Two more winners at the Poker Masters online. The Stars Group/Flutter merger continues to move forward. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Pascal Lefrancois wins 2nd 2020 Poker Masters title

Pascal Lefrancois is the winner of a second Poker Masters online title this year, after taking down the $25,500 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max event (Event #23), defeating a field of 61 entries. In winning the latest tournament Lefrancois takes home a $527,509.70 first-place prize. Lefrancois had previously come out on top of last week’s $10,300 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max event.

In other Poker Masters action, Ali Imsirovic won the $10,300 buy-in No Limit Hold’em 6-Max event for a $277,096 payday after outlasting 110 entries including Ben Jones heads-up. Through Thursdays’s events, Artur Martirosian holds the lead in the Poker Masters Online Championship standings with Andras Nemeth right on his tail. The Poker Masters runs through this Sunday.

2020 Poker Masters Standings Through April 23rd

Quick hitters

The Stars Group stakeholders approved a merger of Flutter and The Stars Group on Friday, one week after Flutter shareholders broadly through their support of the takeover. The finalization of the merger, which brings brands such as PokerStars, Betfair, Paddy Power and FanDuel under one roof, is expected next month.

– With stay-at-home orders still prevalent across the globe, the online poker tournament scene continues to be very strong with online poker sites responding by increasing guarantees. This Sunday, the PokerStars Sunday Million will feature a $3 million guarantee for the second week in a row for the $109 buy-in event. This weekend also sees some major events and series ongoing including the PokerStars SCOOP and Micromillions, the 888poker Dragon series, the GGPoker GGseries and the conclusion of the partypoker Poker Masters online.

Galfond Challenge update: There was no Galfond Challenge session on Friday. This week, Phil Galfond played his second session will Bill Perkins while a new Galfond Challenge with ActionFreak will begin on Monday. Phil Galfond and his Galfond Challenge sessions have been getting some more mainstream attention, however, with a recent article appearing in the UK’s Daily Star.

– This week the World Series of Poker announced that the 2020 WSOP would be postponed for the first time in history due to the coronavirus pandemic, something that was nearly unthinkable just a few months ago. The news has led to some reflection on what the postponed means for the WSOP and poker from CardPlayerLifeStyle’s Christian Zetzsche and PokerStrategy’s Barry Carter.

– The DraftKings online sportsbook is launching in Colorado on May 1st. While sports bettors wait for betting lines to become available, however, they can win prizes by participating in DraftKings CO Betting Pools today.

– In Friday’s featured poker training video, we look at another classic Reasons14 SNG Strategy video. In this episode, Reasons14 examines a student’s session at a $6.50 full ring 18-man Turbo SNG.

Best poker videos on the Internet

Phil Galfond discusses the mindset he employed during the first Galfond Challenge where he turned a deficit of over 900,000 into a win:

Jaime Staples welcomes The Thirst Lounge’s Bill Perkins to discuss the Galfond Challenge, his book and of course other topics:

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