The Monte Carlo stop of the European Poker Tour adds new enhancements. PokerStars rake changes go live today. Check out these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

Shot Clock to be Used at EPT Monte Carlo

Next month, the recently-launched European Poker Tour will head to Monte Carlo for one of the highlights of the tour. Those heading to Monte Carlo will not only see the newly re-branded EPT, but also some noteworthy enhancements including a shot clock for the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event, marking the first time the time limits have been applied to a main event.

The shot clock will be added to the Main Event beginning on Day 2 of the Main Event. Participants will have 30 seconds to make a decision. They will also have six 30-second cards where they will be able to extend their time to make a decision. In addition to the shot clock, the Big Blind Ante format will be used for 27 of the 39 events. The Main Event will include a Big Blind Ante as well as re-entries. PokerStars will also be awarding six Platinum Passes for next year’s Players Championship.

The series will run from April 24th until May 4th.

Meanwhile the first EPT event of the year got underway over the weekend. EPT Sochi ended for Day 3 with 40 players remaining and Ivan Volodko with the chip lead.

To keep up with the EPT Sochi Main Event action throughout the tournament, watch below:

Quick Hitters

– PokerStars rake changes officially go into effect today at low buy-in multi-table tournament. With the rake increases, players will see rake increase from about 10% to just over 12% on many of these tournaments. Joey Ingram from the Poker Life Podcast has a few things to say:

– Part Time Poker’s David Huber reports on Jaimie Staples epic weigh-in over the weekend in which he won $150,000 for matching body weight of his previously much lighter brother, Matt.

– PokerStars, Paddy Power and GVC (owner of partypoker) have become members of the American Gambling Association, the commercial casino lobby in the United States.

– We have some of the latest news from Pennsylvania’s gambling explanation. Last week, many of the PA regulations will that will govern online gambling were released with license applications beginning to be accepted in April. In the brick and mortar world, the last week’s mini-casino auction was delayed due to the weather. The next auction will be held on April 4th.

– Lin Wu won the equivalent of $394,549 when he took down the PokerStars APPT Macau over the weekend.

– Today’s featured Grinderschool.com poker training video is the conclusion of Carroters’ “What’s the Range” series. In this episode, Carroters down for a live play demonstration.