Two popular Twitch streamers leave PokerStars. Opposition grows to last month’s Department of Justice Wire Act opinion. Check these stories and more in the Tuesday Hit and Run.
Jaime Staples and Jeff Gross say goodbye to PokerStars
Jaime Staples and Jeff Gross each said goodbye to PokerStars over the last two days, announcing the news on their respective YouTube channels. Both had served as official PokerStars ambassadors and Twitch streamers over the last two years. Staples and Gross each indicated that the decision to leave PokerStars was theirs to make after they were unable to come to terms with PokerStars on an extension.
For fans of the pair, don’t fret — they indicated that they don’t plan to give up streaming anytime soon. “If anything, we are just getting locked in, just getting strapped in and it’s seriously about to turn up,” said Gross through a YouTube video posted yesterday.
Staples echoed a similar sentiment, thanking PokerStars for the support but indicating that the best was yet to come. “I felt as if I might have an opportunity to do something bigger with my career in poker. It was a risk and I thought about it a lot and I decided to go on my own.”
Watch the full statements below:
– Opposition to last month’s Department of Justice decision to expand the scope of the 1961 Wire Act is intensifying. In a joint letter to the DOJ, New Jersey and Pennsylvania — two states with a heavy investment in online gambling — called the new opinion “deeply troubling” and requested a Freedom of Information Act request asking for records surrounding the decision.
Meanwhile, the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries — a top lottery group — also issued a statement calling the opinion “detrimental” to the lottery industry.
– The Phil Ivey-Borgata edge-sorting saga continues after a New Jersey judge approved the New Jersey Borgata Hotel Casino’s attempt to claim a $10.16 million judgement in the state of Nevada. Efforts to claim Ivey’s assets in the state of New Jersey failed after discovering that Ivey had no assets in the state.
– In a sign of the staying power of 6+ Hold’em, the game variant will be rolling out on the Italian ring-fenced online poker room. 6+ Hold’em first launched on PokerStars.com last month and while other experimental games have came and went, 6+ Hold’em appears here to stay.
– Tuesday’s featured Grinderschool poker training video continues Carroters’ “6 Max NL by Position” series, where he takes a look at decisions required based on position. In episode 5, Carroters focuses on isolating limpers.
Notable poker videos across the internet
– Jaime Staples expands on his statement that he is leaving PokerStars with clues of what the future might hold:
– ICYMI: Watch Lex Vledhuis take down his second big win in as many weeks when he won the $109 Sunday Starter for $5.7k.