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.

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).

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 — 1 January 2022 — Pi Comes After Omicron Edition

Not a lot of live poker action from me since the World Series of Poker trip I made in October, though I’ve kept up a busy schedule of low-level online Omaha tournaments and Jackpot Sit-n-Go games on Ignition Casino. I played (and min-cashed) the November First Friday $20K GTD at Final Table—look for their new schedule starting 1 January, and barely lasted a level at Portland Meadows Oregon State Big O Championship in mid-December.

I started this blog when I was 49 years old. back at the start of the month, I turned 60. My wife and I went to New York City for my birthday, getting out just befoe the omicron coronavirus variant took over. Got back to PDX at 10:30pm and at 7am the next morning I was on a flight to Hawaii to spend a few days with my father , who was over there using up condo points before the end of the year. That’s Kiluaea behind us in the shot. If you go up there at night, the lava in the crater makes that white smoke look bright red.

PNW Poker Leaderboard

This edition of the Leaderboard includes some October and November straggling results from Canadian casinos. Like these…

Prabakaran Sivabalasundaram from Calgary won the Casino Yellowhead/Pure Poker Tour #1 PLO Bounty back at the end of September, beating out 176 other entries in the C$440 buy-in tournament. Sivabalasundaram climbs two hundred spots to #926.

Edmonton’s Andy Truong came in 2nd in the Yellowhead PPT #3 NLHE out of 326 entries. It’s good for a fifteen spot bump to #226.

Alberta-based Curtil Burlet comes into the Leaderboard hot, with a biggest-ever cash (it only their third) that lands them at #3092, for the runner-up position in Yellowhead/PPT #4 NLHE Bounty. (Remember that bounty cash is not reflected in Hendon Mob records and therefor does not affect the PNW Poker Leaderboard.) Calgary’s Weston Pring won the event, going from #347 to #309. Pring was featured in the last Leaderboard update; they came in 101st in the WSOP Main Event.

Casino Yellowhead/Pure Poker Tour Main Event

A C$1,100 buyin back in early October in Edmonton (470 entries and a prize pool of US$353K), the six top finishers all made it to the Leaderboard. Haven Werner of Calgary took 6th, moving him from #531 to #470. Fort St. John, British Columbia’s Bernice McLennan posted a biggest cash in 5th, jumping all the way to #2079 from #4428. Amir Khan, another Calgarian, took 4th, which combined with a 3rd-place finish in a Wynn Fall Classic $100K GTD NLHE in mid-November (404 entries, $237K prize pool) jumps Khan 1400 places to #917. Surrey, British Columbia’s Mike Kim goes up seventy-four places to #317 by taking 3rd. Out of Whitecourt, Alberta, it’s john Hanna debuting at #1160 on the Leaderboard with a 2nd-place finish. Finally, on the top, is Kyle Ho from Burnaby, with a best-ever cash and a move from #243 to #186.

Jordan Banfield from Calgary won the Deerfoot Inn Fall Super Stack #1 NLHE Deepstack in Calgary, an event that drew 385 entries back in early November. The prize pool was over US$88K. It’s Banfield’s only cash so far, and they enter the Leaderboard at #2622.

Deerfoot Inn Fall Super Stack #5 NLHE Mega Stack

John Nielsen from Sylvan Lake, Alberta placed 4th in this event (354 entries, US$135K pot) back in early November, going up more than 100 places on the Leaderboard, to #849. Coming in at 2nd was Ivan Milanovic, with a best-ever cash (only their fifth on record), good for a first-time ranking of #1990. The champion was Kelly Gall from Calgary, with their biggest cash so far and a jump of fifteen hundred spots on the Leaderboard, to #1284.

Redmond’s Dominick Nguyen found some time to play poker on the East Coast mid-November and won the 432-entry Boston Billiard Club & Casino Veterans Day NLHE tournament for a 2nd-ever cash and a new spot on the Leaderboard at #2586.

Deerfoot Inn Fall Super Stack #7 NLHE Super Stack Main Event

Daniel Lefebvre of Alberta was the 5th-place finisher in this event of nearly 400 entries and a US$300K prize pool. Lefebvre moves three hundred spots on the Leaderboard, to #981 (3 squared and nine squared!) Tyler Hurman from Calgary got their largest-ever cash in 4th, and climbs from #832 to #663. In 3rd was Kaan Becer out of Vancouver, whi gets an increase of twenty places to #193. And Takuma Bergeron from Coquitlam, Alberta got a best-ever cash in a deal for 2nd place, which raised them from #5503 to #1056.

back down to the States, James Battenberg from Issaquah nabbed 4th at a Wynn Fall Classic $100K GTD NLHE that had over three hundred entries and a $148K prize pool. Battenberg moves fifteen hundred places on the Leaderboard, to #2655.

Continuing at the Wynn, Bellevue’s Rajendra Ajmani came in 41st out of a field of 2,573 in the Wynn Fall Classic $1.5M GTD NLHE Mystery Bounty. Ajmani goes from #1104 to #916,

Christopher Brewer hit the jackpot on consecutive days at the Aria High Roller series. On November 16th, Brewer came in 3rd of 43 in Aria High Roller 39 NLHE, then 1st at Aria High Roller 40 NLHE the next day (albeit with only 16 entries). It’s enough to move from #16 to #14 on the Leaderboard.

Catching up to where the last Leaderboard left off on WSOP events, Dylan Wilkerson played World Series of Poker #79 NLHE Poker Hall of Fame Bounty. This new event awarded a bounty for each Poker Hall of Fame player eliminated, with the amount equal to the year they were inducted. There were bounties for eleven HoF entries, plus new WSOP spokesperson Vince Vaughn. All of the bounties were eliminated on Day One. Wilkerson placed 9th out of 468. By the way, Wilkerson’s WSOP profile now lists him as living in San Francisco, so no telling how much longer Hendon Mob will have him as a Washington State player; then he’ll be off the Leaderboard and everyone will move up!

There were 1,921 entries in the $800 WSOP #81 NLHE Deepstack, and Maxwell Sabel of Sun Valley, Idaho made it past 1,911 of them for a 10th-place finish and a first recorded Hendon Mob cash. Sabel makes a debut on the Leaderboard at #3127.

On the other end of the WSOP spectrum, #1-ranked Seth Davies placed 4th of 33 in the WSOP #82 NLHE Super High Roller, where the buy-in was $250K. Davies continues to increase the gap between #1 and #2.

Ian Modder of North Vancouver, British Columbia gets a seven spot increase on the Leaderboard to #141 by placing 36th out of 1,903 in WSOP #83 NLHE The Closer.

WSOP #88 NLHE 8-Max

Despite being called “The Closer”, Event #83 wasn’t even close to being the last bracelet tournament of the 2021 WSOP. This one was. It may be the latest (in the year) tournament to be played at a WSOP for quite some time, since they’re going back to the summer schedule. This game had a $5K buy-in, an aggressive two-day structure, and finished on November 23rd after 531 entries. 3 PNW players made a deep run in the event. with the first being from Edmonton, Ryan Snyder, who gained three hundred places on the Leaderboard, ending at #558. Lee Markholt didn’t gain any ground on the Leaderboard because he’s already way up at #8, but he did place at…8th. . And George Wolff came in 7th. Wolff went on to a mid-December 13th-place finish in the World Poker Tour Five Diamond NLHE Main Event. He stays at #17.

Dylan Linde moves up a spot—inside the Leaderboard top 10!—from #6 to #5 with an 8th-place finish in the WPT Five Diamond NLHE Main Event.

Jumping over to the Czech Republic, Mercer Island’s Carter Newhof rises more than four hundred places to #553 with a 3rd-place showing in World Series of Poker Europe #6 $200K GTD NLHE/PLO. Newhof was the only American in the top 10 of the 230 entries.

Artur Winstone halved his ranking to #2351 by going all the way to North Carolina from Edmonton (WSOP lists him from Honolulu) for the World Series of Poker Circuit Cherokee #3 $100K GTD NLHE.

Jordan Westmorland gains nine places on the Leaderboard with a 5th of 57 finish at WSOP Europe #10 NLHE Platinum High Roller. Westmorland (from Lynnwood, Washington) is now #44.

Tracie Osborne from Lacey, Washington got their biggest cash in Lincoln, California, at the WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley $1M GTD NLHE Championship by placing 20th of 588. Osborne moves from #2284 to #1722. Steve Chanthabouasy‘s 9th-place finish in the same event kicks them up a notch, to #88.

Kamloops, British Columbia’s Jaroslaw Jaskiewicz came in 3rd at the Venetian DeepStack New Year’s Extravaganza Poker Series #14 $150K GTD NLHE MonsterStack. It missed the guarantee with 278 entries. but Jaskiewicz gains about twenty spots, moving to #229.

In Tampa the Seminole hard Rock Winter Poker Open $500K GTD NLHE Main Event more than doubled the guarantee, and Aaron Thivyanathan picked up 10th out of 772, to move from #190 to #175.

Twin Falls’ Sean Banahan racked up a best-ever cash at the Wynn Winter Classic $500K GTD NLHE that wrapped up 12 December with 743 entries. Looking at the payouts, there may have been some sort of deal done at four players remaining. Banahan’s Hendon Mob record only goes back to January 2020, so it’s definitely been impacted by the pandemic, and it includes a cash in a Seniors event, but this was a nice way to end the year! Banahan goes from #1666 to #577.

The final entry in the Leaderboard this time is how I’d like to close out every Leaderboard: Angela Jordison, taking 5th in the 1,042-entry Mid-States Poker Tour Minnesota Winter Poker Classic #9 $300K GTD NLHE Main Event. It’s yet another personal best cash for Jordison, coming just a couple of months after the “money phone” record at the Venetian. This pops Jordison up anothher thirty places on the Leaderboard, to #181.

Kevmath Quarterly Yearly Top 20

This is the fourth edition of the Kevmath Quarterly, which got started before his recent acquisition by GPI/The Hendon Mob. These players are the top 20 recorded tournament earners for mid-December 2020 through mid-December 2021 (ranked in order of 2021 earnings), and the change in their rank on the PNW Poker Leaderboard (which is based on lifetime recorded earnings). Players whose names are followed by an asterisk were on the list last quarter.

Both Seth Davies and Christopher Brewer are far ahead of the pack, with more than $3 million each in recorded tournament cashes over the past year. Adam Hendrix and Dylan Linde are both in the high six figures, the other sixteen names are all in the range between $160K and $400K.

December 2020 RankDecember 2021 rankstateplayer
11Seth Davies *
15614Christopher Brewer *
3122Adam Hendrix *
105Dylan Linde *
4524136Matthew Jewett *
5234Noah Bronstein
369102Adam Walton
4232163Robert Davis
433115Vanessa Kade
18486Harpreet Gill
1516Matt Affleck *
1717George Wolff
2220Darren Rabinowitz *
745175Aaron Thivyanathan *
6124248Jung Woo
3490244Bin Weng
1413Dylan Wilkerson
56James Romero*
2525Maxwell Young *
393190Wayne Harmon

You can see the giant jumps in Leaderboard status resulting from deep runs in the World Series of Poker main Event by Jung Woo and Matthew Jewett; the shot-in-the-dark cash by Bin Weng in the WSOP NLHE High Roller, and Robert Davis‘s runner-up finish in the WSOP NLHE Seniors tournament. Christopher Brewer, Dylan Linde, and Dylan Wilkerson moving up the Leaderboard ranks pushed a couple of other high-performing players down a notch, despite being in the Top 20.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 18 December 2021: WSOP Main Event (and more)

NOTE: I started this a month ago! And I’m just now finishing it up. Sorry for the delay, in the meantime I’ve qualified for the WSOP Super Seniors event, been to New York City for the anniversary of my marriage to Mrs. Poker Mutant, and Hawai’i to spend a couple days with my dad—things are just that busy! Happy Holidays!

The WSOP Main Event is over and done with, with al of the PNW participants out before the final tables. I have to admit that after including Mitchell Halverson and Jesse Lonis in the 2021 WSOP Main Event Tracker because WSOP has them as Oregon players, that I was disappointed to see they were listed on the Nevada and New York leaderboards at Hendon Mob, so they aren’t included in the combined PNW leaderboard.

Even without them, there’s a lot of territory to cover.

Let’s start with Kenn Pluard from Happy Valley, Oregon, who was 25th in the field of 1,441 at the Wynn Fall Classic $1.5M GTD NLHE. That, and a career-high cash at the Main Event (338th) bounce Pluard from #978 to #584.

Maxwell Young reappears on the Leaderboard with a 12th-place finish at the Venetian Deepstack Championship Poker Series II #35 $400K GTD NLHE UltimateStack. The tournament got 1,408 entries and pushed the prize pool to $1.35M. Calgary’s Phil Wright nabbed 4th in the same event, for a career-high score and a jump on the Leaderboard from #2508 to #505.

World Series of Poker #52 NLHE Seniors

Bellevue’s Brian Orrico took 48th in the 5,404-entry tournament, going from #2725 to #1814 on the Leaderboard. The Seniors is typically one of the largest fields; previous years with only one entry day set records for the largest single-entry-day live poker tournaments. This year’s run with two entry days generated $4.8M for the prize pool. Coming in at 34th was Victoria player Rhonda Shepek, with a career best and a jump of 2500 places to #2133. Robert Sun from Anchorage came in 22nd and climbs to #1932 from #4026. Coming in at 17th was John McNaughton of Innisfall, Alberta with a biggest-ever cash and debut on the leaderboard at #1349. Every two years, Robert Davis comes out of Eagle River, Alaska to cash in the Seniors tournament—he has exactly 3 Hendon Mob entries: 2017, 2019, and this year—all in the same event. This year he hit it big, with 2nd place, far eclipsing his previous totals, and leaping from #4320 to #162 on the Leaderboard. Davis is now #7 on the Alaska state leaderboard.

Robert Davis

Red Deer, Albeta’s Jason Volk was runner-up in the Venetian #36 $150K GTD NLHE MonsterStack. It’s Volk’s largest cash (this is the season!) and he moves almost 1800 spots to #870.

Dwayne Hillock from Prince George, British Columbia came in 14th in WSOP #55 NLHE Colossus out of 9,399 entries. The prize pool was just over $3.1M. Hillock rises over 800 places to #1533.

Portland’s Rambo Halpern took 8th of 969 at the Venetian #37 $300K GTD NLHE Seniors, taking Halpern up 38 places to #385.

The Wynn $3M GTD NLHE Championship made a prize pool of $5.7M with 1,775 entries and Brett Kennedy of Sattle took 50th, climbing forty spots on the Leaderboard to #319.

It was a biggest-ever cash for John Nielsen (Sylvan Lake, Alberta) with a win in the Autumn at Aria $40K GTD NLHE. Nielsen goes up more than 600 spots to #958.

Monroe, Washington’s Roger Hammond is up 800 places to #1937 with a 7th-place finish in the Venetian #40 $150K GTD NLHE MonsterStack. 358 entries and a $347K prize pool.

World Series of Poker #58 NLHE Super Seniors

The Super Seniors event (60+) got nearly 1,900 entries this year, makng a prize pool of just under $1.7M. Sad to say, I’m qualifying for this by next summer. Three PNW players made the final two tables. Alberta’s Gary Bain got a largest-ever cash placing in 16th and jumping eighty spots to #846. From masco, Washington, Anthony Simpson took 13th for a climb from #536 to #476. And you may remember Bill Stabler of Salem having been the runner-up in the Seniors event the last time everyone got together at the Rio in 2019; he came in 4th in this tournament.

Bill Stabler

Chris Brewer got shafted by The Bet that Limon won back in 2015 because people picked Koray Aldemir for their slate of players in the Main Event. Hopefully, his 5th-place finish in the WSOP #60 Poker Players Championship 6-Max is some consolation. There were 63 entries at $50K each. Brewer maintains at #16 on the Leaderboard.

World Series of Poker #62 PLO8 8-Max

Portland’s James Haddad made it to 12th in the field of 725, which is good for a move from #126 to #125. Dylan Wilkerson came in 8th, and stays at #13. Sterling Lopez out of Anchorage took 4th, for their biggest recorded cash and a move from #2961 to #708.

Venetian #43 $1M GTD NLHE Mini DeepStacks Championship

Nearly two thousand entries in this event pushed the prize pool to just under $1.9M. Sean Banahan from Twin Falls, Idaho made it to 24th for a career-high cash, and moves about six hundred spots to #1666. Coming in 9th was Jimmy Lee from Edmonton, which moves him two notches up to #77.

It was a largest-ever cash for Puyallup’s Jason Diaz, placing 4th out of 355 in the Aria $40K GTD NLHE. Just about triple the guarantee with 355 entries. Diaz jumps up about four thousand places on the Leaderboard to #2699.

Anchorage’s Young Ji won the Aria $30K GTD PLO8 in either a 3 or 4-way deal (186 entries, $74K prize pool). Ji is a 2015 WSOP PLO8 bracelet winner. He climbs 5 spots on the Leaderboard to #130.

Noah Bronstein was heads-up for the WSOP #64 NLHE/PLO 8-Max bracelet. There was a field of 579 entries at $5K each. Bronstein moves up nearly twenty places to #34.

Donald Kehler of Prince George, British Columbia bounced more than a thousand places to #1849 with a win (and largest-ever cash) in the $400 Rio Daily Deep Stack Series NLHE. The tournament on 3 November got 184 entries and whipped up a prize pool of over $60K.

World Series of Poker #65 NLHE Mini Main Event

From Redmond, Washington, Karimon Umarov placed 27th in the 3,821-player Mini Main freeze out, which had a prize pool of just over $3.4M. Umarov debuts on the Leaderboard with their biggest-ever result at #3601. Prasad Dobbins from Anchorage got their biggest cash and a boost from #4173 to #2256 with 20th place. And Seattle’s Matt Jewett got 6th in this event just before he jumped into the actual Main (more to come).

World Series of Poker #67 NLHE Main Event

Reminder: Just doing the big winners here. This thing’s long enough as it is, I apologize if you cashed and didn’t get on the Leaderboard round-up, if you didn’t get something like a 300% ROI or better, I can just say, “Good job!” That leads us to Rittie Chuaprasert from here in Portland, who came in 259 out of this year’s field of 6,650 entries. That’s within the top 4%, with another 11% of the field cashing but not making it into this write-up, if it’s any consolation. Chuaprasert goes from #367 to #295. Viola, Idaho’s Michael Faulkner picked up their largest cash at 124th in the Main and goes up over five hundred places to #646. Another biggest cash was for Weston Pring of Calgary, at 101st (just before Ali Imsirovic’s father Salko at 100th, who—I believe—still lives in Vancouver, Washington, but is listed in with the WSOP and Hendon Mob as a Las Vegas resident). Pring is up about a hundred and fifty places, to #347. At 90th was Fatima Nanji out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Nanji is up ninety-one places to #239, with their own biggest cash. Nanji was one of the last two women remaining at the beginning of Day 6. Adam Walton jumps sixty-five places to #102 by coming in 42nd (and another personal best cash). Matt Jewett from Shoreline, Washington came in 28th, and doubled his lifetime earnings with the single cash, climbing more than four hundred places to #135. Finally, it’s Bellevue-based Jung Woo, whose 19th-place finish was (yet another) best-ever recorded cash. It’s just the fifth cash for Woo and makes up 96% of his total winnings. Woo’s standing on the Leaderboard goes from #5358 to #247.

Fatima Nanji

Vikas Sundhi from Bellingham and Edmonton’s Alemu Makonen came in 10th and 6th, respectively in the Wynn Fall Classic $400K GTD NLHE, a 1,438-entry tournament with a prize pool of $1.4M. Sundhi got their largest-ever cash and moves up one hundred and fourteen places to #550; Makonen holds at #54.

Jose Mendoza took 3rd in the Venetian #44 $100K GTD NLHE MonsterStack in a six-way deal that gave the Kennewick player their biggest-ever cash. Mendoza moves nearly three hundred places on the Leaderboard, to #670. Almost six hundred entries tripled the guarantee.

Seth Davies continues to put up numbers ever edition of the Leaderboard, with a 3rd in Aria/PokerGO NLHE High Roller 30. 5 players cashed in the 30-entry tournament, with former PNWer Ali Imsirovic at the top. Davies is still #1.

Renton, Washington’s Kao Saechao picked up 2nd place in Venetian #46 $75K GTD PLO, ahead of 319 other players (the prize pool tripled the guarantee), then made the final table at 8th in WSOP #71 PLO Bounty 8-Max at 8th That event had 860 entries. (Note: Bounties are not reported as part of tjhe earnings for the tournament.) Two final tables takes Saechao from #890 to #549 on the Leaderboard.

Vincent Lam from Edmonton goes up twelve places to #300 with 45th out of 3,797 at the WSOP #68 NLHE Little One for One Drop.

It was a win for Calgary’s Doug Lee, who bested 327 entries at the Autumn at Aria $40K GTD NLHE on 10 November. It appears from the payouts that there may have been a five-way deal.Lee holds at #26 on the Leaderboard.

In a blast from the past, Esther Taylor-Brady is still on the Oregon list at both Hendon Mob and WSOP. Taylor-Brady made 5th place in a field of 372 at WSOP #69 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo. Taylor-Brady remains at #28.

World Series of Poker #70 NLHE Crazy Eights 8-Max

There were 5,252 entries in this tournament, and three players from the PNW at the final three tables. Maria McAlpin moves from #646 to #577 with a 26th-place finish. 23rd is good enough to help Adam Croffut slide up four places to #96. A newcomer to the Leaderboard are Deer Kim, whose 33rd-place is enough for #3601.

New on the Leaderboard at #813 is Matt Mayima from Seattle, who posted an impressive 2nd place in WSOP #71 PLO8 Bounty 8-Max as their first recorded live cash. The field had 860 entries. That’s a nice way to start off.

Matt Mayima

Back over at the Autumn at the Aria $40K GTD NLHE on 12 November, Burnaby, British Columbia player Alen Bakovic was 2nd in a five-way deal for their biggest score and a jump of more than nine hundred places on the Leaderboard, to #1721.

Another Canadian made the (unofficial) final table of a WSOP mixed-game event when Edmonton’s Nohad Teliani came in 9th in WSOP #72 Mixed NLHE/PLO 8-Max. Teliani gets a boost of almost two hundred places, and is now #828 on the Leaderboard. There were 856 entries in this event.

Nohad Teliani

And finally, Mans Montgomery out of Eagle, Idaho notches up four spots to #156 with a 4th-place finish in the Venetian #59 $150K GTD NLHE MonsterStack. The prize pool beat the guarantee with 204 entries.

That’s it for this long-delayed edition of the PNW Poker Leaderboard. Next edition will get us caught up. I will report that I was playing a tournament online on the way to Hawai’i that I thought would be over by the time we had to shut off our computers but even though we weren’t in the money when they shut off the on-board wi-fi, I managed to glide into a min-cash because I had enough chips. The dream is alive!

2021 WSOP Main Event Tracker

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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

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 1 November 2021

This one is for my dad, whose 81st birthday was today. Started this report after I just got home from my brother’s house where we had our small immediate family together for a little celebration.

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Unlike so many of you, I did not learn poker from my father. Didn’t learn it from my mother or anyone else in my family. Nobody in my family played cards when I was a kid, though Dad says he and Mom played some pinochle during their early college years. Nobody I knew even gambled, at least as far as I knew. My folks came from kind of hardscrabble families without a lot of money, and while I know that’s not exactly a bar for many people that prevents them from getting into gaming, the times (after a series of vice scandals rocked Portland’s gambling scene but well before Indian casinos brought legalized gaming to the state) and somewhat puritanical though not dogmatic religious upbringings combined with the lack of money to never even really put poker in front of my face. “I don’t know anything about poker,” he’s said to me any number of times, but it’s been a hell of a year, between COVID and cancer surgery for him, along with having to vacate his house because of a lack of electricity during the fires last fall and the ice storm that coincided with his cancer surgery, so he gets the dedication for this Leaderboard.

Running this one chronologically, again. And I’m dropping the GPI rankings because I’m not sure they added anything useful.

Graeme Wright of Calgary was runner-up in the Autumn at the Aria Poker Series $40K GTD NLHE on 7 October, out of 258 entries. It’s Wright’s largest cash (and only the fifth on record). Wright moves up over a thousands places on the Leaderboard to #1686.

The Wynn Fall Classic $2M GTD NLHE Mystery Bounty brought in over $3M to the prize pool, with 2,333 entries. In 50th place was Brett Kennedy (Seattle) whose cash was good enough to move them from #385 to #359, Eight places further on, at 32nd, was Surrey, British Columbia player Harsukhpaul Sangha, moving five places on the Leaderboard, to #110.

Daniel Boskovic (Port Moody, British Columbia) took second in the 14 October Aria Poker Series $40K GTD NLHE, out of 308 entries. The prize pool for that one topped $100K. Boskovic goes from #3927 to #2366, with their best career cash.

On a slightly larger stage, Seattle’s Chad Campbell came in 2nd in World Series of Poker #29 NLHE Short Deck Championship, beating 64 other players to go head-to-head with Chance Kornuth and their biggest cash. It takes Campbell up almost five hundred places on the Leaderboard, to #296.

WSOP #30 NLHE Monster Stack

Jacqueline Burkhart at 53rd, which was enough to inch up another seven places to #256. Vancouver, Washington’s James Ward debuted on the Leaderboard at #2461 by placing 45th. Christopher Brewer took a break from the nosebleed buy-ins to place 30th (which doesn’t move him from #16). Another PNW crusher, Dylan Wilkerson—#13—came in at 27th. On the last two tables, it was #8 Lee Markholt taking 17th, Seattle’s Katsushi Yoshida getting 14th (and moving eight hundred spots on the Leaderboard to #871), with Jeff Vertes of Abbotsford, British Columbia getting 12th (and climbing from #213 to #180).

In case you’re wondering how Chris’s bet here is likely to go, revisit what Limon did (and I tagged along for) during the 2015 WSOP Main Event.

Ralph ‘Rep’ Porter got close to another bracelet, making it to 4th in WSOP #31 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw. 272 entries, this is typically the $1,500 buy-in event with the fewest entries if you’re looking for a bracelet yourself! Porter stays at #11.

Vancouver’s Joseph Leung moves up forty places on the Leaderboard to #217 with a 2nd place at the Venetian DeepStack Poker Series II #23 $75K GTD PLO. That event got 267 entries and pushed the prize pool to more than three times the guarantee.

Everyone’s favorite new senior, Angela Jordison, won her biggest recorded cash in Venetian #22 $50K GTD NLHE MonsterStack. 359 entries brounght the prize pool up to $183K. Jordison’s rank on the Leaderboard goes from #282 to #224 with that win, a 10th place in the Wynn Fall Classic $400K NLHE Seniors and some other stuff, like 108th in the WSOP #52 NLHE Seniors Championship. It’s a good thing I’ll be able to play the Super Seniors next year so I can stay out of Jordison’s way. Jordison bested another PNW player—Benjamin Garrick of Gold Beach—in the Venetian event. It was still Garrick’s best cash, and they move 300+ places to #748. Two other PNW players were at the final table of the Wynn Seniors tournament , as well: April Facey—another Port Moody native, who rises about 150 places to #539—and Spokane Valley’s Justin Monk, whose 3rd-place finish took them from #179 to #146.

#18 Tyler Patterson took 20th in the WSOP #33 NLHE 8-Max.The event drew 2,778 entries at $800 each for a proze pool of nearly $2M. Kris Steinbach from Sherwood Park, Alberta grabbed 5th place, moving from #280 to #187.

Tacoma’s Peter Lynn grabbed their biggest cash and almost grabbed a bracelet, in the 285-entry WSOP #34 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, losing to David “Bakes” Baker. Lynn jumps from #2470 to #865.

Portland’s Brian Cunningham notched a personal best cash in the 18 October and moved more than three thousand places on the Leaderboard (to #2905) by winning the Rio Daily 1pm Deep Stack, which got a prize pool of $57K out of 284 entries.

From Federal Way, Jacob Rich made it to 6th place in the 2,931 entry field of WSOP #35 NLHE Freezeout. It’s a best cash for Rich, and it’s enough for a debut on the leaderboard at #1671.

Bin Weng

The follow-up to last week’s out-of-nowhere entry of Tacoma’s Bin Weng in the WSOP’s $25K buy-in Heads-Up tournament was Weng placing 6th in WSOP #38 NLHE High Roller 8-Max, a $50K buy-in with 81 entries. Weng was slugging it out on the final table with Mustapha Kanit, Sam Soverel, Chris Hunichen, Erik Seidel, Gal Yifrach, Justin Bonomo, and Michael Addamo. Again, that’s some chutzpah for someone whose lifetime recorded tournament earnings prior to this event were less than the buy-in, and that includes a min-cash in the $25K Heads Up. Weng had a significant addition to the recorded earnings from this, and moves from #1296 to #239 on the Leaderboard.

Dien Le from Bellevue bumps up two places to #122 with 11th place in WSOP #39 PLO 8-Max. There were 821 entries in the event.

The WSOP #41 NLHE Freezeout got 896 $2,500 entries. George Wolff came in 18th. He stays at the #17 spot on the Leaderboard.

Steve Chanthabouasy

Steve Chanthabouasy climbs five places to #90 after making the final table of the WSOP #44 LHE 6-Max, a $3K buy-in that got 162 entries. Chanthabouasy took 6th.

Slipping out of the Rio for a moment, at the Orleans Poker Series $75K GTD NLHE on 23 October, Tim Zhou from Kenmore, Washington placed 2nd for a lifetime best, and moves up from #2158 to #1677 on the Leaderboard.

Portland’s Brian Bowman jumps 400 spots to #1376 with a 13th place finish in WSOP #46 NLHE Deepstack. There were over 2,000 entries in this one.

Colten Yamagishi from Edmonton got their biggest cash coming in 4th out of 1,569 entries in WSOP #50 Mixed NLHE/PLO Deepstack 8-Max. Yamagishi is up 270 places on the Leaderboard, to #530.

WSOP #51 NLHE 6-Max

Three PNW players made it deep in the 997-entry field of this $3K buy-in tournament. It was a best-ever cash for Seattle’s Matthew Schwagler, rising 400 places to #984 via a 25th place finish. It was 12th place for Krishna Vitaldevara of Woodinville, Washington, who has a massive 5100-spot rise to #1680 with another best-ever cash. And North Vancouver, British Columbia’s Jonas Mackoff finished just ahead of Vitaldevara in 11th place, but holds at #40.

Until the next time!

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 22 October 2021

Too much going on to jawbone right now. I’m going to do this chronologically because so many people are cashing in the same events.

Don’t think I’ve mentioned this for a while, but the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard is compiled poker tournament stats for the states and provinces of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, and Alberta. I try to put a report together every two weeks, but it’s a labor of love, so real life can slow me down sometimes.

James Romero GPI: 216 was 5th in a field of 107 at the Merit Poker./partypoker MILLIONS North Cyprus #13 $500K GTD NLHE High Roller. It appears as if the 50 re-entries (at $10.5K each) were not counted as part of the reported entries, the total prize pool was $1.44M. Romero went on to cash 68th at the World Series of Poker #17 NLHE Millionaire Maker. Romero holds at #5 on the PNW Poker Leaderboard.

Vancouver BC’s Harpreet Gill GPI: 3415 jumps more than a hundred places on the Leaderboard to #84 by taking 3rd place in another event at the same series, the $5.5K buy-in Merit/partypoker #23 $3M GTD NLHE. That tournament posted 556 entries and 283 re-entries, with a prize pool of $3.8M. It’s Gill’s best-ever cash.

On the other side of the world—at Round Rock, Texas’s The Lodge Millionaire Mayhem #4 $1.25M GTD NLHE Main Event Michael Bernstein of Edmonton GPI: 4384 placed 13th out of 1,621 to climb 350 places to #967.

World Series of Poker Event #4 $5M GTD NLHE The Reunion

The Reunion was the big kickoff event for the returning WSOP and it pulled in nearly 13,000 entries, making a prize pool of $5.45M from $500 buy-ins. Four players from the PNW made it deep enough to be picked up by my tracker. Out of Roseburg, Sandra Bratton GPI: 27964 came in 48th. That’s the top 0.4% for those of you thinking 48th doesn’t sound so hard. Bratton goes from #2375 to #1810. Ryan Stoker (Spokane) moved up nine spots to #165 with 42nd place, before going on to win a bracelet after stats were compiled for this Leaderboard (I’m not sure if WSOP Online stats will get rolled into Hendon Mob leaderboards, but congrats, Ryan). Stoker is GPI: 1667. Seattle’s Katsushi Yoshida GPI: 4095 picked up a best-ever cash for 26th place and rises to #1686, nearly 1200 spots on the Leaderboard. Also from Seattle: Cheang Yoo, the 25th-place finisher. Yoo GPI: 644 is up to #344 from #400.

Steven Sporre from North Plains, Washington got their first-ever Hendon Mob cash with a 4th-place in the Orleans 2021 Fall Poker $75K GTD NLHE. Sporre is GPI: 40274 and debuts on the Leaderboard at #4259.

From Renton, Maria Pearlie Tapang GPI: 17111 goes from #6439 to #2993 after taking 3rd place (their best-ever cash) in Venetian Deepstack Championship #6 $50K GTD NLHE MonsterStack. That event got 205 entries.

Back over at the Rio, it was Adam Hendrix GPI: 2 in another big buy-in tournament, the WSOP #6 NLHE 6-Max High Roller. Hendrix took 8th of 135, in a prize pool of more than $3M. Hendrix’s position on the Leaderboard stays at #24.

Sean Fitzpatrick from Mill Creek, Washington GPI: 26166 won the Rio Daily Deepstack Series NLHE 7PM on 3 October. Fitpatrick beat 134 other entries and climbs almost 900 spots on the Leaderboard, to #2054.

Out of Eugene, William Tinoco moves from #1863 to #1289 by taking 4th out of 263 in a Wynn Fall Classic $200K GTD NLHE. It’s Tinoco’s GPI: 12488 best-ever cash.

The first PNW bracelet of the season goes to Jaswinder Lally from Vancouver, British Columbia, in only his third recorded tournament cash, in WSOP #7 Dealer’s Choice 6-Max. Lally GPI: 6726 moves from #6535 to #643. Nice to see that particular bracelet come back to the PNW!

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World Series of Poker Event #8 NLHE Deepstack

The first of the $600 buy-in events this year drew 4,527 entries, and there were only three players from the PNW who made it to the Leaderboard from there (others cashed but not for enough to make it into this report). Chris Niemeyer of Lake Stevens GPI:16110 came in 28th; putting them on the Leaderboard for the first time at #4071. Yakima’s Theodore Demoe GPI: 6810 made it to 21st, and has a new Leaderboard ranking of #3915. GPI: 11192 Marty Stephens from Coos Bay placed 16th, their best-ever cash and a clip of 1500 places to #2382.

Moving up the Leaderboard from #18 to #17 is George Wolff, with a 6th place finish out of the 134 entrants in WSOP #9 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship and 23rd in the WSOP #25 NLHE 6-Max. Wolff is GPI: 1129.

Portland’s own Wayne Harmon was 48th out of 1,790 entries in the Wynn $1M GTD NLHE. The prize pool was nearly $2.6M. Harmon GPI: 624 is up more than twenty spots on the Leaderboard, to #205.

Sukhpaul Dhaliwal from Langley, British Columbia GPI: 4562 took 5th in the WSOP #10 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty, beating 1,635 other players to move two spots up on the Leaderboard to #59.

I’m including Tacoma’s Bin Weng GPI: 12466 in this edition of the Leaderboard even though the +47% ROI they made from their 5th-place finish in WSOP #11 NLHE Heads-Up Championship wasn’t nearly enough to get a mention, usually. (They’re going to make it into the next edition without a problem, from results posted since I ran this collation.) But you have to admire the sheer balls of someone with $12K in recorded tournament earnings and just three cashes, ponying up $25K to play heads-up matches with the likes of Adrian Mateos—Weng’s first match, Dan Zack—Weng’s third match and the player who knocked them out of the tournament, David Peters, and Cary Katz. I mean, jeez. Weng’s cash takes them from #3551 to #1296.

Kevin Erickson via PokerNews

Vancouver, Washington’s Kevin Erickson almost won a bracelet in WSOP #12 LHE, losing heads-up to Yuval Bronshtein. The limit hold’em event drew 422 entries. Erickson’s third and best tournament cash leapfrogs him over more than four thousand other players on the Leaderboard to #784.

Landen Lucas, Portland still, according to Hendon Mob, GPI: 290 has a two-fer, with 10th place in the WSOP #13 NLHE Freezeout followed up by 33rd place (out of 5,326) in WSOP #17 NLHE Millionaire Maker. Lucas goes from #353 to #271 on the Leaderboard.

Rafael Lebron

Puyallup’s Rafael Lebron GPI: 2927 was the next PNW player to win a bracelet, in WSOP #14 Seven-Card Stud, not the one where Phil Hellmuth threatened to burn down the Rio, the other one, where LeBron bested David Williams among others.It’s Lebron’s second bracelet, and the victory moves him up 19 places on the Leaderboard to #89.

World Series of Poker Event #15 NLHE 6-Max

Two PNW players made the last few tables of this 1,450-entry tournament. Just missing the final two tables at 13th place was Jonas Mackoff of North Vancouver, British Columbia, GPI: 4858. That’s goof for three spots on the Leaderboard, they’re now #40. 8th place was Kirkland player Jonathan Baylor‘s largest score GPI: 2704; it’s a climb of nearly two thousand places on the Leaderboard for them, to #1352.

The legendary Terrence Chan GPI: 10620 was at the final table of WSOP #16 LHE Championship, coming in 4th. 92 players put up the $10K entry fee; Chan remains at #33 on the Leaderboard.

It was a notable first recorded cash, in 8th at the Grand Poker Series #22 $500K GTD NLHE for Phillip Latimer of Moses Lake, Washington. Latimer debuts on the Leaderboard at #3475.

World Series of Poker Event #17 NLHE Millionaire Maker

In addition to James Romero (mentioned above) five other PNW players had significant cashes in the Millionaire Maker this year. Anchorage’s Kristy Becker GPI:16854 busted just after Romero, in 67th, and moves from #1436 to #1170 on the Leaderboard. Bruce Herman of Ellensberg, Washington #16814 achieved their best cash with 72nd, enough to climb more than 700 places to #1835. Vanessa Kade GPI:465 moves up six positions to #122 with a 75th place finish (followed by 19th in the WSOP #25 NLHE 6-Max). Climbing nine spots to #124 is Bellevue’s Dien Le, GPI: 179 who made the final two tables at 17th. And on the final table, picking up their best-ever cash was GPI: 6323 Adam Sherman of Seattle at 8th. Sherman goes from #903 to #359.

Adam Sherman

Seth Davies has to make an appearance in the Leaderboard each edition by contractual obligation, and this time is no excepton. with a 3rd-place finish in Aria High Roller 25 NLHE. 22 entries, looking at the payouts, there may have been a 4-way deal between Davies, Jake Schindler, Nick Petrangelo, and Stephen Chidwick. Davies GPI: 50 remains #1 on the Leaderboard and just keeps putting space between himself and everyone else,

339 players entered the Wynn $200K GTD NLHE and Seattle’s Brian Heeb came in 7th. Heeb is up nearly 200 places on the Leaderboard, at #1073.

World Series of Poker Event #21 PLO8/O8/Big O

Charles Coultas of Mill Creek, Washington GPI: 6961 was the 10th-place finisher in this event with 641 entries. Coultas climbs three places on the Leaderboard to #85. The winner of the bracelet was Dylan Linde, #6 on the Leaderboard and GPI: 112, bringing yet another bracelet to the PNW.

Dylan Linde

Darren Kennedy GPI:31626 of White Rock, British Columbia bested me by 79 places in the WSOP #27 HORSE, coming in 5th and moving up about eighty places to #313.

A Tale of Two—Maybe Three—Kaos

And that brings us to the the other PNW player who was at the HORSE final table: Kao “Flexx” Saechao. That’s the Seattle-area Kao, who placed 4th in the tournament and posted a number of other results the time period covered by this edition of the Leaderboard, including a min-cash in the Millionaire Maker. The problem is, Washington Kao’s results get mixed into those of Oregon’s Kao Saechao, not only the final table finish of the HORSE but even to the point where the results of both Kaos were attributed to Oregon Kao

Not to be outdone, Kerry Moynahan posted on Facebook that two other players with the his name cashing in an event at the Venetian last year.

In any event, I can’t reliable rank either Kao because there’s a mixup of results, and that throws everything else into flux. Not by much, but some. Anyway, great job, both Flexx and Kao. Between the two of them, they’ve got four WSOP cashes and a win in a Daily Deepstack in the past couple of weeks.

That’s all for now!

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.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 15 August 2021

Kind of a bummer week for the PNW poker scene as surging COVID case numbers led to governors in both Oregon and Washington imposing mask mandates on indoor facilities once again, and an outbreak at Chinook Winds Casino led to both a two-week (minimum) shitdown and the cancellation of the Fall Coast Classic.

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I’d been starting to wonder if I should go, even though I was only going to be able to make the first weekend. I’d gotten a room reservation (now cancelled) and been planning to see some folks I hadn’t connected with for a long time. Not to mention Boozy Shakes at the â€™60s Cafe and Diner.Really wondering if I’m going to see the WSOP‘s last hurrah at the Rio,

PNW Poker Leaderboard

First up in this edition is Portland’s Landen Lucas, who placed 17th out of 490 entries at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open/POKER GO #35 $1M GTD NLHE in Hollywood, Florida. Lucas climbs nearly thirty places on the Leaderboard to #353. GPI: 2,130.

Phillip Brocoum, another Portlander, makes his debut on Hendon Mob and on the Leaderboard at #2290 after placing 5th in a 5-way chop of Venetian DeepStack Showdown #6 $150K GTD NLHE UltimateStack (539 entries). GPI: 18,609.

Darren Rabinowitz came in 6th at the SHRPO #34 $3M GTD NLHE Championship (1,880 entries). His cash moves him from #22 to #20. GPI: #582Matt Affleck was just ahead of him in 5th, for his first significant live cash in a while. He sticks at #15 on the Leaderboard. GPI: 3,686.

Chris Brewer — GPI: 178 — won the title in an ICM chop with Sean Winter in the 24-player SHRPO #24 NLHE Super High Roller. Brewer climbs 5 more places on the Leaderboard to #26

Writing this up after a very disappointing experience in the Ignition Super Millions Poker Open $350K GTD NLHE Main Event this afternoon. I don’t even want to talk about it. Ran like God in the satty. At least I didn’t win and have to forfeit my winnings because I violated the Terms of Service!