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
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).
By the Numbers: Biggest Flight of the $500,000 Guaranteed Event https://t.co/wX0ynd8k1a
— Mo Fathipour (@MoTheBikeTD) August 9, 2017
- 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.
— Travis Northrope (@ShortStackMastr) August 7, 2017
- 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.
Here's a look at the structure for Event #1 $500 NL Mega Stack.
Satellites start Aug 9th, and the series officially begins Aug 10th! pic.twitter.com/5Dy3QWWk3s
— Deerfoot Poker Room (@dficpkr) August 7, 2017
- The Venetian August Extravaganza starts tomorrow, with 20 events and guarantees between $5K and $80K (buyins between $125 and $340) through 20 August.
2 days until August Extravaganza
$340,000 in guarantees https://t.co/JnXuuR00J8
— Venetian Poker Room (@VenetianPoker) August 8, 2017
- The Arizona State Poker Championship at Talking Stick Resort outside Phoenix. Entry days Friday through Sunday for the $1,100 tournament (with 9am starts). Finals on Tuesday. No guarantee but an expected prize pool of $1.1M.
- 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.