PokerStars to restrict many third party tools. The WSOP finalizes its 2019 schedule. The Aussie Millions Main Event beats last year’s record. Find these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

Seating scripts to be banned March 1st

Beginning March 1st, PokerStars players will no longer be able to use automated seating scripts after it was revealed the number one online poker room will change their policy on third-party tools and services. In addition to seating scripts, other third-party programs including utility tools and heads-up displays (HUDs) will be restricted under the new policy.

Seating scripts are used by some players to aid in their ability to find the softest tables. The scripts scan the poker lobby looking for weaker players from previous hand histories. Affected programs include NEED4SEAT and StarsCaption. Developers of the programs are working with PokerStars on the compliance of the new rules.

Seating scripts have been seen as a problem in the online poker world for many years, with PokerStars now apparently confident that they can enforce the restrictions.

Quick hitters

– The World Series of Poker has released details on six additional events for the 2019 WSOP schedule this summer, bringing the final total to 80 bracelet events for the year. The latest group of tournaments feature bracelet events with buy-ins ranging from $600 to $800 for No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha, highlighted by a $600 buy-in Deepstack Championship event slated for June 25th. The tournament will feature 30,000 in starting chips with a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool.

In addition to the new low-buy in events is the introduction of the “Salute to Warriors” No Limit Hold’em bracelet event, set to run from July 2nd to July 4th with all proceeds going to the USO and other veteran organizations.

– The 2019 Aussie Millions AUD$10,600 Main Event officially set a record on Wednesday after 25 additional entries bought in before Day 2, bringing the total to 822. Day 3 picks up on Thursday at 12:30 AEDT with 168 players left and Pim De Goede holding the chip lead.

– Day 3 of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open began on Wednesday with 177 out of 1,415 entries remaining and Alex Aqel holding the chip lead to start the day. That number had whittled down to 70 by late afternoon Brandon Shane with his hand on the chip lead at the time of this writing. Notable players still alive included Olivier Busquet, Paul Volpe, Bobby Oboodi, Matthew Waxman and Mike Dentale.

Follow live updates of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open from the official World Poker Tour website.

– PartTimePoker’s David Huber takes a look at recent comments from Rich Muny, who says that poker players and the industry should not be complacent about the DOJ’s new Wire Act opinion.

– Wednesday’s featured classic Grinderschool.com poker training video highlights a series uploaded on the PartTimePoker YouTube channel this week. The series is called “6 Max NL By Position” with the first episode focusing on opening from early position.

Notable poker videos on the internet

Jaime Staples, Spraggy, Lex Veldhuis, Kevin Martin, Fintan Hand and Nick Walsh play some 6+ Hold’em on PokerStars for a two hour session.

Watch 5 Poker Titans play 6+ … with Spraggy! from PokerStars on www.twitch.tv

– Another vlog from Marle Cordeiro where she again focuses on some recent hands from a $5/$10 session at the Bellagio. Marle also reveals that she will be making an appearance as a commentator on February 6th to the 8th.

– Jeff Boski reports in from the $400 buy-in $40,000 guaranteed at the Wynn in Las Vegas.

JNandezPoker with an update on Day 7 of his $100,000 Challenge.