China strikes big blow to poker in the country. PokerStars Sunday Million Anniversary event goes off without a hitch.Check out these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

China Bans Poker on Social Media

The future of online poker in China suffered a major setback on Monday when it was announced that the Chinese government would ban poker on social media beginning June 1st. Although many real money gambling sites had eventually hoped to crack the Chinese market, the vast majority of the current activity is via the use of play money or virtual currencies played on social media platforms.

App stores such as Google Play and the Apple App Store will need to remove any apps related to poker by June 1st. In addition to the ban on playing poker, Chinese players are restricted from talking about poker on social media. “Poker has gone back to square one in China,” said a managing director of the Hong Kong Poker Players Association.

Quick Hitters

– The PokerStars Sunday Million Anniversary Take 2 hit its $10 million guarantee on Sunday by over $1.2 million. The first attempt at the 12th Anniversary Sunday Million, held on Super Bowl Sunday, fell $1.2 million short.

– With New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware merging player pools on May 1st, the poker industry looks ahead to Pennsylvania, where indications are the player pool could double.

– ICYMI: Watch Joey Ingram for the Poker Life Podcast break down action from Fedor Holz and Isidur1 on partypoker:

– partypoker LIVE Millions North America got underway over the weekend at the Playground Poker Club in Canada. A total of 80 players entered the event with David Eldridge taking home the title and a first-place finish of CAD$300,000 after beating Victor Ramdin heads-up. Viktor “Isidur1” also made the final table but finished things out in 5th place.

Today, the CAD$25,000 Super High Roller is live from Montreal on Twitch. The CAD$5,300 Main Event will begin tomorrow and run through May 2nd.

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– Missed some news over the last few months? Check out David Huber’s list of the top five most trending articles on Part Time Poker over the last few months.