PacWest Poker Classic Results
The spring run at Chinook Winds is over, and the results from all non-satellite events went up on Hendon Mob Monday. Congrats to Andrew Johnson, who takes first-place honors in consecutive Main Events at Chinook, and to Armand Alvarado, who placed 3rd on Sunday, 5th in last fall’s ME, 6th in the ME last February, and 4th in the spring 2014 ME back when it was run as part of the Deepstacks Poker Tour.
— Reading Poker Tells (@apokerplayer) February 26, 2016
Big Stack Big News
Big Stack Players Club‘s Brian Sarchi posted some teaser photos and then an announcement on the NW Poker Facebook page that there’s a move in the works in the next few months for the club. The Portland Meadows horse racing facility, in North Portland near the Columbia between I5 and Hwy 99 will be the venue, with 1,000 parking spaces (Brian included a photo) and relatively easy access from bus and MAX lines (a little bit of a walk from the Vanport/Delta Park Yellow line stop through some ugly intersections, but doable). Until then, Big Stack is still running Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday tournaments at 2435 N Lombard.
Hand-By-Hand 6-Max Continues
My “all cards revealed” 6-Max tournament equity analysis is down to the money at Hand 180, but there’s a lot more action before I get to heads-up. I’m publishing 20 hands a day (except for Wednesday and Friday). You can start from the beginning here.
Bally’s World Series of Poker Circuit
Lots of players flipped from Lincoln City to Las Vegas between Thursday’s Big O game at Chinook Winds and the bigger Big O game ($580 buy-in and a WSOPC ring) at Bally’s, where they were met by other NW players coming from LAPC for what I call “The Devil’s Game.” Joe Brandenberg and Brian Pygon were among the NW players making it to Day 2 with Pygon going out in 10th place and Brandenberg taking 8th after one of those bad Big O beats. Jacque Lavadour cashed in the first event, which had 1,082 entries. Centralia’s C. Tamer Korman took the ring in Event #2 (Jackie Burkhart made the money in the same tournament). Former Portlander Jeff Dobrin nabbed his second Circuit ring in Event #3.
— Liz Tedder (@pokerlizzard) March 1, 2016
At the time I’m writing this, Binh “Jimmy” Nguyen is among the final 14 contestants on Day 4 of the $10K buy-in LAPC Main Event with $1M in first place. He’d been as high as fourth place during the day, but he’s still in the running with more than 30BB.
If you were interested in knowing the results of the Tulalip Poker Pow Wow from the end of January, they’re on Hendon Mob, too. Mostly.
Full House Heads Up
Eugene’s Full House Poker is promoting a $10K Heads Up Championship with a $200 buy-in on the weekend of 9-10 April. There is a maximum of 64 seats, but players can pre-purchase up to three seats, with discounts for the extra seats: $350 for two seats and $500 for three seats. The event isn’t on their web site, so far as I can tell, and it does not specifically say “guarantee” on the info I’ve seen, but 64 seats sold even at the maximum discount comes to more than $10K. No indication whether it’s winner-take-all or what the payout structure might be, but contact them for info.
Deal of the Day: WSOP Circuit at The Bike
Technically, this is the combined Winnin’ o’ the Green and a WSOP Circuit stop, the last one on the West Coast before the summer. It kicks off with a $180 no re-entry/no re-buy, no add-on tournament with a $75K guarantee, then jumps into the $1M guarantee Mega Million XIV, with 18 entry flights, buy-ins ranging from $160 (with re-entry and a $100 add-on) to $550 (with re-entry), to the ability to jump directly into the money in Day 2 with 250K in chips for $4.3K (the payouts at the start of Day 2 are not $4.3K). Players who make it to Day 2 (5% of the smaller buy-in flights, 10% of the $550 flights) get paid $1K at the end of the session, and if you enter multiple flights and make it to Day 2 more than once (last year’s MM XII had 305 D2 qualifiers, with 21 of those being duplicates, including three players who qualified three times for six duplicates), you also get a seat to the Circuit Main Event and a bonus $500.
And that’s all before the first Circuit event on 19 March.
This Week in Portland Poker
People! Get your March calendars out before the end of February! I do this every damn week! Don’t make me have to turn this blog around and go home!
- Encore Club has a special $9K tournament Thursday at 8pm. $60 buy-in, no re-buy, $30 add-on. And Sunday, they’ll be adding $1K to the prize pool for their noon tournament.
- The First Friday $20K at Final Table is this weekend! 7pm for a $100 buy-in and $50 add-on. Their Friday 11am tournament is a double guarantee. Coming up a week from Saturday is their $20K guaranteed to first place game for a $200 buy-in.
Only a Day Away
- Satellites tonight and next Wednesday at 7pm for the Muckleshoot Spring Poker Classic. Tonight’s satellite is $125. The series starts two weeks from today.
- The Card Player Poker Tour/Wynn Classic runs through 14 March. A $200K guarantee ($400 buy-in) starts today, with entries through Saturday and final on Sunday. Next weekend is a $500K guarantee ($1.6K buy-in).
- The World Series of Poker Circuit at Bally’s runs through the weekend, with Friday and Saturday dedicated to starts for the $1,675 Main Event (with $1M guarantee).
- The Great Canadian Freeze Out in Calgary runs through the weekend. The C$560 has starting days tomorrow through Saturday, with a final table on Sunday.
- The Bicycle Casino’s Winnin’ o’ the Green and WSOP Circuit series starts tomorrow (see above in the Deal).
- Stones Gambling Hall has its $300K Championship Series through 14 March. Notable are a Survivor-style Bankroll Builder with a $235 buy-in and $2K payouts for 1 in 10 players (10 March) and a $200K Main Event ($550 buy-in).
- Sunday is the opening event of the WPT Shooting Star at Bay 101, a $2.1K buy-in with limited registration. Monday and Tuesday are starting days for the Main Event, a $7.5K buy-in with one re-entry allowed and $2.5K bounties on celebrity players.
- Next Wednesday is the opening of the WPT Rolling Thunder at Thunder Valley, one of the less-expensive ($3.5K entry) World Poker Tour stops. Lots of satellites, plus $50K and $100K guarantee tournaments, a $550 HORSE game, and two big bounty tournaments.
- A week from Thursday (10 March), Deepstacks Poker Tour arrives at Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary. The first event is a C$100K guarantee with a C$550 buy-in. The Main Event has a guarantee of C$250K for a C$1.1K (US$820) buy-in.
- After Calgary and Sacramento, DSPT and the WPT combine for WPTDeepstacks Reno at the Atlantis, starting 17 March.
- Yesterday was the end of the Venetian DSE I, but the 14th is the start of Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza II (14–27 March), featuring two $150K events and a $300K.
Check out the Pacific Northwest Tournament Calendar for more poker.