Phil Galfond with his best day yet of the Galfond Challenge. partypoker introduces additional poker ecology changes. Check out these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

Phil Galfond wins €88k on Day 12 of Galfond Challenge with Venividi

On Thursday, Phil Galfond finally got the big winning session he was hoping for, breaking a streak of 9 straight losing sessions of the Galfond Challenge. On Day 12 of the Galfond Challenge with Venividi, Galonf finished the day up €87,940.91 over 622 hands. With the big day, Galfond has cut his loses to €481,223.40.

The pair will pick things up again on Friday at 11 AM ET, where Galfond will hope to keep the momentum going. Galfond and Venividi have so far played 8,205 hands of the 25,000 required to complete the challenge. In addition to the prizes from the challenge, Galfond has put up a €200k side bet to Venividi’s €100k to the winner of the next challenge.

The Phil Galfond Challenge will now pick up things at 11 AM ET on Friday. Poker fans can watch the action unfold from the Run It Once Poker Twitch stream. Missed Thursday’s play? Watch the session below:

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Quick hitters

– In an effort to continue to improve poker ecology on their online poker room, partypoker will implement a series of changes in which they hope will level the playing field. Among the changes announced include the introduction of King of the Hill across heads-up cash games. In addition, the site is also banning third-party software that queues up tables and will also require players to use their real names on satellites and Day 1s of partypoker live tournaments.

– After the success of the PokerStars High Roller Series last December, PokerStars has introduced a new series of High Roller events that will take place in March. From March 23rd until March 30th, PokerStars will hold a total of 19 events with a cumulative $6 million guaranteed. Buy-ins for the series will range from $215 to $10,300.

– Online Poker Report examines the performance of the PokerStars Pennsylvania Winter Series and what it tells us about online poker traction in the state. Over the course of the PACOOP series, over $828,000 in prizes were awarded, including a Main Event that generated a prize pool of $126,560.

– In his Thursday article for PartTimePoker, David Huber focuses on GeoComply’s preliminary testimony on behalf of licensed US iGaming interests. In the session, GeoComply reiterated that geolocation technology is effective in keeping wagering with the borders of a state.

– In Thursday’s featured poker training video, we continue our look at Colossos’ “Cash Games with Colossos” series. In this “short” episode, Colososs examines a single hand in-depth.

Best poker videos on the Internet

– Want to catch up on the Phil Galfond Challenge without watching hours of play? Check out the highlights from Day 10 and 11.

– In his latest poker vlog, Brad Owen plays a meetup game in Aspers Casino in London:

– Check out Jeff Boski’s latest poker vlog, where he plays a $1/$3 No Limit Hold’em Cash Game with Daniel Chang at the Wynn.