As the poker schedule gets rolling heading into Autumn, theres a full slate of mid-stakes tournaments on the calendar. The WPT headed to Baltimore this weekend. The WSOP Circuit, Parx Big Stax, and Ante Up Tour all saw big weekends as well. Meanwhile we have another classic Phil Hellmuth rant, a new form of Twitch stream, and the backstory of Irish poker legend Padraig Parkinson. You can find all those stories and more in this – the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.
WPT Maryland Kicks Off
The World Poker Tour headed back to Baltimore this weekend for its popular stop at Maryland Live! casino. The $3,500 main event features two starting days with the second one being played today, Sunday September 29. Day 1A saw lots of good action with Brian Altman leading the way with 307k in chips.
217 entrants started Day 1A and those were whittled down to just about half with 115 players bagging and tagging. Other big names that will be coming back for Day 2 include Joe McKeehen (153,600), Lara Eisenberg (151,300), Darren Elias (139,800), Aaron Van Blarcum (136,900), Anthony Zinno (112,200), Frank Stepuchin (63,500), Olivier Busquet (16,500) and Mukul Pahuja (53,700).
Day 1B is already under way, so come back to PartTimePoker tomorrow to see who leads them all heading into the week.
Big Events Onto Day Two
It seems every weekend there’s a great mid-stakes poker tour event with great value and this weekend was no different.
The Parx Big Stax saw Day Two of its monster $300 event. 1,413 players entered this bad boy and first place looks to take home a solid 72 dimes (although they usually chop). Po Ying is currently the chip leader. Come back here tomorrow to see the lucky few who made Day 3.
The Ante Up Poker Tour headed to the Jamul Casino this weekend. A smaller field of 171 showed up, but I’m sure all of them would still be happy with the $27,000 first place prize. They are already down to 14 with Soren Asadov leading the way!
And last but certainly not least the WSOP Circuit headed to Florida and the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek this week. The main event still drew a respectable 617 entrants. At press time only 34 are left. And a solid six figure score of $188,000 awaits the winner.
-Per the norm we check in with Robbie Strazynski over at cardplayerlifestyle.com. Rob’s got a lot of good content out this week, but one of the pieces we liked the most was this interview with Jason Somerville where they talk about “Chat Plays Poker.” The latest innovation is sort of a hybrid of online poker, live poker, and Twitch streaming. Confused? Read the article to not be.
-Meanwhile over at CardPlayer, another great article is penned by poker legend Padraig Parkinson. Paddy retells a great story that happened in England years ago between him and Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott. As usual it’s two classic old school players battling where one of them one-ups the other.
-Over at PokerNews, there’s even more Padraig Parkinson news for all you die hard Padraig fans out there. PokerNews published Part One of Parkinson’s life story last week. And now you can read the second installment that reveals how Padraig became the face of Irish Poker.
-PokerCentral and Drew Amato are back with another great “Through the Lens” article. In Drew’s latest installment, he showcases some of the best shots from this week’s episode of ‘Poker After Dark.’ Phil Hellmuth, Mario Ho, Draymond Green, Other People! Check out all the photos from the action by clicking here.
-And finally we head on over to WorldPokerTour.com where the team there has a nice article with Kitty Kuo talking about her rise in tournament poker and how she got to be such a Twitter end boss.
Best Poker Videos on the Internet
-Doug Polk doesn’t have his usual daily content up this week so today we’ll plug our old friends The Poker Guys where they took a look at a sick hand played by Sean Winter. Diet Justin Timberlake (as he has been called by no one but me just now) is finally facing some pushback. How will he respond?
-Meanwhile Live at the Bike! is back with another wonderful clip making fun of the great Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth doesn’t have the best emotional control in the history of the world. And in this clip you can watch an amateur send him through the roof. Not literally mind you.
-And finally, if you like Hellmuth experiencing the pain, here is one last one from PokerCentral:
That’s all for this week! Keep coming back every day to PartTimePoker for your daily updates on all the action in the poker world.
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.