New signs of life in the move towards shared liquidity in Europe. China gets a Super High Roller Bowl. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Italy and Portugal Could Soon Finalize Merged Player Pool Entry

After PokerStars France and PokerStars Spain merged player pools last week and even began inviting some international players, it appears that new movement may be afoot in Italy and Portugal as they accelerate their own entry into the regulated European player pool.

In a statement released this week, a representative at the Italy Finance Ministry broke a long silence and stated that the verification process “is still underway.” A decision will be made shortly after the verification take place with some estimates of Italy joining the shared player pool as soon as the 2nd quarter of 2018.

Portugal is also hopeful of a launch sometime in the first half of 2018 with a French regulator saying that the country was “clearly in the final stretch.” Portugal has currently issued 11 gaming licenses to seven operators, with PokerStars being the only online poker room to be licensed thus far.

As the only operator in all four countries and an existing merged player pool in France and Spain, PokerStars seems well positioned to become the leader in the newly merged markets.

Quick Hitters

– Poker Central has announced an invite-only Chinese event for the Super High Roller Bowl, which will be limited to 49 players and will require a buy-in of approximately $255,820 in USD. The Macau-based event will be held from March 20th to March 22nd and is expected to be streamed on PokerGo.

– The 2018 Aussie Millions isn’t the only big tournament running this weekend, there is also a World Poker Tour event you will want to keep an eye on. The $3500 Winter Borgata Poker Open will begin on Sunday and run through February 2nd with the final table live-streamed with a 30 minute delay.

– A new online casino will be launching in New Jersey by the New Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City sometime this summer.

– Nobody will blame Kevin Martin for how he reacted to a recent hand he played during a $10,000 guaranteed tournament on PokerStars. Watch below:

– Would you fold any hand getting 115:1? This guy did in a hand posted on Reddit.

– Upswing Poker takes a look at the top 20 female poker players of all time.

– The Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day is the completion of “2 Tables $0.50/$1.00 NL 6-max” series. In this episode, DaGoat moves up to $0.50/$1.00.

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