888 to release major software upgrade later this year. PokerStars reveals Bounty Builder schedule. Check these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

Major software update coming to 888, WSOP.com in 2018

888 has revealed plans to release its biggest poker software update to the global brand in over seven years. The new software platform, which is being dubbed Poker 8, is slated to come out sometime in the next three months.

Inspired by player feedback, the new software will provide players with a “more engaging and modern poker experience” and will feature improved table display, lobby functionality, and improve graphics. The new software will not only be launched on the 888poker.com platform but also in the regulated United States market on WSOP.com in Nevada and New Jersey.

Quick hitters

PokerStars has released the schedule for the Bounty Builder, a series of 140 knockout tournaments running from October 7th to 21st. The series will guarantee $20 million over the Bounty Builder’s two-week schedule, which includes buy-ins starting at $1.10 all the way up to $2,100. The series will culminate with the $530 buy-in Main Event taking place on October 21st.

– The Playground Club of Montreal was the site of one of the largest bad beat jackpots in poker history when Quad Nines lost to a straight flush, triggering a $1,249,643 CAD jackpot that awarded nearly $500,000 to the loser and $250,000 to the winner of the hand.

– Day 2 of the partypoker LIVE Millions UK Main Event was held on Thursday registration open through 5 PM local time. At the conclusion of the day, 243 players remain out of a total field of 1015 entries. Day 3 will begin with a chip lead held by 2018 WSOP Main Event final tabler Antoine Labat.

– Chris Moneymaker is a winner at the PokerStars NJCOOP after taking down Event #14, the $100 NLHE Progressive Knockout to win just over $5000, which includes a $2100 as a first place prize and $2900 from the accumulation of bounties. Moneymaker was in the state while on the Moneymaker PokerStars Player Championship Tour.

– With the Triton Poker cash games getting a lot of attention of late, High Stakes Database takes a look at the top 3 largest pots from Phil Ivey’s appearance at the high buy-in cash at the Montengro last May. Watch one of those hands below:

– The Global Poker Index released its latest Player of the Year Race standings. Stephen Chidwick holds on to the lead with 3691.67 points, closely followed by Justin Bonomo (3660.28), Jake Schindler (3660.28), David Peters (3561.52) and Adrian Mateos (3364.20). Meanwhile, on the GPI Top 10, Chidwick also holds the lead there and is followed by Alex Foxen and Justin Bonomo.