PNW Poker Leaderboard — 27 September 2022

Another round of poker returning to semi-normal took place last week, with two of the last three venues running tournament series in the Pacific Northwest scheduling them during the same week, naturally.

The South Sound Championship at Little Creek Casino west of Olympia ran from 21–25 September, with four events, featuring a $750 Main Event. The final table for the field of 95 included 3-time WSOP bracelet-winner Rep Porter (currently #12 on the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard),

Photo from Tracie Osborn via NW Poker Facebook Community

Meanwhile, down on the Oregon Coast, the Chinook Winds Fall Coast Poker Classic ran from 17-25 September, with 19 events. I was only able to make it down a couple days, and busted two 6-Max bullets, min-cashed the freezeout that night, then got knocked out of the HORSE tournament halfway through. (congrats to John Gribben for chopping that one). The 6-Max had kind of a big overlay, but I think most of the other events did reasonably well. Some of the early results are already on Hendon Mob, thanks to Kevin Mathers, who was pulling them from the leaderboards posed by Chinook Winds, though those only have the top 20 results, so they won’t be complete until all the information is submitted.

Photo from Forrest Auel via NW Poker Facebook Community

Then, of course, there was Allen Kessler making a big deal out of the $10 dealer appreciation that doesn’t appear on the chart but is on each structure sheet. I’m just glad he didn’t notice the Main Event had a $25 dealer appreciation.

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and thge number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Julius Roque (Lethbridge, Alberta)
#264
#249
+15
2nd of 251 entries, $55.1K prize pool
Eric Resnick (Bend, Oregon)
#636
#581
+55
2nd of 80 entries, $50K prize pool

Great tournament, there was a 20% overlay on the guarantee, a game so nice I played it twice (and did not cash).

Eric Davis (Calgary, Alberta)
#1126
#969
+157
1st of 251 entries, $55.1K prize pool

Davis and Roque (above) made a deal in this tournament.

Zachary Powers (Marysville, Washington)
#1191
#1018
+173
3rd of 450 entries, $130.4K prize pool
Wallace Yuen (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#3483
#2262
+1221
3rd of 138 entries, $99.8K prize pool
Andy Truong (Edmonton, Alberta)
#155
#148
+7
1st of 150 entries, $54.6K prize pool
Lee Van-Voorhis (Washington)
#2816
#1913
+903
9th of 759 entries, $740K prize pool
Mikael Andersen (Federal Way, Washington)
#4432
#2328
+2104
2nd of 73 entries, $109.5K prize pool

Andersen outlasted 3rd-place finished Ryan Laplante to get heads-up with Michael Wang, who made three of the Stairway to Millions event final tables, winning two of them. Players who cash in a Stairway to Millions event win their prize as well as a ticket to the next level of the tournament series “stairway,” with players finishing in the top 3 places earning the ability to skip up two levels. Unless, of course, the venue decides to renege on the guarantee and cancel the final levels.

Michael Allis (Post Falls, Idaho)
#982
#824
+158
8th of 759 entries, $740K prize pool
Christopher Hull (Vancouver, Washington)
#1320
#1020
+300
4th of 382 entries, $150K prize pool

There appears to have been some sort of eal among the top four players.

Patrick Ronan (Girdwood, Alaska)
#894
#723
+171
1st of 84 entries, $42.8K prize pool

This is Ronan’s 2nd-largest cash, and it’s followed closely by another win in a Seniors event four days later that was just under the reporting limit.

Lawrence Hoy (Salem, Oregon)
#5867
#2017
+3850
1st of 450 entries, $130.4K prize pool
Kao Saechao (Renton, Washington)
#266
#239
+27
3rd of 92 entries, $230K prize pool
Graeme Frank (Calgary, Alberta)
#403
#332
+71
2nd of 150 entries, $54.6K prize pool
1st of 138 entries, $99.8K prize pool
Nicholas Peterson (Courtenay, British Columbia)
#1009
1st of 1040 entries, $343.2K prize pool
Adam Hendrix (Anchorage, Alaska)
#17
#13
+4
6th of 642 entries, $3.1M prize pool
Clemen Deng via shortpoker.com
Clemen Deng (Portland, Oregon)
#1497
#257
+1240
2nd of 145 entries, $217.5K prize pool
5th of 204 entries, $408K prize pool
1st of 62 entries, $595.2K prize pool

This great run in Tampa won Deng the WPT Player of the Festival.

Seth Davies (Bend, Oregon)
#1
#1
0
6th of 131 entries, $3.2M prize pool
3rd of 88 entries, $6.6M prize pool
8th of 115 entries, $23M prize pool
10th of 99 entries, $9.9M prize pool
2nd of 30 entries, $1.5M prize pool

I wouldn’t normally have included the 10th-place finish here because it was below my guideline for ROI, despite that min-cash being twice my lifetime earnings on Hendon Mob, but considering how Davies just keeps putting more and more space between the #1 and #2 spots on the Leaderboard, I think it’s a worthy exception.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 6 September 2022: The Max and Angela Edition

I’ve been doing the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard in one form or another now for over seven years, since well before I “retired” from regularly playing live tournaments. As people have noted, I still show up at some special events (or when I just get the urge) but I’ve gone from an average of 20 live tournaments per month before I retired to about 4 per month in the first year and just a couple a month since I started playing live again last fall.

That’s a fair number of official Leaderboard posts. But I think this week is the first time that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing two people I’ve played with on the top end of the Leaderboard (technically on the bottom of the list since I build up to the bigger earners each edition).

Max Young, of course, played regularly in Portland before heading out onto the circuit and becoming the winner of multiple World Series of Poker Circuit Rings. I still remember one particularly brutal beat where he got it in bad against me at Aces Players Club and caught a card to double up, then went on to win the tournament (I did at least still make the final table). It still burns, but ah, the reflected glory!

And Angela Jordison, while I’ve played against her far less, has been a delight to watch move up the Leaderboard ranks. The rapport she has with Jacki Burkhart has rightly attracted international attention, and I think there are a lot of poker players out there envious for that combination of success (soooo close to the bracelet and ring!) and friendship. I’m still looking for the opportunity to play some Omaha against her, but I’m not challenging her to a heads-up match.

So this one’s for Max and Angela, keep the table warm, my time is coming.

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and thge number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Logan Miller (Spokane, Washington)
#4193
6th of 1055 entries, $548.6K prize pool
Nikki Young (Vale, Oregon)
#4070
3rd of 394 entries, $115.2K prize pool
Leonel Curiel (Pasco, Washington)
#3264
4th of 341 entries, $133.5K prize pool
Michael Jutte (Spokane, Washington)
#693
#615
+78
2nd of 394 entries, $115.2K prize pool
Shane Brotherwood (Calgary, Alberta)
#224
#212
+12
6th of 334 entries, $335.5K prize pool
Mark Willis (Longview, Washington)
#3126
3rd of 341 entries, $133.5K prize pool
Minh Thai (Calgary, Alberta)
#1343
#1048
+295
1st of 47 entries, $46.9K prize pool
Aamir Khan (Calgary, Alberta)
#379
#242
+137
1st of 497 entries, $109.9K prize pool
Steve Zhang (Calgary, Alberta)
#988
#815
+173
2nd of 324 entries, $119.4K prize pool
Shannon Lazorko (Calgary, Alberta)
#1861
#1329
+532
3rd of 497 entries, $109.9K prize pool

Lazorko also had another, smaller cash in the Summer Super Stack Main Event.

Jimmy Lee (Edmonton, Alberta)
#69
#67
+2
1st of 73 entries, $48.8K prize pool
Abdul Majid (Calgary, Alberta)
#4753
#2188
+2565
5th of 334 entries, $335.5K prize pool
Jason Elrod (Pendleton, Oregon)
#3755
#1934
+1821
1st of 394 entries, $115.2K prize pool

An actual winner of an event in Pendleton who’s from Pendleton!

Mark Bonsack (Maple Valley, Washington)
#157
#145
+12
2nd of 341 entries, $133.5K prize pool
Dan Close (Yakima, Washington)
#4157
#1774
+2383
1st of 341 entries, $133.5K prize pool

It looks like there was at least a 2-way (possibly 4-way) deal made in this event. All four of the players whose cashes made the Leaderboard were from Washington State. Step it up, Oregon!

Jaspal Brar (Edmonton, Alberta)
#52
#48
+4
60th of 2294 entries, $11.1M prize pool
Weston Pring (Calgary, Alberta)
#247
#225
+22
1st of 324 entries, $119.4K prize pool
Westoon Pring / albertapokerindex.com
Aaron Thivyanathan (Renton, Washington)
#102
#98
+4
2nd of 76 entries, $73.7K prize pool
3rd of 119 entries, $115.4K prize pool
Darren Rabinowitz (Mercer Island, Washington)
#20
#20
0
5th of 542 entries, $629.8K prize pool
Graeme Frank (Calgary, Alberta)
#634
#403
+231
2nd of 334 entries, $335.5K prize pool
Nohad Tellani (Edmonton, Alberta)
#511
#325
+186
2nd of 754 entries, $363.4K prize pool
Angela Jordison (Redmond, Oregon)
#88
#75
+13
6th of 205 entries, $410K prize pool
1st of 532 entries, $518.7K prize pool
Maxwell Young (Oregon)
#25
#24
+1
1st of 205 entries, $410K prize pool
Max Young / wsop.com

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 23 August 2022 — The Jacki and Angela Edition

Though only one of them is on the Leaderboard this time (that’s Angela Jordison, twice) the duo of Jordison and Jacki Burkhart has been making the media rounds this past couple of weeks, with appearances on the Thinking Poker Podcast with Andrew Brokos and Carlos Welch, as well as an interview with Jennifer Newell at Tight Poker. Plus, there’s this:

https://twitter.com/thechiprace/status/1561782112365281280?s=20&t=Hg_IJkQk5GrObrsJL5yq3A

Haven’t had a chance to listen to The Chip Race yet, but the Thinking Poker interview is long and funny and makes me wish I had the chance to hang out with people more.

I did get the chance this past weekend to see Jeremy Harkin for the first time in forever, eating some tasty BBQ cooked by Dan Butcher, who was one of the first folks I met on the Portland poker scene, back in my early days at the Chadd Baker-era Portland Players Club.

I haven’t played much live (or really, online) lately, though I did donate in both the $20K and $40K guarantees at the grand re-opening of Final Table after their move to SE 82nd & Division. More about that at another time.

We’re less than four weeks from the start of the Chinook Winds Fall Coast Classic Poker Tournament, here’s a link to the PDF for the schedule and structures.

Until next Leaderboard (or that “another time” article I mentioned)!

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

David Froyalde (Federal Way, Washington)
#838
#749
+89
5th of 435 entries, $208K prize pool

The Hendon Mob page for this event says it was a $1M guarantee, but I think my entry here is correct.

Matt McLeish (Calgary, Alberta)
#2148
#1676
+472
4th of 169 entries, $124.8K prize pool
William Reddick (Lethbridge, Alberta)
#4532
#2795
+1737
2nd of 192 entries, $63.3K prize pool
Jarrod Leppard (Red Deer, Alberta)
#1153
#979
+174
2nd of 243 entries, $81.4K prize pool
Jonathan Woof (Edmonton, Alberta)
#3082
#2080
+1002
10th of 470 entries, $1M prize pool
Kang Lee (Edmonton, Alberta)
#931
#803
+128
38th of 2968 entries, $3.9M prize pool
Aaron Thivyanathan (Renton, Washington)
#105
#102
+3
6th of 314 entries, $304.5K prize pool
Jimmy Lee (Edmonton, Alberta)
#69
#69
0
5th of 293 entries, $149.4K prize pool
Pawan Braich (Edmonton, Alberta)
#267
#255
+12
3rd of 169 entries, $124.8K prize pool
Dominick French (Victoria, British Columbia)
#156
#148
+8
37th of 2968 entries, $3.9M prize pool
Dien Le (Bellevue, Washington)
#117
#114
+3
1st of 413 entries, $99.6K prize pool
Rhonda Shepek (Victoria, British Columbia)
#1885
#1259
+626
21st of 2968 entries, $3.9M prize pool
Weston Pring (Calgary, Alberta)
#275
#247
+28
2nd of 169 entries, $124.8K prize pool
Wesley Remmer (Kenai, Alaska)
#2262
6th of 708 entries, $1M prize pool
Taylor Hart (Newberg, Oregon)
#288
#251
+37
43rd of 2968 entries, $3.9M prize pool

Hart’s performance in this Leaderboard-qualifying event is smaller than that of some of the other players in this tournament, but Hart also had a number of other, smaller cashes that didn’t qualify for the Leaderboard but dd boost his overall position.

Sandra Neal (Aldergrove, British Columbia)
#2426
#1210
+1216
2nd of 925 entries, $305.2K prize pool

The WSOP site lists Neal as a resident of Tennessee and most of their Hendon Mob cashes are at Cherokee and other Southeast US venues, but the listing at the Mob says BC.

Haochen Shi (Calgary, Alberta)
#1796
1st of 408 entries, $68K prize pool
Vanessa Kade (Kelowna, British Columbia)
#50
#48
+2
10th of 573 entries, $2.6M prize pool
Vincent Lam (Edmonton, Alberta)
#209
#178
+31
10th of 2968 entries, $3.9M prize pool
Calvin Lee (Mercer Island, Washington)
#144
#130
+14
13th of 1178 entries, $5.4M prize pool
Matt Affleck (Seattle, Washington)
#15
#15
0
14th of 1110 entries, $5.3M prize pool
Esther Taylor-Brady (Portland, Oregon)
#27
#26
+1
1st of 115 entries, $230K prize pool
Angela Jordison (Redmond, Oregon)
#97
#88
+9
5th of 979 entries, $948.1K prize pool
3rd of 415 entries, $404.6K prize pool
Angela Jordison at the MSPT Iowa Main Event / PokerNews
Kyle Ho (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#136
#96
+40
5th of 2765 entries, $6.1M prize pool
Jaspal Brar (Edmonton, Alberta)
#61
#52
+9
1st of 1282 entries, $1.1M prize pool

Brar won the final live event of the 2022 WSOP, picking up bracelet number one, then headed to Barcelona.

Jaspal Brar and crew / WSOP
Christopher Brewer (Eugene, Oregon)
#5
#4
+1
5th of 1110 entries, $5.3M prize pool

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 17 July 2022 — Do You Even Meditate?

I’d like to sincerely (but probably pointlessly) apologize to Aaron Duczak for not noticing he was from the Pacific Northwest (specifically, Kamloops, British Columbia) until he was on the final table of the WSOP Main Event. There is nobody who would have liked to make more of the fact that this year’s Main Event had two players from the PNW in contention for the $10M top prize than myself.

The combined population of the states and provinces I track in the PNW Poker Leaderboard—Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alkaska, British Columbia, and Alberta—is about twenty-three and a half million, smaller than the population of California (38 million) or Texas (28 million), and just a bit more than that of Florida (21 million) but here we had two players who weren’t long-established pros at the final table of the biggest event of any poker year. Pretty cool.On top of that, both Angela Jordison and Stuart Young* were on the Day 4 feature table on PokerGO for a long period with the man everyone was talking about at the time, Zilong Zheng, Five players from the PNW cracked the spots between 100 and 200 in the Main Event.
* And Vancouver, Washington’s Ali Imsirovic.

So a pretty cool Main Event for the PNW.

Well-Aged Final Tables

If you’ve got a few extra minutes, check out my updated interactive chart of the ages of the players who’ve made the Main Event final table since 2005!

PNW Poker Leaderboard

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and thge number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Omar Stefanini (Coquitlam, British Columbia)
#1140
#995
+145
44th of 2441 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Adam Todd (Rogers, Alaska)
#800
#724
+76
76th of 2854 entries, $3.7M prize pool
Peter Cowles (Seattle, Washington)
#2325
#1820
+505
56th of 5833 entries, $5.1M prize pool
Joel Micka (Seattle, Washington)
#31
#33
-2
51st of 1359 entries, $3.6M prize pool
Laurie Gore (Port Hadlock, Washington)
#2071
#1588
+483
2nd of 410 entries, $135.3K prize pool

Looks like a 7-way deal in this one.

Mark Aylward-Nally (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#7233
#3179
+4054
3rd of 308 entries, $101.6K prize pool
Kennon Buckmaster (Grants Pass, Oregon)
#3149
#2109
+1040
55th of 5833 entries, $5.1M prize pool
Joshua Biedak (Victoria, British Columbia)
#641
#581
+60
2nd of 161 entries, $83.2K prize pool
Waheed Feda (Washington)
#1064
#897
+167
79th of 2854 entries, $3.7M prize pool
Edward House (Soldotna, Alaska)
#3033
#1991
+1042
62nd of 14112 entries, $8.3M prize pool
Vanessa Ames (Mill Creek, Washington)
#3136
#2032
+1104
51st of 5702 entries, $5.7M prize pool
Matthew Jewett (Shoreline, Washington)
#108
#111
-3
2nd of 262 entries, $86.4K prize pool
Nicholas Sena-Hopkins (Seattle, Washington)
#820
#689
+131
50th of 5702 entries, $5.7M prize pool
Jason James (Seattle, Washington)
#605
#532
+73
16th of 833 entries, $1.2M prize pool
Chris Gallagher (Portland, Oregon)
#1181
#915
+266
28th of 6903 entries, $3.5M prize pool

Though they now list online WSOP bracelet events, Hendon Mob doesn’t factor them into the rankings, so Gallagher’s 5th place finish last month in the WSOP ONLINE 2022 PLO 6-Max—a $1K buy-in with 470 entries—doesn’t affect the standing.

Venkata Muramalla (Sammamish, Washington)
#2615
#1900
+715
3rd of 434 entries, $303.8K prize pool
Tyler Patterson (Everett, Washington)
#19
#19
0
27th of 5833 entries, $5.1M prize pool
Frederick Parsons (Kamloops, British Columbia)
#606
#501
+105
19th of 5833 entries, $5.1M prize pool
Clemen Deng (Portland, Oregon)
#2733
#1486
+1247
18th of 967 entries, $2.1M prize pool
Jesse Kertland (Ellensburg, Washington)
#342
#298
+44
41st of 2854 entries, $3.7M prize pool
39th of 6903 entries, $3.5M prize pool
Lynh Nguyen (Seattle, Washington)
#7505
#1963
+5542
6th of 1074 entries, $955.8K prize pool

This is just Nguyen’s second recorded cash.

Matthew Kelly (Hillsboro, Oregon)
#2004
20th of 14112 entries, $8.3M prize pool
David Katzov (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#2882
#1278
+1604
5th of 170 entries, $467.5K prize pool
Doug Lee (Calgary, Alberta)
#26
#26
0
9th of 2441 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Tesfaldet Tekle (Tukwila, Washington)
#450
#359
+91
22nd of 683 entries, $6.3M prize pool
Kevin Theodore (Seattle, Washington)
#554
#409
+145
14th of 6903 entries, $3.5M prize pool
Jacqueline Burkhart (Boring, Oregon)
#252
#222
+30
327th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Dean Sanderson (Salem, Oregon)
#1441
230th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Tony Phu Le (Surrey, British Columbia)
#1812
#817
+995
221st of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Noah Bronstein (Bellevue, Washington)
#34
#35
-1
6th of 1234 entries, $1.5M prize pool
Angela Jordison (Redmond, Oregon)
#109
#97
+12
175th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Aaron Thivyanathan (Renton, Washington)
#128
#105
+23
169th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Steve Chanthabouasy (Clackamas, Oregon)
#92
#83
+9
158th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Luke Travis (Blaine, Washington)
#1872
#761
+1111
154th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Stuart Young (Portland, Oregon)
#803
#461
+342
102nd of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Charles Coultas (Mill Creek, Washington)
#71
#66
+5
8th of 284 entries, $2.6M prize pool
Richard Mercier (Anchorage, Alaska)
#4625
#928
+3697
1st of 473 entries, $458.8K prize pool
Vincent Lam (Edmonton, Alberta)
#314
#209
+105
4th of 1234 entries, $1.5M prize pool
Carl Marvin III (Juneau, Alaska)
#4271
#635
+3636
6th of 2574 entries, $3.7M prize pool
Carl Oman (Vancouver, Washington)
#192
#126
+66
2nd of 1076 entries, $1M prize pool

Carl’s so hot right now.

Juan Riedinger (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#357
2nd of 5608 entries, $2M prize pool
Pei Li (Calgary, Alberta)
#1022
#253
+769
1st of 1390 entries, $1.8M prize pool
Pei Li, winner of the 2022 WSOP bracelet for the $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty tournament.
Esther Taylor-Brady* (Portland, Oregon)
#28
#27
+1
2nd of 1234 entries, $1.5M prize pool

Yeah, I put an asterisk on Taylor-Brady for reasons of residence.

Joshua Morrow (Juneau, Alaska)
#329
1st of 1438 entries, $575.2K prize pool
Edmund Chan (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#315
95th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool

This is Chan’s deepest-ever run in the Main Event; in 2017, Chan placed 116th. Chan has two other better-than-min-cashes in the Main Event.

David Timmons (Ketchum, Idaho)
#184
3rd of 14112 entries, $8.3M prize pool

This is Timmons’s first recorded tournament cash, as well as a first appearance on the Leaderboard.

David Timmons
Adam Hendrix (Anchorage, Alaska)
#18
#17
+1
1st of 1446 entries, $2M prize pool
4th of 756 entries, $3.4M prize pool

The Wynn tournament was an even chop with Wojciech Barzanteny.

Aaron Duczak (Kamloops, British Columbia)
#138
#30
+108
7th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Jeffrey Farnes (Dallas, Oregon)
#629
#29
+600
6th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Aaron Duczak
Jeffrey Farnes

The Main Event Comes of Age, 2022

Now that we’ve got a winner, I’m following up on my original article by this title at PokerNews back in 2015 (and follow-ups here, and here), here’s an updated table of WSOP Main Event final tablists.

The lines for winners are marked with circles; the second-place finisher is marked with a box. Roll over the chart for last names and places for each year (excepting 2020).

Choosing a World Series of Poker Main Event Starting Day: Does it Matter? Revisited.

Las week on the PokerGo Podcast, co-hosts Tim Duckworth and Donnie Peters were discussing the oft-repeated theory that playing the last day of the WSOP Main Event was the best way to run up a big stack.

As it happens, I’d taken a look at that assumption in an article at PokerNews back in 2015 (just a few months before I interviewed for a job there with Donnie and Matt Parvis, as a matter of fact).

In that article, I charted end-of-day chip stacks against entrants, breaking each day’s finishers into six groups: top 10%, 70% to 90%, 50% to 70%, 30% to 50%, 10% to 30%, and bottom 10%.

There wasn’t any statistical correlation between the number of entrants on each day and the stack distribution that I could find, the biggest end-of-day stack between 2011 and 2015 was on a Day 1A (2012). In 2011, the biggest ending stack was on Day 1A, and in 2014 the biggest stack on 1A was larger than on 1B despite a field only a third the size.

The other groupings remained very consistent. The first decile (bottom 10%) topped out consistently around 45% of the starting stack. The fourth decile (40%) had just over starting stack. The median at 50% was about 120% of starting stack, etc.

I wasn’t particularly surprised when I ran numbers for 2016 to 2022 (2020 excluded). This time, I used a percentage of starting stack to represent the end-of-day numbers, because the number of chips went from 50,000 to 60,000 in 2019. Again, everything except the top 10% is very consistent. And again, earlier starting days with fewer entries have outperformed larger fields: 2017 Day 1A had the largest end-of-day stack; the same thing happened in 2019.

Where there is a definite correlation is in the number of players that survive each day. Larger fields have a larger percentage of the field surviving to Day 2. Of the 20 starting days from 2016 to 2022, the range of survivors was from 67% to 77%, and the percentage of survivors on Day 1A was never more than 72%. The percentage of survivors on the last day—Day 1C until 2019 and Day 1D in 2021 and 2022—was never lower than 75%.

While there was only a 3% difference in the number of survivors between the first and last starting day in 2019, in each of the other years, there were between 5% and 9% more entering players making it to Day 2. Only on 2022 Day 1C were there more survivors on a later starting day.

So if you’re looking for a reason to play the last entry day for the Main Event, that’s your reason.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 5 July 2022

What could be more WSOP than Kevmath?

Tomorrow’s the last entry day for this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event and as I’m still in Portland for a variety of reasons, it looks like another year that I’m not playing it. Good luck to everybody luck enough to be playing today (Steve Roselius) and tomorrow, and to the folks that have already made it through to Day 2 (Angela Jordison and Jackie Burkhart, among others)! Wish I was there to at least rail.

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and thge number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Michael Kinney (Big Lake, Alaska)
#1096
#955
+141
69th of 7188 entries, $6.3M prize pool
Daniel Gates (Sammamish, Washington)
#4592
#2839
+1753
3rd of 637 entries, $127.4K prize pool
Garett Maybery (Edmonton, Alberta)
#1006
#878
+128
87th of 7961 entries, $10.6M prize pool
Matt Affleck (Seattle, Washington)
#15
#15
0
75th of 7961 entries, $10.6M prize pool
Adam Barker (Bonney Lake, Washington)
#1086
#920
+166
3rd of 333 entries, $109.8K prize pool
Russell Harp (Keizer, Oregon)
#2758
#1919
+839
39th of 13595 entries, $4.4M prize pool
T Jerrold Jackson (Calgary, Alberta)
#603
#542
+61
24th of 2669 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Marc Desantis (Portland, Oregon)
#3595
44th of 13595 entries, $4.4M prize pool

Due to the fact that you can cash in multiple flights on the entry days, Desantis also placed 156th in the Colossus.

Stanislav Kriventsov (British Columbia)
#1027
#859
+168
2nd of 637 entries, $127.4K prize pool
John Hartmann (Seattle, Washington)
#756
#650
+106
49th of 7188 entries, $6.3M prize pool
Jason Adams (Salmon Creek, Washington)
#640
#563
+77
12th of 1303 entries, $1.7M prize pool
Tommy Kivela (Olympia, Washington)
#763
#651
+112
34th of 1977 entries, $3.5M prize pool
Ryan Stoker (Spokane, Washington)
#170
#161
+9
68th of 7961 entries, $10.6M prize pool
Richard Lewis (West Richland, Washington)
#4718
#2245
+2473
41st of 7188 entries, $6.3M prize pool
Brian McKay (Fort McMurray, Alberta)
#5868
#2463
+3405
38th of 7188 entries, $6.3M prize pool
Reginald Caymol (Seattle, Washington)
#315
#282
+33
4th of 246 entries, $241K prize pool
Adam Todd (Rogers, Alaska)
#1008
#800
+208
36th of 1428 entries, $4.6M prize pool
Andy Truong (Edmonton, Alberta)
#165
#151
+14
71st of 7961 entries, $10.6M prize pool
Idris Gencoglu (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#600
#490
+110
2nd of 178 entries, $125.1K prize pool
Mohammad Mufti (Bellevue, Washington)
#2086
#1310
+776
2nd of 569 entries, $113.8K prize pool

This cash wasn’t as large as some of the others this far down the list (which is roughly ordered by the total amount of winnings reported in this period) but Mufti racked up four other smaller cashes over the last couple weeks of June, and two more on the first two days of July.

Jimmy Lee (Edmonton, Alberta)
#71
#67
+4
13th of 2154 entries, $2M prize pool
Thomas Hassell (Portland, Oregon)
#2375
1st of 637 entries, $127.4K prize pool

If you’ve got a sharp eye, you might be wondering: “Hey, there are three WSOP Deep Stack results shown, with the same number of entries, and players in the top three positions, were they all from the same day?” If so, you’d be correct, because Hassell, Kriventsov, and Gates were the PNW trifecta on 20 June.

Andy Su (Portland, Oregon)
#351
#318
+33
25th of 13595 entries, $4.4M prize pool
David Johnson (Grande Prairie, Alberta)
#3157
#1608
+1549
3rd of 247 entries, $0 prize pool

Hendon Mob has the prize pool for this event at $49K, but the top prize was $35K, so I’m fairly ceretain that’s wrong. The WSOP site just says tbd.

Joseph Leung (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#230
#216
+14
5th of 362 entries, $354K prize pool
Dominick French (Victoria, British Columbia)
#167
#157
+10
15th of 13595 entries, $4.4M prize pool
Kao Saechao (Renton, Washington)
#334
#291
+43
10th of 1437 entries, $1.9M prize pool
Jeffrey Sims (Kent, Washington)
#3188
#1520
+1668
24th of 7188 entries, $6.3M prize pool
Jamey Hendrickson (Auburn, Washington)
#366
#319
+47
8th of 719 entries, $1.9M prize pool
Kyle Ho (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#157
#141
+16
21st of 719 entries, $1.9M prize pool
Kyle Ho (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#157
#141
+16
22nd of 2569 entries, $3.4M prize pool

Between the WSOP, the Venetian, and the Wynn, Ho had a total of 8 cashes in the last half of June.

Jonas Mackoff (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
#40
#40
0
42nd of 1977 entries, $3.5M prize pool

This individual result was just over the threshold to get on the Leaderboard, but Mackoff is another of the serial cashers appearing here, with twelve WSOP cashes (both live and online) in June, as well as a cash at the Venetian.

Brandon Cantu (Vancouver, Washington)
#8
#8
0
21st of 788 entries, $3.6M prize pool
Rafael Lebron (Puyallup, Washington)
#94
#91
+3
6th of 2569 entries, $3.4M prize pool
Harsukhpaul Sangha (Surrey, British Columbia)
#113
#104
+9
28th of 7961 entries, $10.6M prize pool
Adam Crockett (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
#2287
#1101
+1186
1st of 766 entries, $153.2K prize pool
Adam Crockett (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
#2287
#1101
+1186
2nd of 246 entries, $81.1K prize pool
Kristy Means (Portland, Oregon)
#1338
#759
+579
1st of 517 entries, $263.6K prize pool

Nice.

Nicholas Sena-Hopkins (Seattle, Washington)
#1763
#820
+943
6th of 3209 entries, $1.4M prize pool
Matthew Jewett (Shoreline, Washington)
#134
#108
+26
1st of 299 entries, $291.5K prize pool
Charles Coultas (Mill Creek, Washington)
#86
#71
+15
4th of 1437 entries, $1.9M prize pool
James Romero (Portland, Oregon)
#7
#6
+1
6th of 1428 entries, $4.6M prize pool

Romero recovers the #6 spot from Dylan Linde after getting leap-frogged in the last Leaderboard.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 21 June 2022 —Keeping Up With the Cashers

No commentary this episode except to point out that there’s a rather significant first cash at the end. There are some recent events from places like the Venetian that weren’t posted when I ran the stats.

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and thge number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Matt Affleck (Seattle, Washington)
#15
#15
0
89th of 6501 entries, $8.6M prize pool
Jaspal Brar (Edmonton, Alberta)
#64
#63
+1
81st of 6501 entries, $8.6M prize pool
Jeremy Janes (Red Deer, Alberta)
#6745
#3371
+3374
6th of 746 entries, $510.6K prize pool
Garett Maybery (Edmonton, Alberta)
#1171
#1006
+165
2nd of 227 entries, $74.9K prize pool
Tshering Sherpa (Portland, Oregon)
#927
#826
+101
3rd of 695 entries, $139K prize pool
David Heyden (Ashland, Oregon)
#336
#321
+15
22nd of 1827 entries, $1.7M prize pool
Faramarz Ghorbani (Port Moody, British Columbia)
#3811
#2465
+1346
2nd of 231 entries, $760 prize pool
David Froyalde (Federal Way, Washington)
#967
#845
+122
74th of 6501 entries, $8.6M prize pool
Geran Sanders (Ellensburg, Washington)
#959
#838
+121
77th of 6501 entries, $8.6M prize pool
David Arganian (Seattle, Washington)
#2068
#1554
+514
8th of 471 entries, $628.7K prize pool
Dale Harris (Barrhead, Alberta)
#5022
#2688
+2334
24th of 1774 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Kao Saechao (Renton, Washington)
#352
#334
+18
1st of 177 entries, $90.2K prize pool
Nathan Burnett (Hollis, Alaska)
#6545
#2884
+3661
22nd of 4062 entries, $2.8M prize pool
Matthew Staples (Lethbridge, Alberta)
#3854
#1760
+2094
10th of 450 entries, $1.4M prize pool
Jason Mann (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#73
#68
+5
1st of 164 entries, $84.8K prize pool
Vanessa Kade (Kelowna, British Columbia)
#50
#48
+2
21st of 1348 entries, $3.5M prize pool
Mike Lancaster (Penticton, British Columbia)
#309
#262
+47
5th of 213 entries, $568.7K prize pool
Adam Hendrix (Anchorage, Alaska)
#18
#18
0
35th of 6501 entries, $8.6M prize pool
Mike Lacer (Nampa, Idaho)
#6648
#1740
+4908
45th of 6501 entries, $8.6M prize pool
Mike Lacer (Nampa, Idaho)
#6648
#1740
+4908
1st of 108 entries, $55.8K prize pool
Adam Todd (Rogers, Alaska)
#1914
#1008
+906
7th of 1827 entries, $1.7M prize pool
Scott Lake (Bremerton, Washington)
#1942
#946
+996
4th of 471 entries, $628.7K prize pool

Lake has five recorded cashes since 2009, all of them at the WSOP, in HORSE (three cashes), Stud, and now Stud Hi-Lo. This is Lake’s first recorded cash in ten years, and it’s the largest by far.

Dylan Linde (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#7
#6
+1
8th of 1348 entries, $3.5M prize pool

Linde moves up into the #6 spot on the Leaderboard, past James Romero (see the post Strata from the other day).

Thomas Taylor (Medicine Hat, Alberta)
#39
#37
+2
5th of 471 entries, $628.7K prize pool

Taylor finished below Scott Lake (above) in this event but had some other, smaller cashes that increased the cumulative total for the Leaderboard reporting period.

Tyler Willse (Hillsboro, Oregon)
#2286
#620
+1666
3rd of 1329 entries, $1.1M prize pool
Jamey Hendrickson (Auburn, Washington)
#2250
#366
+1884
2nd of 1891 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Robert Crow (Bothell, Washington)
#309
2nd of 4062 entries, $2.8M prize pool

This is Crow’s first and only recorded cash to date.

Strata

If you haven’t seen your name in the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard lately, you might wonder where you fit in the grand scheme of things. If you have seen your name on the Leaderboard, why are you wasting your time here on the Northwest’s most boring poker blog? You should be out playing poker.

At this point (17 June 2022), the Leaderboard has exactly 7,501 entries on it; one for every player in the Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, Alberta, and Alaska leaderboards at Hendon Mob that has $3,000 or more in recorded poker tournament earnings. There are at least a few players with double entries, but 7,500 players, more or less.

Top 1 — $15,000,000

There’s one player way above the rest of the pack, and that’s Seth Davies with just under $15 million—and by “just under”, I mean within $25K, so I expect by the time I’ve published this, Davies will have eclipsed that mark. It’s nearly twice as much as the nearest contender.

Number 2 — $8,000,000

Scott Clements has maintained the #2 spot for a while, with a bit more than $8 million. Over a million dollars separates Clements from the next person on the Leaderboard.

A Third — $7,000,000

#3 is Shawn Buchanan, at just under $7 million, nearly equidistant between Clements and Kevin MacPhee at #4.

Four at $5,000,000+

Places #4 to #7 are currently ranged between $6 million and $5.3 million. They’re currently MacPhee and Chris Brewer, essentially tied at the top end, with James Romero and Dylan Linde close to each other on the lower end.

Five(?) at $4,000,000+

Technically, there are five players (#8 to #12) with seven figures starting with a four, but one of them is Annie Duke who hasn’t been a PNW player for a lot of years.

$3,000,000+

Five more players have $3 million to $4 million dollars. That’s places #13 to #17.

$2,000,000+

Nine more players have part of a third million in earnings. Everyone above #26.

$1,000,000+

51 PNW players have more than a million in lifetime recorded tournament earnings. That’s about two-thirds of a percent of the players tracked by the Leaderboard.

  • $725,000+ #75–#52
  • $530,000+ #100–#76
  • $395,000+ #150–#101
  • $325,000+ #200–#151
  • $260,000+ #250–#201
  • $222,000+ #300–#251
  • $190,000+ #350–#301
  • $172,000+ #400–#351
  • $150,000+ #450–#401
  • $137,000+ #500–#451
  • $118,000+ #600–#501
  • $100,000+ #700–#601
  • $88,000+ #800–#701
  • $77,000+ #900–#801
  • $68,500+ #1000–#901
  • $56,000+ #1200–#1001
  • $47,400+ #1400–#1201
  • $40,000+ #1600–#1401
  • $34,900+ #1800–#1601 *
  • $30,400+ #2000–#1801
  • $22,400+ #2500–#2001
  • $17,200+ #3000–#2501
  • $13,500+ #3500–#3001
  • $10,000+ #4197–#3501

* Yes, that is my bracket. On the plus side, I’m in the top 25% of players on the PNW Poker Leaderboard.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 16 June 2022

So soon? Well, there’s a lot of stuff to cover here. We got the new format. We’ve got huge showing from Angela Jordison and some guy whose third recorded cash almost won him a bracelet in a 20,000+ entry tournament (name of Jared Kingery). Almost everything in this edition is from the World Series of Poker or from the WSOP Circuit Calgary, though there are a couple of results from outside the country.

Congrats to everyone (but especially Angela, thanks putting off winning a bracelet until I can be there to see it happen!)

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and thge number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Travis Pine (Steliacoom, Washington)
#5174
#3050
+2124
16th of 1086 entries, $1.4M prize pool
Jesse Kertland (Ellensburg, Washington)
#361
#348
+13
22nd of 752 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Lee Markholt (Eatonville, Washington)
#8
#9
-1
9th of 522 entries, $696.8K prize pool
Bryce Cox (Maple Valley, Washington)
#2242
#1747
+495
3rd of 298 entries, $87.2K prize pool
Harold Peter Hinds (Calgary, Alberta)
#4941
#2886
+2055
2nd of 315 entries, $82.3K prize pool
Barry Nelson (Las Vegas, Washington)
#2305
#1763
+542
2nd of 933 entries, $250K prize pool
Alejandro Madrigal (Umatilla, Oregon)
#4560
#2721
+1839
4th of 119 entries, $104.7K prize pool
Merwan Corront (Azalea, Oregon)
#3739
2nd of 268 entries, $88.4K prize pool
Dylan Payne (Calgary, Alberta)
#4600
#2255
+2345
4th of 247 entries, $49K prize pool
Ali Rabah (Alberta)
#332
#317
+15
7th of 259 entries, $344.3K prize pool
Kevin Peterson (Everett, Washington)
#6486
#3094
+3392
5th of 238 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Cornelius Nelson (Hillsboro, Oregon)
#2998
#2068
+930
36th of 2392 entries, $3.1M prize pool
Lucas Ogilvie (Redmond, Washington)
#3685
24th of 247 entries, $49K prize pool

This was Ogilvie’s first Hendon Mob cash.

Ian Modder (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
#145
#143
+2
18th of 2663 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Matt Affleck (Seattle, Washington)
#15
#15
0
59th of 20080 entries, $8.4M prize pool
Nohad Tellani (Edmonton, Alberta)
#606
#553
+53
14th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Jarrod Leppard (Red Deer, Alberta)
#1382
#1126
+256
1st of 128 entries, $51.4K prize pool
Allen Nielson (Mercer Island, Washington)
#657
#591
+66
1st of 200 entries, $66K prize pool
Jeffory Saunders (Tofino, British Columbia)
#3264
4th of 805 entries, $162.8K prize pool
Anirudh Mudimela (Seattle, Washington)
#3188
18th of 5715 entries, $2.9M prize pool
Frank Shi (Calgary, Alberta)
#3048
1st of 408 entries, $68K prize pool
Tammy Tibbs (Spokane, Washington)
#723
#615
+108
3rd of 118 entries, $150K prize pool
Matthew Hall (Whistler, British Columbia)
#4474
#2283
+2191
11th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Cliff Green (Eckville, Alberta)
#208
#199
+9
10th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Dylan Linde (Coeur D’Alene, Idaho)
#7
#7
0
13th of 752 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Catherine Langlois (Calgary, Alberta)
#1842
#1343
+499
3rd of 231 entries, $157.4K prize pool
Maner Al Mouselly (Calgary, Alberta)
#3019
1st of 129 entries, $73.8K prize pool

Al Mouselly’s first recorded cash.

Wayne Harmon (Portland, Oregon)
#190
#174
+16
6th of 1093 entries, $565.2K prize pool
Regan Duong (Calgary, Alberta)
#1911
#1312
+599
2nd of 138 entries, $94.2K prize pool
Malcolm Bolger (Edmonton, Alberta)
#129
#125
+4
9th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Tomislav Glamuzina (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#2692
12th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Alemu Makonen (Edmonton, Alberta)
#55
#55
0
1st of 214 entries, $60.8K prize pool
Tazebe Beyene (Lynnwood, Washington)
#2458
3rd of 671 entries, $194.5K prize pool
Haowei Pan (Winnipeg, Alberta)
#2427
#1416
+1011
8th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool

Yes, his Hendon Mob profile says Alberta.

Mike Kim (Surrey, British Columbia)
#316
#282
+34
2nd of 805 entries, $162.8K prize pool
Derek Bugg (Silverdale, Washington)
#3702
#1650
+2052
4th of 246 entries, $172.9K prize pool
Maxwell Young (Seaside, Oregon)
#25
#25
0
1st of 119 entries, $104.7K prize pool

Nothing on Max’s profile says “Oregon” any more (residence is listed in Florida) but he’s still collated on the Oregon leaderboard.

Tyson Rampersad (Vancouver, Alberta)
#2658
#1357
+1301
2nd of 231 entries, $157.4K prize pool

Yes, his Hendon Mob profile also says Alberta.

Duane Wong (Calgary, Alberta)
#612
#468
+144
7th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Woody Christy (Renton, Washington)
#1806
#995
+811
3rd of 134 entries, $279K prize pool
Brandon Cantu (Vancouver, Washington)
#9
#8
+1
13th of 20080 entries, $8.4M prize pool

Cantu slips past Lee Markholt into the slot behind Dylan Linde.

Thomas Taylor (Medicine Hat, Alberta)
#43
#39
+4
3rd of 329 entries, $439.2K prize pool
Dustin Centanni (Coquitlam, British Columbia)
#822
#434
+388
4th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Jaswinder Lally (Surrey, British Columbia)
#685
#376
+309
2nd of 430 entries, $574K prize pool

Lally almost closes out a second bracelet in as many years, with just four Hendon Mob cashes on record.

Jody Lewchuk (Calgary, Alberta)
#506
#301
+205
3rd of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Cuong Lieu (Calgary, Alberta)
#859
#340
+519
2nd of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Angela Jordison (Redmond, Oregon)
#186
#109
+77
3rd of 2663 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Jared Kingery (University Place, Washington)
#6596
#131
+6465
2nd of 20080 entries, $8.4M prize pool

This has got to be one of the largest jumps in the time I’ve been keeping the Leaderboard. This is just Kingery’s third recorded cash. The first was in January of this year.

Chris Brewer (Eugene, Oregon)
#6
#5
+1
4th of 251 entries, $5.9M prize pool

It’s the second straight week of gains for Brewer, moving up another notch. This week, he’s passing James Romero.