PNW Poker Leaderboard Update 08 May 2018

Kindah Sakkal at the WSOP Circuit Baltimore Monster Stack (photo by Sam Cosby from

One of the cool things about weeks when there’s not a whole lot going on is a name that you haven’t run across before pops to the front. The fact that there hadn’t been anything big in the last week meant that Washington state’s Kindah Sakkal (#125 on the overall PNW leaderboard this week, and #73 in Washington) was the only name that got picked out of the hat by the magic algorithm.

Sakkal’s had a nice run on the WSOP Circuit leading into the summer. Nothing huge by itself, but four final tables in Circuit Ring events in 2018 so far, with two at Thunder Valley, one at Planet Hollywood, and another in Baltimore (just the last day of April), along with three other Circuit cashes.

Sakkal finished 4th in the massive 1,022-entry WSOPC Main Event in Cherokee, North Carolina last summer, her best recorded tournament cash to date; more than two-thirds of her 38 recorded cashes (all in the last four years) have been n WSOP/WSOPC events.

April’s Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

Results for the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round Up are in the Hendon Mob database, so it’s time to do a little update of the leaderboard. It’s been a month since the last real update, and in addition to Wildhorse, there’s been a fair amount of action for Northwest players outside of Northwest venues.

First, though, a couple of words about how the sausage gets made. I compile this info from Hendon Mob’s state-level leader boards by looking for differences in the “money won” numbers from week to week.  I check Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. I’d include British Columbia if I could, but Hendon Mob doesn’t break Canadian provinces out separately like they do for states in the US.

I only track players with $3K or more of reported earnings on the leaderboard. The Hendon Mob leaderboard doesn’t track recurring or daily tournaments. And because this is all just the Poker Mutant doing all the work for free, I can’t highlight everyone in my write-ups or every cash, much as I might want to.

If you’ve been following along for a while, you might notice that while I link to the Hendon Mob payout pages (or direct sources), I don’t typically list the amount won. That’s because casino’s don’t usually report the results of a deal. Some do, but I know, for instance, that the Wildhorse Main Event had a 3-way deal, but the figures reported to Hendon Mob don’t reflect that.

So like all ranking systems, nothing here is completely accurate, but it’s fun all the same, no?


Almost as if to prove my point, let’s start with the bogus entry in the players who are just breaking the $3K barrier that keeps the riff-raff oout of the leaderboard. This guy had just $1,300 in winnings before he took 2nd place in the 402-entry Thursday tournament at Wildhorse, but Vancouver’s Bill Patten also has another 2nd place at Wildhorse from last year as William Patten (no relation to Vince van), and he’s been on the leaderboard for a while. So not really a newbie.

No idea whether Shane Stonemetz from Zillah, Washington has another identity (there aren’t any other Stonemetzes on Hendon Mob), but he had a breakout win in Event #3 at Wildhorse. He jumps in at #1275 on the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard.

James Austin [#1280] of Mill Creek, Washington only had a couple of cashes under his belt before winning the first event at Wildhorse; Matt Johnson from Richland took 2nd for his first recorded cash (but there’s another Matt Johnson from the suspiciously nearby Tri-Cities with six Pendleton cashes since 2010, not to mention a Matt Johnson from Kennewick with five).

Yakima’s Ronnie Anderson won the Thursday event at Wildhorse for a first Hendon Mob cash, ditto for Boise’s Ron Rausch in the Seniors tournament on Wednesday. They’re 1463 and 1480, respectively, on the PNW Leaderboard. James Han of Beaverton got his first and second Hendon Mob cashes at Wildhorse this series, with 4th place in the Friday tournament and 22nd  in the Main Event.

Old Guard

Seattle’s Dylan Wilkerson has been on a roll the past month, with 7 cashes including a win, four final tables, and an unofficial final table appearance. He started off with a 10th-place finish at the WSOPC Las Vegas Main Event (610 entries), then 8th in the High Roller at the same series (109 entries). Hopping out to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, he placed 8th in the Bounty tournament (#10, 145 entries) and the 8-Max (#11, 170 entries) and the Turbo (#13, 93 entries), slipping in a 24th place in the $3M GTD WPT Showdown Championship (1,309 entries). Then he swung up to North Carolina to win the 1,060-entry WSOPC Cherokee Main Event. And on the 21st He Rested. Well, probably he played poker, but he hasn’t cashed in another tracked tournament for a whole week. For all that work, Wilkerson moves up three spots on the leaderboard to 8th.

The biggest jump—percentage-wise—this month is from the single cash by Scott Powrie from Bothell, who goes from #1,062 to #296 by taking 4th place at the WSOPC Las Vegas Main Event. His nearest contender for “Most Improved Ranking” is Colton, Washington’s Richard Jutte, who won the Friday tournament at Wildhorse (moving from #2,671 to #754: more places on the leaderboard but slightly smaller percentage).

Toledo, Oregon’s Tony Shearer (#1182, 3rd in the Wildhorse Friday tournament) and  Robert Haerling of North Powder (#1244, 2nd in Wildhorse Event #3) both moved up by more than 50%.

Bob Schulhauser of Spokane gets the credit for the win of the Wildhorse Main Event in the record books, but blog selfie mascot Elizabeth Tedder and friend of the blog Clarke Straus were in on the deal (now #150 and #233). Clarke noted Kristy Becker of Alaska deserved mention (though I don’t track Alaska) as it’s still rare for two of the final four players in a large tournament to be women. Binh “Jimmy” Nguyen came in 5th, moving him up to #78.

Bob Petty from Richland didn’t have a single score that would have gotten him on the leaderboard round-up this month, but he had two 4th-place finishes at Wildhorse in Event #1 and the Seniors tournament that did the trick. He was the next guy out after me in last fall’s Seniors tournament.

Down in Las Vegas, Landon Brown pulled off a similar hat trick, stringing three cashes at Planet Hollywood’s WSOPC together , including getting heads-up for a ring in Event #3, and an unofficial final table in Event #6, along with a min-cash in the Main Event.

Stephen Elliott from Richland moves from #750 to #473 with his win in the Wildhorse High Roller. The scheduled payouts in this event were incredibly steep, with 2nd place making barely half that of first; that was attained by Stephen Schumacher of Lewiston, who also took 3rd in the Turbo. He moves up to #459.

Peter Lynn (#921, Olympia) came in 5th in the Run it Up Reno Main Event. Thomas Kornechuk of Auburn moved up more than 250 places to #605 with a 55th-place showing at the WPT Showdown ChampionshipEnrique Curiel’s 3rd place at the Wildhorse Event #10 was enough to move the Pasco resident up to #798.

Another player with more than 20% rise in rank was Ryan Stoker of Spokane, whose 10-place finish at the now-notorious HPT Las Vegas Main Event bumped him up from #843 to #651 (the venue and/or organizers—facing an overlay—allowed some players to register late at half price).

Calvin Lee (#78, mercer Island) eschewed the US entirely. His last three cashes have been in Korea, with two this month at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, taking 54th in the Main Event and 8th in the High Roller.

David Mallet of Point Roberts, Washington won the 15-entry HPT Las Vegas Event #2 on Aprll Fool’s Day before wandering his way north to Pendleton. Along the way, he stopped off for the WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley Main Event for a min-cash, then once he got to town he took 14th in the Wildhorse Seniors tournament and 9th the next day in Thursday’s game. That all pputs him in #406 on the leaderboard.

John Stephenson from Yelm hasn’t had a recorded cash since 2014, but he’s come roaring back with a win in WSOPC Cherokee Event #12 that puts him at #138.

Talking Stick in Arizona is one of the places that records actual payouts in the cvase of a deal, and Mercer Island’s Michael Corson was in a 3-way deal for the Getaway Classic.

Daniel park skips in under the tent with 18th place at the WSOPC Las Vegas Main Event, moving up to #213. Dylan Linde took 10th in the SHRPO Big Stack, but it doesn’t budge him on the leader board (#16) because the differences between players at that level aren’t affected by your average cash. Likewise, Darren Rabinowitz (#14) doesn’t move even with three four-figire cashes at WSOPC Las Vegas Main Event (40th place) a final table in the SHRPO Bounty, and a min-cash in the SHRPO Main Event.

Then there’s Kao Saechao. He went down a spot to #57, but he shouldn’t even be on the list this month because I’m pretty sure he wasn’t even in Pendleton. He has three cashes at Wildhorse attributed to him (30th in Friday’s Event #11, and wins in Big O and O8, but I’m think those are supposed to be under Kao “Flexx” Saechao from Seattle, who was at my table for he High Roller.

What leaderboard report would be complete without some Maxwell Young news? He dragged in a first-place prize at the Mid-States Poker Tour Black Hawk Main Event stop that was his third-largest to date. He’s reached the point where the kind of thing that woul propell someone else up into the top10% of the leaderboard moves him…2 spots, to #37.

Max has got to be looking over his shoulder now for Almedin Imsirovic. The Vancouver native was interviewed in the April 25 issue of CardPlayer magazine’s “When I was a Donk” feature (not yet available online), then promptly won the Borgata Poker Open Main Event. He’s sitting in position #38, right behind Max.

For the number geeks, here are a few figures

  • There are currently 3,435 players in my database (which may include some duplicates as noted before).
  • 32% of the players are from Oregon.
  • 59% of the players are from Washington.
  • 9% of the players are from Idaho.
  • The numbers of players in the database are roughly relative to the populations of the states, with Idaho picking up a few percentage points vs Washington.
  • There are 6 poker millionaires on the Oregon leaderboard, though at least half of them no longer actually live here.
  • Kevin MacPhee and Dylan Linde are the Idaho poker millionaires.
  • Washington has 16 poker millionaires on the leaderboard.
  • Poker millionaires make up less then 0.7% of the player the leaderboard tracks.
  • There are 28 players with less than $1M and more than $500K in lifetime earnings on the leaderboard (0.8%).
  • 48 players fall into the range between $250K and $500K in lifetime earnings (1.4%).
  • Players with more than $100K but less than $250K make up 4.25% of the players.
  • Players with lifetime earnings of $100K or more account for just over 7% of the group I track (those with $3K or more in lifetime winnings).
  • 66% of the players tracked (those with more than $3K) have less than $20K in lifetime earnings.
  • For other tracked players with less than $100K in lifetime earnings, 2% were above $80K;
  • 2.9% had between $60K and $80K;
  • 6.1% had between $40K and $60K;
  • and 15.8% were between $20K and $40K.

May Days of Poker

As we head into this year’s Las Vegas summer poker season, poker continues apace here in Portland (and Oregon).

On May 5th at noon, the Portland Meadows Poker Room hosts a  $30K GTD NLHE Survivor tournament for its annual Kentucky Derby celebration with a buyin of $225.There’s no rebuy and no addon. The flyer says the tournament will end “when there is exactly 10% of the field remaining”, which—depending on rounding—would mean everyone who gets paid gets over $2,200, ten times the buyin.

The next Saturday, May 12th at noon, the Final Table Poker Club is putting on another $50K GTD NLHE tournament with a $160 buyin, $160 live rebuy, and $80 addon. Check their website for more info.

Reports are that action at The Game is just as juicy as ever, keep an eye on Rialto and Claudia’s daily action, and even Aces (inside BC’s Restaurant, 2433 SE Powell, call 503-719-7399) is back with daily tournaments at noon and 6pm Monday through Saturday.

Of note: Ontario Poker Room has a $550 tournament scheduled for 26 May that pays out $10K to 1 out of 20 players. $15 of each entry is the door fee, $15 goes to the dealers, and $20 is for all you can eat food.

Shuffle Off to Randomness

A discussion during last night’s home game (I busted on the bubble) about the number of times it was necessary to shuffle a deck of cards to achieve randomness led me to a little research.

It was the general consensus at the table that seven was the correct number of shuffles, I had never really paid much attention to it, having only managed to overcome a little physical abnormality (it’s why I’m the Poker Mutant) to manage an awkward shuffle in recent years. But even though there was agreement about the number, the particulars of whether it mattered that the deck had been used in a hand or was fresh out of a new pack  posed some question, and was it seven professional riffles, a machine shuffle, or just some guys around a folding card table-type shuffles?

On the first, I was pretty sure that the answer was no. Random is random, and if a data set can be considered random , it should make no difference how orderly it was before randomization.

As to the other, I found an article in the New York Times from nearly thirty years ago, about a paper by Drs. Dave Bayer (mathematics and computer science, Columbia) and Persi Diaconis (mathematics and statistics, Harvard as well as a magician), who used observation of card games and computer simulations to determine the optimum amount of shuffling required for single- and multiple-deck card games (like blackjack).

By saying that the deck is completely mixed after seven shuffles, Dr. Diaconis and Dr. Bayer mean that every arrangement of the 52 cards is equally likely or that any card is as likely to be in one place as in another.

The cards do get more and more randomly mixed if a person keeps on shuffling more than seven times, but seven shuffles is a transition point, the first time that randomness is close. Additional shuffles do not appreciably alter things.

In the meantime, he also worked on ”perfect shuffles,” those that exactly interlace the cards. Almost no one except a magician can do perfect shuffles every time. But Dr. Diaconis showed several years ago that if a person actually does perfect shuffles, the cards would never be thoroughly mixed. He derived a mathematical proof showing that if a deck is perfectly shuffled eight times, the cards will be in the same order as they were before the shuffling.

Las Vegas Summer Schedules: 2018

You’ve probably already been planning your trips to Las Vegas for the summer, but if you haven’t it’s time to get your butt in gear because the 2018 World Series of Poker is less than 40 days away, and it’s less than a month to the start of the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III. Just a reminder about one of the best tools out there.

Kenny Hallaert’s 2018 spreadsheet

Belgian WSOP Main Event November Niner and tournament director Kenny Hallaert has been producing a version of this spreadsheet for years. It includes all of the major series: WSOP, Venetian, Planet Hollywood, Aria, Wynn, Bellagio, Golden Nugget, and Binoins. Events are organized by day (starting with 14 May and running through 29 July). There are tabs for non-NLHE tournaments and breakdowns for rake.

Wildhorse Spring Poker Round Up Full Results

Liz Tedder was in a 3-way chop at the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round Up Main Event, then heads-up for $1K and the bracelet just a few days after sending us this picture!

I was going to write a whiny post about how I blew it in the High Roller calling off my stack on a river where I knew my flopped set of aces had been beat (hence the great shot from Liz Tedder of the Bad Beat Wheel of Misfortune™ that I got to spin—hitting the hand sanitizer just to rub things in) but long-time friend of the blog Brad Press pointed out—contrary to what I’d seen earlier in the week—the results from the series were being posted on the Wildhorse web site. (Brad’s a perceptive guy, he was actually the very first person to approach me at a tournament about the blog).

Anyway, just for convenience, I’m reposting results here. Events 1–8 are up, with the exception of the #7, the Big O, which are linked to #8 at the time I’m writing this.

For the uninitiated, at Wildhorse, you get to spin the Wheel of Misfortune when your aces or kings are cracked in a tournament—even if you aren’t knocked out. Most of the prizes are tokens—the wheel’s running every few minutes during the larger tournaments—but you can win a Pendleton blanket or so I’ve heard.

Ten Years of the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round Up

It’s probably a little tough to remember, but there was a time when every Tom, Dick, and Harriet didn’t have their own poker tournament series.

Ten years ago, the Wildhorse Poker Round Ups were huge, and even though the Spring edition is the middle child to the Fall and baby Summer series, the Main Event in 2008 had a prize pool of $300,000 and a buyin of $1K. That’s the High Roller buyin these days.

I wasn’t a regular at Wildhorse back then (heck, I’m not a regular there now, the first time I cashed in a tournament there was last fall), so I can’t claim to know the factors in play, but there was this recession thing that started in the fall of 2008, Then there was Black Friday—where money got locked up for players on PokerStars and Full Tilt—just before the start of the 2011 Spring series.

Here’s a little chart for select events from 2008–2017, showing the winner, buyin, number of entries, and prize pool. Over the years the series schedule has changed, with many events moving from day to day between two weekends. Some events have stayed more or less untouched, others have disappeared completely (Ladies?). Soak in the info and good luck next week in Pendleton!

First Saturday

Angel Iniquez
$220 | 442 | $87K
Charlie Prom
$215 | 439 | $86K
Angela Jordison
$215 | 448 | $88K
Shaun Bishop
$215 | 453 | $91K
Brent Becker
$215 | 479 | $96K
Ben Smith
$215 | 478 | $96K
Max Young
$320 | 381 | $119K
Todd Akiyama
$315 | 415 | $131K
Dennis John
$315 | 460 | $157K
Ben Walker
$315 | 633 | $196K

Big O

Jon Williams
$220 | 132 | $26K


Denny Edwards
$220 | 121 | $26K
Ted Naff
$215 | 118 | $24K
Greg Wilson
$215 | 126 | $27K
Jerry Hughes
$215 | 135 | $29K
Steven Stencil
$215 | 125 | $27K
Nicholas Decktor-Korn
$215 | 138 | $34K
David Frey
$220 | 94 | $23K
Steven Stencil
$215 | 165 | $37K
Jeffrey Dobrin
$215 | 213 | $43K
Randy Thomson
$215 | 213 | $48K

Omaha Hi/Lo

Jason Adams
$220 | 202 | $41K
Steve Chanthabouasy
$215 | 187 | $39K
Orlando Gallegos
$215 | 189 | $39K
William Smith
$215 | 190 | $40K
Brent Becker
$215 | 211 | $44K
Matthew Ramshaw
$215 | 220 | $46K
Anthony Glidden
$220 | 196 | $43K
Jake Peasley
$215 | 191 | $42K
Cowan Dawson
$215 | 219 | $48K
Bob Moore
$265 | 233 | $63K


Joseph Becker
$220 | 168 | $35K
Michael St. Pierre
$215 | 189 | $39K
Angela Jordison
$215 | 214 | $44K
Robert Quiring
$215 | 244 | $50K
Mitchell Johnson
$215 | 238 | $49K
Shawn Hall
$215 | 228 | $47K
Jim Stevens
$220 | 165 | $37K
Greg Lindberg
$215 | 185 | $41K
Steven Cauthers
$215 | 214 | $46K
Rick Skloot
$265 | 287 | $77K

Seniors ‡

Ricky Gore
$220 | 261 | $53K
Michael Koons
$215 | 267 | $54K
Mike Thorpe
$215 | 250 | $51K
Mike O’Callaghan
$215 | 244 | $47K
Jay Zeman
$215 | 236 | $49K
John O’Donnell
$215 | 229 | $47K
Glen Ludwig
$220 | 200 | $43K
Tim Maki
$210 | 168 | $34K
Jim Bronson
$215 | 160 | $33K
Bryan Anderson
$215 | 229 | $47K

Ladies †

Sun Henson
$110 | 98 | $13K
Diana Radford
$165 | 113 | $19K
Carmen Acevedo
$115 | 155 | $20K
Nancy Greive
$215 | 114 | $27K
Amy Mensing
$215 | 180 | $43K

High Roller

Ryan Dahl
$1100 | 56 | $53K
Charlie Prom
$1000 | 76 | $72K
Bruce Peterson
$1500 | 51 | $68K
Steve Chanthabouasy
$2000 | 34 | $67K

Main Event

Ryan Dahl
$540 | 342 | $172K
Monty Ford
$520 | 341 | $172K
Azariah Wojteczko
$520 | 316 | $160K
Steven Stencil
$520 | 306 | $158K
Brent Becker
$520 | 343 | $176K
Chad Wassmuth
$520 | 349 | 179K
Anthony Glidden
$520 | 272 | $142K
Chase Bianchi
$515 | 331 | $176K
Jerry Lechner
$515 | 417 | $219K
Lori Deveny
$1015 | 280 | $300K

* Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo was substituted for HORSE in 2011; Limit Hold’em replaced HORSE in 2012.
† In 2008, the Ladies event was a stop on the Ladies International Poker Series tour.
‡ The 2014 Seniors entry number was reported as 299 but that does not match with the prize pool.

PNW Poker Leaderboard

Happy Almost April Fool’s!

Nope, I haven’t changed my mind about doing the weekly thing any more, but I am still keeping an eye on big PNW player cashes. But nothing that big this week!

However, Elizabeth Tedder gets a nod because she combined two Hendon Mob profiles (as mentioned here a couple weeks ago) for a $16K bump to her profile.

And, well, because she posted this tweet from Reno.

#PNWPokerCal Planner for 28 March 2018: POKER IS EVERYWHERE

Welcome to the last #PNWPokerCal Planner. At least for the forseeable future. isn’t going away, and I expect that I’ll probably still keep updating the Pacific NW Tournament Calendar when I can. I’ll post other stuff from time-to-time, and I’ll definitely continue posting @pokermutant on Twitter, but I’m going to step back from trying to make the deadline every Tuesday. Way too may typos and editing errors creeping in. Plus I’ve run out of stupid jokes for titles.

Where to Find Stuff

Over the years I’ve been compiling the calendar, I’ve found some good sources of info on tournaments. Some not-so-good. Here’s where I look for myself.


Portland clubs have varying levels of engagement with their web sites. Sometimes info goes up elsewhere first, sometimes what’s on the web site is incomplete or out-of-date.

Portland Meadows

The Meadows web page is under the Social menu on the racetrack site. They also have social media links. Facebook Twitter

Final Table

I rewrote the website for Final Table, so at least I think it’s pretty informative. They have a Google Calendar-based monthly and 4-day calendar, plus there are ways to show structures for regular and special events. They’re active on Facebook but not so much on Twitter.

The Game

It’s not the prettiest web site out there and there’s not much in the way of tournaments but The Game does put up a monthly slate of shootout info, with food specials and  other goodies from time to time. Semi-regular posts on Facebook in the NW Poker group.

NW Poker on Facebook

Facebook’s taking it in the shorts right now because they collect info about you that you probably had no idea they had access to and sell it to every Bob, Dick, and Ivan out there so Mark Zuckerberg can pay people to wipe his ass for him (conjecture) but the NW Poker group is the clearing-house for daily info on local games and players.

One Good Hand

The home site for both Claudia’s and Rialto. You’ll also find regular posts from Rialto on NW Poker.


This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive list of every poker venue in the PNW, just places I checked in on at least semi-regularly. Or sort of knew about.

Last Frontier Casino

Where would we be without the good buddies up north who have worked so hard to shut down Portland poker? Facebook Twitter

Spirit Mountain Casino

I’ve only played there three times and not at all in the past five years—tournaments are my thing, you know—but they’re still plugging along without the likes of me. No poker-specific social media.

Chinook Winds Casino

My favorite casino at the moment. Very good at getting their schedules and structures up and available before tournament series. Twitter

Black Diamond Private Member Association

An Albany-area club, Black Diamond requires membership to see their schedule. They have an active Facebook page.

Beach Poker Club

Eugene. Facebook is active but no Twitter this calendar year.

High Mountain Poker Palace

Kind of hard to tell if they’re doing anything, the Twitter account has been idle for a couple of months, but there was a Facebook post this month.

Bend Poker Room

For a small-town venue, BPR has busy Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Widhorse Resort & Casino

Will it be my next favorite casino in a week or two? All I know is they don’t have poker-specific social media.

Little Creek Casino

Northwest of Olympia, Little Creek has a regular schedule of small tournaments with the occasional series.

Muckleshoot Casino

Muckleshoot publishes a monthly poker room calendar, usually just after the first of the month but sometimes it makes it out before the end of the previous month (April is up!). Their social media accounts aren’t poker-specific.

Tulalip Casino

Tulalip’s monthly poker calendar is usually more delinquent than Muckleshoot’s (April is not up!).


Casinos are corporations and like a lot of corporations, they have processes for getting things done. Their web sites are usually run by an overworked in-house publicity department that’s handling stuff for the entire casino or they’re outsourced to third-party web development services who could care less about whether yo are getting your tournament info in a timely manner. There are, however, people whose job it is to get info out to you (and unlike me, they get paid for it) and poker rooms often send information to these venues long before it gets onto their own casino’s web sites.


If you don’t already have a PokerAtlas account (and associated app), get one today (it’s free). Their information isn’t always up-to-date (I’m pretty sure Aces Full isn’t having a tournament today at noon), but their infoo on major tournament series is reliable. You can search for info by geographic region, filter by state and date, and even see info about cash games. They own TableCaptain, a competitor to the Bravo poker management system, which shows live cash game and tournament clock info for venues like Muckleshoot. PokerAtlas also maintains geographically-oriented Twitter accounts: @PortlandPoker, @OregonPoker,  @SeattlePoker, @PokerVancouver, etc.

Bravo Poker Live

The Bravo Poker site and app has dozens of locations with tournament and live game info available. I can tell, for instance that as I type this, there aren’t any tables running at Cactus Pete’s in Jackpot, Nevada; that Tulalip has 5 tables (4 of 1/3 NLHE and 1 2-10 Spread HE with wailing lists of 7 and 1, respectively); 17 tables running at the Orleans (7 different stakes of O8 and HE) and that their 7pm PLO tournament is down to 5 players after four hours.


The CardPlayer site has an extensive list of tournament series for the US and abroad. It’s not as easily searchable as the one at PokerAtlas, but it works.

The Hendon Mob

Naturally, Hendon Mob has a list of worldwide seres. It has the added benefit of links to netcasts of events as they become available.


last but not least is PokerNews, where the list of events isn’t as comprehensive but it does come with links to live reporting.

tournament series and major venues

World Series of Poker

World Series of Poker Circuit

World Poker Tour

Heartland Poker Tour


Mid-States Poker Tour

Venetian Deepstacks

Commerce Casino

Bicycle Casino

Pacific Northwest Leader Board

A lot of material for this last leaderboard (holy crap, I did a lot of programming to produce this feature, how am I going to just toss that aside?). The results from the Muckleshoot Spring Classic hit The Hendon Mob this week.  Since they’re all from the same series this week, let’s do it chronologically, more or less.

Jordan Feliciano (Troutdale) took down the Thursday tournament with 324 entries and a prize pool just over $30K, then cashed in the Main Event at 12th for his second and third Hendon Mob records. Nathaniel Janda of Mill Creek, Washington took 2nd in the Thursday tournament for his second recorded cash.

Tacoma’s Michael Coombs had a small cash in the Omaha 8 tournament Wednesday evening (there was a 4-way deal at the end; alert Angela Jordison!) then won the Friday tournament before triple-dipping with a 29th place finish in the Main Event. The Friday tournament had a four-way split for 2nd place, with Josh Sepulveda (Lynnwood), Michael Turchin (Federal Way), David Gray (Puyallup, his seond-ever recorded cash), and Stone Samrith (Burien) sharing the honors.

Sean BrandowThanh Hoang, and Tommy Kivela were all at the final table of the Saturday tournament ($500 buyin) where it looks as if there might have been a final table deal.

Kivela went on to make the final table of the Main Event ($750 buyin) for a good weekend (he has only five recorded cashes and one of the other three was the final table at the Chinook Winds Main Event just last month.

Only two other PNW players were in the top six in the Muckleshoot Main Event: Portland’s Allen Oh in 5th and Kao Saechao in 4th(Damascus, also coming off a good Chinook series run).

This Week In Portland Poker

Portland Meadows is closed for Easter Sunday.

Only a Day Away

Would you believe we’re less than two months from the beginning of the Las Vegas summer series season? The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III starts 14 May; and Planet Hollywood GOLIATH starts 24 May.

  • The Bicycle Mega Millions XVIII wraps on Saturday. There are two $245 entry flights each day through Friday for their last event, a $250K guarantee.
  • The World Series of Poker Circuit  Planet Hollywood Main Event has entries on Friday and Saturday ($1,675).
  • Run It Up Reno at Peppermill Casino has its $600 $150K GTD Main Event this weekend, with entries on Friday and Saturday. There’s also a $5K GTDPLO Bounty tournament on Saturday evening ($235 buyin with $100 bounties).

  • The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza II has a $200K GTD $1,100 entry tournament with flights today and tomorrow. They haven’t got any large events planned this weekend with the WSOPC main down the street at Planet Hollywood, but it ramps back up next Thursday with a $600 $200K GTD.
  • WSOPC Council Bluffs starts tomorrow.
  • Heartland Poker Tour is at the  Westgate Las Vegas tomorrow. The Main Event ($1,650 entry) on the first weekend of April has a $500K guarantee; there;s an opening event with a $350 buyin with $100K GTD.
  • Tomorrow is WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley. It opens with two $100K GTD tournaments (a multi-entry-day event with $160 buyin during the week with Day 2 on Friday and a single-day tournament on Saturday with $460 buyin) and wraps with a $500K GTD event ($1,100 buyin) starting next Thursday.
  • Saturday morning at Bay 101 in San Jose, they’re ramping their tournament schedule back up after last year’s move with a $550 freezeout with big blind antes. They’ve announced the sates for this years Bay 101 Open (14–21 May); most of the tournaments on their schedule come with a $350 voucher for the series.
  • The Wildhorse Spring Poker Round Up is coming up in just over a week, with a slightly reconfigured schedule that puts the High Roller up front on the first weekend rather than mid-week. Adjust your plans accordingly. I’ll be there Thursday for the 7pm NLHE High Roller Super Satellite.
  • Mid-States Poker Tour Colorado is in Black Hawk next week, starting with a $150K GTD, $350 buyin and wrapping with a $1,100 buyin on a $300K GTD event.
  • Deepstacks Poker Tour Edmonton runs 6–16 April at Casino Yellowhead. The capping event is a C$300K tournament with C$1,100 buyin (US$230K and $845, respectively). Flights bracketing the Main Event are going for about $300RT.
  • The HPT St. Charles stop near St. Louis is always popular, and they head east after Las Vegas for a series starting 12 April.
  • Stones Gambling Hall has a their Spring Classic coming up 10 April with multiple events and a $150K GTD Main Event.

#PNWPokerCal Planner for 21 March 2018: SPRING INTO POKER

Pacific Northwest Leaderboard

There was a late (late) report from the Chinook Winds PACWEST Poker Classic that showed up in this week’s collation for Oregon players on The Hendon Mob: Eugene’s David Holder, who took 2nd place in the Main Event. It was his largest reported cash—and the first one in nearly five years—thogh he had a string of four-figure cashes for several years in LA and elsewhere, and was the winner of the 2011 TJ Cloutier Choctaw Poker Challenge.

Ian Johns made it to 10th in a field of 1,533 at the LAPC25 #48 $1M GTD NLHE Double Stack, another number from mid-February that just posted this past week (I reported on Belliga Flores getting 8th in the same event last week). Out in Atlantic City, Max Young is still cranking them out, just missing a third WSOP Circuit Ring in Event #4 NLHE Double Stack. He lost to a guy older than me! So there is hope! max is already qualified for this year’s Global Casino Championship via his Main Event win at Lake Tahoe earlier last fall.

This Week In Portland Poker

Nothing special going on that I’m aware of, but next weekend…

Only a Day Away

Would you believe we’re less than two months from the beginning of the Las Vegas summer series season? The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III starts 14 May; and Planet Hollywood GOLIATH starts 24 May.

  • I somehow missed the announcement of the Atlantis All In Poker Series in Reno (which started last Thursday). It runs through this weekend, so if you were heading down a couple days early for Run It  Up Reno, you might check in on the $200K NLHE Main Event with $1,100 buyin on Friday and Saturday at 11am.
  • The Bicycle Mega Millions XVIII with a $1M GTD for a $160 buyin has entry days through Monday, with two $160 entry/$100 addon flights each day at 11:30am and 4pm, and $550 flights (a higher percentage of players make it to Day 2) Friday–Sunday at 2pm. Tuesday (Day 2 of the $1M event) is the first of six flights for a $245 tournament with $250K GTD.
  • The World Series of Poker Circuit is back in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood tomorrow with an opening $150K ($365 entry) this weekend, PLO on Monday, and the Main Event next weekend.
  • The $40K/1st tournament at Lucky Chances is Sunday at 9:30am.
  • Run It Up Reno is at Peppermill Casino starts Monday. It has a reputation as an extremely fun series, and while the events aren’t particularly large (with a $600 buyin $150KGTD Main Event), they do have a range of games, includiing PLO, HORSE, and 8-Game 6-Max.
  • Monday is also the beginning of Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza II which kicks off with a $200K GTD $1,100 entry tournament for the non-weekend-warriors: starting days on Wednesday and Thursday next week, offset from the Planet Hollywood Main Event.
  • Next Thursday is WSOPC Council Bluffs.
  • The Heartland Poker Tour return to  Las Vegas at the Westgate next Thursday. The Main Event ($1,650 entry) on the first weekend of April has a $500K guarantee; there;s an opening event with a $350 buyin (flights 29–31 March) with $100K GTD.
  • Also starting next Thursday is WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley. It opens with two $100K GTD tournaments (a multi-entry-day event with $160 buyin during the week with Day 2 on Friday and a single-day tournament on Saturday with $460 buyin) and wraps up next weekend with a $500K GTD event ($1,100 buyin).
  • The Wildhorse Spring Poker Round Up is coming up in just over two weeks with a slightly reconfigured schedule that puts the High Roller up front on the first weekend rather than mid-week. Adjust your plans accordingly.
  • Mid-States Poker Tour Colorado is in Black Hawk two weeks from today, starting with a $150K GTD, $350 buyin and wrapping with a $1,100 buyin on a $300K GTD event.
  • Deepstacks Poker Tour Edmonton runs 6–16 April at Casino Yellowhead. The capping event is a C$300K tournament with C$1,100 buyin (US$230K and $845, respectively). Flights bracketing the Main Event are going for about $300RT.