Two big names at the final table of WPT Legends of Poker. PokerStars changes a long-standing satellite policy. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.
Hellmuth Vying for First WPT Title, JC Tran for Third
Phil Hellmuth and J.C. Tran are among the 6 players who qualified the WPT Legends of Poker final table on Thursday. Two time World Poker Tour champion Marvin Rettenmaie also made the final table but was knocked out shortly after action began. Over an hour into the final table on Thursday evening, Hellmuth and Tran continued battling with four remaining. JC Tran held the chip lead with over 9 million in chips while Hellmuth was third in chips with over 5 million. Art Papazyan held second with over 6 million while D.J. Alexander had 2.1 million. Follow live updates at the World Poker Tour website.
If Tran were to hold on to the the chip lead, he would take down his third WPT title, joining an exclusive group that includes Darren Elias, Carlos Mortensen, Chino Rheem, Anthony Zinno and Gus Hansen. Despite his success at the WSOP, Phil Hellmuth has yet to capture a WPT title. The winner of the event will be taking home $668,692 in first place prize money.
The tournament is the first event being live-streamed as part of PokerGo’s new WPT final table coverage.
– PokerStars is changing the way satellites to live tournaments are awarded. Instead of being able to accrue unlimited satellite entries, PokerStars players will now only be able to earn 1 live tournament package per tournament. The change, which will debut with satellites to the PokerStars Dublin Festival, is to prevent players from playing weaker fields in satellites events and subsequently cashing in extra packages.
– Nevada’s poker tables had its best July in 6 years thanks to a strong WSOP and an increase in WSOP online events.
— Jean-Robert Bellande (@BrokeLivingJRB) August 28, 2017
– High stakes tournament pro Pratyush Buddiga recently sat down with PartTimePoker’s David Huber for a one on one interview to discuss tournament poker strategy. Buddiga has over $6 million in live poker tournament winnings and is currently a host of Tournament Master Class.
– Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day is a look at 3 tables of $50NL at PokerStars Zoom 6-max tables. This video is part 15 in a 16 part series on 6-max Zoom.
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