Lex Velhuis breaks his own Twitch stream viewer record. One-tenth of US brick and mortar casinos have now reopened. Check out these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

Lev Veldhuis Twitch viewing record is 58,416 concurrent viewers

Lex Veldhuis and fellow streamer Ben “Spraggy” Spragg were among the finalists in the $10,300 2020 PokerStars SCOOP Main Event, both finishing in the top 40. At one point, both players were at the same table late in the tournament, which resulted in a Twitch poker viewing record. At the height of Veldhuis’ run, he had 58,416 concurrent viewers, besting the previous record — also held by Veldhuis — of 32,289.

Veldhuis and Spraggy went head to head to end one of their runs in the tournament, which was recorded on each of their Twitch streams:

Quick hitters

– United States casinos are gradually reopening across the country with Online Poker Report estimating that around 10% of the country’s casinos are now open. Most of the casinos that have been reopened are on tribal lands, but commercial casinos in Arkansas, Louisiana and South Dakota have also begun taking bets.

The Towers Casino and Card Room in California was one of the reopened poker rooms, but had to shut down after the casino was raided by the California Department of Justice. A video of the incident was posted on Instagram.

In Las Vegas, MGM Resorts plans to lift Las Vegas parking fees when its select properties reopen, which is expected to begin happening in early June.

Connor Drinan has won his fifth title of the 2020 PokerStars SCOOP, a record for the most wins in a single SCOOP — beating Shaun Deeb — despite not playing during the first week. His latest win comes via the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Main Event where Drinan takes home a $322,264 first prize.

Elsewhere in major online poker tournament action, Christian Jeppsson leads the final table of the WPT Online Championship getting underway on Wednesday night with a $1 million-plus prize set for the winner. Sam Greenwood became the day second in chips. In other WPT Online Action Dan Smith took down the $25,000 Super High Roller to win $555,504 after outlasting a field of 91 players.

Galfond Challenge update: There was no Galfond Challenge between Phil Galfond and ActionFreak on Wednesday. They are expected to resume their Challenge on Thursday with Galfond ahead after 10k hands of the duel. Poker fans can continue to watch the action live beginning at 11 AM ET on the Run It Once Poker Twitch channel.

– In Wednesday’s featured poker training video, we look at another of Reasons14’s series on “SNG Strategy.” In this episode, Reasons14 reviews a hand history of a $5.50 full ring Sit N Go with 9 players.

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Patrick Leonard joins Marle Cordeiro and Jaime Kerstetter from The Rake Podcast to discuss his recent comments about live poker and whether poker players should form a union, among other topics:

– Jaime Staples goes deep in the $109 buy-in $10k guaranteed Bounty Hunter event in May 8th highlights from his popular Twitch stream:

Poker Central now has the rights to all the old High Stakes Poker episodes. Check this classic hand featuring Sammy Farah and Patrik Antonius during season 4 of High Stakes Poker:

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