Penn National becomes the first to apply for sportsbetting in PA. A new PokerStars Store to be previewed at EPT Barcelona. Check out these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Penn National could be first to offer sports betting in PA

Big news for sports betting in Pennsylvania, as Penn National subsidiary Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing became the first to apply for a sports betting license in the state. The announcement comes nearly a month after license applications were opened. However, demand has been tepid as concerns grow over a $10 million license fee and 36% tax on revenue.

Penn National is partnering with William Hill USA to provide sports betting to the Hollywood Casino at the Penn National Race Course, which is located near Harrisburg. A decision on the application will not be made prior to October 3rd while the PGCB focuses on other matters such as online gambling licenses.

A new PokerStars Store is coming

A new PokerStars VIP Store is on the horizon. The new store will be previewed during the upcoming EPT Barcelona. Although details are currently scant on the new store, it is expected to be revamped considerably.

In other PokerStars news, the largest online poker site is asking for player input on next year’s PokerStars Players Championship in the Bahamas. From August 16th through the end of the month, PokerStars is gathering feedback about the highly anticipated event which is qualifying 320 players during 2018.

In addition to the qualified players that who have won tickets in a variety of ways throughout the year, players can buy-in directly for $25,000. PokerStars is hoping that the tournament has the largest prize pool outside of the WSOP Main Event.

Players can give their input on the event via the PokerStars blog, or via Twitter and Facebook. Players can state their opinion on a variety of aspects of the tournaments including the amount of start chips, the structure of blind levels, dinner breaks, antes, pay structure and even whether a shot clock should be used.

Quick Hitters

– Phil Ivey’s participation in the World Series of Poker this summer could turn hurt his edge-sorting case against the Borgata. His lawyers have argued that the sum of the $10.1 million that Ivy owes could be of “devastating impact,” despite the fact he entered numerous tournaments including the $1 million Big One for One Drop. Earlier this month, Borgata filed a motion to prevent a delay of payment from Ivey.

– Believe it or not, PokerStars Europe — which consists of just three regulated European countries — is now the third largest online poker room in the world. The poker room, which offers games to players in France, Spain and Portugal, is now upping its game on the tournament front. This week saw the announcement of the Galactic Series, a collection of tournaments running from August 26th until September 13th that will guarantee €15 million in prize pools.

– ICYMI: Three casinos have been approved to offer online gambling in PA. Gaming regulators approved license applications from Parx, Mount Airy and Harrah’s Philadelphia at a Wednesday meeting. The approval means that the three casinos can offer online poker and an online casino that includes slots and table games

– Joey Ingram takes a look at recent DDoS attacks which have not only affected frequent victim Americas Cardroom but also online poker powerhouses PokerStars and partypoker.

– From the Fake News Bin: Men “The Master” releases a poker training course on how players can improve their angleshooting game.