partypoker adds another popular Twitch streamer to Team Online. DOJ extends its Wire Act compliance deadline by another 60 days. Check out these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.
partypoker adds 10th member to Team Online
partypoker announced its biggest signing yet to the newly formed partypoker Team Online when they revealed the signing of poker player and Twitch streamer Jeff Gross. The announcement was expected by some in the poker community after Gross left rival PokerStars — along with other popular streamers such as Jamie Staples and Kevin Martin — during February. Gross frequently streams on Twitch where he has over 55,000 followers. He is also currently a member of Jason Somerville’s Run It Up livestream group.
I am over the moon to announce I am signing w/ @partypoker !! I am LIVE right now streaming on https://t.co/7U6dsBoxxe To celebrate I will be giving 10 x $55 tickets to the $250K GTD Monster ME on Sun 17th Mar (14:00 ET) + $320 to someone! Like, tag a friend & retweet to enter! pic.twitter.com/WKo6EILHrK
— Jeff Gross (@JeffGrossPoker) March 1, 2019
Since mid-February, partypoker has put an increased focus on partnering with poker streamers. partypoker first announced a partnership with Bill Perkins’ Thirst Lounge, which highlights poker and the high stakes lifestyle. Then last week, partypoker announced the creation of Team Online. So far, the new streaming-centered group has added ten poker players including Matt Staples.
partypoker Team Online also welcomed Steven Kok and Monika Zukowicz on Thursday. More announcements are expected from partypoker in the coming days and weeks.
– OPR reported that the U.S. Department of Justice plans to announce a 60-day extension for compliance of its revised opinion on the 1961 Wire Act, which stated that the law’s scope extended beyond sports betting and covered many forms of online gambling. The revised extension will mean that online gambling companies and states would have until June 14, 2019 to comply with the new opinion.
The news comes alongside continued confusion on the new opinion, lawsuits from stakeholders in the online gambling industry and news that Pennsylvania plans to launch online gambling in July.
– Kristin Bicknell has earned the bulk of her $3 million live tournament winnings over the last year, which has led many to call her the best woman poker player in the world. In 2017 and 2018, Bicknell won the Female GPI Player of the Year, an honor given to the best performing woman tournament poker player. But in an interview with CardPlayer Bicknell says she wants to shed the “woman poker player” label and be the greatest overall players.
– Tomorrow will mark the next stop of the World Poker Tour as it heads to the L.A. Poker Classic for the $10,000 buy-in Main Event. As with many major WPT events, the tournament will play down to a final table before moving to Vegas on March 14th where it will be filmed for broadcast.
– Alex Weldon reviews major poker ranking leaderboards from across the internet, where Stephen Chidwick and Bryn Kenney are among those making waves after impressive performances during the US Poker Open.
– Friday’s featured Grinderschool video is the conclusion of Gazellig’s “Facing Raises in MTTs” series. In episode 7 of 7, Gazellig discusses facing raises in the UTG position.
Notable poker videos across the internet
– Triton Poker has released a sneak peek of the Super High Roller Jeju 2019 series, which returns after a successful first year that included appearances from some of the game’s biggest names.
– This week, Live at the Bike saw its pot ever, which was documented on Twitch (h/t PokerStrategy):
– Alec Torelli goes over his top five mistakes that poker players make and how they can be avoided.
– JohnnyVibes sits downs with Kristy Arnett on her podcast to discuss how he got started on YouTube and his EmbracetheGrind poker challenge, where he is playing 150 hours for 30 days.