The 2019 PokerStars SCOOP schedule has been announced. Could Michigan pass online gambling bill by the summer? Check out these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

PokerStars holding 201 tournaments for 2019 SCOOP

Earlier this month, PokerStars unveiled some key days of the 2019 SCOOP Main Event. Now PokerStars has released the enitre schedule for the 2019 SCOOP, slated to run from May 12th to May 27th. Over the course of the two-week Spring Championship of Online Poker, the top online poker site announced it will be guaranteeing $75 million in prizes.

The series will consist of 67 events with low, medium and high buy-in levels for a grand total of 201 tournaments. The $75 million guaranteed will be $10 million more than what was guaranteed during the 2018 SCOOP. Players can begin to qualify for the SCOOP via satellites as low as $0.11 on April 15th.

Quick hitters

– A Michigan Senator says that a new online poker and casino bill could be on the governor’s desk by June. The state has quickly picked up the pieces of a failed effort in 2018, which saw an online casino and poker bill passing in the State Senate and House but get struck down by former Govenor Rick Synder

Doug Polk weighs in a controversy surrounding poker vlogger JohnnieVibes who was criticized for selling WSOP action for a 1.4 markup.

Run It Up Reno kicks off from the Peppermind Resort Spa Casino for 11 days of live tournament action hosted by Jason Somerville. PokerNews will be providing live updates of the event with live broadcasts in the cards as well.

– PhileasFogg was among the biggest winners in yesterdays partypoker POWERFEST action after winning the $25,000 Eight Max Super High Roller Championship event for $643,125.

– This weekend PokerStars celebrates the 13th anniversary of the PokerStars Sunday Million with a $10 million guaranteed prize pool. Poker News winds back the clock and takes a look at the history of online poker’s biggest weekly tournament.

– Part Time Poker’s David Huber takes a look at five challenges that U.S. online poker faces in 2019 and beyond. Challenges include the more immediate DOJ Wire Act opinion and more long term concerns such as the increasingly unattainable for-profit poker dream.

– Friday’s featured Grinderschool poker training video is Part 9 of Colossos’ “Cash Games with Colossus” series. This series of episodes focuses on Colossus’ $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold’em shorthanded cash game series.

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Phil Galfond shares some thoughts on online poker regulation in the United States and issues with the current landscape.

– ICYMI: Lex Veldhuis commentary during the inebriated session at the Patrick Antonius Poker Challenge involving Antonius, Dan “Jungleman” Cates and Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies.