Two new bracelet winners crowned. partypoker plans some bold moves to improve poker ecology. Check out these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Latest from the WSOP

Two new winners, seven ongoing events — including the Big 50 — as well as two new events in Friday’s WSOP action.

Recent Results

Daniel Strelitz earned his first WSOP bracelet after winning the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em on Thursday night. Strelitz defeated 400 players over the course of four days to take home a first place prize of $442,385. Also winning big prizes in the event were Shannon Shorr ($273,416), Ognjen Sekularac ($186,050), Ali Imsirovic ($129,018) and Mario Ho ($91,211).

Meanwhile, Yuval Bronshtein took down the $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw event to win $96,278 and his first gold bracelet. At 296 entries, the event was the largest field ever for a 2-7 Loweball Draw event.

Ongoing Action

The biggest WSOP event of all time, the Big 50, began its final table on Friday at noon with seven players remaining and Femi Fashakin leading the way with Nicolas Chow taking the lead by late afternoon.

The $1,500 HORSE (Event #14) entered its third day on Friday with 28 players returning at noon PT. That numbered at been whittled down to 14 by late afternoon on Friday with Jason Stockfish holding a sizable lead.

The $10,000 Heads-up No Limit Hold’em (Event #15) will enter Day 3 with just four players remaining to play on Saturday: Sean Swingruber will face off against Cord Garcia while Ben Yu will take on Keith Lehr with the winner of each match facing off in the final.

A total of 21 began Day 3 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed on Friday with Romain Nussman holding the chip lead to begin the day when action began at 2 PM PT. By late afternoon Ong Dingxiang had a slight edge of Nussmann.

In the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout, 100 players returned for Day 2 of the event on Friday beginning at noon. Kenna James holds the chip lead as of late afternoon with Joe Cada and Erik Seidel in the top 50.

The $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better (Event #18) began Day 2 at 2 PM with Yarrow Bendor leading the way to begin the day. Sam Higgs and Shaun Deeb are the two largest chip stacks at the time of this writing with 85 of the original 183 players remaining.

Upcoming Excitement

Friday also the start of two new tournaments (Event #19 and Event #20) the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker and the $1,500 Seven Card Stud. The $1,500 Millionaire Maker is guaranteeing first place will receive at least $1 million.

Watch the WSOP

Poker fans can tune into the final table of the Big 50 on CBS All Access ($5.99 subscription required). On Saturday, be sure to check out the conclusion of the $10,000 Heads-Up on PokerGo.

Quick hitters

– The PokerStars Sunday Million is the most celebrated weekly tournament in online poker, but increasingly fewer players are playing the event since the event slashed its buy-in from $215 to $109 earlier this year.

partypoker will continue its poker ecology friendly moves later this month when they will require players to change their screen names. But one of the initiatives coming soon is that partypoker will begin requiring the use of real names at high stakes and heads-up games. The online poker room also has a goal of requiring real names sitewide, although partypoker partner Rob Yong acknowledges that could take years.

– 2018 WSOP Main Event runner up Tony Miles appeared on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior but lost a chance to win a $125,000 bet from Shaun Deeb when he failed to complete the course. The good news is that Miles still has two more years to attempt to complete the course, albeit at lower odds of 20:1 and 15:1.

– In Friday’s featured classic Grinderschool poker training video of the day, CFTheNatural continues his “Call, Fold or Raise” series. In this episode, he examines what happens when players don’t heed his advice in Pot Limit Omaha games.

Best poker videos on the Internet

– Check out Day 9 of the Daniel Negreanu WSOP vlog where he discusses a tough day at the office while playing the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout.

Andrew Lichtenberger discusses a variety of poker topics including the angle shooting incident from the final table of the $50,000 High Roller:

– Episode 5 of the Triton Poker Jeju No Limit Hold’em Cash Game was released on Friday. This episode features Tom Dwan, Jean-Robert Bellande, Bobby Baldwin and Andrew-Robl.

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