Many Macau casinos set to reopen. WSOP.com will hold WSOP Online Circuit Events later this month. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.
Macau Casinos had been closed since February 15th
Macau Casinos reopened on Thursday after concerns of the spreading coronavirus has spread across the world, particularly in Asia. Casinos have been shut down in the region for the last two weeks as 10 cases have confirmed there. There have been over 75,000 confirmed cases worldwide.
The casinos were closed in response to a government mandate that went into effect on February 5th after cases spread throughout China. Poker across Asia has been affected by the outbreak. Earlier this month, Triton Poker postponed the Super High Roller Series Jeju. The World Poker Tour also canceled a stop in Vietnam and postponed WPT Taiwan.
— Eunice Yoon (@onlyyoontv) February 19, 2020
– On WSOP.com, the Winter Online Championships Series concludes with a $200,000 guaranteed Main Event this week. The $525 buy-in event can be played on New Jersey and Nevada on Sunday.
After the Winter Online Championship, WSOP.com will focus on its new WSOP Online Circuit series, which will run from February 25th until March 8th with $1 million in guarantees set to be paid out. That tournament will culminate with a $300,000 guaranteed Main Event. WSOP will award 13 of its coveted “Championship Rings” through the series.
– While much of the poker world focuses on the Galfond Challenge — which is on a break — many poker fans have still not forgotten about the durrrr Challenge, which put online heads-up challenges on the map. Dan “Jungleman” Cates has also not forgotten about the Challenge, as Tom Dwan still owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to Cates for failing to complete their challenge. Jungleman recently commented on Twitter about the Challenge by Tweeting “I have no problem calling @TomDwan out for behaving wildly unethically.” He followed that up with another Tweet.
I want to clarify @TomDwan because on 2nd thought I was not totally fair. He has made many efforts overall to pay a large sum of the challenge, but has been virtually impossible to deal with overall and resisted arbitration. I may release details if we cannot reach an agreement.
— Daniel Cates (@junglemandan) February 13, 2020
– Former Full Tilt Poker pro Andy Bloch is set to auction off his Las Vegas mansion next week. The $8 million estate has been on the market for some time, but bidding will start on February 25th through Concierge Auctions.
– WPT Germany kicked off on Tuesday with 72 players entering the event for Day 1a with another 82 joining the action on Day 1b. The €3,300 buy-in event is taking place at the King’s Casino and is guaranteeing €1.5 million in prizes.
– Joel Deutsch took down the Parx Big Stax XXXII 500 event to win $126,995, outlasting 1496 entries over three days.
– In Wednesday’s featured poker training video of the day, we continue our look at UBoat’s “PLO Reboot” series where he returns to PLO after a one-year absence. This episode takes a look at the strength (or lack of) of Pot Limit Omaha hands.
Best poker videos on the Internet
– Phil Galfond is the latest guest on the Joey Ingram Poker Life Podcast to talk about the Galfond Challenge against Venividi.
– Speaking of Joey Ingram, he made an appearance on the Poker Central Podcast, where he spoke with Brent Hanks and Remko Rinkema to discuss a bunch of poker topics including the state of online poker, the Galfond Challenge, YouTube and private games in Las Vegas, among other topics:
– Check out this big hand from the $10,000 Main Event from the South America MILLIONS 2020:
– Jeff Boski is all-in on the bubble with Pocket Queens in his latest vlog, which has him playing the $550 Wynn Poker tournament with a prize pool of almost $145k