Ali Imsirovic puts together two impressive performances at the Poker Masters in as many events. A PokerStars players wins his fifth WCOOP — of this year. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

Ali Imsirovic goes for back to back at the Poker Masters

Another day, another Poker Masters victor. On Wednesday, Ali Imsirovic took down the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em to win a $462,000 as he beat a final table that included Ben Yu and Brian Rast. Also at the final table and finishing in 6th was Daniel Negreanu.

Poker Masters Event #5 ($25,000 No Limit Hold'em)
1stAli Imsirovic$462,000
2ndBen Yu$330,000
3rdBrian Rast$214,500
4thJake Schindler$165,000
5thJason Koon$132,000
6thDaniel Negreanu$99.000

For his big victory, Imsirovic moves up to third in the Poker Masters Jacket standings, which will be further aided by his performance so far in Event #6, the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em. Imsirovic currently sits with an impressive chip lead over the final table which includes Justin Bonomo.

PositionPlayerChip Stack
1Ali Imsirovic3,630,000
2Justin Bonomo980,000
3Jake Schindler835,000
4Koray Aldemir710,000
5Seth Davies465,000
6Sam Soverel430,000

Thursday also marks the beginning of Day 1 of Event #7, the $100,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event, which will run until Saturday. The cards will fly beginning at 2 PM PT. The tournament could give a huge boost to players seeking out the the Poker Master Jacket. To begin Thursday, Brandon Adams still holds the lead with 510 points, followed by Isaac Haxton (480), Ben Yu (360), Ali Imsirovic (360), David Peters (300) and Keith Lehr (300).

Keep up with the action through Saturday via live updates from PokerNews or streamed live via PokerGo (subscription required).

Quick Hitters

– Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov wins ANOTHER WCOOP title, after taking down the $1,050 Limit Stud Hi/Lo for $29,145. The victory was his 5th of the 2018 WCOOP so far with another five days to still to play. Needless to say, Strebhov currently sits upon the overall WCOOP leaderboard.

– Add Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the long list of players who enjoy the game of poker. During the written question period, Kavanaugh was asked if he likes to play poker and if his debts were related to his poker playing. Yes, he does like to play but he says credit card debt was related to repairs of his Maryland home.

– In partypoker Powerfest action, Niklas Astedt — the world’s #1 ranked online tournament player, won the $5300 buy-in Championship Event for a $203,900 first place prize.

– David Huber, aka the “Timestamp Guy,” summarizes this week’s Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board meeting, which lasted two hours and approved the online gambling licenses of SugarHouse and Penn National Gaming and also discussed the process for awarding the remaining seven online gambling licenses.

– Alex Weldon is back with a piece on Cyptonia Poker, where he takes a look into Cryptonia Poker and allegations of fraud.

– Watch out everybody, Gus Hansen is playing online again. This time he was seen four-tabling $10/$25 Pot Limit Omaha which he himself says is “the most hideous idea of all.”

Jaime Staples is back on the vlogesphere after playing in the EPT Barcelona. In this video, Jaime plays the $1,050 WCOOP High event as well as the $530 Sunday Warm Up.