The PokerStars WCOOP kicked off on Thursday while the partypoker KO Series begins this Sunday. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

2019 WCOOP begins first of 21 days of poker

The 2019 World Championship of Online Poker kicked off on Thursday, the first of 21 days of online poker’s biggest series. From September 5th to September 25th, the WCOOP will be guaranteeing $75 million over 73 events, which are all subdivided into three buy-in levels — low, medium and high — for over 210 events. The series will culminate with two Main Events on September 22nd, a $55 buy-in event with $1.25 million guaranteed and a $5,200 buy-in event with $10 million guaranteed.

There were six events on the opening day of the WCOOP with the first two attracting 16,550 entries across three buy-in levels, yielding over $4 million in prize pools. Check out PokerStars’ report of the first day of action here. Players can qualify for WCOOP events through daily satellites.

Quick hitters

PokerStars isn’t the only online poker room starting an online tournament series. Beginning Sunday and running through September 22, partypoker will be holding the $30 million guaranteed KO Series. Featuring tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $2.20 to $5,200, partypoker will host 283 events during the course of the two weeks, with satellites to events starting at just $0.22.

The series is highlighted by the fact that no rake is taken from the bounty element of the buy-in. On the last day of the series, partypoker will hold 9 Main Events — five No Limit Hold’em and Four Pot Limit Omaha — over a variety of buy-in levels with $2.7 million alone awarded on this day.

– Iowa sports betting will be available in 14 of 19 of the state’s casinos in time for the first NFL games on Sunday, writes Legal Sports Report.

Sean Winter overtook Rainer Kempe in the latest edition of the 2019 Global Poker Index Player of the Year standings, taking away a lead which Kempe held for 8 weeks. Meanwhile, in the Overall GPI Top 10, Stephen Chidwick has held the lead in the standings for four weeks, edging out Alex Foxen.

– From the Fake News Bin: Poker player who dropped out of medical school in 2003 to make $23,000 on the WSOP Circuit is beginning to have second thoughts his decision.

– Friday’s Grinderschool poker training video of the day is Part 7 of Colossos’s “Cash Game with Colossos” series. In this episode, Colossos continues live play of $0.10/$0.25 No Limit Hold’em shorthanded.

Best poker videos on the Internet

– Marle Cordiero discusses some hands from the Peppermill Casino while playing a session of 10/25/50

– Alec Torelli discusses downswings in poker and how he lost $1 million playing poker and how he overcame the obstacles.

– ICYMI: Check out the final table of the EPT Barcelona Main Event:

– If you’re looking to catch up on some poker this weekend, check out the final table of the partypoker MILLIONS Europe Main Event from last month:

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