West Virginia becomes the fifth state to pass online gambling. EPT Sochi Main Event down to a final table. Check out these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

West Virginia online gambling could be live in 2020

On Wednesday, West Virginia officially became the fifth state to legalize online gambling, joining Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As part of the bill that became law, West Virginia legalizes online poker and online casinos. Online sports betting launched in December. West Virginia’s five casinos will be able to offer online gambling by applying for permits, which will cost $250,000 and $100,000 every five years. Online gaming revenue is set to be taxed at a 15% rate.

The five West Virginia casinos eligible to apply for online gambling including the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, The Casino Club at the Greenbrier, Mardi Gras Casino & Resort and the Wheeling Island Hotel. Despite a launch of online sports betting late last year, West Virginia online gambling is not expected to go live until 2020.

Quick hitters

– The EPT Sochi ₽191,800 Main Event completed its fourth day on Thursday as the tournament is down to its final six. Israel’s Zakhar Bavaev will go into the final table on Friday with a big lead in chips. They will pick things up on Friday as each of the players seek a ₽27,475,000 ($422,000) first place prize. Poker fans can watch the action live via the PokerStars Twitch channel beginning tomorrow. Want to catch up on the action before Friday? Watch how Day 3 went down.

PokerStars 2019 Sochi EPT Main Event Final Table
LeaderboardPlayerChips
1Zakhar Babaev9,030,000
2Maksim Pisarenko3,705,000
3Vyacheslav Mizun3,285,000
4Uri Gilboa2,115,000
5Serafim Kovalevsky1,865,000
6Ivan Ruban1,795,000

partypoker Team Online pros are performing well since partypoker formed the ambassador group last month.

– Pokerfuse reports on how the top three global online poker rooms are doing as they take a look at the state of the online poker industry in the Spring of 2019.

– Thursday’s featured Grinderschool poker training video is part 4 of Againstime’s “Shove Calling” series. In this episode, Againstime discusses a variety of basic and intermediate shove calling situations for MTTs.

Best poker videos on the Web

– Sometimes you bust out of a tournament and nobody notices. Not this guy who just received his food before getting knocked out:

– You’ve mostly seen him on in live poker settings, but Andrew Neeme sits down for a session of online poker at 888poker. Neeme will be broadcasting from Canada until March 31st where he will play a variety of games, which will include a home game on March 30th.

Brad Owen reports in from a meet-up game at the Rounders Card Club in Tex with Andrew Neeme and JohnieVibes where he has a great session of $5/$5.