A highly anticipated online poker room launches to the public. partypoker offer special $1 million Spins to promote renamed games. Check out these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

Run It Once Poker launches public beta

Run It Once Poker is officially available to the public on Wednesday as Phil Galfond’s brainchild made its highly anticipated and long-awaited launch. The online poker room, which is not available to US players, will remain a beta state until the platform is a “near flawless” state.

At launch, Run It Once is offering low stakes No Limit Hold’em as well as Pot Limit Omaha cash games. Tournaments are not currently available but are anticipated to be released in the future. Much of the initial traffic to the poker room has been seen at the low buy-in games, with around 200 players online witnessed hour after launch.

A feature of Run It Once Poker receiving significant buzz over the last week is the innovative Splash the Pot rewards program, a program that averages 51% rakeback, adding rewards directly on the table to play. One lucky streamer got a taste of Splash the Pot, with a nice surprise despite being dealt a lackluster starting hand.

Quick hitters

partypoker recently renamed the online poker room’s sit & go jackpot games to “Spins. To promote the name change, partypoker is giving players an opportunity to win $1 million through its $5 Spins games. The three-handed turbo sit and gos, which normally pay random prizes up to 1200x the buy-in, will be awarding 240,000 the buy-in during this special promotion period.

partypoker’s biggest competitor, PokerStars also features a potential payout of 240,000x the buy-in on $5 games. However, unlike PokerStars, the frequency of the jackpot prize on partypoker is 10x that of PokerStars. For fans of partypoker Spins, they can also take advantage of the KO Series Spin Games through February 17th. These Spins games are awarding tickets to the KO Series, which consists of 437 progressive knockout tournaments including the $500,000 Main Event on February 17th.

– US Poker’s Bart Shirley writes that New Jersey’s online poker struggles — combined with the recent DOJ Wire Act opinion — could result in an online poker room closing during 2019.

Kentucky is the latest state to see momentum building for sports betting and online poker, as a variety of bills have recently sprung up in the state.

– Wednesday’s featured Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day is a continued look at Carroters’ “6-max NL By Position” series. In this episode, Carroters focuses on cold calling in position.

Best poker videos on YouTube

Jaime Staples plays his first session of online poker after announcing his departure from PokerStars. In the video, he plays his first non-Poker Stars session at partypoker:

– ICYMI: Highlights of the Aussie Millions Main Event final table which saw Bryn Kenney crowned as the winner after an unusual three-way deal:

– On a recent Live at the Bike session, Garrett Adelstein gets involved in a $123k pot at a $100/$100 + $200 Big Blind Ante game.

– JohnnieVibes posts episode 2 of this #EmbraceTheGrind Challenge, where he spends 30 days of playing mid-takes No Limit Hold’em poker.