The Round Up
Yeah, this happened here in Oregon, but it was Albany, not Pendleton.
But you can still take your chances at the Spring Poker Round Up starting next week at WIldhorse Casino in Eastern Oregon. Thirteen events over eleven days, with buyins ranging from $125 to $550 for the Main Event and a High Roller at $1,100, plus some satellites.
Last spring, Lisa Meredith won the first event, with 529 entries, then she went on to take third place at the WSOP Millionaire Maker (7,190) for a prize nearly ten times the prize pool of the Pendleton event. Two years ago, Angela Jordison swept the first three events, so if you’re a female player and you want the good poker juju, this may be the series for you. That, and it’s well-situated to build up a bankroll for anyone just a couple months before the WSOP starts.
Events of note are:
- #4 – Sunday, 9 April, 7pm – Big O, $230 with $1K added to the prize pool. This is a new event at Pendleton, though there’s plenty of cash game Big O action.
- #5 – Monday, 10 April, noon – Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, $230 with $3K added. $38K prize pool last year.
- #6 – Tuesday, 11 April, noon – HORSE, $230 with $3K added. $23K last year.
- #9 – Thursday, 13 April, noon – NLHE High Roller, $1,100 (satellites at 7pm 10 April and 12 April). $72K last year.
- #12 – Saturday & Sunday, 15 & 16 April, noon – NLHE Main Event, $550 with $10K added (satellites at 7pm 6 April and 14 April). $172K last year.
From the Archive
I’ve been writing this blog for more than six years, so there’s a lot of stuff from the early days even I don’t remember.
- 10 February 2011, The Internet Hand
A brief examination of Q
- 1 March 2011, Paired Off
A sad tale of recovery and loss.
- 23 March 2011, Hansen, He’s So Hot Right Now
The time a couple of friends compared me to Gus Hansen.
This Week In Portland Poker
The big event in Portland poker is happening in Salem today and it may be over by the time you read this. 1pm is the hearing on House Bill 2190, which would draw the definitions of the state’s social gaming rules in a manner that would choke out poker as we’ve come to know it in the city.
And, of course, there was last week’s article in Willamette Week by Nigel Jacquiss.
It wasn’t one of the best efforts by Jacquiss (who has a Pulitzer Prize under his belt) with his description of Final Table as “a room that smells like a mixture of air freshener, fear and fryer grease.” (Unless it was his own fear, perhaps.) He padded the account with a portrayal of the late John Ogai and quotes from the more-recently-passed Chris Vetter without including material from several sources I know were interviewed extensively in the main body of the article. He didn’t reconcile the claim that the clubs were operating illegally with the fact that the city has allowed their operation for most of a decade. It’s only in a sidebar that he mentions “Portland’s poker rooms are licensed and operating openly. Yet several of their practices appear to violate the law.” There’s certainly a gray area—much as recreational marijuana sales are legal in Oregon but not legal under federal statutes—but it’s not as clear-cut as he portrays it in the article.
The Bureau of Labor and Industries issues, though…
Only a Day Away
- The last event of this year’s Bicycle Casino Winnin’ o’ the Green, a $200K GTD Monster Stack tournament with $245 buyin has entries today and Thursday.
- The Mid-States Poker Tour at Golden Gates Poker Room in Black Hawk, Colorado has three entry days for its $200K GTD Main Event ($1,100 entry) Thursday through Saturday.
- Tomorrow is the first of three entry days to the $529,850 GTD Main Event of the Planet Hollywood Goliath Warm Up.
- The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III has a $600 entry $200K GTD Bounty tournament with three entry days starting Sunday. Sunday evening is a $7K GTD $250 PLO/PLO8 mix.
- Little Creek Casino is running WSOP package satellites on the next four Tuesdays at 7pm. $255 buyin plus a dealer addon, every 10 players in the tournament gets an entry to the $1,500 Millionaire Maker and $750 in travel expenses.
- The Heartland Poker Tour opens today in St. Charles, Missouri with a $350 buyin, $100K GTD.
- The Council Bluffs World Series of Poker Circuit begins tomorrow. It’s one of the smaller stops on the Circuit, with 321 players for last year’s Main Event.
- The Liz Flynt Spring Poker Classic at Hustler Casino in Gardena, California starts Friday with satellites for the $150K GTD event over the weekend. Saturday and Sunday both have 2 flights each ($250 entry). The 12:30pm flight gets 20K in chips and 12% make it to Day 2. The 5pm flight gets 24K, and 4% advance. If you qualify more than once, you get $1K for any stack not played.
- Peppermill Casino hosts another Run It Up Reno beginning on Monday. The first day has a $20K GTD (with seats to the Main Event added) and a 6-Max PLO tournament.
- The Wildhorse Spring Poker Round-Up starts next Thursday (see above).
- Elk Valley Casino in Crescent City, California has a WSOP Main Event Satellite on 7 & 8 April. There are two qualifying sessions (6pm on the 7th, 10am on the 8th), with the final session at 4pm on the 8th. Entry is $250, with 1st place receiving the Main Event seat and $2K in expenses. Maximum of 160 players.
- The first event of the WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley is 7 April, with a $260 buyin $100K GTD 8-Max. Entry flights on Friday and Saturday (two) with Day 2 on Sunday.