WPT L.A. Poker Classic won by David “ODB” Baker. West Virginia nears passage of online gambling bill. Find these stories and more in the Tuesday Hit and Run.

Baker with largest career tournament cash

David “ODB” Baker took down the WPT L.A. Poker Classic on Monday night to win the first of three World Poker Tour final tables this week. In claiming his victory, Baker wins a career-high $1 million first prize, denying Darren Elias of his 5th career World Poker Tour title.

PlacePlayerPrize
1stDavid "ODB" Baker$1,015,000
2ndMatas Cimbolas$646,930,
3rdDarren Elias$473,280
4thJean-Claude Moussa$346,550
5thJohn Smith$267,400
6thSteve Yea$201,650

In addition to the first place prize, Baker also receives a $15,000 entry into the WPT Tournament of Champions at the end of the season.

Next up from the HyperX ESports Arena is the final table of the WPT Gardens Poker Championship where Frank Stepuchin goes in as the chip leader. Action will pick up at 4 PM PT on Tuesday.

Poker fans can follow live updates on the World Poker Tour website or watch the action live on PokerGo with a subscription.

Quick Hitters

– In other WPT action, the final table of the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event kicked off on Tuesday, where Jim Collopy began the day as the overwhelming chip leader. Watch the action unfold below, as the remaining six players battle for the $548,825 first place prize and players are guaranteed at least $110,225.

– The West Virginia Senate passed an online poker gambling bill over the weekend, meaning all that stands in the way is a signature from Govenor Jim Justice, which is expected. Meanwhile, momentum builds for online gambling in Michigan, where proponents hopes to maintain some of the momentum built during 2018 after passing through the state legislature before being ultimately vetoed by Genor Rick Snyder.

Doug Polk and Shaun Deeb have apologized for asking SugarHouse casino staff to deal a hand of “10-card poker” in 2017, which ultimately led to their dismissal and a recent $32,000 fine levied by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to the SugarHouse Casino.

– In concluding the Triton Poker SHR Series Jeju, Jason Koon took down the HKD 1M Triton Refresh event, winning the equivalent of $973,000. Koon made a deal with runner-up Stephen Chidwick, who actually finished with the largest prize ($1,130,000).

North Carolina is the latest state to introduce a sports betting bill, which if passed, would legalize in-person sports betting at tribal casinos.

– Tuesday’s featured Grinderschool poker training video continues CFTheNatural’s series on “What are the odds?” In this episode, CFTheNatural explores additional spots where he has a really strong hand but not the nuts.

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JohnnieVibes posts the finale of Embrace the Grind, where he plays 30 consecutive days of poker. In the final episode, Johnnie discusses what he thinks a grinder who plays $5BB No Limit Hold’em can make.

– Another set over set on a recent Like at the Bike broadcast: