Three WPT final tables plus WPT Rolling Thunder in one week. Three states heavily invested in online gambling join the battle against the Wire Act. Find these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.
Three WPT final tables as the HyperX Esports Arena
Monday marks the first of three WPT Final tables at the HyperX Esports Arena this week. The action will kick off on Monday with the final table of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, which will be followed by the conclusion of the WPT Gardens Poker Championship and WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open.
WPT L.A. Poker Classic – The final table of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic began at 4 PM PT today as six players battle it out for the $1,015,000 first place prize. Darren Elias goes into the day as the chip leader, almost double that of David “ODB’ Baker. Matas Cimbolas, Jean-Claude Moussa, Steve Yea and John Smith round out the rest of the final table.
WPT Gardens Poker Championship – After the conclusion of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, we will see the WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table where Frank Stepuchin holds a 2.36x chip lead over Shannon Shorr. They will be duking it out beginning at 4 PM PT on Tuesday for a guaranteed $110,225 and $548,825 for first place. Joining them at the final table will be Brent Roberts, Steve Sung, Ray Qartomy and Jonathan Abdellatif.
WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open – Concluding the week will the final table of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open on Wednesday. Dave Farah goes into the day with the chip lead with a healthy lead over Brandon Hall, Daniel Buzgon, Joseph Di Rosa Rojas, Ian O’Hara and Vinicius Lima.
The winners of each of the tournaments will also receive a $15,000 entry to the WPT Tournament of Champions, which takes place at the end of the season.
Besides the three WPT final tables this week, WPT Rolling Thunder kicked off over the weekend. Anthony Zinno holds the chip lead into Day 3 as 17 players remained by late afternoon on Monday. Dylan Linde, Erkut Yilmaz and Elio Fox are among those still alive.
The WPT has been criticized by some for its delayed final tables, a concept that has been tried before in the World Series of Poker November Nine. WPT CEO Adam Pliska weighs in on new concept for the World Poker Tour by saying that risk-taking is essential to innovation.
– New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania have all joined the challenge to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Wire Act opinion. New Jersey and Michigan each filed an amicus brief siding with New Hampshire in their case against the opinion. Michigan is representing 12 other state lotteries in challenging the opinion. Pennsylvania also attempted to join the case but was denied by a judge because the New Hampshire case does not apply to Pennsylvania. The state will instead file a brief of their own.
– In case you missed it: Jake Cody became one of the latest members of Team PokerStars to leave the site. Cody had been with the site since 2013 and in his farewell letter posted on Instagram, Cody said that PokerStars had “a lot of rightly deserved critics” but that people in the company who “fight extremely hard for the best interests of the poker community.”
I was a little hesitant to post this as I don’t really like these dramatic-type posts but I was looking through some old photos and couldn’t help but smile and felt motivated to post… https://t.co/uqXhlUoj1q
— Jake Cody (@JakeCody) March 6, 2019
– On Monday, we posted some more classic Grinderschool poker training episodes. The series is from CFTheNaturla and is called “What are the Odds.” Over nine episodes, CFTheNatural goes over difficult Pot Limit Omaha spots. In this episode, he reviews common difficult spots in PLO where you have a huge hand against a bad player.
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– Alex Foxen and Bill Perkins make an appearance at the Million Dollar Cash 3.0 with $100/$200/$400 + $400 BB Ante during a March 8th session. Watch what happens when Perkins flopped a set against Foxen’s pocket aces.
– Missed the Triton Poker Series Jeju Main Event from over the weekend? Watch the final table below: