This weekend Jason Gray won the Star Sydney Championships for over $100K. The Ante Up Tour, WSOP Circuit, and Potomac Poker Open all reached their Day Twos. Meanwhile Daniel Negreanu and Matt Berkey had a civil debate on Twitter.  And the poker world said goodbye to “Mad” Marty Wilson after his long fight with cancer. We have all those stories and more in this – the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.


Jason Gray Wins Big Down Under

Jason Gray recently topped a field of 129 entries to win the 2019 The Star Sydney Championships $5k Challenge for a cool $118,830! The Brit was surrounded by native Aussies at the final table, but that didn’t stop him from walking away with the title, the trophy, and all that sweet cash.

“Can’t have the Aussies win them all,” Gray joked after the final hand was dealt.

Here’s how everyone finished according to PokerNews:

Congrats to all the big winners!

Negreanu and Berkey Square Off

Berks and DNegs are two of the nice guys in poker, but they still have very strong opinions. And this weekend the two squared off on Twitter about what makes for a better poker broadcast.

Negreanu believes characters and entertainment are what bring in viewers. While Matt Berkey holds fast that it’s high level poker and expert analysis that fans will find the most interesting. The two went back and forth a great deal on Twitter and never really came to any resolution. But don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself:

The Poker World Loses Another Legend

Those that have only been following poker since the Boom will have never heard of the name Marty Wilson. But the legendary British poker pro was just that – a legend. And sadly, the world said goodbye to Marty as he passed away this week after a six-month fight with cancer.

Marty first visited the WSOP in 1985, and had been making the trip across the pond ever since. In England, Marty shot to fame on Channel 4 with the groundbreaking television series Late Night Poker. His jokes, amiable personality, and great story-telling made him stand out right away.

Wilson had nearly half a million in tournament winnings – most of them before the poker boom. PokerNews has a full write-up with many pros showing their sympathies and condolences – including Barny Boatman, Padraig Parkinson, Jesse May, and Victoria Coren. Wilson was 62.

RIP, Mad Marty. Good game.

Quick Hitters

-All sorts of Day Twos are going on in the poker world right now. Srini Godavarthy is bringing the overall chip lead of 952,000 chips into Day Two of the $1,650 Ante Up World Championship. First is 135k. 154 players will head to Day Two of the $370 Opening Event of the 2019 Potomac Poker Open. Curtis Ehrgott has the big stack there and 1,402,000. And Thomas Johnson will be bringing the big stack of 543,00 into Day Two of the WSOP Circuit Choctaw Main Event. All events will play down to final tables (or close to it) tonight.

-Per the norm we check back in with Robbie over at Robbie started his website just as a passion project, but it has grown to be one of the most popular poker sites online. And in his latest article entitled “How I Grew My Poker Media Website from 0 to 20,000 Visitors Per Month,” Robbie explains exactly how he got there.

-PokerNews is back with Part Two of their article exploring the origins of the Hendon Mob. Part One explains how the fab four met, the second installment examines how they became stars of the game.

-Much ado was made over the Jack Effel ruling at the WSOP Main Event when a dealer incorrectly counted down someone’s stack. And over at, Scott J. Burnham has an in depth breakdown of what the rules SPECIFICALLY say. Did Jack make the right call?

-Earlier this week Jeff Walsh at took a look at just which poker players from the KeyStone state have been crushing it in the poker world lately. Online poker will be coming to Pennsylvania soon and very soon, so Jeff analyzes which native Pennsylvanians have won the most.

Best Poker Videos on the Internet

-The team at PokerNews took a little hiatus after cranking out a TON of content over the WSOP. But Sarah and Jeff are back this week with a livestream of their podcast where they talk about their WSOP hangovers:


-The Poker Guys are back with a little analysis of Ryan Riess’s infamous 10-high call. Was it correct? Did he calculate the ranges right!? Only the Poker Guys have the answers!


-And finally, last but not least we have the latest entry in the Solve for Why Origins series. This latest explores the relationship between Matt Berkey and his great friend and mentor Berto:


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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