PNW Poker Leaderboard — Hey, Baby, It’s the Fourth of July (2018)

As mentioned in the last leaderboard update, I broke my wrist on Father’s Day weekend, and it’s put a bit of a kink into my plans, not to mention my typing. Not only is this post late, but it only covers results available by 28 June 2018. Which means there’s a lot of stuff. So pardon the brevity and I apologize if I didn’t get your results, I can only manage some of the highlights.

Darrel Gallion of Stevenson had had just one cash on Hendon Mob before this summer, then he min-cashed a $250 WSOP Daily Deepstack on the 24th and got 2nd place in the same event on the next day. Seattle’s Laine Tanaka got 2nd in the same event a couple days earlier for his first cash.

Jonathan Levy (Portland) got his second-ever cash getting official first place in a chop in an event at the Aria Poker Classic. Do not confuse him with the other Jonathan Levy.

Michael Hansen (Lava Hot Spring, Idaho) got his second cash in a big way outside Vegas orbit in a may result that was only recently reported, at the WSOP WARM-UP, in Hammond, Indiana, with a 2-way chop. The single cash moves him into 640th place on the overall PNW leaderboard.

Rep Porter (#6 on the leaderboard) came close to another WSOP bracelet in the WSOP Event #43 PLO Championship for the biggest money win of any PNW player during the middle of the series. Right behind him is Salem’s own Bill Stabler, at his second WSOP Seniors NLHE final table in seven years, taking 2nd this time. He moves up to #43. Taking 5th at the same final table was another PNW player: Bill Bennet of Hoquiam.

Dylan Linde continues to be the volume king, making two WSOP final tables in Event #39 LHE Shootout (4th place) and Event #43 NLHE just two days apart. Jesse Kertland of Ellensberg took 5th in the Shootout.

Portland’s George Wolff is back in action, making the unofficial final table of Event #42 PLO High Roller.

Kao Saechao took 2nd place in GOLIATH #28 $500K GTD NLHE at Planet Hollywood, in what looks like at least a 2-way deal. Michael York of Twin Falls came in 7th in the same event.

Scott Ruegesegger of Monmouth had the biggest cash of his poker career with a win in a  $250 Daily Deepstack on the 19th.

Before he headed out to the WSOP, Chaz Wexler of Arlington popped into the WPTDeepstacks Main Event in Tampa to grab some money for 4th place.

Arturo Davila, Jr., from Buckley, Washington, took advantage of a nearly 12% overlay in the Venetian Deepstack Championship Series #68 $800K GTD NLHE 8-Max to nab 5th place.

Seattle’s Laurence Hughes won a a Wynn Summer Classic $50K GTD NLHE tournament that more than doubled the guarantee.

Jeremy Harkin and his mix-game pals continue their good runs. Harkin made the final table of Event #40 Mixed Big Bet for 6th place (after winning his bracelet earlier in the series), and Jeff Mitseff took 7th in Event #50 Razz after nearly making the final (15th) in Event #46 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo/Stud Hi-Lo.

Spokane’s Sterling Lipscomb took 2nd in one of the $365 NLHE Turbo Daily Deepstacks on 23 June, then put some of that money into Event #51 NLHE Bounty for 14th place.

An ICM chop in a Aria Poker Classic NLHE Seniors tournament and 7th in the Grand Poker Series #39 NLHE Seniors got Clark Watkins of Eltopia, Washington on the board this edition. Albany’s Stephen Boyd took 3rd place in the Grand tournament.

Boise’s Daniel McFaul won another of the $365 Daily Deepstack NLHE Turbo events on 20 June.

Steven Baker of Renton was runner-up at another Aria Poker Classic NLHE Seniors tournament in at least a six-way chop. Sand Point’s Mike Kinney was 3rd.

Dan Montoya from Kennewick placed 6th in another event at Planet  Hollywood GOLIATH #19 NLHE The Big Low Roller.

Colin Gelker of Blaine took 4th in an event that should be near and dear to Portland players: the GOLIATH #33 Big O.

This report wraps up with Jared Dairy, who’s been a constant on the rails of Portland-area players deep in the series (and online) and bagged his biggest-ever recorded cash with a win in a $200 NLHE Daily Deepstack with nearly 300 entries.

More soon!

PNW Poker Leaderboard 18 June 2018

I started to write up a report about my trip to Las Vegas last weekend, but I wanted to get the leaderboard out in a timely fashion. Then the Father’s Day weekend stuff started up, I was getting a grill for my father, trying to coordinate a visit his house with my brother, yada yada yada…. Let’s just say I went down with my coworker Ben, I played a Survivor tournament and some satellites of the World Series, and I bricked everything.

Ben plays his first WSOP-related event, a $185 turbo mega satellite.

Still, that was better than this weekend, when I went out to my dad’s place on Saturday morning to help him replace the lower deck on his house, and within about three minutes managed to break my wrist. I’d been hoping to make it back to Vegas before the Main Event, but that doesn’t seem likely.

So let us just get on the show.

There were seven newcomers to the leaderboard this week but none of them breached the $10,000 mark; try harder next time you guys! Seriously though, if I could type I might have added you to list.

The two big numbers this week were from World Series of Poker Event #28: $3,000 NLHE 6-Handed. Portland’s very own Wayne Harmon got his third WSOP cash of the season, placing 21st out of the field of 868. Darren Rabinowitz took fifth place in the same tournament, a contest where Tony Dunst and Jason Mercier didn’t quite make the final two tables.

The Wynn $100K guarantees produced a couple of other big scores for Northwest players. Warren Maxwell of New Castle, Washington, came in right behind Greg Raymer at third place in the Seniors edition. Nicholas Powers from Renton made 4th place in an open event the previous day.

People are even making big money on smaller buying: Tommy Kivela from Olympia cashed in three $250 WSOP Deepstacks last week, making the final table in two of them, including 3rd place in last Monday’s event.

Now that we’re halfway through the WSOP, I intended to restart the Planner, since it’s time to start putting together trips for the post-Series summer, but I might wait another few weeks.

PNW Poker Leaderboard 12 June 2018

Nhathanh Nguyen

You can’t get a much better start to your poker history than Nhathanh Nguyen of Mukilteo, Washington got this week, with fifh place in the World Series of Poker Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes NLHE. It’s Nguyen’s first and only (so far) entry in his Hendon Mob profile, and it puts him in the top 10% of the 3,500 Oregon, Washington, and Idaho poker players that I track (those with more than $3K in lifetime winnings).

I wanted to include someone in the last leaderboard report with a bunch of other mix game players, for a win at the Venetian Deepstack Championship Poker Series #43 $50K GTD HORSE. The winner report from the Venetian listed the winner as August Dodine from Portland, so there’s a Hendon Mob profile with that name and a single cash. But when I went looking for a winner photo on the Venetian Poler Room blog, the final table chip count and caption named the winner as August Bodine, and there’s a guy with that name in Hendon Mob, but he lists Vegas as his home. Anyway, congrats to anyone winning a HORSE tournament,

Dylan Wilkerson (#9 on the leaderboard) leads the way for the usual suspects, with a 3rd in the Venetian DCPS #50 $400K GTD NLHE Bounty.

And #1 on the PNW Poker Leaderboard, Scott Clements slightly increased his more than $7.5 million in lifetime earnings with 7th place in the WSOP #15: $1,500 HORSE.

PNW Poker Leaderboard 07 June 2018

It’s been a great start to the summer season in Las Vegas for mixed-game players from the Pacific Northwest, not the least of which was Jeremy Harkin’s take-down early this morning of the bracelet for World Series of Poker Event #12: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed, closing it out against two-time bracelet winner Frankie O’Dell, with an active rail of Portland-area players supporting him (including Liz Brandenburg, who live-streamed the end on Facebook). For the uninitiated, the Dealer’s Choice tournament has 20 possible games to select. I owe Jeremy a lot of thanks for offering me cheap digs in Vegas two summers ago, when I really needed a break so that I could take the WSOP reporting job.

New players on the leaderboard this edition include Chad Campbell of Seattle whose first recorded Hendon Mob cash is a 2nd-place finish in the $1,600 buyin Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III $250K GTD PLO MonsterStack. That’s a pretty nice way to start off the record.

Tukwila’s Tamir Hasan took 1st at the Grand Poker Series #12 Mixed PLO8/O8/Big O for what is only his second recorded cash; he min-cashed in an O8 tournament at the WSOP in 2016.

WSOP #9 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo was a hunting ground for established PNW players. There were 4 PNW players in the top 15 of the 169-entry  tournament. Dylan Linde (Couer D’Alene) and Talon White (Sheridan) took 15th and 14th, respectively (it’s Linde’s 44th WSOP cash and White’s first). Steve Chanthabouasy took 12th (his 14th WSOP cash). Adam Coats made it all the way to 3rd (WSOP cash number 11), doubling his lifetime recorded earnings.

In non-mixed game news, it wouldn’t be a leaderboard report without a six-figure cash from Almedin Imsirovic, taking 2nd in the $26K buyin Aria High Roller 82Matt Affleck grabbed first place in the Venetian DSE3 #28 $500K GTD.

Back on the wild side, Jesse Hampton of Mercer Island came in 3rd in WSOP #8 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball.

Here’s Worm’s group victory shot. I wish I’d been there for you, man! Maybe I can just Photoshop my way in…

PNW Poker Leaderboard 4 June 2018

This edition of the Leaderboard is dominated by—well, pretty much consists just of—Kate Hoang’s heads-up finish in WSOP Event #4 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.

Washington-based Hoang’s tournament record only extends back to 2015, but this is her second time in two-way contention for a WSOP bracelet. All but one of her recorded cashes are in Omaha, and that one was mixed PLO/NLHE. Last summer, she made the final table of the WSOP’s $10,000 PLO8 Championship in a 207-player field.

While we’re on the subject of PNW women crushing poker, see Chad Holloway’s interview with Diana Monnette, the Venetian Poker Room’s social media director. Monnette was raised outside of Portland, and attended both PCC and Oregon State before moving to Las Vegas and entering the poker media world.

And check out PokerNews‘s interview with Lena Evans about the Poker League of Nations, which plans to hold free cocktail parties and $300 satellites for WSOP Main Event seats for female players this season. No specific

PNW Poker Leaderboard 31 May 2018

The first result from a Northwest player from the 2018 World Series of Poker is in!

Bellevue’s Noah Bronstein min-cashed Event #2 $10,000 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty, a one-day bracelet event that drew 243 entries. 37 players cashed, Bronstein came in 28th.

Typically, a high five-figure cash would be more than enough to make the leaderboard, but I was a bit conflicted on this one, because Seth Davies (Bend) was playing the Super High Roller Bowl in the PokerGO Studios at Aria where the buyin was $300K. He bubbled the event but picked up three $30K deposits from players who didn’t show up.

PNW Poker Leaderboard 26 May 2018

Last update before the WSOP! I’ll post results from the various Las Vegas series as fast as I can get to them, but it’s not going to match PNW_WSOP_15 when I had the time to track down results that hadn’t been reported to Hendon Mob yet. I’ve got a life now.

No new names on the leaderboard this week, but there is an unfamiliar name at the top of the big money winners: Aaron Ogus. Ogus has only eight previous cashes in nearly fifteen years on his record, with half of them between 2003 and 2006 and the other four in 2013 and 2014. Presumably that’s because the Redmond-based Ogus is too busy managing and inventing stuff at Microsoft to play a lot of tournaments. But after nearly four years without a recorded cash, Ogus strikes big by entering the $25,000 WPT Bellagio High Roller and getting heads-up with Tom Marchese (in a field containing Jake Schindler, Ankush Mandavia, Rainer Kempe, and Anthony Zinno, among others) for a cash that dwarfs not only his previous lifetime winnings but also jumps him from 483rd on the leaderboard to 76th.

Calvin Lee (Mercer Island) continues to crush in Korea, with two more big cashes at the All Japan Poker Championship (AJPC) with a 4th place in the KRW10M Super High Roller (that’s about a $10,000 buyin) and a win in the 10-player KRW20M Special High Roller.

Vancouver’s Almedin Imsirovic continues his great year, with a 2nd place finish at an Aria $10,500 buyin event, losing to the aforementioned Jake Schindler.

Lewiston’s Stephen Schumacher busted me out of the Wildhorse Spring Round Up High Roller by rivering a flush against my set of aces and getting me to call off my stack (stupid Mutant!) but he’s apparently found some other suckers, because in addition to cashing that event and three others, he pulled off a win at the Colorado Poker Championship Main Event.


Dylan Wilkerson is closing in on 20 cashes for 2018 already, and he notched a 3rd place in an event at the WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship, and 9th out of 600 entries in the opening event for this year’s Venetian Deepstack Championship $100K GTD.

Kennewick’s Mohammed Quorban Mirza has cashed in two Venetian events already, as part of a 6-way deal in Event #10 $25K GTD Rebuy and a 2-way chop in Event #16 $40K GTD SuperStack, his largest cash to date.

Friend of the blog Wayne Keller (Vancouver, on the left in this picture from 2016) makes the list by taking 2nd in an even 3-way chop in the WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship Seniors tournament.

Vegas Poker Schedule

If you haven’t checked out Kenny Hallaert’s spreadsheet (linked from the calendar page, as usual), do that, but you might also want to look at @oco’s Vegas Poker Schedule, an interactive tool that has a different approach to winnowing out the stuff you want to find.

Tweet of the Month

Let me burn this in to your brain before you go to sleep. It’s co-host of The Chip Race poker podcast David Lappin and the after-hours party last weekend at Unibet Open Malta. Trust me, the podcast is better than the “dancing.” Then again, what wouldn’t be?

Take This Stack and Shove It

My father was a union shop steward and local president when I was a kid, and about the time I went to college, he moved on to a job with the union as an organizer, eventually finishing his career after more than a decade as the top official of his union in the state. So I grew up in a union household. We never had a car that wasn’t American-made. I’ve worked for myself for most of my career, and I’ve never been a union member myself (except for a very brief stint at Fred Meyer where I got to fill out all the paperwork but didn’t last long enough to get to the point where I was an actual member of the bargaining unit) but I’ve never crossed a picket line.

It was with some dismay that the day after I booked a weekend trip to play some satellites at the World Series of Poker, I heard of the citywide strike called for 1 June by the Culinary and Bartenders Union in a tweet from Kevin Mathers.

There’s a list on the union site of the 30+ casinos and hotels that will be affected by the strike if it happens. What won’t be directly affected is the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the site of the WSOP.

According to, the info website of the union, the contract at the Rio doesn’t expire until a couple of weeks after the end of the WSOP, although the rest of the Caesars properties are affected by the 1 June deadline.

Luckily—since I only had a couple of days on this trip and I wanted to maximize my time—I’d booked my accommodations at the Rio for the first time ever. So no picket-crossing me.

I’m getting in on Friday evening (the 8th), hoping to jump into the 8pm $575 Mega Satellite (pays $5K in lammers and $50 cash), then Saturday and Sunday’s 9am $185 Mega Satellite (pays 3 $500 lammers and $100 cash), with the Venetian 7:05pm $40K GTD Survivor ($400 entry, pays $3,400 cash), and some Omaha Hi-Low cash games at the Rio, Venetian, or Orleans to fill in the time before I fly back out late Sunday.

Workers of the world unite!

PNW Poker Leaderboard Update 18 May 2018

The first big events of the Las Vegas summer poker season are wrapping up this week, so it’s time for one last brief leaderboard update.

The only five-figure result I’ve seen from a Pacific Northwest player the past week-and-a-half was from Idaho’s Kevin MacPhee, who made the final table of the WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship with 126 entries at $10K each.

More numbers should start rolling in by next week. In addition to the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III, which started on Monday, the WPT/Aria Bobby Baldwin Classic got under way yesterday, and the Planet Hollywood GOLIATH series starts next Thursday. Just 11 days to the start of the World Series of Poker. Good luck everyone.