day is part 2 of 5 in the series on “$26 Knockouts.” In this episode, Probrdr94 is looking for pots to get into selecting opponents.