After the fearsome festivals that were the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the Aussie Millions, the poker world had a bit of a breather this weekend. Blair Hinkle is making a run at the HorseShoe Council Bluffs RunGood event, the WPT’s Vince Van Patten weighs in on the ethical conundrum of gambling, and Macau revenue takes a big hit. Find those stories and so much more in this, the weekend edition of The Hit and Run.
Blair Hinkle Cruising at Council Bluffs… Again
Blair Hinkle seems to like the HorseShoe at Council Bluffs. The former online pro has run INSANELY pure there over the years with TWO WSOP Circuit Main Event titles and a slew of other final tables and deep runs in both the WSOP-C and the RunGood tournament series.
And this weekend it looks to be just more of the same. Hinkle bagged the chiplead on Day 1B of the event with 243,500 and continued his dominance on Day 2.
On Sunday, 89 players total players returned to battle for the $44,767 first-place prize. The top 45 will get paid a minimum of $920. And according to PokerNews “all players who make the final table will win a spot at the end of season Showbound satellite where they will play for a chance to win one of two spots on Poker After Dark. The winners of the satellite will receive an entry to a $5,000 sit and go along with travel and accommodation in Las Vegas.”
And at the time of publication, Hinkle is leading the charge with just 27 left and 800,000 in chips. Hinkle has over $4.3 million in cashes and won a WSOP bracelet in 2008 for half a million. Come right back here to PartTimePoker to see how the final table looked.
-World Poker Tour host Vince Van Patten has been gambling ever since he was a boy – not just after he became the host of the WPT. And recently, in a blog post on the site the actor and former tennis star talks about the ethical nature of gambling in general. Is it all in good fun or are the pitfalls too great to overcame the rush? Check out Patten’s blog to hear what he thinks.
-The new show “Dolly’s Game” from PokerCentral and shown on PokerGo has proven to be a big hit among poker enthusiasts. Diehard fans love mixed game in addition to watching the Godfather mix it up with some of the best young players of today. And this week Drew Amato showcased some of the best photos from the games in his running column “Through the Lens.”
-As always we check in with our positivity-preaching poker pal Robbie over at CardplayerLifestyle.com. This week Robbie showcased a great article from Mike Patrick talking about the mistakes he made trying to get out of a downswing. The variance of losing usually clouds the judgement of even the best players, and this read will definitely resonate with several readers.
-Not too long ago, the cash games in Macau were ALL the rage among the high rollers in the poker community. That fervor has slowed down a little bit in recent years, but the gaming revenue in general took a huge hit this month. As reported by CardPlayer, for the first time in 29 MONTHS revenue saw a decline. The dip was a huge 5% but is likely due to the trade deal between the U.S. and China and a general downtick in China’s economy.
-Finally, PartTimePoker’s own David Huber has a nice recap of how PokerStars pros are speaking out against online poker enemy #1 Sheldon Adelson. The Republican casino mogul has made huge contributions in attempts to rid this country of online poker, and now several pros our speaking out.
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-PokerNews has been providing a lot of coverage from the 888poker Live in London event. Sarah Grant grabbed 888 pro Sofia Lövgren for a round of ‘This or That’ to see how she weighs in on everything poker, fashion, and culture:
-Just because Jamie Staples is no longer a PokerStars guy, doesn’t mean the streaming is going anywhere anytime soon. The world famous streamer and vlogger recently showcased a session where he makes a super deep run on PartyPoker:
-Meanwhile, fresh off their giant launch of the new site, the Run It Once YouTube page recently posted a nice vid talking about some of the best zoom players in the world:
And that’s all for this week. Keep coming back every day to PartTimePoker for your daily updates on all the action in the poker world.
Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker