Live poker tournaments look to boom during 2017. New Jersey reaches $75 million in taxes collected from online gaming. Check out these stories and more in the end of the week Hit and Run.

Live Poker Tournaments Making a Comeback

Don’t look now but live poker tournaments are undergoing a resurgence. In the early part of the century, live tournament tours were primarily limited to the European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker events. Now that’s changed with beefed up events from these tours,but also new tours added to the mix.

PokerStars, of course, has rebranded the popular European Poker Tour events to PokerStars Championships and Events. This comes at a time when the World Series of Poker announced a record-breaking schedule during 2017, not to mention the European WSOP circuit. Other top online poker sites are also getting in on the action. 888poker has also recently launched the 888Live Festival, which hopes to attract some of the biggest names in poker. PartyPoker answered by unveiling their own tour called partypoker Live, headed by the man who created the European Poker Tour.

For smaller stakes players, the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour, Heartland Poker Tour and Unibet Open offer opportunities for those that don’t necessarily make their living off of poker.

All this means players will have more prestigious live tournament options than at any time since the PokerStars-Full Tilt Poker heyday. The competition could leave some competitors behind, but with the amount of choices that players will have in 2017, these developments should only be a good thing for players.

Quick hitters

– Not only is online gaming a boon to online casinos, but state coffers are also seeing big benefits. New Jersey has taken in over $75 million in taxes from regulated online casinos after the state saw a record setting month.

– Twitter feud alert! Brandon Cantu, Jason Mercier, Shaun Deeb and Daniel Weinman go at it over unpaid debts.

– A quiet week in live tournaments, means that Bryn Kenney (Play of the Year) and Nick Petrangelo (GPI 300) maintain their respective spots on the GPI leaderboards.

– Looking to watch some poker this weekend? Consider a live stream of the Aspers Cash Game Festival being held in London (h/t PokerListings).

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– The final episode of the “How to Master 6-max Hold’em” series has been posted, where Spenda typecasts his opponents and makes the appropriate strategy adjustments against them.