#PNWPokerCal Planner for 12 August 2018

When I decided to take a break from the Planner back in March, I did not realize it would last quite this long. “Maybe a couple of months,” I told myself, “spend some more time playing, maybe head down to Vegas a couple of times, I’ll be back soon.” Best laid plans and all that.

Enough banter. Let’s get into stuff.

Watch 10/25 Ladies Night! | Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood, FL from PokerNightTV on www.twitch.tv

Jacki Burkhart on Poker Night In America

After making the final table of the WSOP Ladies tournament, Jacki was invited to Florida for a taping/streaming of Poker Night In America Ladies Night. There were two $25/$25 sessions on consecutive nights, streamed simultaneously on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook, jacki was on the first, Friday night, as one of the newest players to the national scene, along with Jo KimLily Kiletto, Danielle Andersen, Jamie Kerstetter, and Kelly Minkin. There were some issues with the graphics, as the session ended the announcers said she was up over $6000, then the last tally showed only $300 profit, but she reported a number closer to the original on Facebook. So yay! You can see her pick up a $3100 pot somewhere in the stream.

Wildhorse Summer Poker Round Up

Results are in for the smallest of the Wildhorse Round Ups, The bigger events ran about 300 entries each, with the Main Event ($330 buyin) garnering 294 players and a prize pool just under $90K. Results are up on Hendon Mob.

PNW Poker Leaderboard

Walla Walla’s Felipe Nievez-Lopez gets onto the leaderboard with a win in the Wildhorse Summer Poker Round Up Main Event. It’s also his first Hendon Mob recorded cash. I wouldn’t normally report on Chad Norheim (Gig Harbor) taking 5th in the event for his second recorded cash, but the fact that he turned around and went to The Bike in LA to make the unofficial final table at Legends of Poker #3 $200K GTD NLHE tickles my fancy. Coming in 2nd was Denny Edwards of Hermiston for his biggest-ever cash (all 13 of them from events at Wildhorse, by the way), and Ronnie Anderson from Yakima, whose first recorded cash was a win in a 400-entry event at Wildhorse in the spring. Both players move up about 300 places in the rankings (Edwards moves to #595, Anderson to #864).

The event leading into the main was Wildhorse Summer Poker Round Up #5  with 267 entries and a prize pool of over $52K. Corren Spargur from Richland won that (moving up to #786) and Ryan Stoker repeats on the leaderboard this week because of his 2nd place finish. Stoker only picks up 9 places (moving to #174) because it just gets harded and harder the more money you’re made.

Speaking of which, James Romero‘s stuck at #10, despite the cashes for James Christopher Romero getting wrapped in to his records and winning the Seminole hard Rock Poker Open #3 NLHE 8-Max TurboReally hard when you get up to that level; the gaps are so many dollars apart.

This Week In Portland Poker

The Game is running single-table sit-and-gos on Tuesday nights at 7pm. There’s a rotating buyin ranging from $200 to $1K. I played the $500 buyin last week and managed to chop three ways at a table that included Dustin TragethonRandy “Terminator” PalazzoNick “Wonka” Getzen, and Jonathan “Jonathan” Levy among others. Call The Game to find out the stakes for future games and reserve your place.

There’s another episode of PokerTime out but the series I played in hasn’t started yet. Console yourselves.

Last week’s $10K at Final Table (out with the second nuts). Portland poker is not dead.

There’s a $10K almost every week at Final Table on Friday night and another at Portland Meadows Saturday at noon. And two tournaments every day at both clubs (plus shootouts). I’ll try to make the rounds of places like Claudia’s and Rialto soon!


Just after I posted this, Brian Sarchi at Portland Meadows posted on Facebook’s NW Poker group that all tournaments at Meadows will be using the big blind ante starting Monday (when antes come into play, the big blind puts in 2x the big blind, half for antes for all players, and the remainder for the big blind). The Friday Big O and Saturday 7pm tournament also have changes.

Only a Day Away

  • The Bicycle Casino WPT500/Legends of Poker continues on after the end of Mega Millions XIX. This weekend has some great stuff that I’m just dying about missing: a $350 buyin HORSE tournament tomorrow, a $565 Survivor tournament where 10% of the entries get a $5K payout (Friday), then the $570 entry WPT500 with $1M GTD starting Saturday, with flights running through next weekend (25 August). Eash entry day features a regular flight at 1130am and a turbo at 5pm.Day 2 on 26 August and final table on Monday, 27 August. Immediately following that is another $1M GTD tournament with 6 entry days ($350 buyin).
  • The Colorado State Poker Championship 22 starts its $1100 Main Event on Friday, with  another entry day on Saturday, at Golden Gates Casino.
  • Tomorrow through Saturday are the last 3 entry days for the Venetian August Extravaganza #10 $100 GTD NLHE. $250 buyin and run as big blind ante (as are the Colorado State poker Championship games). The August Estravaganza is followed by the 7-day Senior Extravaganza. For some reason, neither event is currently linked from the Venetian’s poker blog.
  • Friday and Saturday are the entry days for the HPT St. Charles Main Event outside of St. Louis. At Ameristar St. Louis, it’s a $1,650 buyin event; the most recent (in April) had a $435K prize pool.
  • The second stop in the PokerStars Players Championship is at Lucky Chances Casino south of San Francisco starting Sunday. It’s $86 for an entry—the amount Chris Moneymaker paid for his satellite to the WSOP fifteen years ago—and the prize is a Platinum Pass seat in the $25K buyin PSPC tournament in The Bahamas next January, along with $5K in expenses. The PSPC itself will be loaded with online and live qualifiers (and people who won seats in drawings), One was awarded last week at Stones Gambling Hall in Sacramento, There’ll be tour stop in September in LA and Phoenix, and another at Run It Up Reno in November.
  • Image via Steve Roselius.

    This month’s Muckleshoot Casino Big Bounty tournament ($200 buyin) takes place Sunday at 10:15am. Next Sunday at the same time id the monthly Deepstack ($300 buyin). They still haven’t posted anything on their web site about next month’s Muckleshoot Fall Poker Classic (21–30 September) but that link goes to Facebook. Friend of the blog Steve Roselius posted a snapshot of the flyer from the poker room to Facebook. They’ve typically run satellites to the all or part of the series in preceding weeks.

  • A little further afield, Ameristar East Chicago is the host to HPT Chicagoland from 23 August to 3 September. Main Event ($1,650 buyin) has three entry days starting 30 August. Nonstop RT tickets  for Thursday through Tuesday of that weekend are still less than $350, Accommodations could, uh, run a bit more.
  • The Commerce Poker Series starts in just over two weeks (30 August) and runs through 16 September

This Place Is a Dump! #PNWPokerLeaderboard for 5 August 2018

I eked out the most recent #PNWPokerleaderboard on the Fourth of July—over a month ago—but even that only covered tournaments reported through the end of June. Then, Hendon Mob changed the format of their reports (from which this info is drawn), and all of the tools I’d written to automate the process were busted. Updating them took me some time, what with a broken wrist, but it’s finally done, so let’s catch up on how Pacific Northwest players did in the last weeks of the World Series of Poker and other events!

At the top of the board, of course, is Kao Saechao. His 16th-place finish at the World Series of Poker Main Event puts him just outside the million-dollar club of the top two dozen players in the Pacific Northwest (and as I’ve mentioned before, some of those people don’t actually live here any more).

The Main Event made some money for a number of other PNW players, as well. Notable was Mason Barrell of Eugene who has exactly one Hendon Mob cash on his record: 70th place in the field of 7,874. That’s in the top 1% of the Main Event for his only recorded cash. Washington’s Eric Kepper and Bothell’s Aaron Moreau-Cook got their first recorded cashes (at 131st and 354th, respectively).

Making it to 73rd, Ahmed Amin of Seattle just about doubled his recorded tournament winnings; Takashi Matsushita (also Seattle) took 261st for nearly ten times his previous records. Paul Varrano (Pullman), Christopher Leslie (Portland), and Adam Walton (Seattle) made the same payout tier at 387th, 352nd, and 407th, but I gotta give the not to Adam for making a little extra by cashing in the Wynn Summer Classic $5K Survivor about a week earlier. I prefer the poker players who survive.

If you missed the great 5th-place run of Jacki Burkhart in the WSOP #57 $1,000/$10,000 NLHE Ladies Championship and were having trouble finding the replay, have no fear, because it’s still on Twitch, but since they switched over from the very end of the $10K Razz Championship just a quarter hour after the stream started, it’s labeled for that game. You can hear a little rightful bitching about the marginalization of the tournament by the WSOP and broadcast media in Jamie Kerstetter and Chad Holloway‘s LFG Podcast, where they interview Molly Mossey, the 7th-place finisher. Jacki and Jamie are both scheduled to play the Poker Night in America Ladies Night on Friday this week, (along with Lily KilettoNatasha Mercier, and Danielle “@dmoongirl” Andersen).

James Romero didn’t post any big cashes at the WSOP (I mean, he got a double-up for 608th in the Main Event but that’s piker’s money for Romero), he did make six figures for 3rd place at the Venetian/Mid-States Poker Tour $3.5K NLHE Big Blind Ante, as well as decent ROI for the Venetian/Card Player Poker Tour #126 taking 17th. Darren Rabinowitz placed 13th in that one, and took 5th in the Wynn $200K NLHE.

There was a James Christopher Romero from Wilsonville who grabbed 7th at the Larry Flynt Grand Slam of Poker $777,777 NLHE at the end of the month, which seems like a weird coincidence, particularly since JCR’s only other recorded cash is from a tournament last summer in Macau, but I could just be mistaken about that coincidence.

Friend of the blog Ryan Stoker placed 4th in a Wynn Summer Classic $1M NLHE at the end of June (won by Athanosios Polychronopoulos, the favorite name of every poker reporter). It looks like a three-way deal was made after Ryan busted, but he did quite well.

Kirkland’s Matthew Simmons got a huge boost to his lifetime earnings with the best part of a four-way deal at the Planet Hollywood GOLIATH $500K NLHE.

Bill Patten, one of the owners of the late Aces Full club on SE Powell, won a huge WSOP Daily Deepstack in June, with 1,199 entries, which brings him to the brink of $100K in recorded cashes.

Lee Markholt, one of the biggest names in poker in the PNW (and #6 on the all-time earnings list for the region) cranked it up a little bit by finishing 5th in the WSOP #76 $3,000 HORSEJesse Hampton of Mercer Island came in 9th, effectively doubling his lifetime earnings.

The WSOP #63 NLHE High Roller got 480 entries; Bellevue’s Noah Bronstein added a nice chunk to his record by placing 4th.

Back over at a Wynn Summer Classic $100K NLHE on 1 July, Garry Bleisner from Spokane Valley took 2nd in a 3-way deal (with more than $100K left in the $240K prize pool) that dwarfed his previous earnings and got him on the PNW Leaderboard. Other newcomers are John Durney (Aberdeen) whose only recorded cash so far is 2nd place in a deal at the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza #92 $75K NLHE, and Portland’s Amy Schwarz, who beat out 8,906 other players for a 14th-place finish in WSOP #6 NLHE The Giant, the $365 tournament with the $2.676M prize pool that ran qualifiers throughout the series and wrapped up at the end of June.

Amy Schwarz, WSOP The Giant © Melissa Haereiti

Seattle’s Laurence Hughes kept the hammer down as the summer series came to a close, with a final table in a seniors tournament at the Wynn on 8 July (7th of nearly 500 entries), a final table (3rd) in a seniors tournament at Bellagio three days later (only 64 entries, but chopped by Eli Elezra and Michael Holm), and 5th place in a Wynn Summer Classic $200K NLHE three days after that.

Wrapping things up in this catch-up edition are a couple of 3rd place finishes in the WSOP Daily Deepstacks. Kent’s Kevin Jenkins did it on 29 JunePhillippe Olbrechts pulled it off on 5 July.

That’s far from all the winners and cashers. Don’t argue with anyone who says they cashed the main just because they’re not on here; if they didn’t at least triple their buyin, I didn’t cover it. Let them live out their fantasies.

I think I might know someone. The heat this week may delay me, but I’m going to try to get the weekly #PNWPokerCal back in operation. Thanks to everyone who’s offered thanks and support over the summer!

There’s Plenty of October to Share, Guys!

The cast just came off my wrist last week, so I’m not back in shape to take up my duties here at Mutant Poker Tower quite yet, but I have been trying to keep up the calendar (thanks to Nick Getzen for his kind words last week about its utility!) and somehow, three series of interest to PNW poker players coming up in the next quarter have managed to pick overlapping dates (once again).

Closest to home, the Chinook Winds Fall Coast Classic has been on the calendar (20–28 October) for months. They released their tournament schedule a while back, and I’ve had it marked ever since.

The World Series of Poker Circuit Lake Tahoe dates (25 October–5 November) were announced along with the rest of the season just before the WSOP started in late May. The individual events haven’t been announced yet.

And this week, Run It Up Reno‘s dates were released (19–29 October) along with the event schedule.

So three of the only tournament series that run in my loosely-defined greater Pacific Northwest (including Northern California and Nevada) will be operating simultaneously for four days, and for another six days, at least two of them will overlap. There’s a fair amount of travel time between Lincoln City and Tahoe/Reno, and even just going from Harvey’s Lake Tahoe to the Peppermill Reno isn’t like shuttling between the Venetian and the Rio.

These guys are killing me.

Shout out tonight to Liz Brandenburg, recovering from surgery for a broken elbow (at least I hope she’s recovering, the last post I saw from her she’d been waiting for a few hours because they’d pushed back her surgery time). Also on this summer’s Poker Disabled List:

  • Dan “Goofy” Beecher, who broke some ribs falling off a deck a couple weeks after I fell off a deck;
  • Angela “Badass” Jordison, who unexpectedly tried cliff-diving on the wrong kind of cliff (way too far to the water).

Be  careful out there, and remember that poker rooms are much safer than the outdoors.

First Friday

I think this week marks the return of the Final Table First Friday $20K GTD after a WSOP hiatus. $100 buyin with 1 live rebuy and $50 addon.

Newly-minted WSOP Dealer’s Choice bracelet owner Jeremy Harkin is working to get a dealers choice game together Friday nights at Portland Meadows. See the NW Poker group on Facebook to find out details and availability.

I got the chance to play poker in Portland on a Saturday a couple of weeks ago (I’m usually doing stuff with family if I’m in town) and chopped the Portland Meadows $10K, then put my bump to work in the 5/10 game recorded for The Poker Guys‘ PokerTime YouTube show, playing with Jacki Burkhart (who’ll be on Poker Night in America  in a couple of weeks), former Portlander Jeff Dobrin (who appeared  on some of the previous game’s installments), as well as Jeff Mitseff and some of the other regulars from the show. While we’re waiting for that to drop, enjoy one of the recent eps.

P-Town Is Out

By now you’re probably already aware that Kao Saechao, went out in 16th place in the World Series of Poker Man Event this evening. As he pointed out in his post-bustout interview with Joe Stapleton on PokerGO, he got short after getting bluffed in a couple of pots, then shoved over a pre-flop raise from the tournament chip leader, Michael Dyer, only to run into a dominating hand.

Kao’s interview was one of the more introspective and thoughtful I’ve seen, and he took special time to thank the Laotian Mien community and his supporters in the local poker community. He was repping Portland throughout his appearances on ESPN and PokerGO.  Congrats, Kao!

Table Draws for PNW Players 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 6

The median stack for the 109 remaining players is 3M, all three PNW players are over that. Play was halted last night after a power outage due to thunderstorms, it resumes at 11am in the 3000/6000/1090 level.

Table Draws for PNW Players 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 5

The good news for Kat Saechao is he’s seated next to Kelly Minkin. Bad news is, she’s got more than five times his chip stack!

Table Draws for PNW Players 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 4

UPDATE [11:43am]: Michael Corson of Mercer Island is on the WSOP feature table (on ESPN) with Antonio Esfandiari and Davidi Kitai.

The end of Day 3 saw the money bubble break. There are players with 1.6M chips and others with one chip.

I’ve tried to round up all the remaining PNW players here (26, counting Jonathan) but no time for notes, there’s only 90 minutes until showtime! Players are returning in the middle of Level 16, with blinds at 3000/6000 and a 1000 ante.

Selected Table Draws Day 4 (1,182 players; median stack=262,900)

Table Draws for Selected PNW Players 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 3

Day 3 of the Main Event is where it all comes together. Surviving players from all of the starting days are mixed together for the first time. Only 35% of the original entrants remain, and less than half of them (1,142) will make it to the money.

Last year, there were just 18 players remaining before the money bubble after the end of Day 3’s planned five levels, and another level was added. The bubble broke after 1am, but everyone who could came back knowing they weren’t going home empty-handed.

NOTE: The @2PokerGuys inform me that Nick Getzen (who’s a regular on their streamed cash and tournament games as “Wonka”) is also in Day 3, but I didn’t pick up his table draw because the report shows him as from Atlanta. Draw added below.

Selected Table Draws Day 3 (2,786 players; median stack=204,900)

Jonathan Levy has the table chip lead but there are two contenders close on his heels, including 2012 Main Event runner up (and MTV True Life star) Jesse Sylvia. The other player with a lot of chips—Ted Lawson—is nobody to sneeze at, either, with nearly $3M in recorded cashes, a WSOPC Ring, and WSOP bracelet in Omaha. Gionni Demers placed 20th in the 2011 Main Event.

Joe Brandenburg starts the day with 2014 WSOP final tablist Billy Pappas in Seat 1.

Kao Saechao is in reasonably good shape, though Chris Kruk is two seats to his right. Kruk won the PCA High Roller this January and the partypoker MILLIONS North America High Roller in April. Also, this from Day 2A:

Clarke Straus has WPT champs Marvin Rettenmaier and Brian Altman to take chips from.

I’s do more but running out of time!

Nick “Wonka” Getzen is the leader, with 2011 Main Event 6th-place finisher Eoghan O’DeaSalvatore Bonavena won EPT Prague in 2008.

Table Draws for Selected PNW Players 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 2C

Day 2C of the Main Event is a bye day for Flights A and B. Survivors from all Day 2s come together Saturday for Day 3. Day 2C starts Friday at 11am, levels remain at 2 hours each, five levels are played, and the first level is 300-600 with a 100 ante. NOTE: This is not a complete list of players, there are 77 PNW players in 2C.

Flight C (3,480 players; median stack=59,500)

Right off the bat, the name that jumps out from Jacki Burkhart‘s table is Mukul Pahuja, who has more than $5M in recorded tournament earnings. Brazilian Nicolau Villa Lobos has more than $1.2M, with half of that from 2nd place in a WSOP Europe High Roller. Table chip leader Anthony Reategui has $1.6M in earnings, including two final tables so far this summer (both of the Shootout events) and a bracelet in the 2005 $1500 Shootout. Florens Feenstra has cashed for more than a million, mostly at home in the Netherlands (he won WPT Amsterdam in April).

Liz Tedder‘s table isn’t quite as star-studded. Billy Pilossoph does have about million earned, including a 5th place in a WPT World Championship a decade ago.

Table Draws for Selected PNW Players 2018 WSOP Main Event Day 2AB

Back when I was virtually railing my old programming colleague Tomer Berda after he won his WSOP bracelet in 2010, I started to put together reports on his table draws for him, his friends, and family in the hours he was sleeping. Tomer probably didn’t need them, but I like to think they sometimes came in useful, and for non-poker followers or poker folks who just didn’t want to do their own research, it was a lot easier to put things into context. I don’t have nearly enough time this morning to do that for all the folks I’d like to today, but here are some of my fave people playing the Main Event today.

Day 2AB of the Main Event is actually two different tournaments. Flights A and B do not merge until Day 3 (when Flight C also merges with them. They start at 11am, levels remain at 2 hours each, five levels are played, and the first level is 300-600 with a 100 ante. NOTE: This is not a complete list of players, there are 21 PNW players in 2A and 54 in 2B.

Flight A (659 players; median stack=62,600)

Somehow Steve ChanthabouasySeth Davies, and Paul Quiring all ended up at the same table. Watch out for each other!

Flight B (1,794 players; median stack=58,000)