The Shooting Star tournament is gone, but players and fans alike are begging for its return. Doug Polk looks to cash in on the crypto craze. And baby Mercier is ready to take on the world. It’s all here in today’s Hit And Run.


Shooting Star Gone But Not Forgotten

The Bay 101 Casino has been undergoing a change of location and renovations for quite some time now. However, players and fans alike were shocked to find that the WPT Shooting Star tournament was left off the spring schedule. The Shooting Star tournament has been a staple of the WPT since the poker boom days. What’s more, with their improved satellite entry system, the Bay 101 has been seeing increasing success over the last several seasons. Last year’s champion Samuel Panzica took home over $1.3 million, making the Shooting Star one of the biggest and best events on the schedule.

So why has it been left off the schedule? Will it ever come back? Poker News Daily makes a case for its return in this article. And we here at PTP wouldn’t mind seeing it back either.


Doug Polk Gets in The Crypto Game

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, countless others.. you know what’s going on. Cryptocurrency is all the rage these days, and YouTube personality Doug Polk has recently launched a new site called where he hopes to bring news and advice for everyone getting into the crypto game. Polk broke the news on Twitter stating, “As of today I am excited to announce my next project. Today is the official launch of my CryptoCurrency news site I look forward to this new challenge, and will do my best to ensure anyone looking for accurate information will find it. At @realcoincentral, our goal is to help anyone interested in the world of Crypto to get trustworthy and reliable information to make decisions.” 

The plan of the site is to offer an introduction to those new to crypto along with investment advice and strategies. Polk also added that he plans to create a news section further down the road. Let’s hope Polk runs better with his new venture than he did on Poker After Dark this week.


Quick Hitters

-Pokerstars Pro Jason Mercier tied the knot with his wife Natasha less than a year ago, but they’ve already welcomed a baby boy into the world. Looks like the little guy is enjoying his first football Sunday. One of many more to come no doubt.

-The state of U.S. online poker is a sticky situation, and it’s difficult to say whether the game is growing or declining. While only three states have regulated gaming, the gray market sites keep gathering more and more players. This article by Jen Newell takes an in-depth look at the growth of our game online.

-Poker writer Haley Hintze always fights against injustices in the poker world. Her piece over at is no different as she takes a close look at the recent online-gaming feud between the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Antigua & Barbuda.