Chris Ferguson still alive in the €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better as two more events kick off. partypoker player collusion ring confirmed. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

WSOP Europe Update

In Event #7, the €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Chris Ferguson has the chip lead among the final four players that also includes Artur Sojka, Stanislav Wright and Eldert Soer.

Ferguson will expand his POY lead regardless of where he finishes in the tournament.

Wednesday also saw the start of Events #8 and #9. In Event #8, the Little One for One Drop, played the first day of Flight 1A and continues tomorrow with the second flight. Meanwhile, in Event #9, the €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller played the first of two days with Jean-Noel Thorel holding the current chip lead.

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Could partypoker Millions be Part of a Grand Slam?

With $100 million in guaranteed prizes announced yesterday for the 2018 partypoker Live schedule, a question now being discussed is — can partypoker MILLIONs events be considered part of a “Grand Slam” of major events includes the WSOP, WPT and PokerStars Championship events?

In other partypoker news, partypoker has confirmed the use of a player collusion ring at the poker room that appears to have existed from May to August this year.

Quick Hitters

– With Pennsylvania officially regulating many forms of online gambling and becoming the 4th state to achieve the feat, Brian Pempus questions whether federal efforts to ban online gambling are now dead.

In other regulation news it looks like New Hampshire will not join Pennsylvania — at least this year — as H 562 died in the legislature. Online lotteries will, however, make their debut next year.

TwoPlusTwo head Mason Malmuth has praised Pennsylvania’s efforts to pass online gambling

– PokerStars has been disclosed as the majority owner of PokerNews, a move that was announced due to a new acquisition and expansion stage the company is entering.

– poker training video of the day continues the series on Trouble Hands. This episode examples middle suited connectors – 98s through JTs.