The final weekend of the US Poker Open as Stephen Chidwick continues to dominate. PokerStars angers players with LAPT Chile event cancelation. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Main Event Gets Underway as Chidwick Continues to do Well

On Thursday, Benjamin Pollak became the latest winner at the US Poker Open when he beat Jason Koon heads-up to win Event #6, the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em for a $416,500 first place prize. Jason Koon’s second-place finish was good enough for $269,500 while Stephen Chidwick continued his roll by coming in third place to win nearly $184k, cementing his first-place position on the US Poker Open Cup leaderboard.

In Event #7, the final table of the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em began Friday with Stephen Chidwick in familiar territory as the chip leader as he went heads-up against David Peters. Sean Winter, Keith Tilson, Ben Tollerene and Daniel Negreanu were also present at the final table at the start of the day. By 4 PM PT on Friday, Chidwick held 3,970,000 in chips against Peters’ 2.3 million.

The $50,000 US Poker Open Main Event also began on Friday with 23 entrants with Dan Smith, Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel near the top by late afternoon. The three-day event will finish up on Sunday.

With numbers in the low to mid double digits for all US Poker Open events, the series hasn’t drawn numbers that some expected. Earl Burton from Poker News Daily writes that the US Poker Open has been going on with little fanfare.

Quick Hitters

– PokerStars has canceled the first event of the upcoming Latin American Poker Tour slated to be held in Chile during March. No specific reasons were given for the cancelation but PokerStars tried to put a positive spin on the news. “We want to continue to produce tournaments in the region that players can love, and that can be enduring. As such, we are refining our plans with the aim to present a more exciting and stronger offering than ever before.”

Some players who have already booked flights are understandably not happy with the announcement and lack of communication.

The news comes less than two months after PokerStars decided to relaunch the LAPT along with the EPT (European Poker Tour) and APPT (Asian Pacific Poker Tour).

– Doug Polk and Joey Ingram reunite for an “Emergency Podcast” where they talk about a variety of poker topics and issues of the day. Catch the episode below:

– With the resignation of Steve Wynn, could Wynn Resorts take a fresh look at online gambling?

– Grinderschool poker training of the day continues Againstime’s “Advanced Concepts” series. In this episode (5/10), Againstime goes over blending pre-flop ranges to keep your opponents guessing.