Welcome to the last #PNWPokerCal Planner. At least for the forseeable future.
MutantPoker.com isn’t going away, and I expect that I’ll probably still keep updating the Pacific NW Tournament Calendar when I can. I’ll post other stuff from time-to-time, and I’ll definitely continue posting @pokermutant on Twitter, but I’m going to step back from trying to make the deadline every Tuesday. Way too may typos and editing errors creeping in. Plus I’ve run out of stupid jokes for titles.
Where to Find Stuff
Over the years I’ve been compiling the calendar, I’ve found some good sources of info on tournaments. Some not-so-good. Here’s where I look for myself.
Portland clubs have varying levels of engagement with their web sites. Sometimes info goes up elsewhere first, sometimes what’s on the web site is incomplete or out-of-date.
The Meadows web page is under the Social menu on the racetrack site. They also have social media links. Facebook Twitter
I rewrote the website for Final Table, so at least I think it’s pretty informative. They have a Google Calendar-based monthly and 4-day calendar, plus there are ways to show structures for regular and special events. They’re active on Facebook but not so much on Twitter.
It’s not the prettiest web site out there and there’s not much in the way of tournaments but The Game does put up a monthly slate of shootout info, with food specials and other goodies from time to time. Semi-regular posts on Facebook in the NW Poker group.
Facebook’s taking it in the shorts right now because they collect info about you that you probably had no idea they had access to and sell it to every Bob, Dick, and Ivan out there so Mark Zuckerberg can pay people to wipe his ass for him (conjecture) but the NW Poker group is the clearing-house for daily info on local games and players.
The home site for both Claudia’s and Rialto. You’ll also find regular posts from Rialto on NW Poker.
This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive list of every poker venue in the PNW, just places I checked in on at least semi-regularly. Or sort of knew about.
Where would we be without the good buddies up north who have worked so hard to shut down Portland poker? Facebook Twitter
I’ve only played there three times and not at all in the past five years—tournaments are my thing, you know—but they’re still plugging along without the likes of me. No poker-specific social media.
My favorite casino at the moment. Very good at getting their schedules and structures up and available before tournament series. Twitter
An Albany-area club, Black Diamond requires membership to see their schedule. They have an active Facebook page.
Eugene. Facebook is active but no Twitter this calendar year.
Kind of hard to tell if they’re doing anything, the Twitter account has been idle for a couple of months, but there was a Facebook post this month.
For a small-town venue, BPR has busy Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Will it be my next favorite casino in a week or two? All I know is they don’t have poker-specific social media.
Northwest of Olympia, Little Creek has a regular schedule of small tournaments with the occasional series.
Muckleshoot publishes a monthly poker room calendar, usually just after the first of the month but sometimes it makes it out before the end of the previous month (April is up!). Their social media accounts aren’t poker-specific.
Tulalip’s monthly poker calendar is usually more delinquent than Muckleshoot’s (April is not up!).
Casinos are corporations and like a lot of corporations, they have processes for getting things done. Their web sites are usually run by an overworked in-house publicity department that’s handling stuff for the entire casino or they’re outsourced to third-party web development services who could care less about whether yo are getting your tournament info in a timely manner. There are, however, people whose job it is to get info out to you (and unlike me, they get paid for it) and poker rooms often send information to these venues long before it gets onto their own casino’s web sites.
If you don’t already have a PokerAtlas account (and associated app), get one today (it’s free). Their information isn’t always up-to-date (I’m pretty sure Aces Full isn’t having a tournament today at noon), but their infoo on major tournament series is reliable. You can search for info by geographic region, filter by state and date, and even see info about cash games. They own TableCaptain, a competitor to the Bravo poker management system, which shows live cash game and tournament clock info for venues like Muckleshoot. PokerAtlas also maintains geographically-oriented Twitter accounts: @PortlandPoker, @OregonPoker, @SeattlePoker, @PokerVancouver, etc.
The Bravo Poker site and app has dozens of locations with tournament and live game info available. I can tell, for instance that as I type this, there aren’t any tables running at Cactus Pete’s in Jackpot, Nevada; that Tulalip has 5 tables (4 of 1/3 NLHE and 1 2-10 Spread HE with wailing lists of 7 and 1, respectively); 17 tables running at the Orleans (7 different stakes of O8 and HE) and that their 7pm PLO tournament is down to 5 players after four hours.
The CardPlayer site has an extensive list of tournament series for the US and abroad. It’s not as easily searchable as the one at PokerAtlas, but it works.
Naturally, Hendon Mob has a list of worldwide seres. It has the added benefit of links to netcasts of events as they become available.
last but not least is PokerNews, where the list of events isn’t as comprehensive but it does come with links to live reporting.
tournament series and major venues
Pacific Northwest Leader Board
A lot of material for this last leaderboard (holy crap, I did a lot of programming to produce this feature, how am I going to just toss that aside?). The results from the Muckleshoot Spring Classic hit The Hendon Mob this week. Since they’re all from the same series this week, let’s do it chronologically, more or less.
Jordan Feliciano (Troutdale) took down the Thursday tournament with 324 entries and a prize pool just over $30K, then cashed in the Main Event at 12th for his second and third Hendon Mob records. Nathaniel Janda of Mill Creek, Washington took 2nd in the Thursday tournament for his second recorded cash.
Tacoma’s Michael Coombs had a small cash in the Omaha 8 tournament Wednesday evening (there was a 4-way deal at the end; alert Angela Jordison!) then won the Friday tournament before triple-dipping with a 29th place finish in the Main Event. The Friday tournament had a four-way split for 2nd place, with Josh Sepulveda (Lynnwood), Michael Turchin (Federal Way), David Gray (Puyallup, his seond-ever recorded cash), and Stone Samrith (Burien) sharing the honors.
Sean Brandow, Thanh Hoang, and Tommy Kivela were all at the final table of the Saturday tournament ($500 buyin) where it looks as if there might have been a final table deal.
Kivela went on to make the final table of the Main Event ($750 buyin) for a good weekend (he has only five recorded cashes and one of the other three was the final table at the Chinook Winds Main Event just last month.
Only two other PNW players were in the top six in the Muckleshoot Main Event: Portland’s Allen Oh in 5th and Kao Saechao in 4th(Damascus, also coming off a good Chinook series run).
This Week In Portland Poker
Portland Meadows is closed for Easter Sunday.
Only a Day Away
Would you believe we’re less than two months from the beginning of the Las Vegas summer series season? The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III starts 14 May; and Planet Hollywood GOLIATH starts 24 May.
- The Bicycle Mega Millions XVIII wraps on Saturday. There are two $245 entry flights each day through Friday for their last event, a $250K guarantee.
- The World Series of Poker Circuit Planet Hollywood Main Event has entries on Friday and Saturday ($1,675).
- Run It Up Reno at Peppermill Casino has its $600 $150K GTD Main Event this weekend, with entries on Friday and Saturday. There’s also a $5K GTDPLO Bounty tournament on Saturday evening ($235 buyin with $100 bounties).
- The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza II has a $200K GTD $1,100 entry tournament with flights today and tomorrow. They haven’t got any large events planned this weekend with the WSOPC main down the street at Planet Hollywood, but it ramps back up next Thursday with a $600 $200K GTD.
- WSOPC Council Bluffs starts tomorrow.
- Heartland Poker Tour is at the Westgate Las Vegas tomorrow. The Main Event ($1,650 entry) on the first weekend of April has a $500K guarantee; there;s an opening event with a $350 buyin with $100K GTD.
- Tomorrow is WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley. It opens with two $100K GTD tournaments (a multi-entry-day event with $160 buyin during the week with Day 2 on Friday and a single-day tournament on Saturday with $460 buyin) and wraps with a $500K GTD event ($1,100 buyin) starting next Thursday.
- Saturday morning at Bay 101 in San Jose, they’re ramping their tournament schedule back up after last year’s move with a $550 freezeout with big blind antes. They’ve announced the sates for this years Bay 101 Open (14–21 May); most of the tournaments on their schedule come with a $350 voucher for the series.
- The Wildhorse Spring Poker Round Up is coming up in just over a week, with a slightly reconfigured schedule that puts the High Roller up front on the first weekend rather than mid-week. Adjust your plans accordingly. I’ll be there Thursday for the 7pm NLHE High Roller Super Satellite.
- Mid-States Poker Tour Colorado is in Black Hawk next week, starting with a $150K GTD, $350 buyin and wrapping with a $1,100 buyin on a $300K GTD event.
- Deepstacks Poker Tour Edmonton runs 6–16 April at Casino Yellowhead. The capping event is a C$300K tournament with C$1,100 buyin (US$230K and $845, respectively). Flights bracketing the Main Event are going for about $300RT.
- The HPT St. Charles stop near St. Louis is always popular, and they head east after Las Vegas for a series starting 12 April.
- Stones Gambling Hall has a their Spring Classic coming up 10 April with multiple events and a $150K GTD Main Event.