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.
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— Thunder Valley Poker (@TVPokerRoom) August 2, 2017
- 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.
— Bicycle Hotel Casino (@BicycleCasino) July 31, 2017
- 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.
— Gates Poker (@gates_poker) July 24, 2017
- 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.