Ali Imsirovic wins again at the Poker Masters. BetStars becomes the eight online sportsbook to go live in New Jersey. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Ali Imsirovic Wins $50k at Poker Masters going back-to-back

Ali Imsirovic has done it again. After winning the $25k No-Limit Hold’em on Wednesday, Imsirovic has followed that up with a victory in the $50,000 on Thursday, becoming the first back-to-back winner of this year’s Poker Masters. Imsirovic began the day as the chip leader and never looked back, heating Koray Aldemir heads-up to win a $799,000 first place prize.

Poker Masters Event #6 Results ($50,.000 No Limit Hold'em)
1Ali Imsirovic$799.000
2Koray Aldemire$517,000
3Seth Davies$352,500
4Jake Schindler$235,000
5Sam Soverel$188,000
6Justin Bonomo$141,000

With his second win of the Poker Masters, Imsirovic takes the lead in the Poker Masters Jacket Rankings, overtaking Brandon Adams, who is now in 1st. Following Adams is Isaac Haxton (480), Jake Schindler (390) and Ben Yu (360).

Just one event remains, the $100,000 No Limit Hold’em, which got underway on Thursday with 15 players entering so and 8 surviving the day. Action picked up on Friday at 2 PM PT with David Peters holding the chip lead, followed by Justin Bonomo and Seth Davies. Rainer Kempe, Imsirovic, Christoph Vogelsang, Nick Petrangelo and Dominik Nitsche are the other players with chips when the day begins.

An additional ten players late registered on Friday afternoon. Registration will remain open through Friday with a winner to be crowned on Saturday.

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Quick Hitters

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