A Platinum Pass winner takes down the PokerStars Players Championship. Could West Virginia be the latest to pass online gambling? Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

Ramon Colillas wins PSPC

Spain’s Ramon Colillas is the winner of the PokerStars Players Championship, taking down a $5.1 million first-place prize after topping France’s Julien Martini during an entertaining heads-up battle. Colillas, along with 320 others, received their entries via Platinum Passes, $30,000 tournament packages awarded by PokerStars over the last year.

The heads-up match lasted 102 hands with this hand proving to be a crucial turning point in the pair’s heads-up battle.

In addition to Colillas, the final table included another Platinum Pass winner, Marc Rivera.

Colillas, who has won $100,000 in lifetime live tournament winnings prior to his win, received his Platinum Pass after winning the 2018 Campeonato de España de Poker. He outlasted 1039 players over five days to win his title. Julien Martini, who had over $1 million in live tournament winnings to his name prior to the PSPC, goes home with nearly $3 million for second place.

Here is how the final table shook out with the top six each receiving prizes of $1 million:

PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) Payouts
1stRamon Colillas
$5,100,000Spain (Platinum Pass winner)
2ndJulien Martini$2,974,000France
3rdMarc Rivera$2,168,000Philippines (Platinum Pass winner)
4thScott Baumstein$1,657,000United States
5thJason Koonce$1,304,000United States
6thMarc Perrault$1,012,000Canada
7thFarid Jattin$746,000Colombia
8thTalal Shakerchi$509,000United Kingdom

If you missed the action on Thursday afternoon or would like to relive it, you can view a replay of the final five below:

Other ongoing PCA action

Despite the excitement from the PSPC dominating the attention on Thursday, there was plenty of other action at the PokerStars Carribean Adventure. On Wednesday, Rainer Kempe took down the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller to win $908,100, defeating a field of 64 entries including Alex Foxen heads-up. Steven Chidwick, Daniel Dvoress and Christoph Vogelsang all finished in the top five of the high stakes tournament. With his victory, Kempe moves to 26th on the all-time live tournament money list.

The $25,000 Single Day High Roller 1 remains uncompleted between Sean Winter and David Peters as the pair battle for the $495,210 first place prize. Thursday also saw the start of the $100,000 Super High Roller, a two-day event which Cary Katz won last year.

Still up on the schedule are two major events, the $10,300 Main Event and the $25,000 High Roller event, both featuring a single reentry. The Main Event kicks off tomorrow while the $25,000 High Roller gets underway on Monday.

Quick hitters

West Virginia launched sports betting last year and now appears to be taking another shot at online casino and poker. A bill was introduced this week by Rep. Shawn Fluharty which would regulate online gambling. If passed, the bill would allow the state’s five casinos requiring operators pay a $50,000 license fee and a 14% tax on gross gaming revenue.

– In case you missed it: Yesterday we told you about the unveiling of 13 more events to the 2019 WSOP calendar, bringing the total to 20 confirmed events for next summer’s series. Perhaps the biggest headline to come out of the latest announced events is the introduction of the $1,000 Mini Main Event, taking place on July 1st and lasting only two days.

Bill Perkins gave out a $10,000 WSOP Main Event entry to a player who correctly guessed the hand he eventually busted in the PSPC event. Turns out there was another winning guess that was lost in Perkins’ spam folder. Of course, the billionaire hedge fund manager graciously paid her out too:

– The always interesting Daniel Negreanu sits down with Calvinayre.com for an interesting 25-minute interview to discuss the PokerStars Players Championship and other poker topics, mixed with some more personal questions.

– Michigan Senate Majority Flood Leader Mike Kowall writes in The Detriot News that despite the recent veto of an online gambling bill that passed both chambers, online gambling is still coming to the state “sooner rather than later.”

– The Parx Casino in Pennsylvania officially launched their sportsbook on Thursday, becoming the 4th sportsbook to go live in the state.

– Thursday’s Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day is part 2 in Faulkdogg’s “Transitioning to Live Play” series. In the final episode, Faulkdogg continues his lecture in moving from online poker to live poker.

Best poker videos on YouTube

Bill Perkins joined the Joey Ingram Poker Life Podcast while the pair were in The Bahamas attending the PokerStars Players Championship. The podcast features a nearly 3 hour discussion that is believed to be Ingram’s first “on location” podcast. Towards the end, Ingram is joined by fellow vlogger Jeff Gross, who produced his one vlog of his PSPC experience.

Charlie Carrel goes through some of his most viewed online poker hands through the Boom Hand Replayer as he tries to discuss his thought process as he played the hands.

Brad Owen is back with his 80th vlog where he provides an update from a session at a local home game.