Chino Rheem with another big score while fan favorite Scott Wellenbach comes in third. More reaction from the passing of Gavin Smith. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

Chino Rheem is 2019 PCA Main Event champion

Chino Rheem took down the 2019 PCA Main Event on Wednesday in a dominating performance where he eliminated all five of his opponents at the final table. Rheem, who now has over $10 million in lifetime winnings, won $1,567,100 million for his title, the second largest victory of his career. Rheem is no stranger to big scores, having reached $1 million or greater five times. His largest victory of his long poker career came during the 2008 WSOP Main Event when he finished in 7th place to win $1,772,650.

Daniel Strelitz came in second in the event to win $951,480 while 67-year old fan favorite Scott Wellenbach came in third place to win $671,240. Wellenbach, won his way into the tournament through a $500 online qualifier, said before the tournament that he planned to donate any winnings from the event to charity.

Full tournamnet results of the final table:

2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Final Table Results
1stChino Rheem (United States)$1,567,100
2ndDaniel Strelitz (United States)$951,480
3rdScott Wellenbach (Canada)$671,240
4thPavel Veksler (Ukraine)$503,440
5thVicent Bosca (Spain)$396,880
6thBrian Altman (United States)$297,020
7thMihai Manole (Romania)$208,920
8thMarc-Andrew Ladouceur (Canada)$146,840

Watch Wellenbach discuss donating his winnings to charity:

Quick hitters

– The poker world continues to celebrate the life of Gavin Smith, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 50. US Poker’s Jessica Welman reacts to the death of Gavin Smith, saying that the loss hurts poker fans as much as his poker family. From podcasting legend to being brutally honest, Welman says that we likely wont see another personality like Smith anytime soon.

Sports betting continues to advance in the United States. Massachusetts Govenor Charlie Baker introduced a sports betting bill in the state’s legislature. Unlike any state bill that has been passed, the legislation would not limit license applicants to casinos, possibly opening the door to anybody that wishes to be licensed. Meanwhile in New York, regulations may come as soon as this month as regulators attempt to bring sports betting to the state under existing law.

– Among the 20 events that have been revealed so far for the 2019 WSOP is the addition of a $10,000 buy-in Short Deck event on June 2nd, the first ever of its kind at the summer classic. Meanwhile, top high rollers including Dominik Nitsche, Justin Bonomo and Ryan Riess reveal their initial reactions to the events that have been announced thus far.

– The WPT Gardens Poker Championship is down to a final table, with Frank Stepuchin holding the chip lead as the tournament freezes for two months. It will resume on March 12th at the Hyperx eSports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas, where it will be taped for television. Joining Stephuchin at the final table will be Shannon Shorr, Steve Sung, Brant Roberts, Ray Qartomy and Jonathan Abdellatif. All players are guaranteed at least $110,225 with $548,825 being awarded to the eventual champion.

– Thursday’s featured Grinderschool.com poker training video is part 2 of Carroter’s series on Adjusting to Player Types series. In this episode, Carroters discusses how to identify and exploit nits in 6 max No Limit Hold’em games.

– Despite a small slate, another week of daily fantasy football is upon us as Collin Hulbert puts together some tips in putting together your lineups in NFL playoffs and small slate contests.

Best poker videos on YouTube

– As Jaime Staples concludes his trip to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, he enters a $330 Turbo event, which he documents in his latest vlog.

Jeff Gross also reports in from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, where he buys into a $500/$500/$500 with a big blind ante and straddles.

Headline image courtest of Carlos Monti from Rational Intellectual Holdings

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