partypoker Powefest concludes with controversy regarding lowered guarantees. New episodes of Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Jeju posted. Find these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

Sami “LarsLuzak1” Kelopuro wins big at Powerfest

partypoker’s Powerfest concluded over the weekend with Sami “LarsLuzak1” Kelopuro taking down the $5,200 High Roller Championship for $317,000, beating A3APTEH, NoLoitering and BuyThaPot, who each had paydays over $100,000.

Over the course of the tournament’s three weeks, over $69 million in prizes were paid out. But the tournament was not without controversy, with the Powerfest lowering guarantees during the final week. The reason given was that partypoker believed that PokerStars’ WCOOP would also be running during the period online poker sites often run concurrent events because interest is higher.

Quick hitters

– While the WCOOP and Powerfest captured headlines over September for its huge guarantees, 888poker also held the 888poker XL Eclipse this month with the Main Event taking place over the weekend. Roman “Romeopro33” Romanovskyi came out on top of the $1 million guaranteed event — which feel short of the guarantee — with a $187,500 first place score. Following Romanovskyi was Simon Mattsoon and Rafael Moraes with $100,000 plus scores.

– New episodes continue to be posted in the Triton Poker YouTube channel with episodes from the Super High Roller Jeju 2018 cash game earlier. In a recent episode, poker fans can watch a $2.3 million pot between Paul Phua and Tom Dwan.

With short deck online games on the horizon, are they set up to fail to succeed, asks High Stakes DB

– Online Poker Report previews this week’s sports betting hearing in Congress, noted that some of online gambling’s biggest opponents will be making an appearance. Fortunately, Steve Ruddock of OPR notes that nothing of substance will likley come out of the hearing.

– If you’re looking to get caught up on the best from poker’s vloggers over the weekend, have a look at Jaime Staples highlights from the $5,200 WCOOP event:

– In the weeks before his 2017 WSOP Main Event victory, Scott Blumstein vowed to get in better shape. Now, in a recent Instagram post, the Main Event champion reveals he has now lost over 70 pounds during the last year in a half. Congrats, Scott!

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After living with a severe food addiction for 25 years, something finally clicked in April of 2017. There wasn’t a lot to be happy or positive about at the time. I was not doing great financially after messing up my first real shot at a bank roll and I was 330 pounds, the heaviest I had ever been. I was supposed to keep going in a downward direction but something clicked. While everyone was out playing poker tournaments in the desert that summer, I stayed home. Instead I studied poker like I never had before and decided it was time to address the actual thing that was contributing to any stress or unhappiness that I could actually control. I ate better and exercised and dropped 25 pounds before I left for Vegas to play the tournament I had been dreaming of playing for 15 years. What I then learned was that the human brain can be tricked. I convinced myself that even something as simple as going from morbidly obese to less morbidly obese was enough to feign the confidence of someone who could win the biggest poker tournament in the world. Now it’s a year and change later and I’m under 260 pounds for the first time in what feels like forever (maybe even ever) and am determined to keep going. I’m obviously going to say it hasn’t been easy. Changing never is…but I’m glad I’ve done it and I hope to one day find the answers to be able to help other people realize that they can do it too. #TTP #WAS PS: shout out @matthewjhersh for getting me started the right way and @tbxm_keegan_martin and @jg_gibby for getting me active. Also anyone else whose helped so far who I’ve forgotten. It’s impossible to do this shit alone.

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– With Pennsylvania gambling contining to expand and the NFL season well underway, what’s the latest with PA sports betting in 2018 and 2019?

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