It’s a big day in live poker as three major events run simultaneously. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

US Poker Open Gets Underway

The US Poker Open kicks off today with the with USPO Event #1, the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em beginning at 2 PM PT. The event will continue through tomorrow, which will also see the start of the Event #2, the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha. Poker fans can stream the action on the subscription-based“>Poker Go.

Daniel Negreanu is again putting up a $50,000 bet challenge to any player who wins the US Poker Open Cup (the best player of the series). Last year during the Poker Masters, Negreanu made a wager with 20 other players, meaning that Kid Poker would have won an extra million had he taken down the event. So far Bryn Kenney and Benjamin Pollak have accepted Negreanu’s challenge.

PocketFives takes a look at six players to watch during the US Poker Open, which includes some names you would expect and some you may not have heard of.

US Poker’s Martin Derbyshire asks where this event will rank among the other increasingly common high roller events.

Aussie Millions Continues

Day 3 of the Aussie Millions Main Event is in the books with 38 players. Mike Del Vecchio has the chip lead with 2.3 million followed by Aaron Lim with nearly 1.4 million. Ari Engel, Toby Lewis and Stefan Huber are a few of the more notable players remaining in the tournament when the action picks up at around 9PM ET.

Poker fans can watch coverage of Day 4 of the Aussie Millions Main event from Jason Somerville’s Run it Up Twitch stream beginning at 9 PM ET.

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Speaking of Run It Up, check out this incredible fold from the Aussie Millions during the broadcast yesterday:

Quick Hitters

– The WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open is on Day 4 with 15 of the 1244 original entries still alive. Stephen Song has the chip lead with former champions David Paredes, Eric Afriat and Joe McKeehen among those still alive as the event heads into mid-afternoon. They’ll play down to a 6 person final table, which will be held on Friday at 2 PM ET.

– A truly bad beat live on Twitch? That’s exactly what happened on the Chip Race Podcast at a 1/2 cash game on Unibet Poker. Unfortunately, it was not at a bad beat jackpot table.

– Justin Bonomo has taken an early Global Poker Index Player of the Year lead after collecting five cashes so far in 2018.

– poker training video of the day takes a continued look at the “Drowning on the River” series by Carroters. In this episode, Carroters analyzes a handful of rough river decisions at $50NL.