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HNR 3/7: Full Tilt’s Bitar Speaks, WPT Update, Isildur1 Challenge

Full Tilt Poker’s Ray Bitar breaks his silence, a WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star update, and Isildur1 receives a challenge. It’s all in Wednesday’s edition of the PTP Hit and Run.

Full Tilt update: Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar spoke to PokerStrategy, but managed to say almost nothing. And there may be a new buyer emerging for the troubled online poker site. Get the lowdown of the latest on Full Tilt Poker here.

WPT update: The World Poker Tour’s Bay 101 Shooting Star is into day 2; you can get a recap of day 1B here, and live updates here. Jonathan Duhamel is currently second in chips; other pros doing well include Shannon Shorr, Jonathan Little, Vanessa Selbst, Michael Mizrachi, Allen Cunningham, Christian Harder and Layne Flack.

More with Mizrachi from 1B:

Meanwhile, the red-hot Jonathan Duhamel leads the Global Poker Index player of the year race.

Isildur1’s SuperStar Showdown returns: After a hiatus of more than half a year, the PokerStars heads-up challenge featuring Viktor Blom is back. Blom is taking on one of the few players who has beaten him in the challenge, Isaac Haxton. Get more details here.

Meanwhile, Isildur1 is in the midst of a downswing, while Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond is up a million recently at the online high-stakes cash games. More here.

Quick hitters:
–Daniel Negreanu’s latest vlog/rant is out. Watch it below:

–PokerStars’ $6 million Sunday Million is this Sunday.
–True Poker is now offering re-entry tournaments, allowing players to get back into a tournament if they bust out.
–You can win a WSOP entry via Poker Host. Find out how here.
–Card Player’s current player of the year leader, John DiBella, sat down for an interview:

–Daniel Negreanu, who seems to be offering his opinion on just about everything these days (to much applause), weighs in on the debts allegedly owed by Erick Lindgren, at 2+2.
–How does Black Friday affect paying 2011 taxes in the United States?
–Will New Jersey have online poker by September? State Sen. Raymond Lesniak thinks so.

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