Danny Wong won the Bike Mega Millions for almost a quarter million bucks. PokerStars is asking for player feedback in preparation for the huge 2019 $25k PokerStars Players Championship. And Tao of Poker creator Paul McGuire opens up about blogging during the Boom. It’s all here and more in the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.

 

Wong Wins Mega Millions XIX

A monster combined field of over 8,600 entries ponied up $130 each to create a $1.7 million prizepool at the The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles this month. And after the dust cleared, one man was left standing with all the chips, the title and nearly $235,000 in cash. Danny Wong won the lion’s share in this tournament which saw him make a 3-way deal with DJ Alexander (2nd) and Tony Chu (3rd).

Almost 300 players qualified for Day 2 from the numerous starting flights, while 97 other big-timers bought in directly to Day 2 for a cool $4,000. With so much money on the line, several big name pros turned up even though many wouldn’t usually be seen playing $100 tournaments. Marvin RettenMaier, Allen Cunningham, and Ari Engel were of a few of the names who made the money.

But as usual, it was several local players making the final table. Per PokerNews the final table payouts looked like so:

Not bad for $130 buy-in.

 

Congrats to all the big winners!

PokerStars Asks For Feedback

One of the bigger stories of 2018 was the announcement of the 2019 $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players NLHE Championship. The event is to take place during the 2019 PCA, and PokerStars is already asking for player feedback to make sure it goes off without a hitch.

PartTimePoker’s own David Huber has the in depth write-up about the process to make the inaugural event one for the ages. He writes, “The world’s largest poker site has announced that it is seeking player feedback to help determine final details of the upcoming PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC).”

PokerStars Executive Director Danny McDonagh announced that, “We will also be asking the wider poker community for their views on thisOnce we have collated all the information, we will discuss the findings internally and with a group of players and then announce what the tournament will look like.”

The tournament appears to be monumental and hopefully proves to be positive PR for the site that has been struggling with their image the last five years. Huber adds, “It will most definitely be interesting to see if PokerStars reaches out to community members who frequent high traffic forums such as TwoPlusTwo. A years-long dispute between players and the company’s late 2015 refusal to honor clearly-marketed cash-back rewards has significantly hampered what used to be synchronized communication between forum posters and Stars. However, while many players have already determined that PokerStars’ decision to abruptly remove Supernova/Supernova Elite rewards was decidedly negative for the game of poker, the 2019 PSPC appears to conversely represent, at least in a vacuum, a move that is ‘good’ for poker and ‘great’ for the players who will be competing in the PSPC.”

Quick Hitters

-Over on the World Poker Tour’s main page, Matt Savage recently penned a piece about the new big blind ante craze. The innovation has seemingly taken the poker world by storm the last two years. And according to Matt, it’s here to stay. It makes one wonder what big innovations and adjustments are in store for the poker world maybe ten years from now.

-Meanwhile on the CardPlayerLifestyle blog, Robbie has a great interview with the original poker blogger himself Paul McGuire, scribe of The Tao of Poker. For those that have been involved with poker since the boom years, the interview is a great trip down nostalgia lane – not just because it highlights memories during the poker boom, but also because it glorifies the early days of poker journalism, of blogging, and almost the internet itself. McGuire’s site has remained essentially unchanged these last 15 years. And reading about its history is fascinating.

-On the PokerCentral main site, Remko Rinkema has a nice write-up of Felipe Ramos. Felipe represents somewhat the modern poker player – one who blends hard work with constant positivity. The article highlights his drive for success, his relationship with social media, and how hungry he is for his first big tournament trophy.

-Finally, everyone’s favorite PLO player Joey Ingram wrote a great tweet over the weekend. Many of us have experienced this feeling, and it’s why we play the game:

 

PhotoCredits: Pokernews.comWPT.comCardplayerlifestyle.comPokerCentral.com, PartTimePoker.comESPN.comPokerStars.com

Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker