Online tournaments continue to see tremendous numbers. Jason Mercier, Domink Nitsche, and Patrik Leonard all took down big online events. Casinos all across the U.S. are slowly, but surely re-opening their doors. And is a major cheating scandal just on the horizon? We have all those stories and more in this – the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.
Jason Mercier Still Dominating Online
Jason Mercier used to be a SuperNova elite crusher before transitioning to live poker. But now the young father is back and dominating on the virtual felt once again.
Mercier won his first WPT online title after with the $10k pot limit Omaha High Roller for $279,265 defeating Linus Loeliger heads-up. Linus had to settle for 176k while some guy named Viktor Blom placed 3rd for $121,200. A whole slew of WPT tournaments concluded this weekend. Check out Pocketfives for the full breakdown of who won what.
Meanwhile SCOOP 2020 continues to put up insane numbers, and big name players are making big time scores.
Domink Nitsche took down his first ever SCOOP and $82,365.
Patrick “pads1161” Leonard won his second 2020 title and $41,809.
There were of course many other winners as well. Check out PokerNews for more on this incredible SCOOP season.
-CardPlayerLifeStyle has a solid article out about where you can go for some European poker action. Tadas Peckaitis takes you through the top three poker destinations you need to visit across the pond. Spain, Monaco, the Czach Republic – they’re all here. Check out the article to learn more.
-PokerBros has been building steam as a peer-to-peer poker network. And CardPlayer has the latest on how you can get in on the action.
-Meanwhile over on PokerCentral, Paul Seaton has the latest on how many in the poker community are helping out their own. The story is about the Keep the Lights On initiative, which gives money to various poker journalists who have been put out of commission due to the coronavirus outbreak. Paul writes: “Tana Karn, owner of the RunGood Poker Series and RunGood Poker Gear among other brands had the desire to help, which led to him creating the Keep the Lights On initiative to help freelance poker workers affected by the loss of earnings during this time. It’s already been an enormous success.”
-Heading over to USPoker.com, where Sean Chaffin writes about the growing number of US casinos that are slowly opening their doors. Soft re-openings seem to be the growing trend, and Sean has the full list of which casinos, and more importantly which poker rooms, are starting to let players back in.
-Old school pro Steve Zolotow has a cautionary tale for all of those getting rich during this second poker boom: nothing lasts forever. Steve warns, “Now online gaming, especially poker, is flourishing as inexperienced players, trapped in their homes with nothing to do, start to play. Win their money while it’s there and buy stock in online poker if you can.”
-And finally, is a major cheating scandal underway? The questions are many and unanswered, but it all started with this Bill Perkins tweet:
Cheating scandal in poker going on that would make the Mike Postle scandal look like a church service. Really hard to wrap my head around. I'm very disappointed in many people. Some you would call poker heroes. 1 person/pro showed integrity others failed miserably #POKER
— Bill Perkins (Guy) (@bp22) May 24, 2020
Best Poker Videos on the Internet
-The PartyPoker YouTube channel always puts out steady entertaining content. And this week they have a video that is simply the “Top 5 UNBELIEVABLE Sochi Flops! | MILLIONS Super High Roller Sochi Series.” Come watch Phil Ivey, Sam Greenwood, and more play sick hands for millions.
-Meanwhile, PokerNews’ own Chad Holloway had the chance to interview Hank Azaria about the massive fundraising online event from a couple weeks ago. You can watch that interview here:
-And finally, this video says it all: Tom Dwan Bluffs with 7-2 in High Stakes Poker Game!
That’s all for this week! Keep coming back every day to PartTimePoker for your daily updates on all the action in the poker world.
Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker.
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