PokerStars to make changes to its poker lobby in February. Hopes dim for online gaming regulation in Illinois this year. Find these stories and more in today’s Hit and Run.

PokerStars Will Require Players to Use New Lobby View Next Month

In February, PokerStars will begin requiring players to use the new lobby display in the PokerStars client. Players will be required to adopt the new “filter” view, which many are already using as a default option. PokerStars is adopting the changes to more easily add updates to the lobby in the future. “This simplification will help us to continuously improve our software and develop features in a more streamlined way, which will benefit your overall poker experience,” said a PokerStars representative.

In the current version of the PokerStars lobby, separate tabs are available for Hold’em, Omaha and Other games. There are so also sub-tabs for bet limits and stake level filtering.

With the update, PokerStars will combine all cash games into a single tab and replace that space with other game types – Zoom, Sit & Go, Spin & Go, KO, Beat the Clock, Tourney and Events. Other options will be available through drop down options. Here is a look at the PokerStars lobby that players will be required to use starting in February:

PokerStasr Lobby Details

Players can change the lobby display by going to “Lobby Display” under “Lobby,” which is found under “Settings”.

Quick Hitters

– There are a handful of states that could make progress on the online poker regulation front during 2017. Unfortunately, it looks as though Illinois will have to wait at least another year. This info comes from a recent report from GamblingCompliance that paints a pessimistic tone for the state this year. Apparently Illinois will consider a large expansion of gambling but online gambling does not appear to be in the mix.

– You think you had some bad luck lately? Check out this guy who managed to win only $75 despite finishing 19th place out of 6036 entries and a $616,425 prize pool. This is because the player participated in knockout-only tournament, which awarded $75 per head.

– Contrary to earlier reports, the perpetrator of the so called Borgata “Chipgate” scandal is still in prison. He reportedly will not be released from the South Carolina jail where he currently resides until 2019.

– With approximately $50,000 to go, Bryan Paris could be the latest player to reach $10 million in online poker tournament winnings. He would be in exclusive company with just Chris Moorman and his $13.75 in winnings reaching the feat. Nicolas Fierro is closely behind with with just $169k in winnings to go to reach the milestone.