HNR 5/31: Esfandiari, Liu Lead at WSOP; New Poker After Dark Episodes

Lots of big names are in contention for World Series of Poker bracelets, and Poker After Dark returns from the dead. It’s all in Thursday’s edition of the PTP Hit and Run.

WSOP: Get up to speed on all things World Series of Poker here, including what went down yesterday, and what’s going down today. A couple of recognizable names are in the leads of tournaments: Antonio Esfandiari and Xuan Liu. And a PTPer, Chris Tryba, will try to win a stud event today. And, they are in the quarterfinals of a heads-up event. So, an exciting day in Vegas, for sure.
More from the WSOP:
–A video update from the scene:

–Jason Mercier runs good even when he’s not playing. He staked the guy who won the bracelet in Event No. 2, Brent Hanks. Story here, video below:

–Vanessa Selbst moved past $5 million in lifetime earnings with her fourth-place finish.
–Sam Trickett and Dan “Jungleman12” Cates are being sponsored by online betting site Matchbook during the WSOP.
More on urinalgate from the Rio. Not shockingly, they changed the women’s bathroom back to a women’s bathroom.
–Viktor “Isildur1” Blom talks WSOP in an interview.
–Survivor’s “Boston Rob” Mariano plays at the WSOP.
BLUFF’s photo blog.
WSOP by the numbers.

New Poker After Dark episodes: A little treat for folks who love watching poker on TV. There will be two weeks of the popular cash-game show aired next week, with the likes of Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey playing in a game that was filmed in 2010 but never shown previously. Get the skinny here.

Ed Miller’s new book: Poker pro Ed Miller has a new book, called Playing The Player: Moving Beyond ABC Poker. Read our take on it here.

Quick hitters:
–Lock Poker pro Jared Hubbard has a blog up about how to transition from amateur poker player to pro. If you want to start on the journey, check out his post here.
–Phil Hellmuth talks online poker regulation in California.
–PokerStars players in the Netherlands have been migrated to the .eu domain. And the online poker site is also making rake and VIP changes.
More on the rumors of Rafael Nadal possibly joining forces with PokerStars.
–If you had money on the online casino/poker room Poker Lounge, it looks like you are out of luck.
–There’s a new poker game on Facebook, with prizes.


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