Colorado looks set to launch sports betting on May 1st. partypoker launches in Italy. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

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There is a significant lack of sports being played right now, but that doesn’t look to be stopping the state of Colorado from going live with sports betting on May 1st. The law allows for both online and in-casino sports betting. Since all of the state’s casinos are closed, Coloradans could start placing bets at the beginning of next month.

In other state sports betting news, Michigan casinos generated just $105,548 on the month, launching during a month when the sports world effectively shut down because of COVID-19. But there could be good news on the horizon as a forecast to launch online sportsbetting in early 2021 could be moving up.

In West Virginia, FanDuel has pulled 2020 presidential election betting odds from its website. FanDuel had been approved to offer betting odds on the presidential election but was pulled after a couple of hours with Secretary of State Mac Warner issuing a statement that betting on elections has been illegal since 1868 in the state.

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Galfond Challenge update: Wednesday was a regularly scheduled day off for Phil Galfond and Venividi. They are expected to pick up the action at 11 AM ET on Thursday for Day 37 of the Challenge, which poker fans can watch live from the Run It Once Poker Twitch channel. Galfond is currently ahead by 46,484.37 over Venividi with 22,689 out of 25,000 hands played. They also have a side bet of Galfond’s 200k to Venividi’s 100k, which will go to the winner of the challenge.

partypoker was granted an Italian Gaming license on April 1st, allowing the online poker room to begin offer games for the first time in four years in the country. Players can currently play cash games and sit and gos, with a full multi-table tournament schedule expected soon.

– In Wednesday’s featured poker training video, we examine another classic series from CodeRed as he chronicles his journey deep in a $215 multi-table tournament. In the first episode of the series, CodeRed goes over notable hands that he encounters early on in the tournament.

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Ben Pollak is the latest guest of Run It Once Poker’s “A Hero’s Journey,” where he sat down with Lee Davy for a one-hour chat. Pollak has won nearly $13 million in his live tournament career, including a $3.5 million third place finish during the 2017 WSOP Main Event.

Jeff Boski checks in with fans of the YouTube vlog where he currently is serving a 90-day suspension for wrongly violating YouTube’s terms and conditions. Fans of Boski can continue to keep up with him on Twitch as he plays online from home:

– Check out the latest condensed highlights of the Galfond Challenge, this time from Day 36, which was held on Tuesday.

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