Jack Sinclair is the 10th player to win a WSOP Europe title. Deals abound in the emerging US sports betting market. Check out these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Jack Sinclair wins WSOP Europe Main Event

Jack Sinclair is the champion of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe after outlasting 534 entries over six days of action. The final table including included some formidable opponents for Sinclair including 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess and Laszlo Bujtas, who held the chip lead the previous two days and who Sinclair ultimately put away heads-up in convincing fashion.

With the victory, Sinclair takes home his first gold bracelet and a €1,122,239 first place prize. Final hand can be seen below:

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Although Sinclair’s win will be what the poker world remembers from the tournament, Ryan Riess’ impressive run to a 4th place finish may be the highlight of the tournament. Had he managed to pull out a victory, Riess would have been just the second player — joining Phil Hellmuth — to win both the WSOP and WSOP Europe Main Events.

2018 WSOP Europe Main Event Prizes
1stJack Sinclair1,122,239
2ndLaszlo Bujtas€693,573
3rdKrasimir Yankov€480,028
4thRyan Riess€337,778
5thMilos Skrbic€241,718
6thIhor Yerofieiev €175,965

In winning the WSOP Europe Main Event, Sinclair becomes the 10th player to take down the event since it was introduced in 2007

WSOP Europe Main Event Champions
2007Annette Obrestad
2008John Juanda
2009Barry Shulman
2010James Bord
2011Elio Fox
2012Phil Hellmuth
2013Adrian Mateos
2015Kevin MacPhee
2017Marti Roca de Torres
2018Jack Sinclair

Quick hitters

Sportsbetting deals continue to be a big story of 2018 as companies jockey for position in an industry that will rapidly expand across the United States over the next few years. MGM is one of those companies, currently in discussions with “a vast number” of teams. Haley Hintz from FlushDraw writes that using various strategies as interested casinos look to partner with leagues and teams.

– While the WSOP Europe is getting most of the live tournament poker attention, there is still a high profile event happening at the World Poker Tour, WPT Montreal. Day 3 began on Friday with 130 players remaining and David Guay holding the chip lead, a lead that he lost early on Friday. Through the middle of Day 3, the field had dwindled to 62 with Mike Leah holding a narrow chip lead. Players such as Jonathan Little and Ema Zajmovic were among the notables still with chips at the time of this writing.

– While live tournament poker continues to thrive, Nevada poker rooms continue to struggle with lastest figures reporting the state has 58 poker rooms with 561 tables, down from 62 and 598 last year, a number that been in a precipitous decline in previous years. The numbers are still well ahead of the pre-boom years, but behind the peak of 2010 when Nevada had 920 tables in 109 poker rooms.

– This week was a big week for online gambling in PA as three casinos were approved for sportsbetting and another two approved for online gambling. Check out David Huber’s full report of the nearly 3-hour meeting, complete with timestamps.

– We hear a lot of stories of poker players burning out and fading away but in a recent post, CardPlayer LifeStyle examines seven big-name players who have come back from various forms of adversity over an extended period of time.

Best poker videos from Youtube

– After appearing on Joey Ingram’s podcast yesterday, Doug Polk is back with a vlog of his own. Polk takes a look at a variety of poker news topics — some new, some old — including William Kassouf troubles, Shaun Deeb winning WSOP Player of the Year honors and controversy at partypoker over guarantees at live events.

– Jaime Staples’ latest vlog comes from Run It Up Reno where some of poker’s biggest vloggers are playing Short Deck Hold’em.