R-Day Minus 51

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Woke up early after a great dinner last night at Hunan Pearl, jumped into the Ignition Casino $300 PLO8, got quartered on a hand and was out in 15 minutes.

Bested my time there with three hands to busto with a late entry in the evening $1K NLHE Turbo.

Lasted longer but didn’t make any more money in a NLHE Super Turbo. Ran into a set of aces early on and was left with just 3bb, then managed to recover a little but busted with sixes against jacks.

R-Day Minus 52

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Since I wasn’t able to get out to Pendleton for the Main Event at Wildhorse today, I headed over to the Portland Meadows $10K GTD NLHE, which I don’t usually get to play, because weekends are family time if I’m in town.

I entered at the start of level 4 and chipped up a bit, until I called a middle position 3x raise to 1800 and a couple calls from the small blind with QxTx. The flop was a rainbow Tx7x3x, the original raiser bet 5100 into a pot of about 9000. After the callers released their hands, I jammed my stack of more than 30000—more than enough to cover the other player—in. He thought about it for a short time, then called with 23. A Qx on the turn gave me top two, then a 3x river made his trips.

I was down to 5400 after that hand, and three players limped in before me on the button. It was the last hand before the break and the start of 400/800 with 800 big blind ante. I jammed Qx7x and hoped for the best. The only player who called was the first limper—sitting next to the player who’d just taken most of my chips—and he had 2x3x. The board ran out a 6-high straight for him with a 5x filling a gap on the river. I stood up to leave, but the player next to me pointed out what everyone—including myself—had missed, which was that I had a straight to the 7.

After break, and a table move, I chipped up to more than 30K, but as I was sliding back down below the starting stack of 25K, I tried to squeeze from the big blind over an opening button raise, only to run my J7 into a pair of aces.

R-Day Minus 53

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Only poker today was the Final Table $5K GTD NLHE, with a reduced guarantee because of tomorrow’s Wildhorse Poker Round Up Main Event—which I sadly will not be attending, despite it being the last major tournament within a few hours’ drive before the end of the year—but I lost a very big hand not long after the add-on break, and was out in time to drop by Fred Meyer to buy a the fixings for a Chocolate Syrup Bourbon Milkshake.


R-Day Minus 55

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Dropped into the Wednesday Final Table $1K GTD NLHE Bounty just as the last level before break was about to start. Saigon Vic gulped up two bounties in the first two hands I was there, then I got one after a seemingly-discombobulated player sat down in one of the vacant seats, limped his AxKx in a multi-way pot, then shoved on a Jx7x9x flop when I’d called from the button with 75. Nothing else went my way, though and I busted shoving A7 with 15bb from the cutoff into the button’s nines. The KKQ flop gave me some outs, but it was over.

As the day draws to a close, I got in another Ignition Casino $4K GTD NLHE Turbo. Made the money then open-shoved 8bb with KJ, and got called by two players, including the big stack with 11bb and 88, and another player with KT. The big stack flopped a full house and I min-cashed, before another player with half a big bind got knocked out.

R-Day Minus 56

The Poker Mutant will be retiring (mostly) from poker on 1 January. This is the latest installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

The Ignition Casino Golden Spade Poker Open series is wrapping up this week, and there was a 3-Seat GTD satellite this evening to Event #111 $30K GTD NLHE 6-Max Turbo. I went out in 9th place after AxKx lost to AxTx, watching election day coverage. Late-regged a $500 GTD Omaha Hi-Lo game at the first break and busted in 25th place with 12 paying.

Last game for the day was a $1K PLO Turbo. Regged 45 minutes in, played for about an hour, got unlucky after getting all in ahead twice (at least, as much as you’re ever ahead in PLO) against the same player, doubling him up the first time and getting knocked out the second. 30th place with 15 paying.

R-Day Minus 59

The Poker Mutant will be retiring from poker—not unlike Fedor Holz or Vanessa Selbst—on 1 January. This is the second installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Got in a morning Igniton Poker $2 NLHE Jackpot Sit-n-Go and binked another 5x payout. Got nines in on a queen-high board and managed to get beat by a player with QxJx, but I turned the tables when he made a loose call, I doubled up twice, knocked him out, then took the win.

Ran two more $2 Jackpots after dinner. In the first ($4 payout), the other two players got into it in the first two hands, and we lost the first player on hand three. I was behind in chips on the last hand with T9 and called a raise, turned top pair, then shoved but lost to 29 as he’d flopped the deuce..

Jumped into another one right away and it was another $10 payout. I got lucky with AA on the second hand against a pair of sizes, then ground the other player down in 10 more hands.

Did another couple while watching Chris Wallace laugh his creepy Penguin laugh on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Lost one. Won one.

Late-regged an Ignition $500 GTD O8 Turbo just before the first break, folded until I won one hand, got moved to another table, hit two pair then folded on the river with a counterfeited low and an obvious bet from a player who hit trips, and went out a little later 60th of 79.

Lost three more jackpot Sit-N-Gos, including a $10 payout. Busted out of that on the first hand calling against jacks with an ace, then got HU in another and had him on the run until he doubled up with ace-king against my ace-queen.

Last one of the night I was up 2:1 then back to even after getting KxQx in against queens with both a king and queen on the flop, then having my double-up thwarted when my turned trips lost to a flush on the river.

R-Day Minus 60

The Poker Mutant will be retiring from poker—not unlike Fedor Holz or Vanessa Selbst—on 1 January. This is the first installment in his thrilling countdown to the End of Times.

Got a cash bonus from Ignition Casino and played one of their $2 Jackpot Sit-n-Gos on a break at work. Got the 5x multiplier that paid $10 to the winner of the three-person tournament, and I knocked out the first player, but I got unlucky in a 70/30 situation during heads up and didn’t get the prize.

Friday night’s tournament at Final Table was a $10K instead of $20K because of the Wildhorse series, but it had a good turnout. I did well despite not having much in the way of premium hands. My best pair was tens (I did make quads) but I busted a table short of the money, after flopping an open-ended straight draw in a multiway call of a short stack all-in. I made my straight on the river, but Casey Ring hit top pair on 7x4x4x, and bet enough to put me all in to call. The 7x turn knocked me out.

Better At the Beach #2: Butter at the Beach

The only good thing for me about Monday was that I didn’t make it to the add-on break in Event #5 $75K GTD NLHE. With the same structure as the previous day’s event but no re-entry, there was a bit of an overlay on this tournament.

I sat down between Max Young, who’d been in on a chop the day before and Ryan Stoker, so I knew I wasn’t going to be allowed to get too out of line. I managed to maintain around starting stack for a few hours, then as my stack crept under the 25bb level I picked up queens, put in a raise over a couple of limpers, and got called by one from the old(er) man at the other end of the table. Ace on the flop, I c-bet, he calls, and we check it down. He has AxTx. Standard, but I’ve lost 8bb and it doesn’t get any better from there. A short stack UTG goes all in and I call with A9, she has deuces and hits a set on the flop. I’m down to 2.5bb and shove on the next hand w Qx3x. It miraculously folds to the BB, the woman who had the deuces, and she calls with a little embarassment perhaps, with 7x2x, again catching a deuce on the flop.

Event #6 10-Seat GTD NLHE Satellite went okay for a couple of hours, then not!

First cash of the series for me was a roller coaster with a fast start.

In the Event #7 $25K GTD NLHE Seniors I started picking up chips early, getting up to 60K from the 12K start before the first break.

The early success didn’t last, however, and I slipped down below 30K over the course of the next three levels. Then it was back upward, to 100K. By dinner break, I was back down under where I’d been at the first break.

I was over average throughout the tournament, but that didn’t mean much as we were closing in on the money. By the time we hit the bubble, the average stack was less than 10bb.

The end for came as a bit of a surprise for me. Tom, one of the regulars in Portland, had recently come to the table, and took out a player with a pair of convenient aces. On the very next hand, I was on the button with pocket jacks. A player in early position raised to 4.5bb and Tom called from his table-dominating stack. I had about 13bb and I shoved, only to find out that Tom had queens. The flop gave Tom a set and me an open-ended straight draw (the other player had sevens) but there was no relief and I busted in 32nd place for slightly less than a min-cash.

Wednesday was the Event #9 $15K GTD Omaha Hi-Lo, the only fixed-limit game on the schedule. I lasted just over six hours after a bad start and recovery, only to have two old ladies beat me up and take my chips.

I got kicked out early enough that I was able to late-register the evening’s Event #10 5-Seat GTD NLHE Satellite to Friday’s $1,075 buy-in 6-Max tournament.

Within an hour, I was up to 40K from the 7.5K starting stack, after opening up my game a little bit. I knew from all of my play in the Ignition Casino Thousandaire Makera about where I needed to be to cur the jets and glide into winning one of the vouchers, and even though I didn’t have a huge stack by the time we were down to twelve players (with six vouchers to be awarded and $300 to seventh place) I could tell that so long as I didn’t muck it up that I’d probably get there.

There was one enormous stack at the final table and all of us little remoras swimming around hoping not to be the ones who were eaten. Everyone got hats(!) even though we weren’t all in the money. Not sure what they’d have done if there had been more than 10 vouchers awarded!

All I needed was to not have any of the small stacks double up ahead of my own stack, and eventually the blinds would grind them into oblivion. When a couple of them doubled up, pushing me down the chip counts, I’d shove and take the blinds. Since I was doing that so rarely, I didn’t get a challenge. By the time the “mystery envelope” of $301 was awarded to Gail Hand for 7th place, the average stack was 2.5bb.

Dave Long and I headed down into central Lincoln City to celebrate at the Old Oregon Tavern, which was done to the hilt for Halloween, complete with ghosts that raised and lowered as the entry doors closed and opened. Plus, they had a nifty Batman 66 pinball machine. If someone wins an extra $8K this weekend, this is on my Christmas list.

I’d been hoping to play Thursday’s Event #11 $50K GTD NLHE Big Bounty, but after a couple of emergency dips into the bankroll last month, I didn’t have the cash reserves. So it was Event #12 $25K GTD Big O. At least for an hour. I lost a hand with the second nuts to Prime, then got it all in against another player with the second best set. Did. Not. Rebuy.

Hopped across to the 60s Cafe & Diner up the hill from the casino where I had some non-doctor-approved lunch, and Dave and I tried out their Boozy Shakes. I cannot recommend enough the Chocolate Fudge Bourbon Delight.

Tomorrow is the 6-Max!




Better At the Beach #1: So Much Winning!

Not so much me winning, but still a lot of winning.

Dave Long` (above) and I made it to Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, Oregon an hour or so ahead of Saturday’s Event #1 $150K GTD NLHE. The tournament was a re-entry, and I had to do that just before the first break. In the first hour, the player on my left had lost pretty much every pot he’d been in, and when he 3-bet me and action folded back around, I could have called, but instead I shoved with my QQ and he called for less with KxK. The flop was all low spades, then Q on the turn. Nether of us had a spade, and the only card that could give him a win was the non-spade king. Which came. I still had 35bb; we were only in level 2, but I almost immediately lost half of that and the dwindling continued through to literally the last hand of the break when I busted.

I’d expected to hit the bank to get my cash for the week before the tournament started, but the Lincoln City branch of US Bank was Monday–Friday only, and I borrowed $200 of my buddy Brad Press to re-enter because I’d maxed the ATM card already. I got back in and sat down after break. Ten minutes in, I get AxAx in early position and raise, getting about 5 callers. The flop was Ax6x5 and I make a c-bet of about the same as pre-flop, get a call from the BB, and when K hits on the river and BB shoved, I kind of though he might have AxKx but no, it was 67 for the open-ended straight and flush, the latter of which got there on the river. So, down to 10bb 10 minutes after the re-entry.

I doubled up against the player who’d broken my set with AxTx v TxTx but was back down to 10bb half an hour later, then out after about three hours total.

I played Event #2 10-Seat GTD NLHE Final Event Satellite, just one entry and the add-on, but didn’t make it even half-way through the field.

Day 2 of the $150K GTD got under way at 11am on Sunday, with 54 players coming back and everyone in the money.

Sunday’s Event #3 $75K GTD NLHE got off to a good start for me, but it started even better for Jacki Burkhardt, this year’s PNW Poker Golden Girl, when she got news via Twitter that she’d won a PokerStars Platinum Pass via the #mypokerstory contest run by writer/poker player Maria Konnikova (and judged by Helen Ellis, Jen ShahadeMatt Salsberg, and Melanie Weisner). Jacki’s heading off to The Bahamas in January to play in a $25K buyin tournament. Plus she cashed the $150K before she bought into the $75K.

I made the second break of the $75K with about triple the starting stack. Over two hours I paid blinds, folded raises to reraises, and laid hands down after unpleasant flops until I was under 30bb after just about five hours.

Then I picked up AxKx, flopped a king, and managed to get three streets of action (including an all-in on the river) from JxJx. Two hours later, I was UTG with 83 and less than 10bb when they table balanced the BB and I was it! A middle-position player min-raised, I made the call more out of cussedness than anything else, and I picked up a gut-shot with potential back-door flush on 9x7x5, so I shoved and got called by A7 and was out after the river.

More exciting poker today!

Special shoutout to Darrel Dier (a vet of the days when Deepstacks Poker Tour was here) who’s going to be returning to the tsunami zone this weekend after winning a main event at Stones Gambling Hall.

#PNWPokerCal for 28 August 2018: MOST EXCELLENT EDITION

My Time Is Coming

The Ignition Super Millions Poker Open ended Sunday and last week I popped into another small $10K GTD NLHE 6-Max, busted halfway through, then banged straight out of the nightly $3K GTD NLHE 6-Max. A couple nights later I nabbed 3rd place in a 153-entry $500 GTD NLHE Turbo Bounty, picking up 8 bounties along the way.

The Final Table $10K GTD NLHE  went bad from start to finish, and I busted my live rebuy just before the break, then dropped 100bb in 45 minutes on the shootout tables.

Saturday, I got into an Ignition $300 GTD O8 and just started sucking up chips, then blew a stack that should have gotten me to first or second and took 4th out of 36 for a small cash. Got halfway through the Sunday 6-Max ($4K), and busted a $1K NLHE Super Knockout early.

Monday…well, last week I’d promised I’d have to get over to Claudia’s (at SE 30th & Hawthorne, always the closest game to my house) for the Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo game they spread once a week, and I headed over this week to see if I could catch David Long, my semi-regular partner for trips  to Lincoln City and Pendleton, to talk about October’s Fall Coast Classic Poker Tournament at Chinook Winds. He wasn’t there, so I played the tournament myself (I might have been thinking about that anyway), got seated next to Joe Brandenburg on his first visit there, and I ended up taking first place (all those years of low-level PLO8 and Big O at the late Portland Players Club still paying off!) And with 45% going to first place even after we paid a bubble, even Steve Chanthabouasy would be happy with the percentage (though maybe not the size of the pot).

And Tuesday, the second episode of the PokerTime session I played in dropped, and I actually play a couple of hands.

This Week In Portland Poker

I haven’t seen any announcements for the big Labor Day holiday weekend, so I’ll just leave you with the Oregonian article that Josh Stellmon posted Monday to the NW Poker Facebook group, which includes some news about redevelopment plans for the Portland Meadows site.

Mackenzie via City of Portland and Oregonlive.com

Added to #PNWPokerCal This Week

  • Muckleshoot Fall Classic Satellites, Auburn 2–26 September
  • Lucky Chances $20K/1st, Colma 30 September

Muckleshoot 2018 Fall Classic

The full schedule for the Fall Classic is out, and for the first time that I can recall since starting up the #PNWPokercal, Muckleshoot is putting guarantees (instead of cash added to the prize pool) on their tournaments. A minimum of $500K in prize money is up for grabs over 7 tournaments.

Muckleshoot has spearheaded the concept of satellites for multiple events with games running the three weeks before the series on Sunday morning (10:15am) and Wednesday night (7:15pm) for $150 where a cash gets you $1,250 in tournament entries. There are three nights of $190 tournaments with $1,750 in tournament buyins in a gap between the two weekend of the series.


A 2-day Main Event (29–30 September, $750 buyin) with $150K GTD and two $100KGTD (22 & 28 September, $400 buyin) events are the tentpoles of the series, with an $80K GTD tournament leading off on 21 September ($300 buyn). Thrown into the mix are a $25K GTD LHE tournament (23 September, $200 buyin) and $15K GTD O8 (27 September, $200 buyin) for the fixed limit fans, and a finale I know a couple people will love: the $40K GTD NLHE Shootout (30 September, $300 buyin).

Ticket presales are already open.

Only a Day Away

  • Ameristar East Chicago is the host to HPT Chicagoland Main Event ($1,650 buyin) has three entry days starting Thursday.
  • Mid-States Poker Tour stops at Canterbury Park in Shakopee (just outside of Minneapolis) from Thursday through 16 September. There’s a $300K GTD $1,100 buyin Main Event with three entry days (13–15 September) with satellites running daily from 5 September.
  • The Commerce Poker Series starts Friday and runs through 16 September. The first full week features a tasty-looking $350 HORSE tournament, some Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo, and a $240 buyin $200K GTD.
  • See above for info about the Muckleshoot Fall Classic Satellites.
  • Labor Day is the start of Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III. Running through 26 September, the first week features a $100K GTD ($340 buyin) followed by the $1,100 buyin $250K GTD tournament co-sponsored by MSPT.
  • WSOPC Thunder Valley opens 6 September with a $300K GTD tournament for $400 entry. It’s a 2-day event with five flights (two on Thursday and Friday, one on Saturday). HORSE on Monday, 10 September and O8 on Tuesday! The $1,700 Main Event has $500 GTD.
  • The Aria Poker Masters starts 7 September with its smallest buyin: $10K. You can only rebuy once.
  • HPT Golden Gates kicks off in Colorado 12 September with a four-flight $400 buyin tournament. Their $1,650 Main Event begins 19 September.
  • The Gardens Poker Classic (starting 14 Septepmber) is—among other things—the third stop on the West Coast for the PokerStart Platinum Championship, where you can compete for a ticket to a $25K buyin in the Bahamas in January and $5K in expenses (also known as the cost of a banana at the Atlantis Resort). There are a few other things going on during the Classic, including a $300K TD, a $200K GTD, a $550 buyin 8-Game Mix, some HORSE, and a Progressive Bounty tournament.