A major decrease for PokerStars MTT players taking advantage of Stars Rewards. The US Poker Open gets underway. Check out these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

MTT PokerStars players see 55% decrease in Stars Rewards

The PokerStars Rewards program will undergo its biggest change since launching 18 months ago as it introduces a big reduction in the earning rewards points for MTT players. Beginning on February 15th, the world’s largest online poker room will reduce the rate at which MTT players earn rewards by 55%. On this day, tournament players will begin to receive 45 points for every $1/€1 in tournament fees, a decrease from 100. Players in cash games, sit n gos and other games will continue to earn reward points at the regular rate.

The change is the first in a series of tweaks to the Stars Rewards for 2019, which aims to simplify the earning of chests while increasing the value. Among the other changes will be the removal of “boost” as a permanent feature, the implementation of simplified rules for moving chest levels and the addition of an exchange feature for partial progress.

Quick hitters

– Poker Central and ESPN have announced the broadcast schedule for the 2019 WSOP Main Event, with ESPN broadcasting over 40 hours of poker’s biggest event. Coverage of this summer’s Main Event will be broadcast nightly and split between ESPN and ESPN2 nightly. When the Main Event is not on ESPN, PokerGo will take over coverage. The broadcast schedule for tournaments before the WSOP Main Event will be announced at a later date.

– Today marks the start of the US Poker Open, one of the biggest high roller tournaments scheduled for early 2019, as dozens of the highest stakes players battle it out over ten events for the US Poker Open trophy. On Wednesday, Day 1 of Event #1, the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em got underway, with action kicking off at 2 PM PT.

At the time of this writing, there have been 51 players enter the event, with reentries available during the first nine levels of play. To watch any US Poker Event, poker fans will need a PokerGo subscription.

New Jersey sets a record with nearly $400 million in wagers during January with Resorts (DraftKings, Resorts) and Meadowlands (FanDuel, PointsBet) seeing the biggest numbers of the month. Meanwhile, on the online casino front, New Jersey online casinos generated $31.7 million in revenue during January, an increase of over 59% from last year. Online poker had another quiet month with just $1.9 million in revenue, a 3.5% decrease from last year.

– Everything that can happen in poker will eventually happen including this unusual royal flush witnessed by Robert Mizrachi.

– Wednesday’s classic Grinderschool.com featured poker training video takes a look at a recently uploaded series from CFTheNatural called “Why I Still Love The Micros.” This episode focuses on a session of a $20 Pot Limit Omaha cash game.

Notable poker videos across the internet

Jaime Staples plays another session on partypoker and takes a deep dive on what motivates him to play poker.

– On Live at the Bike, Marle Cordeiro gets hot during a session of $5/$5 on February 6th:

Matt Vaughn encounters some big decisions on a recent episode of Poker Time during a session of $5/$10.