Martin Zamini with the biggest tournament win of his poker career, while a familiar face leads the PCA Main Event. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.
Zamini takes down PCA $25k High Roller as Chino Rheem leads Main Event
Martin Zamani defeated Dominik Nitsche heads-up to win the $25,000 PCA High Roller to take home a $895,110 first place prize, outlasting 162 entries over the course of three days. The victory was Zamani’s largest of his poker career. Prior to winning the event, Zamani had accumulated $462,621 in live tournament poker winnings.
Wednesday saw the final table of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, the culmination of nearly two weeks of what is sure to be some of the most exciting poker of the year. Chino Rheem began the day as the chip leader with a final table that included Scott Wellenbach, Brian Altman, Vicent Bosca, Daniel Strelitz and Pavel Veksler, each vying for the PCA Main Event title and of course a $1,567,100 first place prize.
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At the time of this writing, Brian Altman had been knocked out the tournament in 6th place and goes home with $297,020 while Vicent Bosca busted in 4th with $396,880. Chino Rheem continued his chip lead, which is more double that of current challenger Pavel Veksler.
– More information has tricked out in the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to reverse their opinion on the Wire Act, which could threaten online gambling expansion in the United States. On Wednesday, the DOJ released a document from US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who says the opinion will not take effect for another 90 days. An expert quoted by Online Poker Report says that they expect to see legal challenges over the next 90 days.
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, has told Play Pennsylvania that the state is moving forward with their online gambling launch, expected to occur in the first few months of 2019. “As Pennsylvania’s current gaming is all intrastate and legal within the borders of the state, we will continue to regulate the legal forms of gaming as provided for in the Gaming Act.”
– The PCA Main Event isn’t the only big tournament running at the moment. In California, Day 4 of the WPT Gardens Poker Championship began as the tournament will play down to a final table. Players will have to wait nearly two months to complete the final table, which will be held at the Hyper X Esports Arena in Las Vegas at the Luxor on March 12th, where it will be filmed for TV. Frank Stepuchin held the chip lead to begin the day with 19 players remaining. Poker fans can keep up with the latest action through live updates on the official World Poker Tour website.
– Rhode Island went live with sports betting during 2018 and now a prominent lawmaker in the state wants to introduce a bill that would legalize mobile sports betting. News also surfaced this week that the state of Maine is set to debate on the legalization of sports betting. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for sports betting to come to New York’s upstate casinos.
– US Poker’s Martin Derbyshire’s says that the World Series of Poker is watering down the prestige of WSOP bracelets with too many events. The WSOP has more than doubled the number of bracelet events in the last 15 years, from 36 in 2003 to 78 during the 2018 series.
– Another classic poker training video series was uploaded to the Part Time Poker YouTube channel today. Produced by Carroters, he discusses to adjusting to a variety of different player types. In this episode, Carroter’s sets the outline of the series and the types of situations he will discuss.
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– Poker News tracks down the newly engaged Daniel Negreanu and Amanda Leatherman to see exactly how well they know each other: