Four of poker’s top names to compete in a King of the Hill heads-up match in late August. Chris Ferguson and John Racener break the WSOP cashes record for a single series. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

Four Top Poker Players to Play Heads-up Match on Poker Night on TV

Some of the biggest names in poker will meet up for the “King of the Hill” heads-up match from August 22nd to August 25th at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady, New York. Phil Hellmuth, Doug Polk, Dan “Jungleman” Cates and Frank Kassela are the four players participating in the $50,000 buy-in event. The event is being presented by PokerNight on TV, which fans can watch from It’s a winner take all event with first place walking away with $200,000 in cash.

King of the Hill will run from August 22nd to August 23th with streaming on Twitch starting on 3:30 PM on August 22nd and 5:30 PM ET on August 23rd. On August 24th to 25th, an invite-only 7-handed cash game will be broadcast beginning at 3:30 PM ET each day.

Additional King of the Hill events will be held in late September and October.

Quick Hitters

– A lot was made about Chris Ferguson’s performance at this year’s World Series of Poker. Not only did Fergispm top the Player of the Year standings by the end of series, but he also set a new record with 17 WSOP cashes, breaking the previous record of 13 and a mark also matched by John Racener this year.

– Four of 2017 WSOP Main Event winner Scott Blumstein’s friends turned a $60 investment into a $40,000 payday before taxes. Scott Blumstein, a New Jersey native, was aided his is victory by playing legal online poker in New Jersey.

– Neil Patel, a writer for PokerNews, writes about his deep run in the WSOP Main Event this year.

– Grinderschool classic poker training video of the day takes a look at adaptive strategy in heads-up SNGs. This episode is part 6 in a 8 part series.