Casinos in Louisiana could be allowed to open as soon as May 18th. The 2020 PokerStars SCOOP just won’t stop. Check out these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

Louisiana casinos could begin to open May 18th

Louisiana is set to become the first major casino hub to reopen, although the original reopening is being pushed back a couple of days. Originally scheduled to reopen on Friday, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board revealed yesterday that the state’s casinos would instead be eligible to open as soon as next Tuesday. During 2018, Louisana casinos generated over $2.56 billion in revenue over 20 casinos.

Lousiana wouldn’t be the first United States casinos to reopen, however. Over the last week, certain tribal casinos, as well as the Coeur D’Alene Idaho and nearly a dozen casinos in Deadwood, South Dakota have been reopened. Deadwood operators have seen an uptick in business since reopening, reporting traffic numbers 15%-20% higher compared to a typical weekend.

Quick hitters

– Online poker continues to boom as live poker rooms stay cautious about reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PokerStars SCOOP has been a big beneficiary of the new landscape by extending guarantees to over $85 million (over $112 million in prizes are expected to be paid), a record for the popular spring online tournament series. To keep up with demand, the world’s largest online poker site is extending the 2020 SCOOP by an additional 12 days. Originally scheduled to conclude on May 19th, the SCOOP will now end on May 12th.

– The DraftKings Online Sportsbook is bringing back “Free to Bet Day” on May 14th. Sports bettors can make a $5.14 free bet in the sportsbook on virtually any market.

Galfond Challenge Update: There is no Galfond Challenge scheduled for Wednesday. Phil Galfond and ActionFreak will pick things up on Thursday around 11 AM ET. Poker fans can tune in and watch the action live on the Run It Once Poker Twitch channel.

– In online tournament highlights, Mike Watson wins his fourth PokerStars SCOOP title after taking down the $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw for $22,050 while Andrew Pantling takes down the WPT Online PLO High Roller for $302k.

– In Wednesday’s featured classic poker training video, we look at another episode of Reasons14’s “SNG Strategy” series. In this episode, Reasons14 live plays a session of multiple tables of $6.50 full ring 45-man SNGs.

Best poker videos on the Internet

Brad Owen joins Marlie Cordeiro and Jaime Kerstetter on the latest episode of The Rake, where they talk about the coronavirus, meet up games and the future of live poker:

– With live tournament poker on the sidelines right now, Triton Poker is revisiting some of its older cash games. In its most recent update from earlier this week, Triton Poker showcases the Les Ambassadeurs Short Deck Private Game from Triton Poker London in 2019.

Jaime Staples posted Twitch highlights from a May 2nd session on partypoker where he played the Big Bounty Hunter tournaments and other events.