David Peters with another big high roller score. PokerStars VR to be brought to the site’s global markets. Check out these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.
David Peters with a big victory at the Aria
Super high rollers have become so common these days that the 2018 Aria Fall Madness almost fell under the radar. Still, the event attracted some of the biggest high rollers in poker for the series that ran from October 30th to November 6th.
Anthony Alberto, Jared Jaffee, Sam Soverel, Stephen Chidwick and Matthias Elbinger were among the big winners from the week with David Peters taking down the biggest prize of all from the series. Peters won the $100,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller for $1,104,000, his sixth high roller victory of the year. The victory came a day after Peters came in third in the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller and puts Peters at over $27 million in live tournament winnings, good enough for 7th of all time. That’s more than Phil Ivey and puts him among a distinguished group of players that includes Justin Bonomo, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Fedor Holz, Daniel Colman and Antonio Esfandiari.
– Earlier this year, the world’s largest online poker site tested PokerStars VR through a closed beta. After a successful trial period, PokerStars is bringing VR to players in PokerStars global markets through a download through Oculus, Viveport and Steam.
PokerStars Director of Poker Innovation and Operations Severin Rasset indicated that the company was pleased with the initial reaction from players for the free-money game thus far. “We wanted to venture into the world of virtual reality because we believe it is an exciting avenue of technology to explore and something that our players would appreciate. I highly recommend that everyone tries out the game as it can only truly be understood and enjoyed by experiencing it.”
– Online Poker Report’s Steve Ruddock breaks down the mixed the bag of election wins and loses from Tuesday’s election.
– Poker player and former Big Brother Canada contestant Arlie Shaban wants to live the dream as a lifelong career poker player. Shaban is currently in the midst of the “12 Labors of Arlie” mega challenge, where he must complete 12 increasingly difficult tasks before the end of 2018 to win a $30,000 Platinum Pass.
– ICYMI: Chinese Poker app Poker King was recently shut down by the Chinese government in its latest crackdown on online poker. The social gaming site was reportedly bringing in over $7 million per day.
– Lex Veldhuis gave an update on his recent health scare where he collapsed due to stress, leading him to be sidelined him on Twitch.
Got a second opinion. None of the necessary tests have been done apparently. Gonna have a full check-up hooked up to a heart monitor this week. Doc ordered me to do nothing till tests were done.
Sorry for saying I’d 100% stream. I really need to have this checked out. <3 pic.twitter.com/mR46uCpHxV
— LexVeldhuis (@RaSZi) November 6, 2018
– From the Fake News Bin: Cryptocurrency online poker rooms report 25 million coins of revenue during October, which we’re guessing is a lot…right?
Latest poker videos from YouTube
– Poker vlogger phenom Marle joined Joey Ingram’s Poker Life Podcast to discuss poker, her vlog and her unique brand of humor
– Before joining Joey Ingram’s podcast on Thursday, Marle discusses an influx of haters to her vlog since it was launched a few weeks ago and whether her approach and humor are good for the game.
– Jaime Staples has recently amped up the output on his personal YouTube channel “Jaime Staples” (he more frequently posts under PokerStaples, where he focuses on streamed content from his work with PokerStars). In his latest vlog, Jaime goes behind-the-scenes into the life of a online poker professional.
– PokerStars continues their series on the 2018 PCA with Episode 4 of the well-produced series on the Main Event. In this episode, the 45-minute episode drops in on the event after the tournament has reached the money as Adrian Mateos and Liv Boeree are among those battling for the title.