Stephen Chidwick with another US Poker Open victory. Wire Act pressure from New Jersey and New Hampshire. Find these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Chidwick wins 3rd US Poker Open title

Stephen Chidwick continued his US Poker Open dominance when he won the first event of the 2019 USPO, outlasting 90 entries including Sean Winter heads-up. In winning the event, Chidwick takes home $216,000 in cash. The victory was Chidwick’s third US Poker Open title. During last year’s series, he won the US Poker Open Cup trophy after taking down the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em and $25,000 Mixed Game Championship events.

PlacePlayerPrize Money
1Stephen Chidwick$216,000
2Sean Winter$157,500
3Joseph Cheong$112,500
4Joseph Cappello$90,000
5Lazaro Hernandez$72,000
6Joseph Orsino$54,000

Watch Chidwick take down the US Poker Open Event #1 below:

In other US Poker Open action, the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha (Event #2) began Day 2 with 6 players remaining. At the time of this writing, Jordan Cristos has the lead with Manig Loeser second in chips. Sean Winter, Martin Zamani, Adam Hendrix and Cary Katz were knocked out earlier in the day. First place will receive $179,200.

Also on Friday was Day 1 of Event #3, the second $10,000 No Limit Hold’em event on the schedule. A total of 64 players have entered thus far as of late afternoon.

Quick hitters

– More Wire Act resistance as states ramp their opposition. The New Jersey Senate President says they are going to court unless the Department of Justice rescinds their January Wire Act opinion, which calls into question the legality of most forms of online gambling. Meanwhile, the New Hampshire Lottery has filed a civil lawsuit against newly appointed Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice over the opinion.

– It was a disappointing month for PA sportsbetting during January. Despite three PA sportsbooks reporting full month numbers and another three reporting partial numbers, the six sportsbooks generated just $32 million in bets. The disappointing number is leading the sports betting industry in the state looking forward to the launch of mobile sports betting sometime this year.

PokerStars recent reward changes for MTT players are riling up players, writes US Poker’s Sean Chaffin. Friday is the first day that PokerStars MTT players will see the amount of rewards points earned slashed from 100 to 45 points per $1 of buy-in fee.

Microgaming Managing Director of Poker Alex Scott sits down with Part Time Poker’s David Huber to discuss poker bots and the future.

– Friday’s Grinderschool.com featured training video is the third part of CFTheNatural’s “Why I Still Love Micros” series. In this episode, CFTheNatural, reviews $10 PLO hand histories where opponents could have saved a lot of money.

– From the Fake News Bin – Dan “Jungleman12” Cates spent Valentine’s Day staring out a rainy window reminisce about the durrrr Challenge.

Notable poker videos on YouTube

– Jaime Staples splits his session between partypoker and PokerStars with highlights from his February 8th stream. He starts out the day weak but makes some deep runs towards the end of the day:

– JohnnieVibes released episode 3 of the EmbraceTheGrind Challenge, where he aims to play 30 days in a row at the mid-stakes No Limit Hold’em games: