A look at the top live tournament players during 2017. New York could be the next state to deliver an online poker bill. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.
Biggest Live Tournament Winners of 2017
Adrian Mateos managed to win prestigious player of the year leaderboards from the likes of CardPlayer and the Global Poker Index in 2017, but who won the most cash prizes during 2017? That honor goes to Bryn Kenny, who took home $8.5 million, ahead of 2017 WSOP Main Event winner Scott Blumstein, who won nearly $8.2 million.
Rounding out the top five are Christoph Vogelsang, Steffan Sontheimer, and of course, Fedor Holz.
Meanwhile in the world of online poker, High Stakes Database revisits the top five largest pots on PokerStars during 2017. Surprise — Vikor “Isildur1” Blom is involved in all of them at $200/$400 PLO tables.
A brief look around the world of poker:
– As a new year begins, New York hopes to ride the coattails of Pennsylvania by passing an online poker bill. Like Pennsylvania, New York needs revenue as the state attempts to meet a budget shortfall that could be over $4 billion.
– Molly’s Game hits theaters everywhere on Friday and with a 81% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and early box office success, Molly’s Game is expected to be a hit with audiences. Although the game centers around poker, it is not a poker movie, says director Aaron Sorkin.
– Yesterday, we told you about resolutions that poker players have setting for 2018. But how did they do during 2017? Poker News reposted a video from last year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
– Pennsylvania online gambling stocks have a big year in 2017 as the state prepares to significantly expand gambling in 2018.
– Grinderschool poker training video of the day is part 1 of the “Hold’em or Fold’em” series by CFTheNatural. In episode 1 of 4, he examines post-flop decisions in PLO where he must decide whether to continue on the hand or fold.
– From the fake news bin: Vanessa Selbst tries to reneg on retirement announcement after sobering.