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Hit And Run: Morgan Stanley Downgrades Online Poker Because Of Bots; Shaun Deeb Wins 8th WCOOP Title

Top investment firm recognizes bot threats to online poker rooms. Shaun Deeb wins another WCOOP title. Check out these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

Bots capture attention of Morgan Stanley

Poker players have been fearful of bots for quite some time, but now investment firms are also expressing their concern over the threat bots pose to online poker. Last week, Morgan Stanley downgraded some of the top online poker providers citing the risk of bots to the industry.

Among the downgrades were to The Stars Group (PokerStars), GVC Holdings (partypoker) and Playtech (iPoker). Morgan Stanley did not downgrade 888, despite that the fact the company hosts the 4th largest online poker network. The team at the investment firm cited recent advances in bot technology, which include Pluribus, a collaboration between Facebook AI and Carnegie Mellon Unversity scientists that created the bot the beat top professional poker players at 6-max Hold’em.

Quick hitters

– Just seven days after Shaun Deeb won his 7th career WCOOP title, Deeb has done it again. On Sunday, he finished at the top of the $530 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max to win $52,371.70 and his 8th title, defeating a field of 599 entries. Andrew Zaichenko, Ben Jones and Joris Ruijs also won titles over the weekend. On Saturday, Mike Leah won his third career WCOOP event while winning $85,476.67 in the $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo.

– PokerStars recently introduced a new All-In Cashout feature which intends to lower the variance for poker players engaging in all-ins. Mental Game of Poker author Jared Tendler breaks down the advantages and disadvantages of the new feature.

– Sunday began the start of the WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship $3,500 buy-in event for the first flight. Mukharji Uppalapati finished the day as the chip leader among 271 entries joining the tournament with 129 remaining from the flight. Day 1b began at 11 local time with the second of two flights. At the time of this writing, another 666 players have entered the event bringing the current total to 874.

Aaron Massey is one of the latest winners at the Borgata Poker Open where he took down $137,000 after his victory in the $400 Almighty Stack.

– Monday’s featured classic Grinderschool poker training video is part 13 of our continued look at Colossos’s live play cash game series. The most recent series of episodes focuses on his play at the $0.10/$0.25 No Limit Hold’em shorthanded tables.

Best poker videos on the Internet

– As Joey Ingram begins his 40 video challenge with Doug Polk as his guest where he talks about the video challenge, what they have been up to lately and maybe even a little poker.

– Today Triton Poker dropped the 4th episode of the €300k Short Deck Cash Game Episode from Montenegro. The cash game features high stakes action from Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Rui Cao, Paul Phua, Mikita Badziakouski and Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov.

Jaime Staples is back with more highlights from the beginning of the partypoker KO series, which began on September 8th.

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