#PNWPokerCal Planner for 20 September 2017

Chinook Winds Fall Coast Classic

The series is already half over! Thursday at noon is the ever-popular Event #10 $20K GTD Big O (played in the proper pot liimit format, not that limit crap, that’s no way to play Big O), and the Event #15 $150K GTD NLHE Main Event starts Saturday, with satellites in different formats Thursday and Friday evenings at 6pm (not really enough time to get down from Portland after work, guys), and a turbo satellite on Saturday morning at 10am.

Winners photos for the 6-Max and Seniors event were posted on Twitter (see above and here), but more posts might get more retweets (hint, hint).

I spent the weekend at Cape Disappointment for my wife’s birthday, so I didn’t get to play the 6-Max, but I did pick up a new t-shirt (from Friends of the Columbia River Gateway) for playing poker.

Calendar Changes

If you look at the next couple of weeks of the #PNWPokerCal Calendar, you’ll see a lot more stuff. That’s not because there are a lot more series, but I’ve started adding specific events. I’m going to try adding in as many events as possible for series in the Northwest, tournament with guarantees of more than $200K (or non-guarantee main events for larger series) and non-NLHE tournaments.

Additionally, I’m adding addresses and Google Map links for events, so if you’re unsure where a venue is, you can checkit out fast. Let me know if you think things are getting too cluttered (but try the buttons above the calendar first to filter by geographic regions first!)

Poker Time

The first three episodes of Poker Time hit the “air” this week, with Jonathan Levy and Grant Denison bringing their skills to bear on completely new content rather than broadcasts from the WSOP, WPT, or EPT. Featuring local poker names like Baptiste Chavalliez, Robert Brewer, and Jake Dahl, it’s a look into how some successful players approach a 5/5 cash game. More than two-and-a-half hours of poker in the three episodes. Watch Jake suck out on Baptiste in real time!

My Ears Are Burning (Like a Phoenix)

An article in the online journal Gaming Today quoted Ron Teston—who’s trying to open a social gaming club in Phoenix (between Ashland and Medford)—as saying “Social-gaming operations in Portland and California charge participants $15 per hour to play poker…” Ehhhh, no.

The publication tweeted that they were disabling the article while they looked into it (meanwhile David Long corrected my correction by pointing out it was “up to” $15/day, since only the larger venues charge that much) but it’s still up without any correction.

Racing Chips

If you haven’t shoved The Chip Race, the Irish poker podcast from David Lappin and Dara O’Kearney (with news from the execrable Ian Simpson) you’re missing out on—as people say the Irish say the craik. A lot of the show content is Euro-ccentric and sort of just makes you wish you were bumming around Ireland and the United Kingdom playing poker live and on any of the myriad legal online sites (Unibet sponsors the show) but it’s full of good stories and advice. The most recent episode features Jennifer Tilly (who will also be on Poker Night in America this Friday).

Anyway, last week Dara quoted an old comment by Barny Boatman—one of the famous Hendon Mob—which I retweeted. Then I got credit for “resurrecting” it from Thinking Poker podcaster Andrew Brokosand Ryan Laplante retweeted Brokos’s comment. I replied that it wasn’t me, and just to continue to give credit where credit is due, it was The Chip Race.

Dollars4Dustin

Back in April, Dustin Brandon Ferreira was crossing a street in Medford when he was hit by a truck. According to a story by KTVL-TV, Ferreira is a founder of the Rogue Valley Scorpions, a wheelchair basketball team in Southern Oregon. His bones were already brittle from osteogenesis imperfecta, and twenty-seven bones were broken in the accident. He’s in the process of trying to raise $20K for a new wheelchair and handicap-accessible van, and one of his fundraisers (in addition to a GoFundMe site) is a poker tournament at Medford’s Southern Oregon Poker Club. Coming up October 9th.

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

No significant winners posted to Hendon Mob this week, but here are the Muckleshoot Summer Poker Classic Main Event results:

And a little action from the event:

This Week In Portland Poker

Usual schedules this week in Portland. Friday night’s usual $10K GTD at Final Table will be a $5K GTD this week because of the festivities at Chinook Winds.

Room 52, Where Are You?

A new addition to the social gaming scene in Portland, Room 52 opened this week inside Midpoint Cafe, at SE 52nd & Powell. They’ll be running 0.50/1 shootouts. Text 971-517-9230 for seat availability.

Only a Day Away

Remember to keep an eye on the #PNWPokerCal Twitter hashtag and the PNW Poker Calendar for upcoming events!

#PNWPokerCal Planner for 13 September 2017

Chinook Winds Fall Coast Classic

It’s upon us! Oregon’s other big-time poker series, down at the beach, starts this weekend with a $75K GTD NLHE 6-Max, with two starting days (saturday and Sunday) and reentry through level 6 (40 minute levels) both days. Total cost is $340 ($300 entry + $30 fee + $10 dealer appreciation).

The week is jam-packed with satellites to the Main Event, plus a $25K GTD Seniors tournament (changed to 50+ now that I meet the former, higher, restriction) on Tuesday, $10K GTD Limit Omaha Hi-Lo on Wednesday (you’d think that game would be seniors-only!), a Boss Bounty tournament Wednesday night with $200 bounties paid by the casino, and $20K GTD Big O on Thursday, along with cash games and more. Check out the PDF with the schedule and structures.

In a twist this series, the $150K GTD NLHE Main Event is no reentry. Once and done. Day 1 (of 2) is 23 September, entry is $575 ($500 entry + $50 fee + $25 dealer appreciation), and there’s a $200 addon after level 6. Total chip buy is 40K + 30K.

I’m hoping to make it down for more than just the Main Event; see you all there!

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

The new name on the leaderboard this week is Brian Keller from Sammamish, who dropped into the $800 buyin 8-Max at the Venetian in Las Vegas (along with another 284 entries) and came out in third place for an impressive first Hendon Mob cash.

Gary Swaney of Olympia has been posting results for a decade, but hit his biggest cash in a different Venetian event, the $400 SuperStack, which drew 129 entries. No official reports, but it appears Swaney took second in a heads-up deal.

Happy Birthday, Kevmath!

For anyone in the poker industry—and particularly anyone who spends time poring over tournament schedulesKevin Mathers aka @Kevmath stands tall (really, he’s well over six feet). His birthday was Monday. He’s the backbone of poker Twitter (his tenth anniversary is coming up next May), and by then he should be well over 100K tweets (he’s only 3400 off that mark). He turned an obsession with poker and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of players and past results (plus what must be phenomenally fast thumbs) into a hobby, then a profession, to the point that he’s been the official social media presence for the WSOP the past two years.

This Week In Portland Poker

Usual schedules this week in Portland.

Only a Day Away

  • The  Muckleshoot Summer Classic kicks off today with a $2K Added NLHE Shootour at noon and a Limit Omaha Hi-Lo tournament at 6pm. Their $20K Added Main Event ($750 entry, presumably with extra dealer addon) starts Sunday.

Remember to keep an eye on the #PNWPokerCal Twitter hashtag and the PNW Poker Calendar for upcoming events!

#PNWPokerCal Planner for 06 September 2017

My Eyes Are Burning, Too

This is going to be a short write-up today. It was predicted as a week of 100° temperatures here in Portland, I don’t have an air conditioner set up in my office any more, and the only reason it’s not as hot as the predictions is that the sky is full of smoke and ash because some idiot teenagers were flipping fireworks off the side of a trail in the Columbia River Gorge Saturday, so now there’s a fire of least 10,000 acres in size. I hadn’t moved up the Willamette Valley to Portland at the time of the Mt. St. Helens eruption, and the ashfall this time is far less, but seriously, this really sucks. I’m not the outdoorsman I know a lot of you folks are, but my father and his sister have been hiking on both sides of the Columbia between Portland and Hood River a couple of times a week for years during the summers (including an impromptu overnight when a hike on Ruckle Ridge lasted longer than expected). The Gorge isn’t going to be the same for the rest of my life.

Who’s Got the Button?

Curious about the Labor Day Win the Button at Stones Gambling Hall? You can watch the final table on Twitch.

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned Jeffrey Farnes from Salem got his first Hendon Mob cash at Thunder Valley in the Main Event of the Ante Up World Championship. It didn’t take him long to notch a big #2, taking second place in the WPTDeepstacks Reno Main Event.

Everett’s Artem Markov  is the other big winner for the week, in the 1,180-player HPT Monster Stack side event in East Chicago, where he negotiated a heads-up deal for substantial second place. It’s Artem’s third (and by far largest) recorded cash.

This Week In Portland Poker

If the weather’s too hot for you, maybe you’d like a Freezeout Saturday at Portland Meadows?

Only a Day Away

  • The final Wednesday night Muckleshoot Summer Classic Satellite is tonight at 7pm. One out of ten players ($125 buyin) gets a choice between two packages of seats in the series. There are $225 Mega Satellites for all five events in the Classic Sunday, Sunday at noon, and at 7pm on Monday and Tuesday. The Classic starts a week from today, with a $2K added NLHE Shootout at noon ($250 buyin). There’s a Limit Omaha Hi-Lo tournament ($200 buyin) at 7pm. The September calendar is finally available.
  • The second week of the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 is beginning. The first big event just squeaked past the $200K guarantee by a couple thousand dollars (about 3 $800 buyins). This weekend is a $125K GTD tournament with three starting flights and $250 buyin. You can get updates and info at the poker room blog.
  • There are 2 $570 flights each on Friday and Saturday at the Commerce Poker Series for a $300K GTD, with lots of satellites for their $1M GTD Main Event and a $350 buyin PLO game Sunday at 4pm. You can follow action on Twitter @LAPC and  @TheJustinHammer.

Remember to keep an eye on the #PNWPokerCal Twitter hashtag and the PNW Poker Calendar for upcoming events!

#PNWPokerCal Planner for 30 August 2017

Angela Jordison’s Birthday!

I’ve found I can never go wrong with a picture of Angela Jordison on the post, so here’s one from the summer of 2016. Oh, and the inside of my nose. Happy birthday, Angela! (Did I mention Angela came in 51st in the Arizona State Poker Championship the other day?)

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

The big (and only) number this week comes from Portland’s own 2016 WPT Five Diamond Champ James Romero, who’s been living up to his post-win promise to travel the world “donating the money back to professional poker players from every country” with cashes this year in the Bahamas, Australia, and Canada (as well as across the US). He placed 49th out of 1,682 entries in the Main Event at the PokerStars Championship Main Event in Barcelona.

We’re looking for good things today from Jeffrey Mitseff, who double-qualified for the $100K GTD Big HORSE tournament at The Bike over the weekend. He started Day 2 (Tuesday) in 5th place (and 18th place) out of 48 advancing players. There were two other players who qualified twice; Jeff was the only one of the three with two above-average qualifying stacks.

 

Portland Poker Championship Series III

The final numbers are in and there’s a new champion here in town. The PPCS3 started the last game on Sunday with a 4-way tie at 50 points (three first-place finishers and a fourth player with two cashes equalling 50 points), but Thai T. got into the money for just enough points to push him ahead of the others. It may not be a perfect point system, but at least the winner was someone who made a final table this time around!

Congrats to Ben May and Brian Sarchi, and the staff at Final Table and Portland Meadows, and to all of the volunteer dealers (except for those who done me wrong!) who keep the game of poker running in Portland. And what the hell, thanks to the players.

 

Portland Wrestling Poker

If you’ve ever listened to The Poker Guys podcast, seen their YouTube channel, read their Twitter feed, or seen their feature-length art film, then you’ve probably through: “Sure, they can yammer on about a single hand for an hour, but could they do that kind of incisive, witty commentary on the fly? In real time?

Well, you still won’t know for sure, but you can check out a couple of sample hands from the trials of the Radio Frequency ID (RFID) table at Portland Meadows that they put together. No live streaming plans, but that gives the Guys time to put together a nifty production without a big crew.

This Week In Portland Poker

UPDATE: Friday’s game at Final Table is not a $20K GTD due to the Labor Day Weekend.

Friday is the first of the month, which means it’s First Friday, which should mean a $20K GTD at Final Table to follow up on the PPCS3. And it’s Labor Day Weekend, when the plight of the working man is traditionally celebrated with games of chance, so who knows? There may be some special events announced at the last minutes.

Only a Day Away

  • Another Muckleshoot Summer Classic Satellite is tonight at 7pm. One out of ten players ($125 buyin) gets a choice between two packages of seats in the series. The last Wednesday satellite is next Wednesday. There are $225 Mega Satellites for all five events in the Classic Sunday, 10 September at noon, and at 7pm on Monday and Tuesday, 11 and 12 September. The Classic starts two weeks from today.
  • Heartland Poker Tour at Ameristar East Chicago runs through Labor Day. Flights into the $1,650 Main Event are Thursday through Saturday at 2pm on the first two days and 1pm on Saturday. There are $375 satellites running through Saturday morning and some side events. Last-minute travel over the holiday and with massive disruptions through the Southeast are likely to lead to some problems, but there are still $230 round-trip tickets for Saturday morning (with departure just after midnight Friday) that would get to Chicago with plenty of time to make even the 10am satellite if everything connects.
  • The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 starts tomorrow with four weeks of events. The big early event is an $800 buyin 8-Max with a $200K GTD and there are four smaller buyin events with six-figure guarantees.
  • The Commerce Poker Series starts Friday, with an early $350 buyin $100K GTD. It features a $1M GTD Main Event ($1,100 entry), a $5K NL 2-7 Triple Draw tournament, and some big bounty tournaments.
  • Sunday at Eugene’s Beach Poker Club is their $135 buyin Monthly Big Tournament.
  • Labor Day at Stone Gambling Hall is a $15K GTD Win the Button tournament, where the button is assigned to whoever won the last hand.
  • Little Creek Casino’s South Sound Poker Championship starts Tuesday with a Seniors (50+) tournament at 11am. There are six events (most at 11am), including a $340 Main Event with $5K added to the prize pool. Little Creek is in Shelton, Washington, west of Olympia, about 125 miles from Portland.
  • A week from Friday (8 September), Heartland Poker Tour moves to Golden Gates Casino in Colorado. In addition to qualifiers to the Main Event (starting 13 September), the first days feature four entry days for a $400 buyin.
  • 8 September is also the start of Deepstacks Poker Tour’s Battle of Alberta: Edmonton at Casino Yellowhead. There are several days featuring satellites to multiple series events and a C$1,100 C$250K GTD Main Event. Also, NLH/PLO mix and a C$660 PLO 8-Max. About $430 RT (in US dollars) and you’d be flying on 9/11 if you want to make that one. C$660 is about $530.

  • If money’s not an issue for you, the Aria/PokerGO Poker Masters is coming up in two weeks with five events. Buyins of $50K and $100K, but if you had to ask, you can’t afford it. If you enter all four of the $50K events you get into the $100K free rake-free!
  • Stomping on two other Northwest-adjacent tournament series (Muckleshoot and Chinook Winds), the World Series of Poker Circuit Thunder Valley comes to the Sacramento area 14 September. It features PLO, NLHE 6-Max, and HORSE ring events, as well as a $1,675 Main Event (with entry flights 22 and 23 September).
  • Los Angeles’s Gardens Poker Classic/Poker Night in America runs through the second half of September, kicking off with a $565 Main Event with $1M GTD and 12 entry flights.
  • At Talking Stick Resort in Arizona, the Arena Poker Room Seniors Poker Open runs 16–18 September, with a $500 buyin.
  • And last but not least, it’s the Chinook Winds Casino Resort Fall Coast Classic starting 16 September with the popular $75K GTD NLHE 6-Max.

Remember to keep an eye on the #PNWPokerCal Twitter hashtag and the PNW Poker Calendar for upcoming events!

Unofficial Portland Poker Player Championship III Standings

UPDATED: FINAL STANDINGS

Name#1#2#3#4TOTAL
Jim HIssner5050
Joe Carson27.522.550
Saigon Vic5050
Thai T5050
Anthony C1027.537.5
Henry37.537.5
Vadim Yevdokimov37.537.5
Kerry Y3434
Tim N3434
Auddie Reynolds3030
Sam G.3030
Chris D27.527.5
Andy S2525
Hayes Royal2525
Matt R2525
Chen Chen22.522.5
Cody R22.522.5
Damian L.51520
Forrest A2020
Nate M.2020
Vorston G2020
Jere Henderson17.517.5
Les M.17.517.5
Pardis17.517.5
Dustin Boggs1515
Paul C1515
Allen O1010
Ferris1010
Jen B1010
Louis S1010
Neil Schmidllin1010
Owen1010
Paul T.1010
Tam N1010
Tone1010
Alex C.55
Bill W.55
Duane E55
Garry M55
Kerry M55
Leonard W55
Mary Sh55
Max B55
Norm D55
Rick R55
Robert Landry55
Ron Manza55
Sam Nguyen55
Carl H2.52.5
Corey K2.52.5
Drew S.2.52.5
Dustin T2.52.5
Hero2.52.5
Hieu2.52.5
John Keller2.52.5
Julie Melcher2.52.5
Karen M2.52.5
Lawrence L2.52.5
Michael B2.52.5
Mona H2.52.5
Paul D2.52.5
Rick A2.52.5
Shane2.52.5
Travis H2.52.5
Wayne H.2.52.5

Official point publications are linked here.

#PNWPokerCal Planner for 23 August 2017

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

The undisputed champ of this week’s leaderboard is Max Young, who’s been crushing the national poker circuit this year after years of local crushing. His latest, biggest win comes at Philadelphia’s Parx Casino, in the Main Event of the series, a $1,600 entry (Max said on Facebook that he fired two bullets) with 447 entries and a prize pool of $650K. This is Max’s 21st recorded cash in 2017 (with four months and change left to go), his eleventh final table and  fourth five-or-better figure cash this year, plus he won a World Series of Poker Circuit ring in Florida in February. Maybe I’ll stop holding a grudge against him for sucking out on me in an Aces $25K guarantee four years ago and just say I knew him when!

New on the list this week is David Froyalde from Federal Way. David’s very first Hendon Mob cash is a doozy: first place in the Venetian August Weekend Extravaganza Event #1, with a buyin of $250 and 618 entries, with a prize pool of $126,690.

Down in Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, Mill Creek, Washington’s Charles Coultas notched first in Event #15 PLO, with a $2,650 buyin and 99 entries, while Scott Clements placed 24th in the $5,250 NLHE Championship.

Poker for the Cure

The annual poker benefit for the Susan G. Komen Sleep In for the Cure fundraiser is Friday. Top prize is a trip for two to Las Vegas. It’s a $50 buyin, at the iHeartRADIO Portland Lounge in Tigard, with proceeds going to fight breast cancer.

Portland Poker Championship Series III

PPCS3 Event 1 points

PPCS3 Event 2 points

The first two games of the PPCS3 are in the bag and the race for the championship belt is on, using the new World Series of Poker Circuit-based system. So far as I can tell, there were no repeating cashes over the weekend, so it’s theoretically anyone’s game.

For those unfamiliar with the system, a set number of points are awarded to the final table (ranging from 50 for first place to 15 or ninth place. Then, of the remaining in-the-money players, the bottom half get 2.5 points, the top 20% get 10 points, and the middle 30% get 5 points.

Saigon Vic and Jim Hissner  are tied for the lead, this weekend’s games will determine who gets the belt. I did not cash, but there’s still time!

The prize pool Saturday got to nearly $39K (with a $20K GTD); I was out before the end of rebuys (and before addons) on Sunday but there were already 132 entries with 57 rebuys with 13 minutes left.

Saturday at noon is a $30K GTD tournament at Final Table, with a $120 buyin (and one live rebuy) with a $60 addon. Coming up on Sunday is the big one: a $50K GTD at Portland Meadows. The entry fee is $200, and addon is $80.

Good luck to everyone! I hope to see you all. I’ll be the guy with the trophy on the rail.

 

Ready For My Close-Ups, Part 2

I hadn’t seen dates for it before last week’s post, but Run It Up Reno returns in October with eight days of affordable tournaments including HORSE, O8/S8, PLO/Big O, and NORSE (NLHE + ORSE)..

Only a Day Away

  • The Bicycle Casino’s Legends of Poker features one of the biggest guarantee HORSE tournaments I’ve seen, with $240 and $350 buyins over six flights for a $100K GTD. The twist is the O is Big O. Friday is a Survivor tournament with a $5K payout, and Saturday it’s a $10K payout. How can I resist? I can because I have to work. It burns! Friday is also the first of three entry flights for the WPT Main Event, a $4K buyin. Last year’s event had 687 entries and a prize pool of nearly $2.5M.
  • WPTDeepstacks at Reno Atlantis has a $200K GTD Main Event ($1,100 buyin) starting Friday at noon. Saturday is another flight, with Day 2 on Sunday and the final table on Monday.
  • The second Muckleshoot Summer Classic Satellite is tonight at 7pm. One out of ten players ($125 buyin) gets a choice between two packages of seats in the series. The satellites run weekly through 6 September. Sunday is Muckleshoot’s $300 buyin Deepstack.
  • Today is the start of the Horseshoe Poker Classic in Council Bluffs, Iowa (across the river from the Omaha airport). Its Main Event has five flights through Saturday August, with Day 2 on Sunday.
  • Heartland Poker Tour returns to Ameristar East Chicago tomorrow, which is always one of their bigger stops. They open with a $200K GTD ($350 buyin); the Main Event begins 31 August.
  • At 9:30am Sunday, Lucky Chances Casino holds its monthly $20K GTD to first place tournament. $375 including the staff appreciation.
  • The monthly No Chop at the Top tournament at Tulalip Resort Casino is at 11am on 27 August. $230 (including dealer addon) with $5K added.
  • The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 starts 31 August with four weeks of events. The big early event is an $800 buyin 8-Max with a $200K GTD and there are four smaller buyin events with six-figure guarantees.
  • The Commerce Poker Series starts a week from Friiday, with an early $350 buyin $100K GTD. It features a $1M GTD Main Event ($1,100 entry), a $5K NL 2-7 Triple Draw tournament, and some big bounty tournaments.
  • Labor Day at Stone Gambling Hall is a $15K GTD Win the Button tournament, where the button is assigned to whoever won the last hand.
  • Little Creek Casino’s South Sound Poker Championship starts 5 September with a Seniors (50+) tournament at 11am. There are six events (most at 11am), including a $340 Main Event with $5K added to the prize pool. Little Creek is in Shelton, Washington, west of Olympia, about 125 miles from Portland.

Remember to keep an eye on the #PNWPokerCal Twitter hashtag and the PNW Poker Calendar for upcoming events!

#PNWPokerCal Planner for 16 August 2017

Help Scott Ranstrom Get Back to Poker

Photograph from KATU.com

The 69-year-old Vietnam veteran considers himself a jack-of-all trades, someone who can learn a new skill just by watching. He spent years as a commercial roofer. He doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink, and doesn’t do drugs. “My biggest crime in life is playing poker, and I love doing that,” he said.

For those who don’t know the story, almost exactly four months ago, Scott Ranstrom was sitting in a Denny’s on Southeast 82nd Avenue just south of the Portland city line using their wi-fi playing online poker and doing some other tasks, when a man he’d never met walked in, doused Ranstrom with gasoline, and lit him on fire. Ranstrom spent two months in a coma, and he’s still in the hospital, with a long road of recovery and rehabilitation ahead.

Nearly every article since the attack has mentioned his love of playing poker, and the update that ran on KATU the other night was no exception, with Ranstrom telling  reporter Keaton Thomas that he’s going back to playing poker once he gets out of the hospital. It also mentioned that his GoFundMe site, set up to cover extensive medical expenses, had raised just $40K of a $100K goal.

Portland Poker Championship Series III and Texas Hold’em For the Cure 2017

I’m keeping both of these up front here in the Planner for the next two weeks.

The PPCS3 starts Saturday at noon at Portland Meadows with a $20K GTD tournament. It’s a Freezeout with a $165 buyin. No rebuy, no addon, and a 25K starting stack. Everyone gets a pass from me for the first game (as a player at Meadows pointed out the other day, I do have the champion’s trophy for the last Portland series!) but the point system has been corrected, so that’s not likely to happen again.

Sunday at noon is game two of four, this time at Final Table. Another $20K GTD, using the format for Final Table’s monthly First Friday tournaments: $80 buyin with $80 live rebuy and $40 addon.

The annual poker benefit for the Susan G. Komen Sleep In for the Cure fundraiser is two weeks from Friday. Top prize is a trip for two to Las Vegas. It’s a $50 buyin, at the iHeartRADIO Portland Lounge in Tigard, with proceeds going to fight breast cancer.

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

Just one new name on the leaderboard this week (and by “new” I mean according to the ever-changing set of arbitrary rules I use to put it together): Jeffrey Farnes of Salem got his first Hendon Mob rating with an impressive 15th place at the Ante Up World Championship at Thunder Valley outside of Sacramento. The $1,650 buyin event busted the $500K GTD with almost 500 entries, The numbers at the top look like some sort of deal was made at the unofficial final table; the player who came to the table as chip leader walked away with more for 8th place than anyone except the champion.

Kindah Sakkal from WSOP.com

Max Young of Seaside, Dylan Linde from Couer d’Alene, and Kindah Sakkhal of Bothell represent all three states in the US Pacific Northwest and they were all in Cherokee North Carolina for the World Series of Poker Circuit stop that included the Global Casino Championship. Max cashed in the stop’s Main Event for 28th place (knocked out by the eventual winner, Harry Arutyunyan), and Kindah went on to take 4th place in the 1,022 entry tournament. Linde took 6th place in the Global Poker Championship (from 124 entries who had to qualify through the WSOP point system).

Rounding out this week’s top scorers, Seattle’s Matt Affleck fell just short of a win in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Purple Chip Bounty.

Racist Crap

I’m an old white guy. But in my younger days, I lived for a few years with a woman who grew up in Compton during the Watts riots. We were sometimes harassed on the streets of “liberal” Eugene back in the ’80s, and other stuff happened when I wasn’t around. The best man at my parent’s wedding was interned during World War II until a couple years before he met my father in grade school. I’ve got family with Japanese roots and others with African-American adoptees. 30 years ago, skinheads living around the corner from my house beat an Ethiopian student named Mulugeta Seraw to death with a baseball bat a half mile away. So please, if you’ve got some sort of “explanation” for why you think the events in Charlottesville last weekend were somehow not racist or that there are “many sides,” or that I’ve been “fed” propaganda, save your energy for someone else, because the only thing you’re going to convince me of is that you’re a racist. Even if nobody died or was hurt last weekend, it would still have been a bunch of racists gathering to protest the removal of monuments to racists who fought to preserve slavery. 

Suggesting that after I’ve made it to the age of 55, after running for the Oregon Legislature more than two decades ago, after writing a political blog for several years, and after two years of research for a book on Democratic Party foreign policy, that you’ve got some special insight into politics that I haven’t developed is not only insulting it’s stupid.

And really, messaging me that you’ve “lost all respect” for me because I won’t bother to watch your pro-Nazi videos just convinces me I could care less about your opinion, Mike H. George McGovern dropped bombs on Nazis.

With 1972 Democratic presidential candidate Senator George McGovern, at the 2007 McGovern Conference in Mitchell, South Dakota.

Ready For My Close-Ups

A spate of tournament series are coming to the Northwest and Northern California/Nevada in short order. They’ll all be covered in Only a Day Away as they get closer, but here’s a brief look ahead at events less than 10 hours drive (according to Apple Maps) from my house:

Only a Day Away

  • The Bicycle Casino’s Legends of Poker is closing in on its last couple of weeks. Entry flights for Mega Millions XVII run through Monday. Two daily flights for $160 buy-in with a $100 addon (5% of players advance to Day 2 on 22 August)); and weekend flights for $550 with 10% advancing. Monday and Tuesday are $460 Mega Satellites for direct entry into Day 2 (starting with 60+ big blinds). Tuesday is a $550 PL Mixed game (PLO, Big O, and Triple Draw Badugi, $30K GTD), with a $1,100 buyin $100K GTD NLHE tournament on Wednesday and a $50K NLHE Nounty tournament (same buyin) the next day. Wednesday is also the first of six flights for the Big HORSE tournament (with Big O instead of Limit Omaha Hi-Lo). There’s a $100K GTD for that. The first three flights are $240 with 10% getting to the money, and the final three are $350, with 15% making Day 2.
  • The Main Event for the Golden Gates Casino Colorado Poker Championship Summer is this weekend with flights on Friday and Saturday. $1,100 buyin.
  • Friday is also Day 1A for the Deerfoot Inn & Casino Summer Super Stack Main Event. It’s C$1,500 with three entry days and ends on the day of the eclipse (21 August).
  • The Venetian August Extravaganza runs through Sunday. Friday and Saturday are flights into an $80K GTD NLHE tournament with a buyin of $340.
  • Sunday at noon is a Crazy Pineapple tournament at Eugene’s Beach Poker Club. $75 buyin with $20 addon. You can call the club early to get a 1K bonus. A week from Sunday is their big Crazy Pineapple tournament!
  • Cactus Pete’s is in Nevada, but nowhere near Vegas. It’s just about due south of Twin Falls Idaho, in Jackpot. They host Pokermania for five days starting next today, with 12 events.
  • The first Muckleshoot Summer Classic Satellite is tonight at 7pm. One out of ten players ($125 buyin) gets a choice between two packages of seats in the series. The satellites run weekly through 6 September. Sunday at noon is the first of four Mega Satellites; $225 gets you into contention for entries in all five days’ events. At noon the next Sunday (27 August) there’s a $300 Deepstack).
  • WPTDeepstacks returns to Reno Atlantis tomorrow for 12 days of action, inclluding a $200K GTD Main Event. This Saturday and Sunday are $400 flights to a $50K GTD NLHE.
  • Next Wednesday is the start of the Horseshoe Poker Classic in Council Bluffs, Iowa (across the river from the Omaha airport). Its Main Event has five flights between 23 and 26 August, with Day 2 on 27 August.
  • In just a week, Heartland Poker Tour returns to Ameristar East Chicago, which is always one of their bigger stops.
  • At 9:30am the morning of 27 August, Lucky Chances Casino holds its monthly $20K GTD to first place tournament. $375 including the staff appreciation.
  • The monthly No Chop at the Top tournament at Tulalip Resort Casino is at 11am on 27 August. $230 (including dealer addon) with $5K added.

Remember to keep an eye on the #PNWPokerCal Twitter hashtag and the PNW Poker Calendar for upcoming events!

 

#PNWPokerCal Planner for 9 August 2017

Almost There

After an initial announcement that they’ve be opening today, Sally Jean announced on the NW Poker Facebook group that Room 52 PDX is going to be delayed while the owners of the establishment finish some licensing issues. Here’s hoping the best for everyone involved. After setbacks over the past couple of years, it’d be good to see some new options. Portland poker whack-a-mole!

Texas Hold’em For the Cure 2017

The annual poker benefit for the Susan G. Komen Sleep In for the Cure fundraiser is two weeks from Friday. Top prize is a trip for two to Las Vegas, with other top finishers getting a seat in the Chinook Winds Fall Coast Classic main Event next month, trips to Chinook Winds, and more. It’s a $50 buyin, at the iHeartRADIO Portland Lounge in Tigard, with proceeds going to fight breast cancer.

Portland Poker Championship Series III

The pleas of the poker public have been heard, and it looks like there’s going to be an attempt to install someone other than the Poker Mutant as the champion of tournament poker in Portland. The schedule for the third installment of the Portland Poker Championship Series was announced yesterday, with the first event ten days from today.

It’s four events on consecutive weekends, with two $20K GTDs up first (at Portland Meadows, then Final Table), and a $30K GTD at Final Table on the second Saturday, with the final event being a $50K GTD on Sunday, 27 August at Meadows. All events start at noon.

Word is, there will be a new point system that won’t let the travesty of someone who didn’t make any of the four final tables to win player of the series.

There’s a championship belt this time around. I hope it comes with extenders like airplane seatbelts. I may need them.

Muckleshoot Summer Classic

Also just announced close on the horizon is the Muckleshoot Summer Classic, coming up 13–18 September. Yes, in classic PNW series fashion, it tangles up with the Chinook Winds series, particularly with the last two events at Muckleshoot on the same weekend as Chinook Winds’ opening 6-Max.

Of couse, neither venue cleared that weekend for me—it’s Mrs. Mutant’s birthday, and she has other plans for me than playing poker.

The series includes a Shootout, Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, and four standard NLHE tournaments, with between $4K and $20K added to the prize pool.

There are $125 satellites every Wednesday from 16 August–6 September at 7pm, with a couple of options if you win, and four mega-sartellites (20 August and 10, 11, and 12 September) for $225 where 1 in 10 players earns entry into all of the tournaments. There’s also $14K in awards for the top 4 points earners.

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

The Summer Poker Round-Up at Wildhorse put a couple of new names onto the leaderboard, with Kimberly Wood (Salem) jumping way up. She had a single recorded cash of $416 from one of the Daily Deepstacks events at the WSOP she won first place in the $330 tournament on Saturdaythis summer until of the series. Boise’s David Smith moved onto the board with a 6th-place finish in the same game and a 2nd place in the previous evening’s tournament. That’s a lot of hours of poker.

Matthew Ostby, Binh Nguyen, and Steve Myers (mentioned here last week) were all in the last stages of the Saturday tournament. So was Michael Foti, who also made the final table of Thursday’s game. Other names in the big money for Wildhorse were Dick Turner and Rich Hampton, with 1st and second Friday

Survivor 48

I wrote a little piece the other day about cashing in one of Ignition Casino’s Thousandaire Maker tournaments.

Only a Day Away

  • The  Bicycle Casino’s Legends of Poker runs through the rest of August. Friday is the first of eleven days of entry flights for Mega Millions XVII. Two daily flights for $160 buy-in with a $100 addon (5% of players advance to Day 2 on 22 August)); and weekend flights for $550 with 10% advancing. Also on 22 August is the $550 PL Mix game ($30K GTD with PLO, Big O, and Triple Draw Badugi).

  • This weekend, the Golden Gates Casino Colorado Poker Championship Summer has a Deepstack Freezeout, a $3K Survivor, and a Deepstack 6-Max, along with LHE and Main Event satellites. The Main Event starts 18 August. 

  • It’s opening day for the Deerfoot Inn & Casino Summer Super Stack in Calgary. Among the featured events are a C$230 Bounty tournament with C$200 of the buyin going to your bounty, and a C$330 PLO Bounty (C$100 bounty). There’s a NLHE equivalent to that one. The Main Event is C$1,500 with three entry days and ends on the day of the eclipse.

  • The Venetian August Extravaganza starts tomorrow, with 20 events and guarantees between $5K and $80K (buyins between $125 and $340) through 20 August.

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  • Saturday at noon is a PLO tournament at Eugene’s Beach Poker Club. $60 buyin with $40 rebuy and addon. You can call the club early to get a 1K bonus. A week from Sunday is their big Crazy Pineapple tournament!
  • Cactus Pete’s is in Nevada, but nowhere near Vegas. It’s just about due south of Twin Falls Idaho, in Jackpot. They host Pokermania for five days starting next Wednesday, with 12 events.
  • WPT/Deepstacks returns to Reno Atlantis on next Thursday for 12 days of action, inclluding a $200K GTD Main Event.
  • In just over two weeks, Heartland Poker Tour returns to Ameristar East Chicago, which is always one of their bigger stops. The hotel’s your big expense; direct flights to O’Hare airport in Chicago around the $1,650 Main Event over Labor Day weekend can be found for less than $150 roundtrip.

Remember to keep an eye on the #PNWPokerCal Twitter hashtag and the PNW Poker Calendar for upcoming events!

 

Survivor 48

I’ve played the Thousandaire Maker tournament on Ignition Casino (and previously on Bovada) 48 times now. It runs most every night at 8:15pm Pacific.

It’s a Survivor-style tournament with a $75 buyin (and $7 fee), with a guarantee of five even $1K payouts. If the number of players meets the guarantee (67 players), another payout starts building up for sixth place (80 entries makes an even $6K in the pot, then another payout starts for seventh). No chops, only one min-cash (if any) and less than 10% of the field makes it to the money. But it’s a great value overall.

I’ve cashed in the Thousandaire Maker six times. If I was smart, it would be the only tournament I play, because when you cash it you’re typically making 1120% profit. So if you can beat the 7.5% cashing rate by 10% (effectively a 8.2% ITM), you are profitable. The tournament only lasts about 3 hours. By my records, I’ve spent 65 hours and ten minutes playing Thousandaire Makers since April of 2015 (coincidentally, spending almost $1 on buyins for every minute of play). And I’ve made about $2,000 in profit (a little over $31.50/hour). An average of 82 minutes per tournament.

So my ITM in Thousandaire Makers is 12.5% (based, admittedly on just 48 tournaments). That’s beating the average ITM for all players by 67% and an ROI of more than 50%.

Unfortunately, with just one Thousandaire Maker per day, a 30-day month would mean $2,460 in buyins, an average of $3,750 in cashes, and $1,290 in profit (about $15.4K per year). That might have been enticing in the not-too-distant past, but not these days. And not when you more or less need to give up every evening—or at least plan to be be busy between 8 and midnight.

I got into the Thursday night Thousandaire Maker just before the first hour was up, despite a promise to myself not to do late entries any more. I was under the gun with 3c7c on my first hand and folded.

Hand 2 tctd BB 2500 50/100

Three of the players on our (full) table have more than double the starting stack of 2500 chips. Two are under 20bb, with the small blind down to 1250. UTG/(Player 44) folds 4sth (it’s Ignition, so I can see the folded cards). UTG1/29 min-raises with ah8h and UTG2/27 calls. Action folds through the small blind, and I jam the tens. This is a typical fish/new player steal attempt; the other players can see from my player number (55) that I’ve just registered. They know it’s just before break. I could just be looking to pick up 450 chips from weak hands before the blinds go up. UTG1—table chip leader at 6420—folds, but UTG2 calls with qcad and almost 28bb behind. The board runs out 4djc5sks7s. I actually had the best hand at the table. Both of the other tens were dealt, but nobody else even had a jack, much less a straight or flush.

Hand 8 jsad UTG2 5175 75/150

I opened to 400 and the blinds folded. CO/27 (the player I’d doubled up against) folded qskd with a 2483 stack, which I’m pretty sure I would not have done.

Hand 10 tstc UTG 5400 75/100

Tens again! On hand ten! I open to 400 and everyone folds. Out of eight other players, there was only one over card, with CO/50 holding ah4d.

Hand 25 ksad UTG1 5100 100/200

I open to 500 and everyone folds. The best hand I was against was qdtd (Portland nuts!) on the button.

Hand 40 adkc UTG1 4450 125/250/25

We’re playing eight-handed. HJ/44 on my left is the table leader with 10.8K, and CO/29 is 1K behind. The rest of us are between 3.5K and 6K. I open to 750 and the big stack 3-bets enough to put the short stack (BB/42) all in. BB shoves, and I 4-bet all in, which is called by HJ. It’s adkc v kdac (CO) v ahks (BB). The runout is 7dtd9c8c3c and we chop the blinds and antes for a 75 chip profit. No jacks dealt, but the other big stack on the button would have made a six-card straight with 6c5h.

Hand 43 tdts SB 4170 150/300/30

Just seven at the table. The big stack took a hit on the hand after the three-way chop, but he’s still in second place at the table with 8.6K. Four of us are in the sub-20bb ‘Danger Zone.’

UTG2/62 shoves and with tens for the third time in 43 hands, I call, with 29 chips behind. He turns asth, the flop is a dangerous 4cqdkd, but the turn and river are 6s6d. I double up to  8761 and move out of the Zone.

Hand 49 adts SB 8311 150/300/30

I’ve been moved to a new table and I min-raise when action folds around. BB/25 has 5.7K and 3sad and jams. I fold.

Hand 55 asad BB 7501 200/400/40

Tens three times in less than 50 hands and now aces on the big blind? How lucky must I be? Everyone folds to me and.

Hand 58 6c6d CO 7661 200/400/40

What to do with a pocket pair less than tens? There are six players at the table, and I’m actually in the bottom half. Three of us are between 7K and 8K, and the others are 9.6K, 10.3K, and 12.3K. I open to 1000, and the only called is BB/72, another of the small stacks. I’m not exactly sure what he’s thinking here, putting in an extra tenth of his stack with 6h9h. I c-bet the 3s8dad flop for 1100 and he folds.

Hand 59 jhqh HJ 8861 200/400/40

I raise to 1000 and BB/7 (the third of the short stacks) jams qcac. I fold.

Hand 60 tskd UTG1 7821 200/400/40

I shove with just under 20bb and everyone folds. UTG/13 folded 9sac before I shoved.

Hand 62 actd BB 8581 200/400/40

Action folds to SB/13 and he raises to 820 with 3sad. He only has me covered by 500. I shove over the top and he folds.

Hand 68 as8h BB 9191 250/500/50

I get a walk with the best hand.

Hand 71 kdjh CO 9341 250/500/50

I got disconnected a couple of times during this tournament. Pretty sure I’m raising and winning the hand here if I wasn’t. As it was, BB/7 got a walk with 8d2c.

Hand 72 7h7c HJ 9291 250/500/50

Seriously. BB/26 had as2s, so there might have been  a jam if I’d raised, but…

Hand 89 qcac BB 7971 300/600/60

Between the disconnect and bad cards, I’d been slipping into danger territory. This hand, action folded to SB/72 (the next-to-last player to register in the tournament but a player who’d chipped up to 29K) and he shows 2s9d as he folds.

Hand 91 7d7c D 8331 300/600/60

Finally, some sevens I can play! We’re eight-handed. UTG2/26 folds ac8c. I cannot fathom it. I open-shove, two bigger stacks with bad hands in the blinds fold.

Hand 92 js9s CO 9651 300/600/60

UTG1/26 raises to 1.7K. I typically would play this hand against a raise but chose not to here. I fold. D/11 re-shoves for 11K. UTG1 calls and the smaller stack is at risk kskh v ahac. The board runs out qh5c6ctc6h and player 26 is out in 16th place as we get closer to the money. Kings get cracked on the next hand by qdtd.

Hand 96 9c9s SB 8511 400/800/80

Seven players on the table and I’m one of the only two stacks under 10K. UTG1/42 has only 6K, BB/11 is at 12.7 before the hand begins, but everyone else is above $15.5K, with D/72 at nearly 25K. Action folds to him and he jams. I call with my pair and BB folds askc, missing out on a triple-up, as the board runs out 2s7h6d4skd. Instead, I double up. He gets knocked out on the next hand with a pair of sixes calling another shove from player 72, who catches an ace on the turn to go with his Mutant Jack (suited axjx).

Hand 104 qcas SB 16942 400/800/80

The strategy a lot of late-entrants take (and sort of need  to take given their initial short-stack status) is to shove repeatedly. This tends to take the ‘fun’ of poker out of the game for me, at least, which is why I try not to join a tournament in the later stages of registration. I can’t think it would be an effective strategy in cash games. Anyhoo…after losing a third of his stack to me eight hands earlier, then knocking out a player, player 72 is up to 27.6K and we are back in the same positions as our last run-in. He shoves, I call. He has 7djc. I pop a queen on the flop and double up. Board is tctsqd4ckc. We’re within five spots of the money, with five full $1K prizes and sixth place paying $475. I’ve got the chip lead, and I could actually sit back at this point and do nothing.

Hand 107 qdac UTG 34764 400/800/80

Does that mean I will do nothing? No. I raise to 2400. Ten hands ago, BB/72 had a stack that would have gotten him handily into the money, now he’s one of three 15–17bb short stacks at the table. He has jsjc and shoves12.3K. I call, the board is 5htc6dah7c and he’s out in 10th place. Buh-bye.

The final table starts on the next hand with four stacks under 20bb. That;s the same number of players that have to bust before we hit the full $1K packages. Only 3 players have more than 20K, and I have 20K more than the player in second place.

Hand 129 7s7d UTG1 42154 600/1200/120

The player on my left took over the chip lead a few hands earlier when he won a race with jacks to eliminate the 9th place finisher. He’s got about 1K more than me. Two players are under 10bb, three others are between 10 and 16bb. The ideal strategy here is to let them cut each other out for the most part. However, I min-raise from UTG1 after the one other player with more than 20bb (31) folds. The chip leader has 4c4d, but folds, leaving only the five small stacks, none of whom want to pull the trigger lest someone behind them shoves. They all fold to BB/17—one of the shortest stacks—with just 3h8s. He packs it in and drops to the shortest stack.

Hand 144 adah BB 38594 800/1600/160

So much has happened. That short stack from the last hand managed to get axkx in against another short stack’s axqx and double up, then bumped up again a couple of times while two players went out. The money bubble has burst, and now we’re just waiting to see who gets the not-insignificant sixth-place prize ($475) as opposed to the $1K. The chip leader to my left (still player 29) has 43.8K—over 27bb). On my right is player 31 with roughly the same stack as me. The other three are 18bb, 13bb, and 7bb. Nobody wants to miss out on the extra $525.

I could theoretically fold aces here is one of the other two big stacks shoved. I wouldn’t, but theoretically. As it happens, Everyone folds. Do my big blind aces stink?

Hand 145 5c5d SB 40194 800/1600/160

D/31 min-raises here with tcac. I don’t lilke this play myself because the only other stacks who could keep him from the big prize are the only ones left to act. He has enough chips to wait it out, courting one or the other of us having a premium hand is bad.

Hand 148 6dks

The short stack (SB/7) has ah4h and just 6bb. He shoves, Not a bad plan given that BB/17 has only 13bb and no matter what happens, he’s getting 480% ROI. Unfortunately, BB has acjs and makes the call. The flop is bad: as5d5c meaning a chop is only possible with an ace, king, or queen, but the turn brings some more outs with 3h providing an opportunity for a win. The river is 9d, though, which ends the tournament.

148 hands. Two hours and thirty minutes. +1120%ROI.