PokerStars with perhaps their most ambitious project yet. WPT Borgata Poker Open nears a final table. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

PokerStars VR is the poker room’s latest innovation

PokerStars continues to push the envelope with efforts to innovate the game of poker. On Wednesday, PokerStars teased a promo clip of their latest offering in the pipeline, PokerStars VR.

PokerStars VR aims to meld the world of online poker and live poker in a way that has never been done. Currently in a closed beta test, at launch PokerStars VR will be a social/free money game.

With the new game, players can choose a variety of environments in which to play (Macau 2050, The Showdown Saloon, Monte-Carlo Yact among them), customize avatars and use a variety of real-world motions. While we’re not sure if players will be able to pick up any real tells, the game will certainly be more interactive than anything else that has been available online up to this point.

To play PokerStars VP, a player will need a computer capable of displaying virtual reality content as well as a VR system such as an Oculus Rift.

Quick Hitters

– Day 3 of the WPT Borgata Poker Open concluded on Wednesday with just 24 out of 1075 entrants remaining. By mid-afternoon that number that dwindled to 11 players trying to get their hands on the $575,112 first place prize. Liam He held the chip lead with Poker Masters champion Ali Imirovic still in the hunt.

Poker fans can keep up with live updates throughout the rest of the tournament on the World Poker Tour website. A live stream of the final table will also be available on YouTube on Friday.

– As staking continues to become more popular with poker players, there is undoubtedly going to be more cases of players who feel they have been wrong in one way or the other (with the Cate Hall/Chad Power saga a recent example). Jason Somerville and Jason Mercier address some drawbacks of staking and how players and backers can protect themselves.

– With the 2018 WCOOP officially in the books, attention turns to the remainder of the 2018 partypoker Powerfest, which still sees some major tournament action ahead, including $1 million guaranteed Champion events at both the $1,050 and $5,200 buy-in levels.

– Congress is set to hold a hearing on sports betting on September 27th to talk about the industry in a post-PAPSA repeal world. After states began regulating sports betting since the spring Supreme Court decision, some lawmakers have maintained that there is a need for a federal legislative framework.

– Some lawmakers from the United Kingdom would like to impose gambling ad restrictions in an effort to address problem camping in one lawmaker is calling a “public health emergency.” UK Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson has revealed a regulatory proposal that would restrict gambling ads during live sporting events as well as banning the use of credit cards on real money gambling. Read David Huber’s full report on Part Time Poker.

– It’s hard to believe, but the WSOP Europe is less than a month away. Set to begin October 9th and run through November 2nd, the WSOPE will award ten additional gold bracelets from King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The €10,300 Main Event will be held on October 27th-28th while a €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller with unlimited rebuy-ins will kick off on October 26th.