A winner is crowned at WPT Maryland. Harrah’s Philadelphia is the latest to apply for sportsbetting in PA. Find these stories and more in the Tuesday Hit and Run.

Tony Ruberto wins second WPT Title at WPT Maryland

Tony Ruberto is the winner of WPT Maryland on Tuesday afternoon after outlasting 554 players over four days including Shankar Pillai heads-up. For his victory, Roberto will take home $344,755, while Pillai wins $220,780 for second place.

The victory was Ruberto’s second WPT title, having previously won at WPT Jacksonville for $325,928.

With WPT Maryland in the books, the tour takes a break until mid-October when it reconvenes in Jacksonville for the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble.

Quick hitters

On Tuesday, Harrah’s Philadelphia became the third Pennsylvania casino to apply for sports betting on Tuesday. The casino joined Penn National and Parx Casino as casinos looking to enter to the yet-to-be-launched market.

Speaking of sports betting, the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigation is hosting a hearing on Wednesday to discuss the issue of the federal government’s potential role in legalized sports betting. Two members of Congress from states that have already regulated sports betting have weighed in and are asking for caution before Congress gets involved in what they see as a successful launch of sports betting in their states.

PokerStars’ defunct Split Hold’em and Showtime Hold’em may be the cash game dust-bin, but PokerStars is hinting that they may return in a tournament format due to positive feedback from players for the games.

Even though the group of new games have come and went, PokerStars seems pleased with the new games that have been released, as indicated by Severin Rasset’s interview with Poker Industry Pro. “2018 is the first year we have created a stream of new games that occur on a regular basis. In that regard, we are quite happy that we have completed four new variants of NLHE in one year, and we still have three months to go.”

Two new cash games, Fusion and Six Plus Hold’em, are both in the pipeline and could be trialed in the last quarter of 2018.

– Wednesday marks the start of the Wynn Fall Classic, a tournament series with $1.8 million in guarantees over 16 events. The series is highlighted by a $545+$55 buy-in $250,000 guaranteed event.

– Card Player Lifestyle previews the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe, which kicks off October 9th and runs through October 28th. The event will award 10 bracelets with guarantees of 13.4 million. The bracelet events will also count towards the 2018 WSOP POY standings, which currently sees Shaun Deeb holding the lead.

– The huge pot between Tom Dwan and Paul Phua is getting a lot of attention over the last couple days. In his latest vlog, Joey Ingram breaks down the action down.