PokerStars releases its full schedule for this year’s WCOOP. Poker After Dark deals another huge hand. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run

PokerStars Releases WCOOP Schedule for 2017

The complete schedule for PokerStars WCOOP 2017 has been released. The world’s most popular online poker site will run 162 events from September 3rd to September 25th. The events will divided equally between 81 “Low” buy-in events (ranging from $11 to $1050) and 81 “High” buy-in events (ranging from $215 to $25,000). The new Low events, which aims to appeal to more recreational player, will run 24 hours after High events and be 1/20th the size.

During most days of the WCOOP, the series will feature between three or four events. A $5,200 buy-in Main Event will be held on September 24th.

In addition to the introduction of “Low” events is a new tournament structure. For non-rebuy tournaments, PokerStars players will receive higher chip stacks — 25,000 in Low Events and 50,000 in High Events. The blind levels will be shorter, however the increases between levels will be smaller. PokerStars promises that these tournament will continue to be deep.

Quick Hitters

– Another huge hand from PokerGo’s Poker After Dark broadcast this week when Bill Klein locked horns with Matt Kirk Wednesday night for a $980,000 pot (h/t Poker Strategy).

– Professional poker player and hotdog boat riding author Phil Hellmuth now has a new job to add to his resume — WPT Raw Deal analyst. After Tony Dunst transferred into the booth when he replaced Mike Sexton for Season XVI, a spot was left open as Raw Deal analyst on the popular poker broadcast. Hellmuth will provide analysis on hands played on WPT broadcasts on Fox Sports Regional Network. Hellmuth will make his debut for the broadcast of WPT Choctaw, which finished on August 8th.

– After confirming that they would leave Australia in mid-September earlier this month, PokerStars now have finalized a date. PokerStars will halt offering real money online poker on September 11th. Funds will continue to be safe and available for withdrawal. Players should check out the PokerStars FAQ for information on other non-monetary perks at PokerStars and other questions.

– Our classic poker training video of the day is a continuation of the “Mastering 6-max Zoom” Series. Episode 5 in the 16 part series goes over exploitative strategies.