#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.


  • 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.

#PNWPokerCal Planner for 2 August 2017

MTV debuted 35 years ago (1 August 1982) with this song. What the hell happened?

Radio Radio (Frequency ID)

If you’ve been in Portland Meadows Poker Room over the past couple of months, you may have noticed a little roped-off area in one corner, with a very special table. It’s part of a Radio Frequency ID (RFID) setup akin to those in use by everyone from Live at the Bike to the World Series of Poker. Sensors in the table can read chips in a special (expensive) deck of cards. The data feeds into a computer program that—with the aid of someone entering bet sizes, call, and folds—can track the action with a multiple-camera setup, displaying cards and equities as the hand plays out. There have been a couple of run-throughs already, but the first big trial was Monday evening. No announcements yet about exactly what’s going to be done with the setup, but I feel safe in saying that I was Monday’s #garbagehuman.


Rafael Reis of Kent chopped the last two places of an Aria Poker Classic event in mid-July, taking first and a little more than the 2nd-place finisher in cash.

Over at the Venetian/Mid-States Poker Tour Main Event, Dylan Linde of Idaho, Dylan Wilkerson and Matt Affleck (both Washington) had 27th, 34th, and 42nd finishes (respectively). Dan Barker of Poulsbo didn’t make quite as much money as those guys, but he did get a better multiplier in the Venetian $30K GTD NLHE Rebuy (106 entries and 225 rebuys).

Finally getting out of Vegas, William Zaiss made the final table of the Ante Up World Championship Monolith at Thunder Valley. With 855 entries, the $250K GTD swelled to $342K.

This Week In Portland Poker

It’s going to feel a lot like Vegas Hell on Earth this week in Portland (and much of Oregon) with the temperatures over 100° most of the week. I specifically didn’t go down to work there this summer…

After a threatened closing last fall, then a devastating fire on the upper floors of the building hosting the Rialto in downtown Portland, an announcement went up over the weekend that the poker tables were going to be be back as of Tuesday morning. According to a Facebook post by Sean Dalton, the game is afoot!

It’s time for another Final Table First Friday $20K GTD! Friday night at 7pm. Just $80 (with 1 live rebuy), and $40 for an addon. Plus the $15 club fee for the day.

Saturday at 2pm is the next installment of the Poker in Cambodia tournaments at The Game. Two more $2,500 packages (or cash) available, $100 buyin and rebuy with $50 addon. They’ve also announced a special Bounty tournament for 20 August!

Only a Day Away

Remember, your feedback is always important. Like, why couldn’t someone mention to me last week’s title said August instead of July for an entire week? Why don’t people send me updates about special events? Why the heck can’t Muckleshoot or Tulalip get their monthly schedules done before the month actually starts? I’m just a guy, y’know?

  • The Ante Up Poker Tour World Championship at Thunder Valley is coming to a conclusion with the $500K NLHE Main Event starting Friday ($1,650 buyin). There are entry flights at 11am Friday and Saturday with Day 2 wrapping it up on Sunday.

  • The  Bicycle Casino’s Legends of Poker has its own $500K GTD this weekend with 2 flights each day Friday to Tuesday ($240 entry), and Day 2 on Wednesday. Players with multiple stacks qualifying for Day 2 get $1,500 for each extra stack.

  • Golden Gates Casino kicks off the Colorado Poker Championship Summer, tomorrow (nothing like having the schedule available just a couple days before the start of action). The first big event is a $100K guarantee with a $400 buyin. The Main Event ($1,100) starts 18 August.

  • Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary brings back their Summer Super Stack next Wednesday. Amond 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 next Thursday, with 20 events and guarantees between $5K and $80K (buyins between $125 and $340) through 20 August.
  • Even deeper into the red hot zone is the Arizona State Poker Championship at Talking Stick Resort outside Phoenix. Entry days next Thursday through the following Sunday for the $1,100 tournament (with 9am starts). Finals on Tuesday, 15 August. No guarantee but an expected prize pool of $1.1M.
  • 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 from 16–20 August, with 12 events.
  • WPT/Deepstacks returns to Reno Atlantis on 17 August for 12 days of action, inclluding a $200K GTD Main Event.

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


#PNWPokerCal Planner for 26 July 2017

My worst nightmare. I make it to a televised final table, win a bunch of money, and then this. Hopefully, Scott Blumstein will at least get an endorsement deal with Jockey. Worst of all, with age and other things, I look even worse with my shirt off. Maybe I can get some rich dude to prop bet me into losing some weight…

Where the Hesps Are

Jack McGiffin writes again that the folks at Napoleons Casino & Restaurant in Hull are planning a big welcome for John Hesp when he comes back to play his next £10 tournament. Jack says Hesp’s home casino is “planning a tournament with a large bounty” on the fourth-place WSOP Main Event finisher. Meanwhile, you can take a tour of Napoleons (courtesy of Google Maps). Is it time to organize a drive to make Hull Portland’s Sister Poker City?

Wildhorse Numbers

Results from the Summer Wildhorse series are up (though they’re not yet posted to Hendon Mob). The biggest of the six events was Saturday’s $340 buyin, which brought in 278 entries, and a prize pool of more than $84K. Congrats to friend of the blog Steve Myers who told us he’d been up for 28 hours by the time he got back to Portland on Sunday morning after a four-way deal. Overall, numbers for this year’s summer games seems a little up from last year, even with lodging at a premium.

PacWest Fall Coast Classic at Chinook Winds

The next big thing is here! Thanks Devin Sweet for passing it on.


Things quieted down significantly in big tournament action with the end of the WSOP, though some of the venues that don’t report on the day of will likely trickle results into Hendon Mob for a week or two. The biggest number showing up this week was Tommy Tran, of Everett, Washington, who made 22nd of 684 in the Planet Hollywood Goliath Grand Finale.

This Week In Portland Poker

I’ve sat in on a couple of technical run-through with the RFID table and software from videopokertable.net at Portland Meadows over the past couple of months, and last week was supposed to be a run-through with a full table of players. Haven’t heard how it went yet, but I’m crossing my fingers!

Only a Day Away

  • The Ante Up Poker Tour World Championship at Thunder Valley has the Monolith coming up this weekend. It’s a $250K GTD $455 entry tournament with a flight on Thursday, two on Friday, and one on Saturday. Day 2 is Sunday. They have side events through the week, and a $500K GTD tournament with $1,650 buyin next weekend.
  • Tulalip has a $10K added No Chop at the Top tournament on Sunday at 11am. $295 entry and 30-minute rounds, with first place getting 50% of the prize money and equal amounts for the next nine players. No deals allowed. Nobody else gets a cent! Assuming there were 300 players (and that about $235 of the buyin went to the prize pool), that’s be about $40K for first place and nearly $4,500 for the other nine who make the money.  Of course, your chances of making the money are only about 1:30.
  • Muckleshoot’s  5th Sunday $400 entry tournament with $3K added next Sunday.
  • The World Poker Tour and Bicycle Casino’s Legends of Poker starts Friday with a $350 $100K GTD no rebuy/reentry 2-day tournament and a $365 Survivor (with $3K paid to the survivors), then three days of a $200K GTD with a $240 entry.
  • Eugene’s Beach Poker Club has a $250 buyin Monster Stack at noon on Saturday, with a PLO tournament two weeks later (Saturday, 12 August) and their Crazy Pineapple tournament Sunday, 20 August. All players are in the running for bonuses in the 10 September Final Tournament.
  • Sunday is the $20K GTD to first place at Lucky Chances south of San Francisco in Colma. $350 entry and the game starts at 9:30am.
  • Golden Gates Casino in Colorado is scheduled to have its Colorado Poker Championship Summer, starting next Thursday. There are 25 events plus satellites over three weeks of action.

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


#PNWPokerCal Planner for 19 July 2017: The Final Table Edition

Less Kassouf, More Hesp

Aside from the fact that it’s great to have a guy on the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table who’s older than I am just a couple of years after both Neil Blumenfield and Pierre Neuville (both older) made it there, it’s also satisfying that this year’s Old Guy at the Table, John Hesp is a far more likable version of British poker conviviality than last year’s WSOP “star,” William Kassouf.

It may just have been the fact that folks already in Kassouf mode got more coverage in the poker media over the past year, but it seemed that there was more attention paid to players with verbal diarrhea. I mean, I like talking to people at the poker table — it was my primary social outlet for a while — but I’m not so much enthused with being talked at at the poker table. The fact that Kassouf had very real poker success both before and after he got so much attention on ESPN could have meant a glut of imitators.

Personally, I’m hoping Hesp’s style (and deeper run, and big stack of chips) counteracts that a bit.


James Weatherman from Washington was the top cash of the week for less-established players, shooting from less than $8K in recorded tournament cashes to almost $43K in one shot by placing 323rd in Event #73: $10,000 NLHE Main Event.

As you might expect, one of the last Big O tournaments of the summer was won by a Portlander—Jacob Nepom—who bested 266 players in the Planet Hollywood $400 Big O Goliath Stack, the day after the 4th of July.

Seattle’s Mel Elpusan has just one Hendon Mob Cash, and it’s a min-cash, but it’s from the Main Event. And Prathap Gannamaneni picked up his second recorded cash at the Venetian #92 $30K GTD $400 NLHE Bounty.

Results from the Tulalip Poker Pow Wow Main Event waaaaaay back in January finally posted this week, giving players Eugene Moss and David Goodkin (both of Bellevue) and Max Young (Seaside) big bumps.

Ian Johns was the last US player from Oregon, Washington, or Idaho to fall in the quest for the Final Table of the Main Event, busting out in 73rd place in Event #73.

This Week In Portland Poker

Something special brewing at The Game the next couple of weeks. Kind of wishing I had a month free to spend in Southeast Asia.

Only a Day Away

  • The first tournament of the Wildhorse Resort & Casino Summer Poker Round Up was today at noon. You can see the schedule above for the rest of this week’s events.
  •  Down south in Sacramento, Thunder Valley hosts the Ante Up Poker Tour World Championship starting Thursday. It culminates in a $500K GTD Main Event in early August, but up first is the $160 buyin $100K GTD Catapult, with five starting flights through Saturday and Day 2 on Sunday.
  • There are still a few days left for the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III. The last big event is a $600 $250K GTD tournament with starting flights Thursday through Saturday and Day 2 on Sunday.
  • The Card Player San Diego Classic at Oceans 11 starts tomorrow with an estimated prize pool of $100K and a $250 buyin.
  • Larry Flynt’s Grand Slam of Poker at LA’s Hustler Casino has a $777,777 GTD tournament beginning Friday. There are two daily flights (12:30pm and 5pm through Wednesday, with Day 2 next Thursday and a final day on Friday. $375 buyin.
  • Muckleshoot’s $300 Deepstack is Sunday at noon, and there’s a 5th Sunday $400 entry tournament with $3K added next Sunday.
  • The World Poker Tour and Bicycle Casino’s Legends of Poker runs from next Friday through the end of August. It starts with a $350 $100K GTD no rebuy/reentry 2-day tournament and a $365 Survivor (with $3K paid to the survivors), then three days of a $200K GTD with a $240 entry.
  • Eugene’s Beach Poker Club has a $250 buyin Monster Stack at noon on 29 July, with a PLO tournament two weeks later (Saturday, 12 August) and their Crazy Pineapple tournament Sunday, 20 August. All players are in the running for bonuses in the 10 September Final Tournament.
  • Sunday the 30th is the $20K GTD to first place at Lucky Chances south of San Francisco in Colma. $350 entry and the game starts at 9:30am.

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


2017 WSOP Main Event Day 6 — PNW Players

Didn’t get a chance to post yesterday—had to push a tractor up a hill, if you know what I mean (literally, I did help push a lawn tractor out of a 50′ deep ravine). But here’s where things stood when play started Sunday, Day 6 of the Main Event.

One of the three remaining PNW players (and the only remainin player from the PNW US), Ian Johns, has already chipped up a bit since play began; there’s an interview with him today at PokerNews.

RankNameHometownChip Count / PayoutRoom / Table / Seat
71 Sukhpaul Dhaliwal LANGLEY, BC, CA2,165,000Brasilia / 720 / 2
78Jonas Mackoff VANCOUVER, BC, CA 1,590,000Brasilia / 710 / 3
82Ian Johns NEWCASTLE, WA, US1,085,500Brasilia / 720 / 7
116Edmund Chan VANCOUVER, BC, CA$53,247
191Greg Mueller VANCOUVER, BC, CA$46,096
199Jody Howe DELTA, BC, CA$46,096
201Adam Hsu BELLEVUE, WA, US$46,096
225Kelly Johnson SHERWOOD, OR, US$46,096
323James Weatherman BEND, OR, US$35,267
380Alan Snow LYNNWOOD, WA, US212,000
385Christopher Price Seattle, WA, US$31,170
387Jody Evans Vancouver, BC, CA$31,170
422Warren Maxwell MAPLE VALLEY, WA, US$27,743
477David Stewart Troutdale, OR, US$27,743
498John Grue BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA, US$24,867
582Paul Varano OLYMPIA, WA, US$22,449
590Brant Taylor DELTA, BC, CA$22,449
679Maxim Babko RICHMOND, BC, CA$18,693
708Casey Ring Independence, OR, US$18,693
816Lee Watkinson LAKEBAY, WA, US$17,243
854Maxwell Brown Lake Oswego, OR, US$17,243
907Noah Bronstein Bellevue, WA, US$16,024
923Rami Mornel VANCOUVER, WA, US$16,024
1019Mel Elpusan Seattle, WA, US$15,000
*Brian Valentine Seattle, WA, US

* A Brian Valentine was 259th in chips and supposedly in the money at the end of Day 3, but he does not appear as a reported cash on the Results tab. Possibly related to this?

2017 WSOP Main Event Day 4 — PNW Players

Day 3 of the Main Event played down to the money—1,084 players—nobody from the Northwest who is not on this list cashed, but everyone on this list will cash today.

Overall RankNameHometownChip CountRoom / Table / Seat
84Paul VaranoOLYMPIA, WA, US793,000Amazon / 2 / 5
103Ian JohnsNEWCASTLE, WA, US737,000Amazon / 83 / 3
126Adam HsuBELLEVUE, WA, US678,000Amazon / 56 / 9
188Kelly JohnsonSHERWOOD, OR, US574,000Brasilia / 706 / 2
206Greg MuellerVANCOUVER, BC, CA541,000Brasilia / 721 / 2
215Jody HoweDELTA, BC, CA527,000Amazon / 61 / 4
219Sukhpaul DhaliwalLANGLEY, BC, CA523,000Amazon / 53 / 2
239Christopher PriceSeattle, WA, US493,000Amazon / 10 / 9
240Edmund ChanVANCOUVER, BC, CA492,000Amazon / 19 / 2
259Brian ValentineSeattle, WA, US471,000Amazon / 31 / 7
332Jonas MackoffVANCOUVER, BC, CA389,000Brasilia / 728 / 4
483Maxim BabkoRICHMOND, BC, CA281,000Amazon / 1 / 5
556James WeathermanBEND, OR, US242,000Brasilia / 716 / 8
586Brant TaylorDELTA, BC, CA228,000Brasilia / 724 / 5
614Warren MaxwellMAPLE VALLEY, WA, US217,000Amazon / 90 / 1
624Alan SnowLYNNWOOD, WA, US212,000Amazon / 47 / 9
705Casey RingIndependence, OR, US170,000Amazon / 28 / 1
714Maxwell BrownLake Oswego, OR, US166,000Amazon / 84 / 7
752Lee WatkinsonLAKEBAY, WA, US150,000Amazon / 84 / 5
805John GrueBAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA, US127,000Amazon / 38 / 4
843David StewartTroutdale, OR, US116,000Brasilia / 717 / 7
936Noah BronsteinBellevue, WA, US77,000Brasilia / 727 / 5
960Rami MornelVANCOUVER, WA, US70,000Amazon / 10 / 2
1033Mel ElpusanSeattle, WA, US40,000Brasilia / 725 / 8
1077Jody EvansVancouver, BC, CADNRAmazon / 26 / 8

2017 WSOP Main Event Day 3 — PNW Players

Overall RankNameHometownChip CountRoom / Table / Seat
125Ian JohnsNEWCASTLE, WA, US327,200Brasilia / 718 / 1
153Casey RingINDEPENDENCE, OR, US311,900Brasilia / 705 / 9
157Alan SnowLYNNWOOD, WA, US310,700Pavilion / 214 / 3
163Seth DaviesBEND, OR, US307,000Amazon / 69 / 1
353Paul VaranoOLYMPIA, WA, US243,300Pavilion / 237 / 3
364Edmund ChanVANCOUVER, BC, CA240,700Amazon / 39 / 7
373Ki NamLANGLEY, BC, CA237,700Amazon / 33 / 6
410Mel ElpusanSEATTLE, WA, US230,100Brasilia / 702 / 5
419Steven MarxBELLEVUE, WA, US229,100Amazon / 127 / 3
449Christopher PriceSEATTLE, WA, US223,200Amazon / 3 / 2
520Scott RobertsREDMOND, WA, US210,000Amazon / 76 / 3
522Rami MornelVANCOUVER, WA, US209,600Amazon / 67 / 6
602Benjamin MayPORTLAND, OR, US195,900Amazon / 174 / 2
603David NelsenLAKE OSWEGO, OR, US195,100Brasilia / 717 / 5
709Jason AntonelliSAMMAMISH, WA, US179,400Pavilion / 271 / 2
717Maxim BabkoRICHMOND, BC, CA178,700Amazon / 5 / 8
745Jason (WA) KimSEATTLE, WA, US174,700Amazon / 51 / 4
790Andrew SeidmanPORTLAND, OR, US167,200Brasilia / 711 / 7
836Sukhpaul DhaliwalLANGLEY, BC, CA161,700Amazon / 10 / 2
839Glenn MillerMUKILTEO, WA, US161,300Amazon / 108 / 4
852Jonas MackoffVANCOUVER, BC, CA160,000Amazon / 66 / 1
873Taylor McFarlandSEATTLE, WA, US157,600Pavilion / 249 / 7
890Christopher StephensonBELLEVUE, WA, US155,500Amazon / 105 / 6
892Kenneth WongRICHMOND, BC, CA155,000Pavilion / 243 / 4
897James WeathermanBEND, OR, US154,400Amazon / 111 / 5
934Eric KepperSEATTLE, WA, US150,200Amazon / 64 / 6
962Adam HsuBELLEVUE, WA, US147,600Amazon / 115 / 3
1009Kelly JohnsonSHERWOOD, OR, US142,000Amazon / 153 / 8
1041Frank GoulardLAKE OSWEGO, OR, US139,000Amazon / 162 / 7
1061Rob TepperKIRKLAND, WA, US136,700Brasilia / 729 / 3
1075David StewartTROUTDALE, OR, US135,500Amazon / 45 / 1
1133Todor PlaseskiBC, CA131,300Pavilion / 220 / 7
1143Shane AbbottSEATTLE, WA, US130,700Pavilion / 225 / 3
1149Christopher ConleyABBOTSFORD, BC, CA130,200Amazon / 82 / 3
1170Matt AffleckMILL CREEK, WA, US127,600Amazon / 93 / 4
1187Brant TaylorDELTA, BC, CA126,000Amazon / 146 / 3
1204Michael BaxterVANCOUVER, BC, CA124,800Amazon / 149 / 5
1237Nicholas RichardsMERIDIAN, ID, US121,500Amazon / 79 / 5
1238Trevor HebertLANGLEY, BC, CA121,200Amazon / 116 / 3
1248Matt JarvisVANCOUVER, BC, CA120,600Amazon / 167 / 4
1278Jason MannBURNABY, BC, CA117,000Amazon / 21 / 8
1298Greg MuellerVANCOUVER, BC, CA115,600Amazon / 78 / 2
1309Scott ClementsMOUNT VERNON, WA, US115,000Amazon / 173 / 5
1318Lee WatkinsonLAKEBAY, WA, US114,000Amazon / 104 / 3
1351Kings SantyNAMPA, ID, US111,000Pavilion / 256 / 3
1374Maxwell BrownLAKE OSWEGO, OR, US109,400Brasilia / 718 / 9
1385Christopher LesliePORTLAND, OR, US108,300Amazon / 74 / 5
1440Sai ChiuVANCOUVER, BC, CA104,400Amazon / 4 / 2
1460Noah BronsteinBELLEVUE, WA, US103,000Pavilion / 231 / 4
1479Tyler PattersonEVERETT, WA, US101,400Amazon / 96 / 1
1480Dylan LindeCOEUR D ALENE, ID, US101,200Amazon / 80 / 8
1578Marshall VirtueMISSION, BC, CA94,200Amazon / 9 / 7
1618Warren MaxwellMAPLE VALLEY, WA, US92,100Amazon / 64 / 5
1623Jacob WitherspoonOTIS, OR, US91,500Pavilion / 268 / 2
1714Jody HoweDELTA, BC, CA84,600Pavilion / 264 / 5
1786Thi NgoRICHMOND, BC, CA79,200Amazon / 122 / 9
1825Lee MarkholtEATONVILLE, WA, US76,300Amazon / 142 / 7
1832Clarke StrausSEATTLE, WA, US75,800Brasilia / 721 / 7
1841James RoutosKENT, WA, US75,000Brasilia / 728 / 8
1871John GrueBAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA, US73,300Amazon / 124 / 6
1895Mitchell (WA) JohnsonKENNEWICK, WA, US71,100Amazon / 90 / 4
1927Ami BarerVANCOUVER, BC, CA68,800Pavilion / 256 / 7
1944Terrence ChanVANCOUVER, BC, CA68,000Amazon / 135 / 9
2006Glenn LarsonOLYMPIA, WA, US63,700Amazon / 7 / 5
2082Yevgeniy TimoshenkoSEATTLE, WA, US58,000Brasilia / 705 / 6
2086Hyoung ChaeBELLEVUE, WA, US57,700Amazon / 51 / 6
2131Christopher GallagherPORTLAND, OR, US54,600Pavilion / 246 / 8
2147Noah VaillancourtCOWICHAN BAY, BC, CA53,700Pavilion / 249 / 5
2204Tai NguyenOLYMPIA, WA, US50,000Amazon / 132 / 3
2276Noah MerrittVANCOUVER, WA, US44,400Amazon / 147 / 6
2282Georgene FarmerASHLAND, OR, US44,000Amazon / 165 / 5
2285Mark CaplanVANCOUVER, BC, CA43,800Amazon / 131 / 3
2290Michael NelsonKIRKLAND, WA, US43,500Amazon / 183 / 3
2296Ashwin SarinREDMOND, WA, US43,100Amazon / 179 / 4
2331Mans MontgomeryBOISE, ID, US40,200Pavilion / 276 / 1
2351Jody EvansVANCOUVER, BC, CA38,300Amazon / 149 / 6
2366Elliot SmithRICHMOND, BC, CA37,300Amazon / 170 / 8
2383Alpheus ChanRICHMOND, BC, CA35,700Amazon / 144 / 9
2386Fatima NanjiVANCOUVER, BC, CA35,400Brasilia / 700 / 4
2430Andrew JohnsonHILLSBORO, OR, US31,500Amazon / 31 / 5
2456Michael (WA) NelsonKIRKLAND, WA, US29,600Amazon / 144 / 4
2468Richard ChunHAPPY VALLEY, OR, US28,200Pavilion / 223 / 5
2470John AgelakisVANCOUVER, BC, CA28,100Amazon / 157 / 4
2480Terik BrownMERCER ISLAND, WA, US26,600Brasilia / 722 / 5
2519Roberto LeosmaldonadoCORNELIUS, OR, US21,600Amazon / 14 / 3
2528Eric BurckWA, US20,700Brasilia / 719 / 3

#PNWPokerCal Planner for 12 July 2017: The Main Event Edition (Part A)

Deal With It

Portland’s Devin Sweet dealing the Main Event feature table on Day 1B, with 2006 champion Jamie Gold at right; photo from a post on NW Poker by Lorenzo Melgoza

One of the things about watching World Series of Poker coverage this past month or so on PokerGo that’s been making me poker-itchy has been seeing so many of the people I worked with last year, both reporters and dealers. The reporters are mostly caught in the background in occasional shots, but the dealers are right there in all of the action, usually covered by two or three cameras on the table. I covered the mixed games as a reporter last year, the better dealers tend to work the mixed games, and they tend to be the dealers assigned to feature tables, so many of them are familiar.

None of them is as well known to me as Devin Sweet, though, because there’s no need to go to Las Vegas to see her in action. She’s been around Portland as a dealer and player (she won an event at Pendleton in 2011), she’s been involved in managing the Chinook Winds series for several years, and she was up in the early rotation for coverage of Day 1B on at the Main Event, dealing to Jamie Gold and Scott Abrams. So keep an eye out for her as the tournament plays out.

Not Gonna Happen

The July issue of CardPlayer magazine has a bizarre ad for the World Heavyweight Poker Championship Invitational, with a “100 Entry Cap | Largest Buy-In | Largest Prize Pool” and “Largest First Prize Payout in Poker Tournament History.”

Supposedly taking place in Reno in mid-December the “Biggest Fundraiser Poker Charity Event in History” (it doesn’t mention a charity for what) sports a $1,888,888 buyin, and more than $30M for first place.

I have to say, despite the fact that I do not expect anyone reading this to be planning to play it, the general vibe—not to mention the quality of the materials and the fact that social media for sponsor Caviar Affair hasn’t been active for four years—doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

Rachel O’Neal‘s Facebook post of her stack in WSOP Event #66: $1,500 NLHE.


James Tercek from Vancouver was top of the new names in this week’s Pacific Northwest Hendon Mob stats, making it to 13th place in the Ultimate Goliath at Planet Hollywood at the end of June.The $600 tournament beat the $500K GTD by nearly $160K, with $1,078 entries.

Forest Grove’s Nathan Paul got his first recorded cash in a big way, taking 4th in last Saturday’s $235 Daily Deepstack at the Rio. Stevie Ackerman of Spanaway more than tripled his recorded tournament earnings by taking first in the same event.

Rachel O’Neal is a Portland attorney who uses the slogan “Make Them Pay — In Spades” on her web site. She’s been playing poker for a while, but took down her first three recorded cashes on three consecutive days last week (technically). She made it to the final table of a 948-entry $235 Daily Deepstack on the 4th of July (one of two O’Neals at the final table; the other was from Georgia). On the 5th of July, she played Event #66: $1,500 NLHE, grabbing 80th place on Day 2 (6 July, but it’s recorded at Hendon Mob as the starting day). Then she apparently jumped right into the 7pm $365 Daily Deepstack Turbo, taking 44th there for a small cash. After a couple of days of no cashes (maybe she had to rest) she struck again, at the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza Event #87 $100K GTD Bounty, for another 44th place (there were 464 entries, with a prize pool of $150K plus $93K in bounties.

The elephant in the room for established players this week is Esther Taylor. There were some comments in a Facebook thread last week wondering how someone like her could be playing in the Poker Players Championship. I’ve never met her at the table (or anywhere else) before working at the WSOP last summer, and all I can say is she seemed to be shooting me suspicious looks whenever I was reporting on her tables. She’s had a pretty good summer, though, making three final tables before the 4th of July, as well as four other cashes. Then, the day after the 4th, she got to the final table oEvent #67: $25,000 PLO8 High Roller, and finished in 3rd place, a cash that was more than half the size of her previous recorded earnings and which jumps her over 4 players on the Hendon Mob’s Oregon leaderboard. With Taylor no longer actually living in Vancouver (so I’ve hears), James Romero moved to Vegas, and Annie Duke somewhere else (who cares?), Seth Davies (in 4th place on the Oregon leaderboard) is now the top-ranked player on the state leaderboard who actually lives here. By the way, just before she late-regged the PLO tournament, Taylor took 4th place in Event #64: $1,500 NLHE/PLO 8-Max for a 5600% ROI.

Speaking of the PPC, Washington’s Ian Johns has almost doubled the number of cashes he had last year—though 2016’s  four cashes included 2 bracelets. He hasn’t seen any final tables this year, but he’s come close all seven times, finishing between 18th and 17th on two cashes and between 10th and 12th on the other five. Last week it was 10th place in Event #62: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Max

Vi Do of Bellingham played the Venetian Event #76 $1,100 NLHE Bounty, taking 4th place.

This Week In Portland Poker

Regular schedules so far as I’m aware.

Only a Day Away

  • The Heartland Poker Tour at Golden Gates Casino in Colorado had the first flight of its Main Event today, there are three more. You can get a one-way ticket to Denver for Friday morning for less then $200!
  • It’s gold! Well, actually it’s silver and Eugene’s High Mountain Poker Palace has a four-tournament has their 2017 Anniversary Silver Series with games ranging from $40 to $230, with $260 in added money, and silver coins for the top three finishers in each tournament. If you’re planning to drive from out of town, you might want to call and make sure there’s room. It could be a big crowd for the space, which was quite nice the time I made it down.
  • Up in Calgary, there are daily C$225 “Wild Card Rounds” at 6:30pm and at noon on Friday and Saturday. 1 in 5 players get entry to Sunday’s Silver Buckle Showdown at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino. You can also buy into the Showdown for C$1,000, you get 25K in chips and play 30-minute levels. Tickets to Calgary, though, are almost $400 one-way, and that’s US dollars.
  • Larry Flynt’s Grand Slam of Poker starts tomorrow at LA’s Hustler Casino. It features a $200K GTD kickoff event ($250 buyin). The Main Event is $375 and has a GTD of $777,777. Non-stop one-way flights to LAX for $120 Saturday morning.
  • Muckleshoot’s $200 Big Bounty is Sunday at noon, 23 July is a $300 Deepstack, and there’s a 5th Sunday $400 entry tournament with $3K added.
  • Save your summer in luxury with the Bellagio Cup XIII, a 5-day $10,400 buyin starting Friday. $1,090 satellites, turbo and hyper turbo satellites run from tomorrow through Sunday (Day 3 of the Cup) for entries into the Cup.

  • Next Wednesday, close to home at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino Summer Poker Round-Up, there are six events (plus satellites), the largest of which has a buyin of $340. As mentioned last week, accommodations are sparse and expensive due to a motorcycle get-together.
  •  Down south in Sacramento, Thunder Valley hosts the Ante Up Poker Tour World Championship starting 20 July, which culminates in a $500K GTD Main Event in early August.
  • If the nice summer in Portland isn’t hot enough for you yet, the Card Player San Diego Classic at Oceans 11 has a $250 entry fee and three starting days (two flights each day) next week, with the final day on Sunday. You could get to San Diego airport with an hour to get to Oceanside before the first Saturday flight for about $200 if you buy your ticket now. Don’t know how you’ll get back.
  • The last day of the World Series of Poker Main Event is 22 July. The tournament playes every day until then except for a two-day break on 18 & 19 July once the final table has been finalized. Daily Deepstacks run through 17 July (the last day before the Main Event final table). If you’re down in Las Vegas because you want to breathe in the excitement of the big money, the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza is running through 23 July. Monday and Tuesday are starting days for their Event #103: CardPlayer Poker Tour $2M GTD $5,000 NLHE Main Event, and there are a number of other tournaments there, as well as the rest of the regular Vegas schedule. Happy hunting!

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