My Eyes Are Burning, Too
This is going to be a short write-up today. It was predicted as a week of 100° temperatures here in Portland, I don’t have an air conditioner set up in my office any more, and the only reason it’s not as hot as the predictions is that the sky is full of smoke and ash because some idiot teenagers were flipping fireworks off the side of a trail in the Columbia River Gorge Saturday, so now there’s a fire of least 10,000 acres in size. I hadn’t moved up the Willamette Valley to Portland at the time of the Mt. St. Helens eruption, and the ashfall this time is far less, but seriously, this really sucks. I’m not the outdoorsman I know a lot of you folks are, but my father and his sister have been hiking on both sides of the Columbia between Portland and Hood River a couple of times a week for years during the summers (including an impromptu overnight when a hike on Ruckle Ridge lasted longer than expected). The Gorge isn’t going to be the same for the rest of my life.
WOW. Incredible time lapse video shows how the #EagleCreekFire grew from Monday into early Tuesday.
(Video: Oca Hoeflein on YouTube). pic.twitter.com/XK8FsDkRmb
— KATU News (@KATUNews) September 5, 2017
Who’s Got the Button?
Curious about the Labor Day Win the Button at Stones Gambling Hall? You can watch the final table on Twitch.
— Stones Gambling Hall (@StonesGambling) September 6, 2017
Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned Jeffrey Farnes from Salem got his first Hendon Mob cash at Thunder Valley in the Main Event of the Ante Up World Championship. It didn’t take him long to notch a big #2, taking second place in the WPTDeepstacks Reno Main Event.
— WPTDS (@WPTDeepStacks) August 28, 2017
Everett’s Artem Markov is the other big winner for the week, in the 1,180-player HPT Monster Stack side event in East Chicago, where he negotiated a heads-up deal for substantial second place. It’s Artem’s third (and by far largest) recorded cash.
AND THE WINNER IS…
— HPT Updates (@HPTUpdates) August 28, 2017
This Week In Portland Poker
If the weather’s too hot for you, maybe you’d like a Freezeout Saturday at Portland Meadows?
Only a Day Away
- The final Wednesday night 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. There are $225 Mega Satellites for all five events in the Classic Sunday, Sunday at noon, and at 7pm on Monday and Tuesday. The Classic starts a week from today, with a $2K added NLHE Shootout at noon ($250 buyin). There’s a Limit Omaha Hi-Lo tournament ($200 buyin) at 7pm. The September calendar is finally available.
- The second week of the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 is beginning. The first big event just squeaked past the $200K guarantee by a couple thousand dollars (about 3 $800 buyins). This weekend is a $125K GTD tournament with three starting flights and $250 buyin. You can get updates and info at the poker room blog.
- There are 2 $570 flights each on Friday and Saturday at the Commerce Poker Series for a $300K GTD, with lots of satellites for their $1M GTD Main Event and a $350 buyin PLO game Sunday at 4pm. You can follow action on Twitter @LAPC and @TheJustinHammer.
Play in any CPS Tournament to automatically be entered to win a free $1,000,000 Main Event Seat. pic.twitter.com/9PM3lIOCq2
— Commerce Casino (@CommerceCasino) September 5, 2017
- There are still four events (well, five if you can get up north by 11am) at the Little Creek Casino South Sound Poker Championship.
- Friday, Heartland Poker Tour moves to Golden Gates Casino in Colorado. In addition to qualifiers to the Main Event (starting next Wednesday), the first days feature four entry days for a $400 buyin.
- Friday is also the start of Deepstacks Poker Tour’s Battle of Alberta: Edmonton at Casino Yellowhead. There are several days featuring satellites to multiple series events and a C$1,100 C$250K GTD Main Event. Also, NLH/PLO mix and a C$660 PLO 8-Max. About $430 RT (in US dollars) and you’d be flying on 9/11 if you want to make that one. C$660 is about $530.
- The Aria/PokerGO Poker Masters is coming up in two weeks with five events.
- The World Series of Poker Circuit Thunder Valley starts 14 September. It features PLO, NLHE 6-Max, and HORSE ring events, as well as a $1,675 Main Event (with entry flights 22 and 23 September).
- Los Angeles’s Gardens Poker Classic/Poker Night in America runs the second half of September, kicking off with a $565 Main Event with $1M GTD and 12 entry flights.
- At Talking Stick Resort in Arizona, the Arena Poker Room Seniors Poker Open runs 16–18 September, with a $500 buyin.
- The Chinook Winds Casino Resort Fall Coast Classic starts 16 September with the popular $75K GTD NLHE 6-Max. The capper is a $150K NLHE, $550 entry, no rebuy, and a $200 addon.
- Heartland Poker Tour is at Ameristar Casino St. Charles two weeks from today. The casino is 8 miles from the St. Louis airport (STL). It’s about a 4-hour direct flight; you can get a direct roundtrip flight and a room for the entire series at a motel less than a mile away for less than $900.