A relative unknown becomes the first female WPT Open Champion. PokerStars releases an alpha version of a new game. Check out these stories and more in the Hit and Run.

Ema Zajmovic Makes Poker History as First WPT Open Champion

It took 15 years, but the World Poker Tour finally has a female champion for an open event. Ema Zajmovic became the first to achieve the feat when she won the WPT Playground Championship in Montreal for $260,000 CAD and a $15k seat to the Tournament of Champions. The World Poker Tour has been running since 2002 and has held hundreds of main events during its run.

Zajmovic outlasted 380 players in her quest for the title and Jean-Francois Bouchard heads-up, who took down second for $169,270 CAD.

The win not only gives her the prestigious title but also puts here in 4th places on the WPT Player of the Season standings. Check out Alex Weldon’s article which some additional background on Zajmovic and the WPT.

Quick Hitters

– Poker Stars has released an alpha version of a new called Power Up. With its release, PokerStars is hoping to meld traditional poker with something a bit more (for lack of a better word) “fun.” PokerStars cautions that the game is still in a testing phase to a limited number of players and that adjustments will be made to the product. Check out a preview of the new game which will allow players to “create,” “destroy” and “change” the game.

– The Aria Super High Roller has received a surprising amount of interest since the tournament was announced. Due that high demand, the cap has been raised from 50 to 56 for the $300,000 buy-in tournament, which is guaranteeing $6 prize pool. Thirty-five seats have have already been selected from a lottery held last ….

– Legislators in Russia have introduced a new bill that would that would put restrictions on payments between Russian players and online gaming sites. Russia is one of the largest countries feeding into international player pools with an estimated 8.4% of PokerStars players coming from the country. Russia last tried to put restrictions on online poker in 2015.

– Latest poker training video – How to Master 6-Max Texas Hold’em Poker Part 7 – takes a look at how to identify the skill levels of players at your table.