2021 WSOP Main Event Tracker

Day 8

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Day 6

Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, and Alberta) players by seat. 96/6,650 players remaining. Down to 4 5 PNW players, with 3 of them in the top 20. Correction: Mitchell Halverson‘s name was left off the list because I didn’t automate this day’s results.

RANKPLAYERCITYCHIPSSEAT
11Jung WooBellevue, WA, US7640000Amazon/466/2
93Fatima NanjiVancouver, BC, CA935000Amazon/478/1
83Mitchell HalversonWest Linn, OR, US1360000Amazon/484/2
17Matthew JewettSeattle, WA, US6475000Amazon/484/6
5Jesse LonisMedford, OR, US8995000Amazon/486/7

Day 5

Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, and Alberta) players by seat. 292/6,650 players remaining. Just 8 PNW players left!

RANKPLAYERCITYCHIPSSEAT
111Jesse LonisMedford, OR, US1485000Amazon / 449 / 2
83Mitchell HalversonWest Linn, OR, US1767000Amazon / 464 / 1
47Fatima NanjiVancouver, BC, CA2307000Amazon / 465 / 8
122Jung WooBellevue, WA, US1341000Amazon / 466 / 1
229Rittie ChuaprasertPortland , OR, US613000Amazon / 470 / 9
156Michael FaulknerViola, ID, US1040000Amazon / 480 / 2
265Chad ThomsenSURREY, BC, CA420000Amazon / 481 / 5
10Matthew JewettSeattle, WA, US3398000Amazon / 488 / 8

Day 4

Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, and Alberta) players by seat. 1,000/6,650 players remaining. Restart 11am Friday, 11 November. All remaining players are in the money.

RANKPLAYERCITYCHIPSSEAT
484Brent MutterPoulsbo, WA, US315000Amazon / 426 / 3
968Christopher LastiwkaEdmonton, AB, CA39000Amazon / 434 / 2
475Jesse LonisMedford, OR, US320000Amazon / 436 / 6
773Bradley CrandallVancouver, WA, US143000Amazon / 443 / 1
652Garry BliesnerSpokane Valley, WA, US208000Amazon / 443 / 4
693Dylan CollingwoodVANCOUVER, BC, CA187000Amazon / 453 / 2
411Scott DaviesVancouver, BC, CA374000Amazon / 454 / 4
36Rittie ChuaprasertPortland , OR, US1165000Amazon / 454 / 7
254Fatima NanjiVancouver, BC, CA545000Amazon / 456 / 1
347Jacob ThibodeauJuneau, AK, US440000Amazon / 456 / 2
24Matthew JewettSeattle, WA, US1286000Amazon / 457 / 3
692Brian FoleyPoulsbo, WA, US187000Amazon / 461 / 4
833Steven JosephsenBOTHELL, WA, US111000Amazon / 463 / 7
414James FrankSTAYTON, OR, US372000Amazon / 466 / 5
845Ross NovakFAIRBANKS, AK, US107000Amazon / 468 / 2
340Dustin LearySEATTLE, WA, US449000Amazon / 468 / 4
71Mitchell HalversonWest Linn, OR, US927000Amazon / 482 / 1
943Dustin AnREDMOND, WA, US56000Amazon / 483 / 1
887Scott EskenaziMERCER ISLAND, WA, US81000Amazon / 487 / 8
630Andrew SmithMercer Island, WA, US221000Amazon / 488 / 7
721William NicholsBeaverton, OR, US171000Amazon / 492 / 3
580Brad ZusmanGresham, OR, US248000Amazon / 493 / 7
351Jung WooBellevue, WA, US435000Amazon / 494 / 4
691Kenn PluardHAPPY VALLEY, OR, US188000Amazon / 500 / 2
829Jonas MackoffVANCOUVER, BC, CA115000Amazon / 501 / 5
189Michael FaulknerViola, ID, US660000Amazon / 509 / 3
854Mike KinneySANDPOINT, ID, US101000Amazon / 510 / 6
214Jason MannBURNABY, BC, CA611000Amazon / 513 / 6
719Chad ThomsenSURREY, BC, CA172000Amazon / 514 / 5
246Anthony KalanjPort Coquitlam, BC, CA554000Amazon / 516 / 8
37Kyle WhiteSURREY, BC, CA1151000Amazon / 522 / 2
386Tuan HuynhBoise, ID, US399000Amazon / 523 / 4
896Christopher SchalerTACOMA, WA, US77000Amazon / 523 / 9

Day 3

Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, and Alberta) players by seat. 2,362/6,650 players remaining. Restart 11am Thursday, 11 November. 1,000 places paid.

RANKPLAYERCITYCHIPSSEAT
52Greg MuellerVANCOUVER, BC, CA456500Amazon / 400 / 4
683Brad ZusmanGRESHAM, OR, US207200Amazon / 400 / 6
509Shawn StuartVANCOUVER, WA, US236700Amazon / 402 / 2
395Jamil KanjiEDMONTON, AB, CA264500Amazon / 404 / 2
2199Benjamin MayPORTLAND, OR, US43000Amazon / 405 / 8
1197Alex NgoVANCOUVER, BC, CA141800Amazon / 417 / 4
389Jaime CervantesVANCOUVER, WA, US267500Amazon / 418 / 8
1953Joel MickaEVERETT, WA, US69000Amazon / 421 / 1
2189Jesse KertlandELLENSBURG, WA, US43500Amazon / 422 / 2
198Kyle WhiteSURREY, BC, CA335900Amazon / 424 / 2
1158Aaron ThivyanathanRENTON, WA, US146500Amazon / 426 / 3
1546Kao SaechaoPORTLAND, OR, US108600Amazon / 426 / 7
1311Dan BarkerPOULSBO, WA, US131300Amazon / 431 / 2
1611Jonas MackoffVANCOUVER, BC, CA103400Amazon / 437 / 7
1385Dustin AnREDMOND, WA, US124000Amazon / 443 / 8
2228Blaine NeufeldSURREY, BC, CA41000Amazon / 449 / 9
1475Bradley CrandallVANCOUVER, WA, US116200Amazon / 451 / 6
447Kenn PluardHAPPY VALLEY, OR, US251400Amazon / 452 / 2
1603Alemu MakonenEDMONTON, AB, CA104100Amazon / 454 / 2
1222Ross NovakFAIRBANKS, AK, US139600Amazon / 456 / 4
741James FrankSTAYTON, OR, US198800Amazon / 462 / 7
378Jaroslaw JaskiewiczKAMLOOPS, BC, CA269900Amazon / 465 / 1
1652Chris BackVANCOUVER, BC, CA98800Amazon / 466 / 3
949Mark MieleVICTORIA, BC, CA170500Amazon / 469 / 1
183Michael FaulknerVIOLA, ID, US343000Amazon / 469 / 4
162Filmon GhebreegzabheirISSAQUAH, WA, US360400Amazon / 470 / 8
1601Eric StameyKENT, WA, US104200Amazon / 473 / 2
1402Adam CroffutBELLINGHAM, WA, US122600Amazon / 476 / 2
1422Roderick ChavezKIRKLAND, WA, US121000Amazon / 476 / 6
307Scott EskenaziMERCER ISLAND, WA, US291800Amazon / 477 / 4
2019Shahriar FahimREDMOND, WA, US62600Amazon / 479 / 4
1248Gabriel PostSEATTLE, WA, US137500Amazon / 479 / 7
1963Rick WhitesellVANCOUVER, WA, US67700Amazon / 481 / 2
278Mark GronerLAKE OSWEGO, OR, US302600Amazon / 485 / 2
205Jacob ThibodeauJUNEAU, AK, US333600Amazon / 486 / 4
1650Lee MarkholtEATONVILLE, WA, US99500Amazon / 486 / 9
1174Ryan ThorpeVANCOUVER, BC, CA144500Amazon / 488 / 1
1648Steven StoneLAKE STEVENS, WA, US99800Amazon / 490 / 8
13Scott DaviesVANCOUVER, BC, CA615100Amazon / 492 / 1
455Jason MannBURNABY, BC, CA250000Amazon / 492 / 2
874Dylan CollingwoodVANCOUVER, BC, CA179600Amazon / 494 / 1
140Matthew JewettSEATTLE, WA, US367500Amazon / 495 / 3
1095Paul DhaliwalLANGLEY, BC, CA153400Amazon / 495 / 9
1510Travis YeskeEDMONTON, AB, CA112500Amazon / 498 / 9
582Parminder KumarBELLINGHAM, WA, US224300Amazon / 499 / 5
1976Melissa FrenchLYNNWOOD, WA, US66700Amazon / 500 / 7
2084Charles LampeKAKTOVIK, AK, US56100Amazon / 503 / 2
1612Tony HoangEDMONTON, AB, CA103300Amazon / 512 / 4
604Nicholas Sena-HopkinsSEATTLE, WA, US220600Amazon / 512 / 9
1461Joel NimmoUNIVERSITY PLACE, WA, US117700Amazon / 514 / 6
459Travis PrengTACOMA, WA, US248900Amazon / 524 / 2
1967Michael LetalCALGARY, AB, CA67500Amazon / 528 / 2
1779Brent MutterPOULSBO, WA, US87200Amazon / 529 / 3
95Matt AffleckMILL CREEK, WA, US404100Amazon / 530 / 7
858Jesse LonisMEDFORD, OR, US181900Amazon / 532 / 3
1407Clemen DengPORTLAND, OR, US122300Amazon / 534 / 8
1204Mans MontgomeryBOISE, ID, US141200Amazon / 535 / 3
1391Jung WooBELLEVUE, WA, US123500Pavilion / 156 / 3
629William NicholsBEAVERTON, OR, US216800Pavilion / 161 / 4
217Christopher SchalerTACOMA, WA, US326000Pavilion / 166 / 6
1203Ahmed AminSEATTLE, WA, US141400Pavilion / 174 / 3
2147Brian FoleyPOULSBO, WA, US49200Pavilion / 176 / 6
7Cameron MitchellJUNEAU, AK, US642000Pavilion / 177 / 6
1875Kao Chieng Saechao (OR)PORTLAND, WA, US76900Pavilion / 181 / 5
2118Jimmy LeeEDMONTON, AB, CA52400Pavilion / 185 / 8
1810Kevin TheodoreSEATTLE, WA, US83900Pavilion / 190 / 4
817Fatima NanjiVANCOUVER, BC, CA187200Pavilion / 194 / 6
2106Rambo HalpernPORTLAND, OR, US53800Pavilion / 198 / 3
1812Ryan SamsonSURREY, BC, CA83600Pavilion / 199 / 8
496Anthony KalanjPORT COQUITLAM, BC, CA239800Pavilion / 200 / 4
911Garry BliesnerSPOKANE VALLEY, WA, US175100Pavilion / 203 / 3
766Richard MullenWHITE ROCK, BC, CA195600Pavilion / 207 / 6
1833Scott RobertsREDMOND, WA, US81400Pavilion / 208 / 3
1800Robert RasmussenEDMONDS, WA, US85100Pavilion / 209 / 5
143Tuan HuynhBOISE, ID, US365700Pavilion / 209 / 7
881Yevgeniy TimoshenkoSEATTLE, WA, US179000Pavilion / 210 / 8
1275Steven JosephsenBOTHELL, WA, US135000Pavilion / 212 / 9
1936Colten YamagishiEDMONTON, AB, CA70400Pavilion / 214 / 3
1637Adam HendrixANCHORAGE, AK, US100800Pavilion / 226 / 4
1237Andrew SmithMERCER ISLAND, WA, US138600Pavilion / 227 / 9
592Sterling LopezANCHORAGE, AK, US223200Pavilion / 229 / 6
969Christopher LastiwkaEDMONTON, AB, CA168100Pavilion / 229 / 7
73Brett KennedySEATTLE, WA, US429400Pavilion / 230 / 8
1353Ian ModderNEW WESTMINSTER, BC, CA127000Pavilion / 239 / 2
1709Ali HasanYAKIMA, WA, US93500Pavilion / 239 / 7
2301Joseph HaddadPORTLAND, OR, US28400Pavilion / 241 / 8
2218Madison BergeronSURREY, BC, CA41400Pavilion / 248 / 2
1458Chad ThomsenSURREY, BC, CA118000Pavilion / 248 / 3
746Taylor McFarlandSEATTLE, WA, US198300Pavilion / 248 / 7
1495Nathan SwansonSAMMAMISH, WA, US113900Pavilion / 256 / 5
12Mitchell HalversonWEST LINN, OR, US617600Pavilion / 256 / 9
1415Jeremy SchoenbergPORTLAND, OR, US121300Pavilion / 259 / 3
1814Ronald JacquesONL SIGNUP-NO CITY, BC, CA83500Pavilion / 259 / 4
85Dustin LearySEATTLE, WA, US410000Pavilion / 260 / 2
81Rittie ChuaprasertPORTLAND , OR, US414000Pavilion / 268 / 1
2309Matthew LetzringSOLDOTNA, AK, US27500Pavilion / 271 / 7
764Whitney LangwellEUGENE, OR, US195600Pavilion / 293 / 1
1367Elliot SmithRICHMOND, BC, CA125700Pavilion / 299 / 1
2150Matthew SchiavoSEATTLE, WA, US48700Pavilion / 300 / 2

Day 2CEF

Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, and Alberta) players by seat. 1,810/2,443 players total. Restart 11am Wednesday, 10 November.

RANKPLAYERCITYCHIPSSEAT
1705Monte GeorgeChattaroy, WA, US20600Amazon / 401 / 6
513Joseph BeltranPasco, WA, US100200Amazon / 405 / 4
1668Anthony MarNORTH VANCOUVER, BC, CA23200Amazon / 409 / 9
1182Brian FoleyPoulsbo, WA, US55700Amazon / 412 / 8
1606Rodolfo MartinezSeattle, WA, US29000Amazon / 416 / 7
809Paul DhaliwalLangley, BC, CA77800Amazon / 419 / 6
594Brad ZusmanGresham, OR, US94100Amazon / 420 / 9
447Kao SaeternPORTLAND, OR, US105900Amazon / 426 / 6
1784Christopher HokeAnchorage, AK, US10700Amazon / 430 / 2
1655Harsukhpaul SanghaSURREY, BC, CA24900Amazon / 432 / 2
1675Scott RobertsRedmond, WA, US22500Amazon / 437 / 7
5Kenn PluardHAPPY VALLEY, OR, US307600Amazon / 438 / 2
888David ShimOnl Signup-No City, WA, US72200Amazon / 438 / 5
1032Jonas MackoffVANCOUVER, BC, CA63800Amazon / 441 / 3
165Brett KennedySeattle, WA, US150100Amazon / 444 / 6
866Jesse LonisMedford, OR, US73700Amazon / 446 / 1
312Madison BergeronSURREY, BC, CA122000Amazon / 448 / 4
628Stephen JohnsonEugene, OR, US91900Amazon / 457 / 9
697Jeffrey FarnesDallas, OR, US86600Amazon / 459 / 1
68Dustin LearySEATTLE, WA, US185000Amazon / 459 / 6
1248Taylor McFarlandSEATTLE, WA, US52000Amazon / 461 / 4
1090Vikas SondhiBellingham, WA, US60500Amazon / 465 / 3
797Gary BainVANCOUVER, BC, CA78500Amazon / 465 / 6
951Brent MutterPoulsbo, WA, US69200Amazon / 470 / 4
1160Kevin MacPheeCOEUR D ALENE, ID, US57400Amazon / 472 / 2
1660Kao SaechaoPortland, OR, US24100Amazon / 472 / 6
821Timothy GundrumSammamish, WA, US76700Amazon / 478 / 3
1648Jonathan YuehBURNABY, BC, CA25900Amazon / 478 / 6
231Matthew JewettSeattle, WA, US136200Amazon / 480 / 3
1677Chris NyeOnl Signup-No City, WA, US22400Amazon / 483 / 7
1486Andrew DoanMarysville, WA, US39000Amazon / 485 / 4
130Norman ShapiroWEST VANCOUVER, BC, CA159200Amazon / 486 / 1
1323James FrankSTAYTON, OR, US48000Amazon / 487 / 2
846Ian ModderNew Westminster, BC, CA75100Amazon / 488 / 8
476Matthew SchiavoSEATTLE, WA, US102800Amazon / 489 / 2
1762Bradley CrandallVancouver, WA, US14600Amazon / 493 / 9
18Travis PrengTacoma, WA, US232800Amazon / 496 / 1
1036Darshan KolachoorBellevue, WA, US63400Amazon / 497 / 4
1358Donald ThompsonOLYMPIA, WA, US46100Amazon / 497 / 8
1427Sarah PluardHAPPY VALLEY, OR, US42100Amazon / 501 / 3
1207Christopher SchalerTACOMA, WA, US54300Amazon / 501 / 4
1141Sean StevensCoquitlam, BC, CA58000Amazon / 501 / 9
1553Joel NimmoUniversity Place, WA, US34000Amazon / 502 / 2
1361Robert MierzejewskiPreston, ID, US46000Amazon / 503 / 7
341Mark GronerLAKE OSWEGO, OR, US118200Amazon / 505 / 5
1644John StaufferShoreline, WA, US26100Amazon / 506 / 5
455Joel MickaEVERETT, WA, US105000Amazon / 510 / 9
460Jacob ThibodeauJuneau, AK, US104300Amazon / 513 / 7
181Dustin AnREDMOND, WA, US145000Amazon / 514 / 9
368Steven StoneLake Stevens, WA, US114800Amazon / 518 / 3
617Filmon GhebreegzabheirIssaquah, WA, US92900Amazon / 519 / 6
1693Ryan StokerSpokane, WA, US21200Amazon / 521 / 1
1582Noah BronsteinBellevue, WA, US30500Amazon / 527 / 3
1479Benjamin HarrisonLake Oswego, OR, US39300Amazon / 534 / 7
1789Norman NelsonBurlington, WA, US9500Pavilion / 154 / 3
1114Rajendra AjmaniBellevue, WA, US59100Pavilion / 156 / 7
1746Barry CurranOnl Signup-No City, BC, CA16100Pavilion / 169 / 5
1195Alex NgoVancouver, BC, CA55200Pavilion / 172 / 3
1749Marco ZaurriniBurnaby, BC, CA15800Pavilion / 173 / 7
1003Kyle WhiteSURREY, BC, CA66000Pavilion / 180 / 7
348Jason MannBURNABY, BC, CA117400Pavilion / 184 / 8
762Mike KinneySANDPOINT, ID, US81100Pavilion / 185 / 3
1098Jeffrey MitseffPORTLAND, OR, US60000Pavilion / 186 / 7
1709Dien LeBellevue, WA, US20400Pavilion / 187 / 8
1802Cameron MitchellJuneau, AK, US1Pavilion / 193 / 3
338Vinny TaWenatchee, WA, US118800Pavilion / 196 / 1
1569Allen NielsonMERCER ISLAND, WA, US32200Pavilion / 198 / 8
1435Nicolas HalvorsonVaughn, WA, US41700Pavilion / 206 / 3
956Chad ThomsenSURREY, BC, CA69000Pavilion / 206 / 4
136Christopher HullVancouver, WA, US157400Pavilion / 210 / 1
501Shawn StuartVancouver, WA, US101300Pavilion / 210 / 8
1504Armand AlvaradoPORTLAND, OR, US37600Pavilion / 210 / 9
677Shawn BuchananABBOTSFORD, BC, CA88800Pavilion / 212 / 1
1637William TinocoEugene, OR, US26600Pavilion / 213 / 5
1309Gennadiy DvosisBELLEVUE, WA, US48900Pavilion / 215 / 5
398Andrew SmithMercer Island, WA, US111700Pavilion / 218 / 1
346Jaroslaw JaskiewiczKAMLOOPS, BC, CA117500Pavilion / 224 / 8
234Scott EskenaziMERCER ISLAND, WA, US136000Pavilion / 254 / 6
1495Joseph TaylorGRAHAM, WA, US38200Pavilion / 254 / 9
19Jung WooBellevue, WA, US231900Pavilion / 268 / 4

Day 2ABD End of Day

Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, and Alberta) players by seat. 1,440/2,900 players total. Restart 11am Thursday, 11 November. The rank column for the “by seat” listing was not accurate for chip rank.

PLAYERCITYCHIPSSEAT
Greg MuellerVANCOUVER, BC, CA456500Amazon / 400 / 4
Jamil KanjiEdmonton, AB, CA264500Amazon / 404 / 2
Benjamin MayPORTLAND, OR, US43000Amazon / 405 / 8
Jaime CervantesVancouver, WA, US267500Amazon / 417 / 8
Jesse KertlandEllensburg, WA, US43500Amazon / 422 / 2
Aaron ThivyanathanRenton, WA, US146500Amazon / 426 / 3
Dan BarkerPOULSBO, WA, US131300Amazon / 431 / 2
Blaine NeufeldSurrey, BC, CA41000Amazon / 449 / 9
Ross NovakFAIRBANKS, AK, US139600Amazon / 456 / 4
Mark MieleVictoria, BC, CA170500Amazon / 469 / 1
Michael FaulknerViola, ID, US343000Amazon / 469 / 4
Eric StameyKENT, WA, US104200Amazon / 473 / 2
Adam CroffutBELLINGHAM, WA, US122600Amazon / 476 / 2
Roderick ChavezKIRKLAND, WA, US121000Amazon / 476 / 6
Shahriar FahimREDMOND, WA, US62600Amazon / 479 / 4
Gabriel PostSEATTLE, WA, US137500Amazon / 479 / 7
Rick WhitesellVancouver, WA, US67700Amazon / 481 / 2
Lee MarkholtEATONVILLE, WA, US99500Amazon / 486 / 9
Ryan ThorpeVANCOUVER, BC, CA144500Amazon / 488 / 1
Scott DaviesVancouver, BC, CA615100Amazon / 492 / 1
Dylan CollingwoodVANCOUVER, BC, CA179600Amazon / 494 / 1
Parminder KumarBellingham, WA, US224300Amazon / 499 / 5
Melissa FrenchLynnwood, WA, US66700Amazon / 500 / 7
Charles LampeKaktovik, AK, US56100Amazon / 503 / 2
Tony HoangEDMONTON, AB, CA103300Amazon / 512 / 4
Nicholas Sena-HopkinsSEATTLE, WA, US220600Amazon / 512 / 9
Matt AffleckMILL CREEK, WA, US404100Amazon / 530 / 7
Clemen DengPortland, OR, US122300Amazon / 534 / 8
William NicholsBeaverton, OR, US216800Pavilion / 161 / 4
Ahmed AminSeattle, WA, US141400Pavilion / 174 / 3
Jimmy LeeEdmonton, AB, CA52400Pavilion / 185 / 8
Kevin TheodoreSeattle, WA, US83900Pavilion / 190 / 4
Fatima NanjiVancouver, BC, CA187200Pavilion / 194 / 6
Rambo HalpernPortland, OR, US53800Pavilion / 198 / 3
Ryan SamsonSURREY, BC, CA83600Pavilion / 199 / 8
Anthony KalanjPort Coquitlam, BC, CA239800Pavilion / 200 / 4
Garry BliesnerSpokane Valley, WA, US175100Pavilion / 203 / 3
Richard MullenWhite Rock, BC, CA195600Pavilion / 207 / 6
Robert RasmussenEDMONDS, WA, US85100Pavilion / 209 / 5
Tuan HuynhBoise, ID, US365700Pavilion / 209 / 7
Yevgeniy TimoshenkoSEATTLE, WA, US179000Pavilion / 210 / 8
Steven JosephsenBOTHELL, WA, US135000Pavilion / 212 / 9
Colten YamagishiEdmonton, AB, CA70400Pavilion / 214 / 3
Adam HendrixAnchorage, AK, US100800Pavilion / 226 / 4
Sterling LopezAnchorage, AK, US223200Pavilion / 229 / 6
Christopher LastiwkaEdmonton, AB, CA168100Pavilion / 229 / 7
Ali HasanYakima, WA, US93500Pavilion / 239 / 7
Joseph HaddadPORTLAND, OR, US28400Pavilion / 241 / 8
Nathan SwansonSammamish, WA, US113900Pavilion / 256 / 5
Mitchell HalversonWest Linn, OR, US617600Pavilion / 256 / 9
Jeremy SchoenbergPORTLAND, OR, US121300Pavilion / 259 / 3
Ronald JacquesOnl Signup-No City, BC, CA83500Pavilion / 259 / 4
Rittie ChuaprasertPortland , OR, US414000Pavilion / 268 / 1
Matthew LetzringSOLDOTNA, AK, US27500Pavilion / 271 / 7
Elliot SmithRICHMOND, BC, CA125700Pavilion / 299 / 1

Day 2ABD

Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, and Alberta) players by seat. 2,893/3,913 players total. Restart 11am Tuesday, 9 November.

RANKPLAYERCITYCHIPSSEAT
128Greg MuellerVANCOUVER, BC, CA176700Brasilia / 22 / 7
2546Aaron SteeleBellingham, WA, US30000Brasilia / 23 / 8
1555Travis JansenSALEM, OR, US69100Brasilia / 27 / 8
1420William NicholsBeaverton, OR, US73800Brasilia / 28 / 2
1645Seanpatrick OhernBainbridge Island, WA, US65500Brasilia / 30 / 8
1521Jerrol SigsworthFife, WA, US70300Brasilia / 32 / 9
2097Kostantinos GennaiosSeattle, WA, US48800Brasilia / 35 / 2
1488James BattenbergIssaquah, WA, US71300Brasilia / 35 / 6
1360Steven JosephsenBOTHELL, WA, US76300Brasilia / 45 / 9
2450John ScottGranite Falls, WA, US34300Brasilia / 49 / 1
807Melissa FrenchLynnwood, WA, US101500Brasilia / 56 / 3
952Lee MarkholtEATONVILLE, WA, US94600Brasilia / 57 / 1
1347Ross NovakFAIRBANKS, AK, US77000Brasilia / 58 / 1
2043Nicholas Sena-HopkinsSEATTLE, WA, US51100Brasilia / 59 / 3
1376Douglas ShehRichmond, BC, CA75600Brasilia / 60 / 9
665Kheang TangPortland, OR, US109400Brasilia / 62 / 2
2825Darren KennedyCourtenay, BC, CA13900Brasilia / 62 / 5
1158Ali HasanYakima, WA, US86200Brasilia / 63 / 1
421Ian PelzEUGENE, OR, US129300Brasilia / 63 / 3
1063Adam HendrixAnchorage, AK, US90100Brasilia / 63 / 6
2659Jason GigliottiWEST VANCOUVER, BC, CA24100Brasilia / 68 / 8
112Ryan ThorpeVANCOUVER, BC, CA183700Brasilia / 70 / 2
314Anthony KalanjPort Coquitlam, BC, CA142500Brasilia / 74 / 5
400Richard MullenWhite Rock, BC, CA130900Brasilia / 77 / 3
2793Todd KawamuraRenton, WA, US15700Brasilia / 77 / 9
2782Adam BarkerBonney Lake, WA, US17300Brasilia / 79 / 6
2260Dylan CollingwoodVANCOUVER, BC, CA42000Brasilia / 84 / 1
2224Mark LofthouseVANCOUVER, BC, CA43100Brasilia / 84 / 2
1132Colten YamagishiEdmonton, AB, CA87400Brasilia / 85 / 4
1651Shiva KotiniBellevue, WA, US65200Brasilia / 86 / 5
535Aaron StefanVANCOUVER, WA, US118000Pavilion / 100 / 1
339Charles LampeKAKTOVIK, AK, US138100Pavilion / 104 / 9
1647Carolyn TullochINNISFAIL, AB, CA65400Pavilion / 107 / 7
114Michael FaulknerVIOLA, ID, US182000Pavilion / 108 / 2
2500Brandon SchaeferSEATTLE, WA, US31600Pavilion / 108 / 4
1729Thomas TaylorChestermere, AB, CA62500Pavilion / 110 / 7
2055Nathan SwansonSAMMAMISH, WA, US50700Pavilion / 111 / 2
94Eric StameyKENT, WA, US189900Pavilion / 113 / 5
453Tuan HuynhBOISE, ID, US126300Pavilion / 115 / 7
628Roger ScottShoreline, WA, US111900Pavilion / 118 / 5
299Christopher LastiwkaEDMONTON, AB, CA144600Pavilion / 126 / 1
586Angela JordisonTERREBONNE, OR, US114500Pavilion / 127 / 9
2131Steve ChanthabouasyCLACKAMAS, OR, US47000Pavilion / 128 / 7
1686Jeremy SchoenbergPORTLAND, OR, US64100Pavilion / 129 / 6
2049Robert RasmussenEDMONDS, WA, US50900Pavilion / 132 / 8
2483Mitchell HalversonWEST LINN, OR, US32400Pavilion / 134 / 1
2491Darcey BeaucageCALGARY, AB, CA32000Pavilion / 136 / 9
1587Mark MieleVICTORIA, BC, CA67700Pavilion / 151 / 4
2241Thomas StammerPORT TOWNSEND, WA, US42400Pavilion / 151 / 8
1066Tony HoangEDMONTON, AB, CA90000Pavilion / 154 / 2
1214Ronald JacquesOnl Signup-No City, BC, CA83100Pavilion / 159 / 1
565Lloyd AalvikPortland, OR, US115900Pavilion / 163 / 3
2248Seth DaviesBEND, OR, US42100Pavilion / 163 / 4
1168Roger JensenKEIZER, OR, US85500Pavilion / 164 / 9
697Joel FazioOnl Signup-No City, OR, US107700Pavilion / 166 / 5
2554James NguyenSeattle, WA, US29600Pavilion / 176 / 8
1262Fatima NanjiVancouver, BC, CA80700Pavilion / 178 / 7
1064Rep PorterWOODINVILLE, WA, US90100Pavilion / 187 / 4
516Alexandre ServiesSeattle, WA, US120200Pavilion / 189 / 5
1152Sebastian TroenVANCOUVER, BC, CA86400Pavilion / 190 / 9
1419David NguyenSurrey, BC, CA73800Pavilion / 192 / 3
2146Michael ChittickWOODINVILLE, WA, US46300Pavilion / 194 / 2
1883Andrew ZibitsBothell, WA, US57000Pavilion / 199 / 2
2567Kindah SakkalLYNNWOOD, WA, US29000Pavilion / 204 / 5
2035Forouzan SotoudehWest Vancouver, BC, CA51500Pavilion / 204 / 9
1124Michael BerdineSILVERDALE, WA, US87500Pavilion / 205 / 7
1180Joseph HaddadPORTLAND, OR, US85100Pavilion / 205 / 8
718Garry BliesnerSpokane Valley, WA, US106300Pavilion / 208 / 7
2189Sean GreendughANCHORAGE, AK, US44700Pavilion / 210 / 2
1550Jesse KertlandEllensburg, WA, US69300Pavilion / 212 / 5
60Rambo HalpernPortland, OR, US204700Pavilion / 220 / 6
2658Jesika HarrellONL SIGNUP-NO CITY, AK, US24100Pavilion / 221 / 8
2776Scott DaviesVancouver, BC, CA17600Pavilion / 228 / 4
2529Ahmed AminSeattle, WA, US30600Pavilion / 236 / 1
2805Cheang Kit YooSeattle, WA, US14900Pavilion / 240 / 2
1477Roderick ChavezKIRKLAND, WA, US71600Pavilion / 240 / 7
675Jimmy LeeEdmonton, AB, CA109100Pavilion / 241 / 5
2873Kevin MartinLethbridge, AB, CA9000Pavilion / 243 / 6
2440Jessica VierlingSeattle, WA, US34900Pavilion / 244 / 6
998Kevin TheodoreSeattle, WA, US92900Pavilion / 245 / 7
957Ryan SamsonSURREY, BC, CA94400Pavilion / 250 / 7
1072Adam CroffutBELLINGHAM, WA, US89700Pavilion / 256 / 7
612Clemen DengPortland, OR, US112600Pavilion / 258 / 5
811Benjamin MayPORTLAND, OR, US101300Pavilion / 264 / 3
589Forrest KollarTalent, OR, US114100Pavilion / 266 / 9
1160Ciaran OlearySeattle, WA, US86000Pavilion / 271 / 5
618Matt AffleckMILL CREEK, WA, US112300Pavilion / 274 / 4
321Robert MarLynnwood, WA, US141000Pavilion / 274 / 8
739Dan BarkerPOULSBO, WA, US105300Pavilion / 285 / 1
2345Vinayak RaoTukwila, WA, US38800Pavilion / 285 / 6
235Rafael Marcondes ReisKent, WA, US154000Pavilion / 286 / 2
1474Gabriel PostSEATTLE, WA, US71800Pavilion / 287 / 3
2272Jordan KellyRED DEER, AB, CA41600Pavilion / 291 / 1
2111Matthew LetzringSOLDOTNA, AK, US48100Pavilion / 294 / 2
2181Eli KatzmanBoise, ID, US45100Pavilion / 294 / 7
82Yevgeniy TimoshenkoSEATTLE, WA, US194800Pavilion / 300 / 3
1458Shahriar FahimREDMOND, WA, US72500Pavilion / 302 / 4
1491Andrew SeidmanPORTLAND, OR, US71100Pavilion / 309 / 8
2Rittie ChuaprasertPORTLAND , OR, US345700Pavilion / 310 / 2
1868Jamil KanjiEDMONTON, AB, CA57500Pavilion / 311 / 5
67Jaime CervantesVancouver, WA, US198800Pavilion / 315 / 1
1710Raymond MuzykaEDMONTON, AB, CA63200Pavilion / 319 / 7
1605Blaine NeufeldSurrey, BC, CA67000Pavilion / 326 / 3
2757Kao SaeternPORTLAND, OR, US19100Pavilion / 326 / 4
1945Jacqueline BurkhartBoring, OR, US54900Pavilion / 326 / 5
593Parminder KumarBellingham, WA, US113500Pavilion / 328 / 6
1673Maxwell YoungSEASIDE, OR, US64400Pavilion / 329 / 8
1545Jin KimBellevue, WA, US69400Pavilion / 341 / 7
381Vincent LamEDMONTON, AB, CA134100Pavilion / 343 / 6
539Elliot SmithRICHMOND, BC, CA117800Pavilion / 345 / 3
1951Rick WhitesellVancouver, WA, US54600Pavilion / 703 / 7
1143Calen McNeilVICTORIA, BC, CA86800Pavilion / 707 / 8
2564Kostas TheodosakisSurrey, BC, CA29100Pavilion / 708 / 2

WSOP 2021: Day-No-Mont!

Is it just me? Every time I walk past this in the hall on the way to the WSOP, I don’t see a patio chair turned into wall art as much as I see an old man’s walker, crushed under an SUV on Valley View trying to get across to one of the Subways in the Gold Coast, covered in colored crepe paper and stuck up to hide the evidence in plain sight.

I took another shot at the 9am mega-satellite on Friday, ending up firing two bullets because the field got to 38 (three full $1500 payouts and one $1200), but didn’t manage to ever get anything going (hence the second bullet).

I debated playing some single-table-satellites, but since I hadn’t been able to connect up with the person I probably would have sold the lammers to (I cannot imagine myself trying to hustle lammers to people in line, even in a full WSOP; I just don’t have the ‘strike-up-a-conversation-with-strangers’ gene) I decided to wait until the $250 Deepstack at 1pm, which has been getting a couple hundred entries the past week.

I made some call in the late morning, then headed down to the All-American Bar & Grill for a salad before I headed in to Pavilion. It was a little after the 1pm start time by then, but I wasn’t too worried, since the levels were 30 minutes. But even though the line didn’t even extend from the satellite cages all the way to the central aisle, it wasn’t moving at all, at first. There were maybe 20 people in front of me and three windows open, but I stood in the same place for a long time. It was nearly. Half hour before I was seated at the table. And I only lasted about 25 minutes, loving a couple chunky hands, then raising KJ in middle position, getting a couple calls, then seeing a 9x8x7x flop and Qx turn and getting my stack all in and called by 9x9x. Then, of course, Qx on the river.

That was the last tournament poker for me for this trip. I figured that I would go pick up my media credentials, mostly to add them to the collection, and went back to the room to rest up from the excitement of my HORSE min-cash. I saw that I now had a WSOP.com player page and my Hendon Mob profile has the update already, Sadly, it’s not enough to get my on the next installment of the PNW Poker Leaderboard.

I wandered back down to the Amazon room and ran into Kevmath (again, because he’d been one of just five people—including myself—in the drastically-reduced media room earlier) and we firmed up our connections for getting together later. The final two tables of the HORSE tournament were running, and I very much wanted to rail PNW player Kao “Flexx” Saechao, who was second in chips at the time to eventual champ Anthony Zinno (who I’d won a pot from earlier in the tournament, I will remind everyone from now on), but I contented myself with harassing PokerNews because they had Oregon’s Kao Saechao linked in their player profile.

No thanks for that, but they did fix it not long afterward. They might just have noticed that the guy in the player profile looked nothing like the guy at the table. Flexx made 4th place, so great congratulations to him, and he will appear in the Leaderboard. Now wee just need Portland Meadows—named after a horse-racing track—to put on some HORSE tournaments to make Portland the home of Big O and HORSE!

Picked up some beer for Kevmath, went back to the room for a while, then he DMed me to let me know it would be a bit later than he’d expected because of a big news thing, which turned out to be he last-minute announcement of two more day 1s for the Main Event and a reshuffling of the rest of the schedule, to accommodate the relaxation of COVID travel restrictions to the US. He made it about two hours later than he’d originally expected (and I left him waiting outside he door for five minutes because I didn’t see his first couple of DMs, my apologies, Kevin), and we watched some of the endgame of the $5K NLHE 6-Max, from 3-handed until just about the time it ended in real life (though not on the 60-minute PokerGO delay feed) while I got to hear some details of how he came to play next week’s Turbo Bounty bracelet event, and other insights into the weird niche he’s carved out for himself as poker’s social media ganglion.

Time to finish packing up and head out in a few hours. Have a great WSOP, everyone!

WSOP 2021: Choose Your Own H.O.R.S.E. Adventure

This isn’t (hopefully) going to be a long post; it’s a little before 8:30am as I’m typing this, hoping I’ll get sleepy by staring at the screen, but I’ve been up for over an hour and I didn’t get to sleep until 4.

Yesterday started off with me popping over to Denny’s catty-corner from the Rio. It seems like, despite the wide-open rep of Las Vegas—many of the restaurants in the casino complex are shuttered—at least during the weekdays—which has led to scenes like this.

Denny’s, on the other hand, was busy and considerably less expensive than anything I’d seen on the menus at the Rio. All you have to do is take your life into your hands by walking across both Flamingo and Valley View each direction during morning rush hour to get there.

First order of the day was to get registered for Event #196 $180 NLHE Turbo Mega Satellite. I had my three $500 lammers from the evening before, but I was hoping to pick up another $1500 in lammers from this satellite. I’m starting to think my decision to grind satellites in the COVID era was -EV. By the end of registration, only 18 players had joined in, which meat just one full payout and one of two lamps and $200 cash. I had one AxQx hand get all in against AxJx and lose, which mostly wiped me out an I ended up fifth. The other players were discussing how to potentially chop it up as I picked up my bag, while the TD pretended something on the far wall of the Pavilion room was interesting.

That took a couple hours. It was time to make a decision about the path of my next three days in Vegas. I was (discounting expenses and treating my lammers as actual dollars) slightly ahead on the trip after the first day. Do I a) buy into the HORSE tournament? or b) use the lammers for the bulk of three more $580 mega satellites? With the number of players the mega were getting, I wasn’t sure how many of those were going to be profitable for me—I really prefer the larger satellite fields—and they could mean forgoing the two other bracelet events I was interested in.

As it happened, my passions took the lead and I dropped my lammers at the cage to register for HORSE.

My first table in the HORSE tournament couldn’t have had a better location. Though it also had Ian Johns in the seat next to me. It seemed like several other players there were from Washington state, as well. The next table wasn’t so good, in the ass-end of the Tan section of Amazon with bad lighting that made it difficult for the older players—not me, of course—to see the stud variant up cards at the other end of the table. Ran into some serious hardships and was down to 7k from 25k at one point before a phenomenal O8 segment took me up over starting stack and nearly 40k.

Got moved after a couple hours to a table with better lighting but also Alan Kessler. I lost the first hand I played there (to him) and then a (for me) massive hand where I had seven hearts in stud and I had to call off on the river when he raised me with his rivered boat. That stung. I did manage to pull off a flush that held up against Anthony Zinno to recover a bit.

Got moved to a table with Barry Greenstein and was dealt 234 in Razz, which got me excited. Then I got 2 black kings, which took some of the edge off. At this point, we were nearing the final three levels of play, which is still two hours before bagging, but I’d made it past the ed of registration, and if I could hang on with my <10 big bet stack, I might be able to make Day 2.

Attendance was down a bit for this event. There were 751 entries in 2019 and just 594 yesterday, which is a full 20% drop. I’m guessing that’s probably worse for someone like myself, because most of the people who aren’t showing up are the more casual HORSE players (like me).

Ran into Joe Brandenberg in the halls, and Jeff Mitseff at the next table at the end of the night. We got the “five hands” notice from the floor just as we headed into the Razz round. I think I managed to stay out of most of those hands.

Anyway, my table draw is interesting. Felipe Ramos is #3 in live tournament earnings in Brazil. Ron Ware runs the Mixed Game Poker in Las Vegas group on Facebook.

After we bagged up, I needed to find some food. If there was anything open at the Rio during the day, it wasn’t open at 2:15am. I headed across to Ping Pang Pong (crossing Valley View in the dark, yeek!) and managed to wolf down my first food since breakfast. This hibernation fat is good for something!

Going to try to make the day last as long as I can! Usually I change out the card cover each time I cash, I’ve got to decide whether making Day 2 of my first WSOP bracelet event is significant enough to swap out.

WSOP 2021: Back to the Rio

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I am not a professional poker player. The last bracelet event I played at the World Series of Poker was in 2013. I’ve only ever played two (well, now three) bracelet events, and they were back when the WSOP first introduced $1,000 events. This year, I sunk even lower and entered a $600 bracelet event.

It’s been a long haul, folks, Years ago, I’d heard about folks grinding satellites, and even though I felt I was decent at playing them, I’d never had the discipline to sit down and just do it. So many tournaments in the summer (or anytime I was likely to be going to Vegas), so many variations. Never mind that I’d done reasonably well in the Ignition Casino Thousandaire Makers (only to blow the money I made on MTTs). Never mind that I had Dara O’Kearney’s Poker Satellite Strategy on my Kindle mostly unread.

did put my plan into action when I came down in 2018, but bricked out. In 2019, when I ‘retired’ from poker, I had to cancel the trip at the last minute because of work, and you know what happened to 2020. So I really wanted to take advantage of this revival year—and experience a WSOP that didn’t melt me when I walked outdoors.

I made my plans as soon as the schedule was announced, centering the trip around three bracelet events: #24 $600 PLO 8-Max#27 $1500 HORSE, and #28 $1000 PLO 8-Max. Plus the usual $180 mega satellites and the daily $580 mega satellite. I figured either this WSOP would be one of the easiest (with so many players choosing not to or unable to travel to the US) or really hard (with the people who were dedicated to making it to the WSOP being concentrated with pros).

Up at 4am to catch the first flight to Vegas today. Disregard the enticing $250 offers from the airline to give up my seat for a later flight—we’re on a schedule, man!

Plane lands around 8:30. Now, spite months of mental preparation for this trip, I made  a very essential error: fucking Columbus Day (I’m using that instead of Indigenous Peoples’ Day because this is a comment about how the day screwed me over). I wasn’t planning to travel with a huge wad of money, just enough to get me through the first day or so, but Friday was a bitch and Saturday I had stuff to do around the house, I old just pick up my cash from the bank on Monday, right? Did I remember that banks were going o be closed on Monday? No. And even the cheap-ass PLO game was more than an ATM puts out.

So, when I get to Las Vegas, I need to get to a branch of my bank, of which there are a number in town, one just a couple miles from the airport. It even opens at 9. I get there a quarter hour before it opens and it’s a cubbyhole inside the student union at UNLV. I just hope it has money.

Branch opens up, the very nice branch assistant tells me my specific ask is no problem, until they get to the part where they give me the money and they tell me that there’s some weird thing about the way the business account I have had for my sole proprietorship for more than a quarter of a century is set up in their system and I’m somehow not the “owner” of the account. Fie on you, Christopher Columbus! Anyway, it’s resolved by me transferring the amount I need to my linked personal account and taking it out of there. I was reminded that when I had some a paycheck—from Caesar’s Entertainment, one of the largest employers here—to my account a few years ago, one of the branches in a grocery store couldn’t take my deposit without the branch manager being there, which they were not. It was not, dear reader, a large sum of money.

So that’s all before 10am.

The Rio at 9:30 this morning was quiet. Hardly any line for the registration cage. Mid-week mornings are good. I was bought in an hour before the event and kicked around. It was surprising to see what’s operating next what’s not. There were a fe people sitting at the tables inside Starbucks, but the lights were off and I didn’t see anyone behind the counter. That’s fine, I don’t drink coffee except socially.

So, how’d my first bracelet event in eight years go? Not so great. I was in a steady drift down for most of my time in the tournament, with a couple of players—one at the far end of the table and one just to my left—picking off chips. I looked at their stacks a couple of times before anyone had been knocked off the table and was a bit puzzled at where they’d all come from, I’d lost a lot but not that many, and it seemed like other people had more than me, too. I shrank down to less than a fifth of the 30k starting stack over the first four levels, then suddenly caught some fire in Level 5.

Our little corner of the Brasilia room didn’t see any water service for a couple hours. I was damned if I was paying for some other drink. I wanted my 10oz/$1 water. Maybe the lack of hydration was messing with my game.

My stack got up to almost where it had started three-and-a-half hours before before I potted with a rainbow AA44, got called by two players, then shoved on a KQx flop where I ought to have known I was beat. Both players shoved, one with an open-ended draw and the other with a set of kings and the wrap made a king-high straight.

So naturally, instead of looking for something t eat or drink (all I’d had since the night before was airplane biscotti, which was pretty good), I went back to the reg cage to get into the $580 mega. Now the lines were a bit longer, it took about 40 minutes to get my ticket, even though the line—full of anxious PLO re-entries—didn’t reach the main hall. It’s almost enough to make me go sign up with Fastrac, which I was discussing with a couple of the folks in line behind me, only to have someone who’d just signed up have some serious frustrations with the machine outside registration.

So I got to the mega almost 90 minutes in, with 10k of chips and 400/800/800 blinds. Just the way I like to burn $580. This went a to better, even though there were a couple of large stacks. I was one of the later entries but there were only 24 by the end of registration, which was going to yield two payouts of $5k in lammer chips and one of $2k.

I was playing tight (12bb!) then less than half an hour in I had to call with AK and the guy who’d been opening a bit too much a little sheepishly turned over Q2 after raising 10x. The the big stack on my right raised a hand and I caught trip 9s on a flop with T9 which knocked him out. So I had a quarter of the chips as we went into a break and consolidated to a table of 9.

But then work interrupted. Something back home att the job was messed up. It was probably my fault, and I’m getting calls from the client who I don’t usually talk to, what with me being a worker grunt and not the face of the enterprise. I faltered and raised QJ, then called an all-in from a player at the other end of the table, who had enough to halve my stack, which was more than everyone else, but not especially deep.

The highlight of the evening was probably when I called with KxQx against an all-in from a two-time bracelet winner (someone I should have recognized, but it’s been a few years since it was my job to know these guys) and cracked his Ax hand. That wasn’t long before he shoved a small stack with tens TT, got called by T9 and the board ran out 48444 for a chopped pot, which must just have been crushing, even to a pro.

We got down to 4 players, on the bubble and K, the player on my left and I were tied at about 37k, less than 10bb. I was getting the best of it, because the other old man at the table, P, gave me a couple walks and K wasn’t getting that, so he got a little shorter than me. T, the player with the most chips, proposed a chop, with him taking the full $5K, and P and myself passing a lammer chip each to K. Who am I to turn down a deal that pus me in the red for the day (not counting other expenses.

Everyone agreed to the deal, we went through the process to get out lammers, and that’s how I got my first-ever payout at the WSOP, though it’s not technically money. All for of us waved to the payout room together, T got his chips first, went up to the window, but even though I had to wait in line for a little to get my paperwork and payout, was still at the window. Both and I hung around to make sure got his other chip (I’d flipped him one right after I got them), and paid off his part in casino chips for some reason. Everyone satisfied (except for the part where I blew $3500 in equity) we headed our separate ways. I got checked in, got some fluids, and had a nice pork-fried rice.

Poker In the Time of COVID

“Poker Game on the Moon“ by Jim Algar

It was five months ago today that I played my last hand of live poker, the longest gap in my live play since I started playing home games with a group of guys my cousin’s husband introduced me to back in 2007. And that last live session was with what remains of the same group, which has been whittled down considerably from the days when we regularly needed two tables. Maybe I drove them away…

It’s not that live poker hasn’t come back to Portland, albeit in a somewhat reduced fashion. Both of the largest poker rooms in the city and state—Final Table and Portland Meadows—are open, and a number of the smaller rooms have games running. I haven’t partaken myself, as I’ve been on the deck for helping out some folks with medical issues and can’t really afford an accidental exposure because of my love for poker.

Without any live tournaments, the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard has been dead. I’d been hoping to have something to report after the WSOP.com online replacement for the World Series of Poker’s 50th anniversary (yes, you read that right, last year was the 50th WSOP but this would have been the 50th anniversary), but the last event was over a week ago and they’re apparently not adding them to the database.

So, all I have left is me.

I’ve  played a wider variety of online the past five months than I had in a long time. I started off on my tried and true Ignition Casino. I didn’t have a lot of cash left there but the first NLHE Jackpot Sit-n-Go I played after lockdown went well, and I got another one that day, but meanwhile dropped five times my winnings in a $25K GTD, a PLO Turbo, and a 6-Max Turbo. I finished out march with a few small Jackpots.

Portland Meadows—which had just reopened before Oregon locked down—had a deal with the Bitcoin-only Nitrogen Sports (home of The Poker Guys). I bought some Bitcoin and transferred it to Nitrogen to play a few of the Meadows-branded events, busting out mid-field in the first couple. Then I started playing their micro stakes PLO cash games and did fantastic, with one of them putting me up 850bb in about 20 minutes. Of course, I promptly booked a session with a loss of 700bb. Then another for nearly 1500bb. Thankfully, those were both smaller stakes than the win, but still.

Meanwhile, Kheang Tang convinced me to play part of the America’s Cardroom High Five series. I played a $30K GTD PLO8, $40K GTD NLHE, and a $1K GTD Stud8 without even getting into the top half of the field.

The cash games for me on Nitrogen were still going well, but the tournaments were a complete bust. Back on ACR. I min-cashed a $20K PLO8 after being in the top 5 for a good section of the tournament. April ended with me still cashless in tournaments at Nitrogen and a couple of losing PLO sessions in a row depleted my balance there. I made the final table of a 45-player PLO tournament at ACR, but a rebuy made me just break-even.

I got back over to Ignition on May Day, intending to focus on 6-Max and satellites. It didn’t go so well. Booked a couple of profits at 2¢ PLO cash, but it was just losses in satellites, PLO Turbo tournaments, and 6-Max for over a week before I cashed in even a $2 Jackpot SnG. Three weeks and more than 20 tournaments in, I finally picked up an MTT cash with 60/851 in a $30K GTD. Not much, but something.

Meanwhile, I was also plugging away on ACR. Apart from a satellite ticket and a negligible profit in a $500 GTD 6-Max, that was going nowhere.

Near the end of the month, I psigned up with Big Dog Poker through Jeremy Harkin, so I could try my hand at Big O during a weekend series they were running. Tried my hand at four tournaments and a few cash games and let’s just say I’m not as good at the game as I used to be back in the Portland Players Club days. And that was never that good.

My ACR play petered off in early June along with the rest of the money in my account. I did get to play one last Stud cash session, which is something Ignition doesn’t have.

Over on Ignition, I had a run of 0.1/0.25 PLO cash sessions that gave me hope, with profits in 10 out of 15, but other than that: nada. I played almost nothing the last third of the month, between my last session on Big Dog and my last on ACR. After July 1, it was Ignition and only Ignition.

Not that that was going all that well.

I had a couple min-cashes (142/1095 in a $10K GTD and 23/155 in a 6-Max Turbo) but many more bustos, mostly sticking to 6-Max, and PLO/PLO8. Then things started to turn around after the middle of the month. 11/175 in the nightly $44 buyin 6-Max. A satellite ticket to their summer series $10K GTD O8 (where I got 14/145). Another min in a $3K GTD Turbo, and 2/176 in the 6Max, with only two busts in-between (and one of those was a $250K GTD I’d satellited into).

I busted a couple of tournaments, cashed 6/215 in a $5K PLO8, busted a couple more and won a satellite into a $35K GTD 6-Max (busted), had a couple more bust days, then played two tournaments simultaneously (which I rarely do because I am old and slow), making the final tables of both.

A min-cash with rebuy meant a small loss in my first-ever NLHE Ante Up tournament (do not late-reg one of these things when you get just 12bb to start).

I noticed the last couple of Thursdays there are multiple 6-Max tournaments to lay during the series. I was considering playing all three the other day, but two of them start before I’m off of work. I wanted to sit in the living room so I could chat with my wife, so I ended up just playing the $215 buy-in because of the size of my laptop screen (if I’d been in the office, I would have used the big computer). This led to a major screw-up.

I got into a confrontation early in the game and lost a third of my chips, then drifted down further to 1/3 of the starting stack. It seems like I was down there for a long time, but looking at the hand history, it seems like I managed to recover back to a starting stack by the end of the first hour.

Nearing the end of the re-entry period, the player came in on my right with 75bb and proceeded to shove over nearly every raise made by another player. He shoved the second hand he was dealt at the table. He shoved the third hand with AJ and went down to 60bb when he doubled up a pair of tens. He 6x 3-bet the next hand. Hand 4, he doubled up another player shoving 98 and getting called by AQ. Down to 30bb, he shoved hands 5, 6, and 7.

On hand 8, he open-shoved from the button and I called with TK, exposing his Q8. He doubled me up that time, and I was up to 40bb. He was down to 12.

This did not stop the insanity, however. The next hand there was an UTG min-raise from a 35bb, and the maniac shoved with 75. The original raiser called with TQ and the maniac doubled back to 40bb.

He took a hand off, but did it again, then just limped into my BB (and won a small pot), shoved over a 4bb raise, stayed out of a hand where I doubled up to 66bb, and at least slowed down a bit.

Which may have been why I took my eye off the ball at the wrong time. Blinds were up to 600/1200/120. There were only four players at the table at the moment, with a little over 100 left and about half of us getting paid. I was well-situated with almost 75bb which put me in the top 10 at the time. The maniac was at 40bb. I had 4Q in the BB, which I might call a small raise with but I had no real intention of playing. The button (22bb) min-raised, and the maniac in SB shoved and—not seeing the all-in—I called. Button folded and I was up against 98 Racing, but a nine and a club on the flop turned into a club couch by the river and nw the maniac had almost 100K and I was well out of the top 10.

My last hand against the maniac was just 5 hands later when he open-shoved SB with 9K against my JK and again hit a nine on the flop.

I did a re-entry but lost a race on my first hand and was down to 1.5bb. Quadrupled up on my second hand. My last hand, I had A7 and 4bb in the BB, a big stack shoved 24, and I called. He got a full house.

Look Back In Poker

Everybody’s always asking
Why do what I do
I don’t gamble ’cuz I want to win, boys
I gamble ’cuz I need to lose

This was the year I didn’t go to Vegas.

I announced last fall that I was retiring from poker at the end of 2018, then got a lot of funny looks from people when I started showing up at tournaments three weejs after I retired. It wasn’t ever supposed to be an absolute thing, but I did scale back my poker playing to spend more time with the family, specifically, my wife, who retired on January 1st. And I did.

I played 95 live tournaments in 2018, and only 53 in 2019. There was a starker comparison in the first half of each year, because in 2019 I played only 14 live tournaments between January and June, where I’d played 37 in 2018. Online, I was still fairly active, with 388 tournaments in 2018 only going down to 306 in 2019, but half of the 2019 tournaments were Jackpot Sit-and-Gos, hyper-turbo, 3-player tournaments that tend to last less than 10 minutes, so they weren’t exactly eating up the time an MTT would. 3% ROI playing mostly $7 entries but also some $2, $15, and $20 games. Never saw a jackpot higher than 5x the buy-in.

After playing 85 of the nightly Thousandaire Maker tournaments on Ignition Poker last year, I entered 16 Thousandaire Makers in 2019 (cashed 2, for a -14% ROI).

I had my second-largest career cash ($10K) in this first year of my retirement, which—at the end of November—had me as #28 on the Poker Media Power Rankings, right between two of the actual poker journalists I worked with at the World Series two years ago.

In 2018, I made two brief trips too Las Vegas—in the summer and just before New Year’s, but I didn’t leave the Northwest at all (for poker) in 2019. My first experience as a player at the World Series of Poker was in 2012, I was down for short periods at least once during the summer each year until 2018 (and for a pretty long period in 2016) even when I wasn’t playing a WSOP event); now that’s retired.

Just one third the number of tournaments at Final Table this year (13 vs. 41 in 2018), even though it was the final year of my free door fees there (part of the payment for doing their web site a couple of years back, and a real steal in no-rake Portland). I played a couple more tournaments this year at Portland Meadows (14 in 2019 vs. 11 in 2018) because of the Grand Finale series.

You might think that the second-best career cash would be my best ROI in a tournament this year, but at 1800%, that was just over half the ROI from an Ignition $4K GTD NLHE Turbo where I took 4th of 471, for ROI of 3100%. I had five other tournaments where I cashed for more than a 1000% ROI.

Wins this year included a 66-player Ignition $500 GTD PLO8 Turbo, first in a chop in a Final Table $10K GTD NLHE (83 entries), the Chinook Winds $50K GTD NLHE (technically second, but I got a skosh more money, 210 entries), and a bunch of Jackpot Sit-and-Gos.

As usual, I didn’t play much in the way of cash games, but a couple of decent sessions at Portland Meadows were enough to make that part profitable.

Goals in the new year: satellite into a $5K or $10K buyin. I’ve got my eye on the Bay 101 Shooting Star (which has satellites running this month and February) or the LAPC/WPT Main Event at the end of February, with two 50-Seat guaranteed mega satellites just before Day 1. Then, of course, there’s the WSOP Main Event.

Love to goto the Irish Poker Open in March, but there are some obstacles in the way that make it easier to try for Bay 101 or LAPC instead. PokerStars hasn’t announced that there’ll even be and EPT Prague next year, so that ship may have sailed.

Hapy New Year!

@pokermutant Twitter Account on Restriction

UPDATE: It took an entire weekend—the weekend where the Mike Postle/Stones Gambling Hall cheating scandal broke, nonetheless—but the account did come off restriction the morning of 30 September.

For some reason known only to the folks at Twitter, my @pokermutant account has been restricted since about Friday (27 September) at 8pm. No indication that it’s been hacked or that I did something untoward, though my last tweet was about the Bellagio 5 Diamond series, and I’d been discussing Galaxy Quest with Dara O’Kearney. That didn’t seem so offensive at the time, but I guess it was.

I just get routed to a page telling me to confirm my phone number, saying it’ll send me a text message, but I tried that so many times while I was playing the Friday night Final Table $10K GTD NLHE that eventually Twitter said I was restricted from doing that, too, even though I never got a message. Tried changing my passsword, which means I’m going to have to update it on the numerous devices where I use it, but I’m still restricted. Not the greatest timing for a reason I’m going to sit on until I can tweet again.

2019 Chinook Winds Fall Coast Poker Classic — Day 5

My plan to do daily updates about the events here took an early hit, but in a good way, as the five of you reading the blog already know.

Sunday (seems like so far away at this point) started off well. There was a 10-Seat GTD Main Event Satellite at 1pm (no 11am game because of the restart for the $125K from Saturday).

There was a decent turnout for the satellite, which was good for the series after the overlays in the three events Saturday). I did reasonably well and picked up a voucher.

That wrapped up in almost exactly four hours, with 18 of the 80 entries getting seats.

The satellite ended just as the $50K GTD tournament was starting. There had been a nearly $20K overlay on Saturday, and I was sort of expecting that Sunday might be more of a bath for Chinook, but by the time registration closed, they’d just met the guarantee.

I busted in the second level, if I remember correctly—things are already getting a bit hazy—and rebought. 99 < AK, even though I’d had pocket aces twice in an orbit. So I needed to make 18th place to break even on the event. It took nearly six hours of play for me to get any traction; I flopped a set of kings against king-queen to double up, which put me over average for the first time.

I cockroached along for three more hours, getting progressively shorter as we approached the bubble. There was a long period there where it seemed like every all-in won, so the other short stacks just slipped down the ladder a little more. A couple of gross situations where king-jack shoved and was called by the table leader with king-queen, with a jack on the flop. Then he had another chunk taken out on the next hand (maybe not as gross as the guy in the $125K who lost with aces twice in short succession to break his big stack).

I finally got back over chip average with queens over jacks at the eight-hour mark, with four players to go before the money. We had a redraw at three tables just a few minutes before the bubble broke, which went by so fast that I completely missed the announcement and had to verify that we were in the money with Matt Moring, who was running the day’s show.

The rest of the event is kind of a blur. Maybe it was the fact I’d been playing more or less constantly for 14 hours, maybe it was the Long Island Iced Tea I allowed myself when we were down to two tables and someone else was buying. I do know that I got incredibly lucky. More than once.

We made the final table just after 3am, but it took almost an hour to get from 9 to 7 players. We were down to 5 when I lost a bit of ground calling a short stack who shoved seven-eight with my pair of sevens. The river was both an eight and made him a flush, but I survived.

Incredibly enough, chopping was never really brought up as we continued on into the early hours. We lost three players in the half-hour between 4:30am and 5am, so it was just me and Olympia’s John Gribben. That was when I proposed a chop.

I’m reasonably confident in my heads-up ranges and strategies, but at 5am,who knows? There were 3.3M chips in play between us, but the blinds were still only 20K/40K, so we had over 80bb between us, so it could have gone on for quite a while and I was really looking forward to playing the 6-Max. Which started in just six hours.

It says Event 2 but this was really Event 5

So John and I chopped. After we’d agreed, I asked for the champion photo, since I was pretty sure I had a slight chip lead. John said he wanted it, because he’d never had one. I hadn’t either, but Matt said he’d take one of both of us, and when John said he wanted to hold seven-deuce as his winning hand, I figured he might not mind if I did the old antenna trick. So congrats to the both of us!

I got back to the motel about 5:30, didn’t manage to get to sleep until after 6. Then daybreak hit and I needed something to drink at 7, and couldn’t get back to sleep despite trying. So it was off to the 6-Max (after a trip to the bank, thank you Chinook Winds for taking debit cards for buyins) where I was a little light-headed from both adrenaline and lack of sleep, but had a very good time as people ribbed me about talking so much about the night before. Or early morning.

The 6-Max was going well and I made it down to about 40th place, then played one of those small blind hands because of an ace and a couple of limps that you would have thrown away in any other position. I was about 40bb deep with Nick “Wonka” Getzen on my left, with ace-three and I called behind the limpers. Nick checked and the flop was something like ace-X-five. Nick and I got involved through to the river with a jack and queen coming and—not believing he had an ace at that point—I shoved. He seemed to really consider folding, and I knew I was in real trouble when he was musing about whether I could have somehow caught an ace-jack. He did eventually call with the ace-five, and I went to the showers.

I ran into Toma Barber at the break before the end of entries. I met Toma here at Chinook Winds six years ago before the casino decided it could do a better job than the Deepstacks Poker Tour. He was sitting next to me as a short stack on Day 1 of the first $1K+ buyin tournament I cashed (though it was a min-cash). Toma went on to take sixth.

I asked if he was in the 6-Max and he said he was waiting for the freezeout in the evening, so in a flush of cash and haze of fatigue, I bought him in. As before he made it deeper than me, though not quite to the money. My fifth-ever stacking adventure!

That was it for me on Monday. I got a nice dinner at the casino steakhouse overlooking the beach and headed for some sleep.

Tuesday was back to more losing. I had a great breakfast with Toma at 60’s Cafe & Diner  then went back to my room before walking down the beach back to the casino. I went up to the cash area and got into the 2/4 O8 game. I sat next to the dealer in seat 1, but then the guy in seat 2 moved away from me and I started to wonder if it was the fact that it had been pretty warm out on the beach. I stayed for 90 minutes to donate a hundy, then had to catch a ride back to the hotel to shower and change because there wasn’t enough time before the HORSE tournament to walk. Not the plan but you need to adapt.

Fresh once again, I set my sights to HORSE, but fizzled out on a hand where I had a pretty good draws but the guy on my left had even better draws and a better hand in the end. Disappointing to bust before the payouts were even posted when I’d skipped the Senors tournament in the morning.

After that, it was time for another shot at a High Roller satellite. Once again it missed the number of players needed to justify the 4-Seat guarantee. Made it about halfway through but nowhere near the vouchers.

Does that catch us up? Plan for the day is my dad’s arriving in town this morning. 1pm is the Omaha Hi-Lo tournament. 5pm is another High Roller satellite (which I hope to not be in).

2019 Chinook Winds Fall Coast Poker Classic — Day 1

And we’re back! At least for a week.

I’ve rarely had the confluence of having time and money to do a full schedule at a series. For most of the time I was playing poker intensely, I was always on the edge of being broke (well, really,was broke), playing little daily tournaments, building up some money, then blowing it on a shot at something that rarely paid off. Or getting my car servied. Bankroll management is more difficult when your life and poker bankrolls (such as they are) are intertwined.

For instance, a year-and-a-half ago, when I had my largest-ever cash here at Chinook Winds, I used a big chunk of it to pay off my property taxes, paid income taxes on another big chunk, then had to replace a water heater that decided to go out the next week. Stuff starts adding up.

This series, though, I had vacation time from work available, ready cash from (among other things) buying a piece of Molly Mossey’s action at EPT Barcelona and chopping a $10K at Final Table back in July.

So I’ve been anticipating this series maybe a little too much. The last week at the office, I could feel my mind drifting (more than usual) as I counted down the hours. Anyway, I headed out to Lincoln City first thing Saturday morning for the 11am start of Event #1 $125K GTD NLHE, a $290 buyin with a $100 addon and rebuys through the sixth 40-minute level.

Busted my first bullet about 10 minutes into the second level when I got into a raising way with a pair of tens against an aggressive player a couple of seats on my right after a low flop. We both had an over pair to the board all the way to the river, and his was jacks.

Attendance was a bit light, there was concern that the guarantee might be quite short, but it turned out the $125K wasn’t the real problem for the first day.

A re-entry went a bit better, and I went to the dinner break with an above-average stack, in part due to knocking out First Friend of the Blog Brad Press. That didn’t last that long, however, and I played most of the rest of that tournament in the 10bb zone. Jacks were my bane for the night; I shoved with a pair myself and got called by ace-king, which hit on the flop.

Contrary to expectations, the tournament hit the money on the first day, just short of the scheduled end of play, at 45 players. They broke the bubble, then drew to determine the number of hands before bagging near the end of the 4K/8K level.

The place where the overlay was really a concern was in the 5pm $50K GTD NLHE. I registered this one only about 40 minutes before the second break (with registration open through the 30-minute break). There were only about 100 entries, in a $220 buyin tournament that had a $100 addon. You can do the math.

Brad Press, center

This was a hard game for me. Aside from the fact I came in shorter than I like (but the overlay looked so juicy!), I had the longest period of total card-deadness I can remember in quite a long time (Brad has said something to the effect he’s never seen someone get so many pairs of aces in a game.) But it’s a statistical possibility (something I wrote about for PokerNews a few years back), and just something you have to swallow. Jammed king-queen with about 8bb left, and the big blind woke up with ace-queen.

Running at 8pm most of the nights through the week is a $230 buyin satellite for Friday’s High Roller ($2,500 buyin). Again, a late entry didn’t exactly help. I made it down to two tables (sort of, they miscounted the number of players on three tables and consolidated, then had one guy wandering around until someone busted).

So, a long day with nothing—or rather less than nothing—to show for it. Tournament poker at its finest!

Today’s schedule includes a 10-Seat GTD tournament for the Main Event next weekend at 1pm (the first event started at 11 this morning, GL Steve Myers!) I plan to play that then jump into the $50K GTD that’s due to start at 5pm (that should be interesting if yesterday’s is any indication). Then there’s another High Roller satellite at 8 (which I hope to be too busy to play). And I hear there’s cash games!