An Aussie Millions Main Event winner is crowned. The US Poker Open has its first two winners. Find these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

Toby Lewis Wins Aussie Millions Main Event

Over the weekend Toby Lewis won the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event when he outlasted a field of 800 players, an all-time record participation for the Aussie Millions. Lewis won the equivalent of $1,156,205 with his victory, the largest of his career. Stefan Huber finished in second for $721,300 while Sepen Solaas won $933,325 for third after a final table deal was struck.

Elsewhere in the Aussie Millions, Michael Lim was victorious in the $100,000 Challenge, beating a field of 19 players for a payout of $735,490.

US Poker Open Updates

With 2 events of the US Poker Open in the books, another two running Monday and another four set to kick off, the US Poker is in full swing.

Justin Bonomo won USPO #1 on Friday when he took down the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em, which attracted a field of 68. The victory was good for a first-place prize of $190,400. On Saturday, Mike Gorodinsky followed that performance up by winning USPO #2, the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha for $179,200.

There are two tournaments US Poker Open events running on Monday. On Sunday, $25k No Limit Hold’em (USPO #3) saw 44 enter the tournament. By Monday mid-afternoon, five players were left including Daniel Negreanu near the chip lead, just behind Keith Kilston. Monday also saw the start of USPO #4, the $25k Mixed Game Championship, which got underway at 2 PM PT.

Quick Hitters

-The largest online poker tournament of the year so far, the PokerStars Sunday Million 12th Anniversary, fell $1.2 million short of its guarantee on Sunday. Last year the same event attracted nearly 56,000 entries compared to the 43,975 entries for Sunday’s tournament.

– Move over TCOOP, welcome the rebranded “Turbo Series.” The complete schedule for new Turbo series has been unveiled with 74 events running from February 18th until March 4th. In addition to the guarantees, $30k Platinum Passes will be awarded to the winners of the $55 and $1,050 Main Events on March 4th. A third pass will be awarded during the March 5th All-in Shootout, available to any player who participates in a Turbo Series event.

– For aspiring poker players, Daniel Negreanu says to forget about poker books to improve your game. Instead, watch Twitch streamers, which he says are more engaging and entertaining than a book.

Check out the replies for other suggestions, including an interesting back and forth between Negreanu and Parker Talbot (who was not mentioned in Negreanu’s list).

– 2017 World Series of Poker champion Scott Blumstein is going to be featured on Live at the Bike this week. But in addition to poker, Blumstein will begin to focus on his health. Fellow pro, Jaime Staples has famously lost 100 pounds during the last year.

– Eric Afriat outlasted 1,244 entries in the Borgata Winter Poker Open over the weekend to win his second World Poker Tour title of his poker career. In winning the title, Afriat won $651,928 as his first place prize. In 2014, Afriat won over $1 million when he won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

– The poker training video of the day takes a look back at the “Advanced SNG Concept” series by Againstime. In the initial episode, Againstime begins by instructing players on opening ranges.