partypoker unveils dates for three early 2019 tournament series events while the online poker room adds a high-stakes player to Team partypoker. Check out these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

Dates revealed for Knockout, Monster Series and Powerfest

partypoker have announced dates for three major tournament series events over the next two months , with the tournaments totaling $35 million in guaranteed prize pools.

The tournament series calendar will kick off with the $15 million guaranteed Knockout series, which will run from February 3rd through the 17th. A full schedule has not been announced for the series, although all tournaments will feature progressive knockout events. These increasingly popular tournaments award players every time they knock out an opponent with 50% of the bounty awarded to the player knocking out a player while the remaining 50% is added to that player’s bounty.

Following the Knockout series is the Monster Series, which focuses on low buy-in tournaments. The Monster Series will kick off on February 24th with $2.5 million in guarantees to be paid out in the tournament. Last but not least is the first Powerfest of 2019, which will come to the online poker room in March. Powerfest will run from March 31st through April 14th and will guarantee $20 million in prizes.

In other partypoker news, the online poker room has added high-stakes regular Mikita Bodyakovskiy as the latest member of Team partypoker. Bodyakovskiy, a frequent face of the super high roller circuit, has earned over $20 million in live tournament winnings with $14 million of that figure being earned during 2018 alone.

Quick hitters

– More is coming to light on the untimely passing of Gavin Smith last week. A friend and neighbor of Gavin Smith posted on Facebook that he believes that Smith’s death was likely not caused due to drinking but due to hemophilia, a disorder that Smith would discuss frequently. People who suffer from hemophilia have blood that doesn’t clot normally, putting them at greater risk for minor injuries, especially deep bleeding.

New sports betting bills have recently popped up in both Arizona and Hawaii with additional activity in another half-dozen states, as it continues to look like the momentum from 2018 shows no signs of slowing down. Meanwhile, sports betting regulations appear to be in the cards for New York as the New York State Gaming Commission plans to discuss the topic with the public this Monday.

– While the Aussie Millions plays through some smaller events, Friday marks the beginning of the Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge, an event that attracted 115 entries last year. Also coming up the schedule this weekend is the start of the $10,600 Main Event and the $50,000 Challenge, each kicking off Sunday.

– Part Time Poker’s Alex Weldon is back with his first poker ranking update of 2019, where Alex Foxen continues his 2018 Player of the Year run with a strong start to the new year.

– Thursday’s Grinderschool.com featured poker training video is part 7 of 10 of Carroter’s series on Adjusting to Player Types series. In this episode, Carroter’s examines playing against tight aggressive regulars.

Best poker videos on YouTube

– Fresh off his Sunday Millions 2nd place finish, Parker “tonkaaap” Talbot, shares his top 10 favorite clips from his popular Twitch stream.

– In something a bit different, Matt Kiefer gives his impersonations of some of his favorite poker vloggers:

Jaimes Staples is back at the online poker grind with highlights from a January 22nd session.

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