US Poker Open $100,000 Main Event underway with $50,000 NLHE down to the final table. According to report, PokerStars Split Omaha could be next experimental game. Check out these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

US Poker Open in home stretch

With the eight events down and two to go, the US Poker Open enters its final weekend.

Friday saw the final table of Event #9, the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em after 41 entries joined the tournament on Friday. Sean Winter held the lead to start the day while Karay Aldemir and Ryan Riess were tied for second and Alex Foxen not far behind the pair. David Peters and Seth Davies started out the day as the short stacks, both of whom were the first eliminated with Davies taking home $123,000 and Peters $164,000.

As of late afternoon, Sean Winter maintained his lead over Alex Foxen. Meanwhile, Ryan Riess and Koray Aldemir hold on. The remaining players will be vying for at least $205,000 in prizes with $738,000 ultimately going to the winner.

The final event, the $100,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event also kicked off on Friday with 17 players entering the tournament at the time of the writing.

Stephen Chidwick held the lead in the US Poker Open Championship Cup standings through eight events but Sean Winter, who is one of the final players in the $50,000, is threatening.

PlacePoker PlayerPointsPrizes
1stStephen Chidwick540$705,950
2ndSean Winter440$419,900
3rdNick Schulman410$390,000
4thBrandon Adams365$314,750
5thCary Katz340$346,200
6thBryn Kenney240$477,000
7thLauren Roberts240$263,400
8thJordan Cristos240$206,200
9thAli Imsirovic200$442,500
10thBen Yu200$262,800

As always, poker fans can tune into live broadcasts of the US Poker Open on PokerGo, which requires a subscription of $10 per month or $99 annual.

Quick hitters

PokerStars Split Omaha looks to be the latest poker variant that will coming to the online poker room over the coming weeks. According to Pokerfuse, who noticed new graphics in the PokerStars client, the game will feature a double board game with chopped pots.

If launched, the games would come on the heels of a variety of experimental games including Split Hold’em, Double Flop Hold’em and more recently, 6+ Hold’em. Most of the games that have been introduced by PokerStars over the last few years have seen limited runs as the top online poker room aims to bring innovation to the game of poker.

– More recent updates in sports betting regulation across the United States: Iowa legislation moving swiftly through the Iowa statehouse, sports betting and online poker bills advances in Kentucky while West Virginia passes an online gambling bill through the House.

– Part Time Poker’s David Huber takes a look at the rise of poker YouTube vlogger Brad Owen, who has recently surpassed the 80,000 subscriber mark.

– Friday’s featured Grinderschool.com poker training video is a continuation of the “Facing Raises in MTTs” series. In this episode, Gazellig goes over facing races from the button.

– From the Fake News Bin: After mixed results in the PokerStars players boycott staged last Sunday during the $5,200 High Roller, PokerStars asks players to boycott every tournament. Meanwhile, after controversy swirled over WSOP staff congratulating non-winners over smaller cash wins, the WSOP has instead agreed to institute a new policy that gives the middle finger to players who cash in the WSOP.

Notable poker videos across the internet

– Watch a full-length documentary on Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot released by partypoker LIVE earlier this month (h/t PokerNews)

– On the latest posted chip of Live at the Bike, Jaime Gold runs hot during a $5/$10 No Limit Hold’em session from late January

– Run It Once Poker’s Teunuss goes over his rankings of the top 5 $500 Zoom players.