partypoker partners with Bill Perkins’ Thirst Lounge. The US Poker Open off to a strong start. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

Thirst Lounge partners with partypoker

partypoker is now the official sponsor of The Thirst Lounge, the Twitch streaming channel hosted by poker player and former hedge fund manager Bill Perkins. The Thirst Lounge focuses not only on poker but the high stakes lifestyle, which occasionally welcomes other celebrities such as Dan Bilzerian.

According to partypoker, the decision to partner with Perkins is part of a broad streaming strategy that will expand over the coming months. In the statement posted on the partypoker blog, the online poker room teased that more announcements will be revealed in the coming days.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after Team PokerStars ambassadors and Twitch streamers Jaime Staples and Jeff Gross left the brand. While no specifics have been revealed of their future plans, Bill Perkins did tease that he had some in-depth knowledge of their intentions. Adding to speculation is the fact that Gross has been spending time with Perkins over the last week.

Quick hitters

– Day 2 of Event #1 of the US Poker Open is underway at the ARIA in Las Vegas with just six players remaining. Joseph Cheong went into the day as the chip leader with Lazaro Hernandez, Joseph Cappello, Stephen Chidwick, Sean Winter and Joseph Orsino at the final table. The field was whittled down to a record 90 entries in Day 1. Those that remain are playing for the $216,000 first place prize and points towards the US Poker Open Cup trophy. Stephen Chidwick holds a big lead by late afternoon as Hernandez and Orsino are knocked out.

Thursday also saw the start of Event #2, the $10,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha, which began at 2 PM PT and was won last year by Mike Gorodinsky. Players can enter during the first nine levels with the tournament likely playing down to a final table that will return on Friday.

– In a sign of how unclear the Department of Justice’s new Wire Act opinion is, MGM CEO Jim Murren says that a game as widely accepted as Powerball isn’t legal under a strict interpretation of the opinion. Meanwhile, states and stakeholders continue to voice opposition to the new opinion.

– Thursday’s featured Grinderschool poker training video continue CFTheNatural’s “Why I Still Love Micros” series. In this episode, CFTheNatural takes a look at how playing aggressively against bad opponents can be profitable.

Notable poker videos across the internet

Poker Night In America has posted their latest video on the “History of Helmuth,” with this episode showcasing Hellmuth during Season 6.

– In his latest vlog, Matt Vaughn discusses how to deal with downswings as a poker player.

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