Isaac Haxton wins his first Poker Masters event. A big month for sports betting in New Jersey during August. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

Haxton wins at the Poker Masters

Isaac Haxton took down the $10,000 Short Deck (Event #4) at the Poker Masters on Tuesday night after defeating Maurice Hawkins heads-up to win a first place prize of $176,000. After the tournament, Haxton said that it was his first time playing Short Deck poker. “As the blinds got higher, I started to learn a little more and I was just all in a lot over the last thirty hands,” said Haxton.

Following Haxton and Hawkins ($115,500) at the final table was Ryan Tosoc ($77,000), Andrew Robl ($55,000), Cary Katz ($44,000) and Dominik Nitsche ($33,000).

With his win in Event #4, Haxton rockets up the Poker Masters Purple Jacket standings, trailing only Brandon Adams. The win was Haxton’s first 1st place finish since Janauary 2017 when he won the $25,700 event at the PokeStars Championship Bahamas.

Meanwhile, in Event #5, the final table of the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em got underway on Wednesday afternoon. At the time of the writing, Ali Imsirovic holds a sizable lead over Ben Yu. Brian Rast, Jake Schindler and Jason Koon each made the final table but came up short on Wednesday.

Also getting underway on Wednesday is Day 1 of the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em with, wait for it, Brandon Adams currently at an early chip lead. Stay tuned to PokerNews for updates through the evening or watch the action live on PokerGo with a subscription.

Quick Hitters

– During August nearly $100 million in sports bets were placed in New Jersey, with casinos generating over $6 million for the state’s eight retail sportsbooks. Over half of all revenue came by way of The Meadowlands, who was followed by Monmouth Park and Borgata. Further growth is anticipated during September with the start of the NFL season.

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– Two new Pennsylvania casinos have been approved to offer online gambling in PA. Penn National (Hollywood Casino) and SugerHouse Casino were each approved to offer online poker, online table games and online slots. So far, five out of eleven PA casinos that applied for online gambling have approved with the next round of approvals likely coming in October at the next PGCB meeting.

– Wednesday night sees the return of Trickett’s Room, where high stakes pros battle on partypoker. Joining Trickett will be other high stakes regulars such as Viktor Bloom, Jon Ghenna and Rob Yong.

– Looking to get your fix watching poker? Watch vloggers Andrew Neeme and Brad Owens sit down to play a session of $5/$10:

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