Major events at the Aussie Millions, US Poker Open and World Poker Tour are each down to a final table. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

US Poker Open Event #1 Down to Final Table

Justin Bonomo is really having a great year so far. Not only does he enter the US Poker Open as the number one player on the Global Poker Index, but he also began Friday leading the final table of Event #1 of the $10,000 US Poker Open. He has maintained that lead with Boutros Nadim on his tail and 3 other players remaining. In addition to Bonomo and Nadim players remaining include Stephen Chidwick, David Peters and Justin Young.

Event #2, the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha also kicked off on Friday with 32 players entering the event so far. Daniel Negreanu, Benjamin Pollak, Ben Yu, Isaac Haxton and Anthony Zinno are among those that have entered the tournament. This event will continue Saturday.

You can watch a live stream of US Poker Open event action via a Poker Go subscription throughout the course of the series.

Aussie Millions Main Event Down to Final Table

Day 4 of the Aussie Millions Main Event is complete and now down to the final table. Toby Lewis holds a small chip lead with 5,835,000 chips, slightly ahead of Espen Solaas. Also at the final are Johan Schumacher, Mike Del Vecchio, Stefan Huber and Ben Richardson.

Poker fans can catch live coverage of the event on Jason Somerville’s Twitch stream starting at 9 PM ET on February 3rd.

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Quick Hitters

– It’s hard to believe but the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open may be the third most prestigious tournament running this weekend. Eric Afriat, Zach Gruneberg and Justin Zaki are battling it out on the final table for a $651k first place prize. Former WSOP champion Joe McKeehen was knocked out in 4th place. Catch live coverage of the tournament here as the action heads into Friday evening.

– Who does Daniel Negreanu think is the best player in the world? That distinctive honor goes to German Steffen Sontheimer, who famously took down last September’s Poker Masters and already has $7.65 million in live tournament winnings.

– Much has been made of PokerStars shedding sponsored pros this year with a handful of notable pros leaving since January 1st (Vanessa Selbst, ElkY, Jason Mercier). This has lead to a debate on why PokerStars is apparently finding less value in these players. Barry Carter started the discussion on the various types of sponsored pros that poker sites have typically sought out. Steve Ruddock followed that piece up with his own article on how being good at poker is no longer enough to be sponsored.

– Poker pros and personalities reveal their picks for Sunday’s Super Bowl. Among those voicing their opinions is Tony Dunst, who placed a $14,000 bet on the Philadelphia Eagles.

– Kevin Hart is everywhere these days in the poker world, including a recent appearance at the PokerStars School. Hart has been featured in three videos thus far where he has covered such topics as poker etiquette, keeping a poker face and how to bluff.

Watch the most recent episode below:

– The poker training video of the day is the completion of Carroter’s “Drowning on the River” series where he covers a variety of scenarios players will encounter on the river in No Limit Hold’en games. This episode goes over some hands of students at the $20NL level.