Lukas Zaskodny took down the 2019 partypoker MILLIONS Europe Main Event for a cool milly. Chou Chien is currently sitting atop the 2019 Poker King Cup Taiwan chip counts. And partypoker is cracking down on bots, again. We have all those stories and more in this – the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.
Lukas Zaskodny Wins 2019 partypoker MILLIONS Europe
After a wild four days of poker action, the Czech Republic’s own Lukas Zaskodny was the only one left standing with all the chips, the trophy, and the title of 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe champion. Oh, and also over $1,000,000.
Zaskodny defeated a field of 504 entries on his route to victory while making a heads-up deal with his good friend Josef Snejberg, who had to settle with second and €718,230.
About his friend Zaskodny said, “One month ago we had a groundbreaking with my garden. And we were talking and saying that we’ve never played heads-up together, even though we’ve played together many years. So one month after that, we got heads up.”
France’s Romain Lewis finished in third for €428,000 while the two biggest names at the final table Sam Grafton and Charlie Carrel finished in 5th and 7th, respectively. Stacks were relatively shallow and several different players held the chip lead at some point in the day. “We were playing for a lot of money, and the pay jumps were quite huge. Even though the table is quite shallow, I understand that nobody wants to be eliminated,” noted Zaskodny.
Here are the payouts courtesy of PokerNews:
Congrats to all the big winners!
Chou Chien Leads 2019 Poker King Cup Taiwan
After two full days of exciting poker action over in Taiwan, native countryman Chou Chien is the one sitting in the pole position with 762,000 in chips in the 2019 Poker King Cup Taiwan Main Event.
114 players were combined onto Day Two with each trying to make the final 32 and stay in contention for the $1.6 million first place prize.
Other players still in contention for the title are Terry Fan (460,000), Howard Sun (321,000), Alex Lindop (302,000), Wing Kei Chan (194,000), Richard Lim (169,000) and USA’s Edwin Gerard (154,000). These players and more will return on Monday to play down to the final table, so be sure to follow all the action on PokerNews and check back with us to see who’s leading the final table.
-The 2019 Oklahoma State Poker Championships are currently underway. At press time just 11 of the original 293 entrants remain. Mike Warn currently holds a commanding chip lead with 1,250,000 chips – almost double his nearest competitor. First place in this bad boy is over $42,000.
-PokerNews has the full story on partypoker shutting down 121 bot accounts on their site. Over $175,000 was seized from these accounts with money being returned to the players cheated. In a press release the site said, ” The poker room continues to invest in resources aimed at safeguarding the safety of its players, spearheaded by a specialist Poker Fraud Team comprising a collection of former poker professionals whose duty is to investigate suspicious activity and aid partypoker in ridding the site of unscrupulous accounts.” Good for you, party.
-Meanwhile over on the card player blog cardplayerlifestyle.com, Robbie features an article from Geoff Fisk who writes about his first year as a PokerNews reporter out at the WSOP. Geoff dives right away in early on having to cover the 20 variants of the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event. Read about that, covering the 50k championship, and much more here. And for those looking for a chance at a sweet score, Robbie announced a little giveaway this week:
Taking a cue here from @MrBeastYT 😀:
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— Robbie Strazynski (@cardplayerlife) August 18, 2019
-PartTimePoker’s own David Huber has the low down on the United States DOJ Appealing the latest Wire Act Ruling. Per David: “The U.S. Department of Justice has filed its intent to appeal a recent District Court ruling that determined the 1961 Wire Act only applies to cross-state sports betting. The decision could further delay the spread of “shared liquidity” online gambling services in the United States, specifically online poker.”
-And finally over on CardPlayer, Jonathan Little writes a nice article about the three player types in poker. Little breaks down each kind of player and discusses the best approach to take with each. It’s another look at the thinking of one of poker’s premier poker writers.
Best Poker Videos on the Internet
-Doug “Doug Polk Here” Polk is producing content at a rapid-fire pace lately! New videos every day and one of the latest we like is this breakdown on Jean Roberte-Bellande’s insane play with 53 of hearts. What is even going on here:
-Meanwhile Marle Cordero is back! And this week she talks about being invited to do reporting and interviews for the Fortnite Championships in NYC. As usual, the video mixed Marle’s particular brand of dry humor, sarcasm, and charm:
-And finally, we head back to PokerNews where Sarah has Brynn Kenny on the podcast to talk about what it’s like to be the winningest player in poker history. Brynn is the man and he knows it. Check it out below:
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.