Uptempo Venomous Poison — June 2024

May turned out to be the calm before the storm of the WSOP for me. I only played nine tournaments the whole month, with most of those being in the virtual Beaverton Quarantine home game (four cashes, in NLHE and NLHE Bounty) for a meagre 126% ROI. The loss (bigger) came from the three events I entered at the Portland Meadows Poker Classic, though I did manage to pick up one min-bounty in Event #6 PLO Assassins PKO Bounty (the entire prize pool was bounties!)

That leaves either well-rested or unprepared for next weekend’s trip to Las Vegas, where the bracelet events on my list are Event #27 Big O, Event #32 Seven-Card Stud, and Event #35 HORSE (the only bracelet event I’ve ever cashed in). Plusdepending on how things gosome of the Milestone Satellites and the Monday HORSE Deepstack. Maybe something on WSOP.com if I can figure out how screwed up my account is after six years of inactivity.

Chinook Winds Debuts Summer Series

Earlier, as I as getting ready to publish this, Chinook Winds dropped the schedule for their first Summer Classic Poker Tournament, featuring a $200K GTD Main Event and a mid-week TORSE event (with Limit Triple Draw 2-7 replacing Limit Hold’em in the rotation).

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and the number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Katie Thurston (Lynnwood, Washington)
#3235
1st of 78 entries, $50K prize pool

Nice score for a first score! Thurston was the star of Season 17 of The Bachelorette, for those of you like myself not in the know.

Jayd Cartner (Vancouver, Washington)
#2881
2nd of 160 entries, $128K prize pool
Martin Owens (Spokane, Washington)
#2331
1st of 406 entries, $158.2K prize pool

Another extremely good first hendon Mob cash. Nice to be going into the summer with that.

Maksim Chirva (Mount Vernon, Washington)
#4872
#2182
+2690
2nd of 441 entries, $126.6K prize pool
Saul Kalvari (Richmond, British Columbia)
#4826
#1687
+3139
1st of 727 entries, $238.5K prize pool
Larry Vincent (Lewiston, Idaho)
#2911
#1293
+1618
1st of 558 entries, $270K prize pool

There appears to have been a thre-way chop in theis event, with Matthew Jewett, and David Goodkin (both further down/up the Leaderboard).

Tyler Panas (Calgary, Alberta)
#2193
#1271
+922
8th of 911 entries, $1M prize pool

Panas debuted on the Leaderboard just last month and continues to climb fast.

Valiant Chou (Richmond, Washington)
#1856
#1134
+722
4th of 558 entries, $270K prize pool
Tomi Varghase (Calgary, Alberta)
#1882
#1009
+873
5th of 911 entries, $1M prize pool
Matthew Kelly (Hillsboro, Oregon)
#1344
#1001
+343
1st of 441 entries, $126.6K prize pool
Shawn Smith (Molalla, Oregon)
#976
3rd of 3585 entries, $1.4M prize pool

While everyone was watching Adam Nattress in Event #4 (see below), Mollala’s Smith snuck through nearly 3,600 other players to grab an exceptionally good first Hendon Mob cash.

Shawn Smith (via WSOP.com)
Foster Geng (Kirkland, Washington)
#822
1st of 572 entries, $554.8K prize pool

Kind of a late report—the event was back in March—but another great start to the season.

Foster Geng (via Hendon Mob)
Peter Darlington (Calgary, Alberta)
#1516
#782
+734
1st of 1101 entries, $264K prize pool
David Goodkin (Bellevue, Washington)
#1043
#728
+315
3rd of 558 entries, $270K prize pool
John Scalise (Calgary, Alberta)
#2741
#683
+2058
2nd of 911 entries, $1M prize pool
Angel Iniquez (Richland, Washington)
#776
#630
+146
2nd of 406 entries, $158.2K prize pool
Brett Worton (Edmonton, Alberta)
#721
#598
+123
3rd of 249 entries, $159.2K prize pool
Peter Griffin (Fort McMurray, Alberta)
#731
#551
+180
1st of 249 entries, $159.2K prize pool
Jackson Spencer (Yakima, Washington)
#614
#476
+138
1st of 160 entries, $128K prize pool
David Labchuk (Calgary, Alberta)
#651
#400
+251
4th of 911 entries, $1M prize pool
Adam Nattress (Portland, Oregon)
#617
#392
+225
4th of 928 entries, $1.2M prize pool

Word went out on Day 2 that Adam was in the top 10% of the players at the end of Day 1. Then he powered his way to a not-insignificant lead by the end of Day 2. But the headline on the day-end wrap-up mentioned Jamie Kerstetter and “Miami” John Cernuto (and had pictures of both of them) but no Nattress. I knew Adam was too nice a guy to make anything out of it, but Karen-ed the heck out of it.

The Day 3 opening report had a pic of Adam but his name was initially missing from the headline. It was corrected relatively soon. Squeaky wheels, folks! You only get into these positions very rarely; make sure you get the credit you deserve!

Jeff Eldred (Calgary, Alberta)
#415
#380
+35
2nd of 249 entries, $159.2K prize pool
Zeyu Huang (Calgary, Alberta)
#690
#352
+338
3rd of 911 entries, $1M prize pool
Garrett Maybery (Edmonton, Alberta)
#410
#340
+70
2nd of 151 entries, $217K prize pool
Dongwoo Ko (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#753
#161
+592
1st of 882 entries, $2M prize pool
Pei Li (Calgary, Alberta)
#165
#160
+5
3rd of 151 entries, $217K prize pool
Dominick French (Victoria, British Columbia)
#122
#116
+6
1st of 13 entries, $68.5K prize pool
Yunkyu Song (Camas, Washington)
#115
#114
+1
4th of 735 entries, $2.2M prize pool
Mal Hagan (Langley, British Columbia)
#114
#111
+3
2nd of 1101 entries, $264K prize pool
Brent Sheirbon (Seattle, Washington)
#112
#105
+7
2nd of 263 entries, $315.2K prize pool
Matthew Jewett (Shoreline, Washington)
#108
#99
+9
2nd of 558 entries, $270K prize pool
Aaron Thivyanathan (Renton, Washington)
#78
#73
+5
3rd of 476 entries, $464.1K prize pool
Kyle Ho (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#72
#69
+3
1st of 236 entries, $150.3K prize pool
Maxwell Young (Seaside, Oregon)
#22
#22
0
2nd of 304 entries, $156.5K prize pool
Adam Hendrix (Anchorage, Alaska)
#6
#5
+1
3rd of 603 entries, $2.1M prize pool
Dylan Linde (Coeur D’Alene, Idaho)
#4
#3
+1
3rd of 116 entries, $580K prize pool
7th of 1869 entries, $5.9M prize pool
5th of 151 entries, $3M prize pool
3rd of 53 entries, $2.6M prize pool
3rd of 41 entries, $1.2M prize pool
Chris Brewer (Eugene, Oregon)
#2
#2
0
3rd of 135 entries, $3.3M prize pool

What’s That Spell?…Go To Hell! — March 2024

Another month in the red, though I briefly had hopes for this one.

No need to recap all of the thrill of min-victory and the agony of defeat at the Chinook Winds PacWest Poker Classic in the middle of the month, it’s all right here if you want to read about it.

I cashed 7 out of 17 Ignition Casino NLHE Jackpot Sit-and-Go tournaments, with just one of the winners being a 5x payout, which means…exactly $0 profit.

Because I spent an entire week at Chinook Winds, no other live play for me, though I did play five Beaverton Quarantine games via PokerStars Home Games, min-cashing a 10-player NLHE game and winning a NLHE Bounty tournament with three bounties (including my own) for a whopping 320% ROI. Not enough to cover my losses at the PacWest series!

What II’m looking at in the month(s) ahead:

  • Maybe this week’s Final Table First Friday $20K GTD NLHE.
  • Possibly the Last Frontier NLHE Freezeout on Sunday, April 7th.
  • The Final Table $30K GTD NLHE on April 27th.
  • Or the Portland Meadows Big Bet Mix April 28th.
  • There’s a whole bunch of fun coming up May 6th–12th at the Portland Meadows Poker Classic, though I’m going to have to skip their High Roller because I’ve got tickets to see Michelle Wolf. And I can only do the evening games because, you know…job.
  • I’ve booked my flight to the WSOP already. Got a lot of $2K and $5K satellites on my menu, along with HORSE, Seven Card Stud, and Big O,

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

Due to some fast reporting by the Chinook Winds tournament officials, this edition of the Leaderboard includes the big results from the recent PacWest Poker Classic!

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 the number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Ryan Olin (Huslia, Alaska)
#2634
20th of 1180 entries, $3.7M prize pool
Jonathan Erickson (Salem, Oregon)
#8040
#2557
+5483
1st of 286 entries, $116.6K prize pool
Ryan Peterson (Albany, Oregon)
#7371
#2262
+5109
3rd of 441 entries, $306.9K prize pool
Khoa Ngo (Lakewood, Washington)
#2821
#1729
+1092
1st of 82 entries, $69.5K prize pool
Jerry O’Keefe (Bend, Oregon)
#6205
#1534
+4671
2nd of 441 entries, $306.9K prize pool
Jolnar Teliani (Edmonton, Alberta)
#2160
#1194
+966
2nd of 282 entries, $208.8K prize pool
Barry Frey (Medicine Hat, Alberta)
#3413
#1128
+2285
1st of 282 entries, $208.8K prize pool
Andrew Brunette (Woodland, Washington)
#1651
#1109
+542
2nd of 629 entries, $175.1K prize pool
Wille Scott (Courtenay, British Columbia)
#1106
2nd of 346 entries, $506.3K prize pool
Joe Gates (Burns, Oregon)
#1919
#1092
+827
5th of 3180 entries, $1M prize pool
Steven Boyd (Albany, Oregon)
#1537
#999
+538
2nd of 339 entries, $203.3K prize pool

Boyd cracks the top 1,000 with a cash back in December that—ahem—didn’t get reported to The Hendon Mob until relatively recently.

Kale Satta-Hutton (Portland, Oregon)
#2094
#870
+1224
1st of 441 entries, $306.9K prize pool
Antonio Ma (Calgary, Alberta)
#682
2nd of 133 entries, $144K prize pool

Ma comes into the Leaderboard as a new entry, though he has another, larger score at WSOPC Thunder Valley in January.

Jason Heang (Edmonton, Alberta)
#669
3rd of 282 entries, $208.8K prize pool

This is Heang’s debut on the Leaderboard, though he has a couple other cashes that would have qualified him last year when I wasn’t keeping the Leaderboard updated.

Sterling Lopez (Anchorage, Alaska)
#502
#425
+77
3rd of 984 entries, $196.8K prize pool
Aaron Quon (Richmond, British Columbia)
#587
#411
+176
2nd of 309 entries, $311.7K prize pool
Scott Lake (Bremerton, Washington)
#1034
#404
+630
3rd of 47 entries, $470K prize pool

Lake had a cash the previous day in the Triple Stud Mix event, but not enough ROI to qualify for the Leaderboard.

Yunkyu Song (Camas, Washington)
#231
#160
+71
4th of 458 entries, $1.4M prize pool
Andrew Rodgers (Anchorage, Alaska)
#111
#86
+25
1st of 748 entries, $725.5K prize pool
Kyle Ho (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#71
#72
-1
2nd of 253 entries, $151.1K prize pool
Chad Wassmuth (Lewiston, Washington)
#75
#68
+7
2nd of 1272 entries, $1.8M prize pool
Kao Saechao (Damascus, Oregon)
#41
#42
-1
1st of 629 entries, $175.1K prize pool
Mike Kinney (Sand Point, Idaho)
#51
#39
+12
2nd of 458 entries, $1.4M prize pool
Maxwell Young (Oregon)
#23
#22
+1
1st of 264 entries, $264K prize pool
Adam Hendrix (Anchorage, Alaska)
#8
#6
+2
5th of 1659 entries, $2.5M prize pool
8th of 132 entries, $660K prize pool
1st of 81 entries, $243K prize pool
Chris Brewer (Eugene, Oregon)
#2
#2
0
6th of 124 entries, $3.8M prize pool
8th of 139 entries, $21.6M prize pool
Seth Davies (Bend, Oregon)
#1
#1
0
3rd of 82 entries, $3.7M prize pool
3rd of 33 entries, $1.3M prize pool
1st of 72 entries, $1.8M prize pool

Davies had six other cashes in the Triton Jeju series (for a total of eight cashes in seventeen events) each large enough to put most players’ career winnings to shame, but their ROI was less than 400%, so they do not appear on the Leaderboard.

Black Jack — February 2024

Not a positive month! On the Ignition NLHE Jackpot Sit-and-Go front, 21 games and 8 cashes, but I narrowly lost the 5x payout games I got into, so I’m down 5 buyins for the month.

Only played 3 of the Beaverton Quarantine games in February. They’re every Friday night, usually a couple of games a night, over the PokerStars Home Game system. Had a good January, cashing 3 out of 7 games but I busted all three of the February tournaments I played.

Drove out to Last Frontier early in the month for their Freezeout tournament and I was one of the early busts.

Then there was the Portland Winter Royale, a joint venture over four days at Portland Meadows and Final Table. I just played the Meadows tournaments, making it halfway through the opening Freezeout tournament, then having to rebuy after just one round in the $500 Saturday event when a guy sitting into the big blind immediately to my right said “This might be my best hand of the day” before he’d looked at his cards (at least I thought it was before he looked, self-doubt started creeping in almost immediately). I had queens under the gun, raised, and called a 4-bet from him pre-flop, then continued after his check on the six-high flop, he raised, and I put him all-in, which he called with his kings. The turn gave him a set, then an ace came on the river, so if he’d had ace-king like I put him on, I would have been dead anyway. Never got above starting stack on the rebuy.

You can tell me how wrong I am in a couple weeks at the Chinook Winds PacWest Poker Classic.

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and the number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Samuel Sisay (Seattle, Washington)
#2198
1st of 330 entries, $108.9K prize pool
Kale Satta-Hutton (Portland, Oregon)
#4564
#2094
+2470
2nd of 790 entries, $182.9K prize pool
David Howat (Calgary, Alberta)
#628
#519
+109
3rd of 417 entries, $290.9K prize pool
Taylor Hart (Newberg, Oregon)
#159
#143
+16
7th of 917 entries, $1.3M prize pool
5th of 152 entries, $304K prize pool
Andrew Rogers (Anchorage, Alaska)
#130
#111
+19
1st of 458 entries, $650.3K prize pool
Dien Le (Bellevue, Washington)
#97
#94
+3
2nd of 272 entries, $132.6K prize pool
Jimmy Lee (Edmonton, Alberta)
#70
#69
+1
1st of 59 entries, $74.6K prize pool
Amichai Barer (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#16
#15
+1
7th of 1747 entries, $9M prize pool
Adam Hendrix (Anchorage, Alaska)
#8
#8
0
5th of 1033 entries, $1.3M prize pool
5th of 1659 entries, $2.5M prize pool
Chris Brewer (Eugene, Oregon)
#2
#2
0
2nd of 49 entries, $3.1M prize pool
4th of 31 entries, $1M prize pool

Hail Hail Spit N’ Drool — January 2024

This year’s not off to the banger of a start that last year was, with a four-figure win to start things off. This has been a down month, mostly due to my entry in the Portland Meadows All the Drawmaha tournament.

January started off with a couple of losses in the Beaverton Quarantine Zoom games I play; perhaps my NLHE senses are a bit off. Then it was a bubble in the old home game, which I didn’t mind so much as it was the first game with those guys in quite a while.

Pulled myself out of the hole with the next week’s Quarantine games (NLHE and PLO8 Bounty). Then dropped a chunk in the Drawmaha tournament and never got back to black.

Played 30 Ignition $2 NLHE Jackpot Sit-and-Gos, down four buyins even with two $10 cashes.

And that’s the start of the new year. Coming up in February on my personal calendar is a Freezeout tournament at Last Frontier, and the Portland Poker Winter Royale, two games each at Meadows and Final Table. There are a couple of big games at the Little Creek Spring South Sound Series in early March that are intriguing as well, and of course, the PacWest Poker Classic at Chinook Winds is coming up in just five weeks!

PacWest Poker Classic schedule

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

It’s the first Leaderboard of the year! Technically, I did put out a Leaderboard early in January, but this is there first one covering events that took place in 2024, so first of the year. I’ve upped the inclusion criteria slightly, with $20,000 (US dollar equivalent) as the cutoff (also, only listing events with an ROI of 400% or more). The reason is, with longer periods between Leaderboards, the number of players who meet the requirements increases more or less geometrically (twice as long between events means roughly twice as many entries). Otherwise, I’d be here until March.

Lots of news out of Canada this installment, as World Series of Poker Circuit Calgary ran from January 10–22, more or less at the same time as WSOPC Northern California.

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 the number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Tom Lobas (Calgary, Alberta)
#4280
6th of 1715 entries, $423K prize pool
Akshat Bajaj (Calgary, Alberta)
#5251
#2411
+2840
18th of 1475 entries, $1.6M prize pool
David Cox (Kamloops, British Columbia)
#1989
4th of 481 entries, $313.9K prize pool
Andrew Goosen (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia)
#6937
#1842
+5095
2nd of 1380 entries, $339.4K prize pool
Abe Shawile (Edmonton, Alberta)
#4747
#1621
+3126
5th of 1715 entries, $423K prize pool
6th of 346 entries, $506.3K prize pool
Derek Dufour (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#2210
#1206
+1004
3rd of 1715 entries, $423K prize pool
Arif Dhalla (Richmond, British Columbia)
#3841
#1180
+2661
6th of 1475 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Steven Desjarlais (Nanaimo, British Columbia)
#1475
#1101
+374
6th of 481 entries, $313.9K prize pool
Mark Aylward-Nally (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#1127
#887
+240
12th of 1475 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Robert Lothian (Sherwood Park, Alberta)
#1087
#881
+206
5th of 481 entries, $313.9K prize pool
Dongwoo Ko (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#1131
#846
+285
1st of 454 entries, $112K prize pool
Jackson Spencer (Yakima, Washington)
#1189
#831
+358
2nd of 209 entries, $107.6K prize pool
4th of 728 entries, $240.2K prize pool
Zeyu Huang (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#997
#803
+194
21st of 1475 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Michael Mcwhirter (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#960
#781
+179
11th of 1475 entries, $1.6M prize pool
David Li (Victoria, British Columbia)
#772
1st of 346 entries, $506.3K prize pool

Not bad for a first Hendon Mob cash.

Hasanain Al Ghunaim (Calgary, Alberta)
#5770
#570
+5200
2nd of 1475 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Kevin Kammavong (Calgary, Alberta)
#691
#568
+123
4th of 1715 entries, $423K prize pool
Garett Maybery (Edmonton, Alberta)
#738
#436
+302
5th of 1475 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Landon Brown (Kent, Washington)
#453
#369
+84
5th of 586 entries, $568.4K prize pool
Kaylen Labaron (Anchorage, Alaska)
#764
#337
+427
2nd of 742 entries, $1.1M prize pool
Nicholas Lee (Calgary, Alberta)
#276
#252
+24
1st of 434 entries, $66.4K prize pool
Yunkyu Song (Camas, Washington)
#1248
#248
+1000
3rd of 3486 entries, $2.4M prize pool
9th of 689 entries, $3.3M prize pool
Zhun Rui Chen (Calgary, Alberta)
#930
#229
+701
1st of 1475 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Bashar Ramahi (Sturgeon County, Alberta)
#131
#118
+13
3rd of 346 entries, $506.3K prize pool
Victorino Torres (Idaho)
#114
4th of 550 entries, $530.9K prize pool

Torres’s profile lists then as being from the Northern Marianas Islands, ID, which seems almost as fishy as Preban Stokkan being from Corvallis.

Dien Le (Bellevue, Washington)
#101
#97
+4
2nd of 339 entries, $111.8K prize pool
Lonnie Hallett (Big Valley, Alberta)
#66
#66
0
10th of 1475 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Dan Martin (Klamath Falls, Oregon)
#118
#65
+53
2nd of 1188 entries, $3.8M prize pool

First Hendon Mob cash since the beginning of the pandemic for Martin (his most recent was 14 march 2020), the result of a deal with Raminder Singh and Jesse Lonis.

Maxwell Young (Seaside, Oregon)
#23
#23
0
1st of 161 entries, $80.5K prize pool
Darren Rabinowitz (Mercer Island, Washington)
#21
#21
0
3rd of 550 entries, $530.9K prize pool
James Romero (Portland, Oregon)
#6
#6
0
8th of 586 entries, $568.4K prize pool
Dylan Linde (Coeur D’Alene, Idaho)
#4
#4
0
4th of 82 entries, $820K prize pool
Chris Brewer (Eugene, Oregon)
#2
#2
0
4th of 178 entries, $169.1K prize pool
Seth Davies (Bend, Oregon)
#1
#1
0
3rd of 82 entries, $820K prize pool
3rd of 63 entries, $945K prize pool
5th of 70 entries, $1M prize pool

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 2 January 2023: The Last One

All good things must come to an end, and the same is true for this feature of Mutant Poker. The ##PNWPokerLeaderboard has been running for nearly six years, since back at the end of April 2017.It’s been interesting and entertaining, but it does take a fair amount of time, which I could be using to rewatch episodes of the original The Addams Family.

So I’m going to take a little break from this, after one last mega-Leaderboard, which wraps up 2022 (mostly). Still hope to see some of you folks on my infrequent forays out onto the local tables.

Coming Up at Last Frontier

Two events for the new year have already been announced at Last Frontier: Next Sunday (8 January) is a $10K GTD Limit Hold’em tournament, with a $25K GTD NLHE tournament on Sunday, 29 January. Both events start at noon, both are a $235 buyin with no rebuy. The NLHE event has a $100 add-on.

PNW Poker Leaderboard

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and the number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
David Lasater (West Richland, Washington)
#3092
#2244
+848
3rd of 488 entries, $93.7K prize pool
Eric Lund (Lind, Washington)
#4161
9th of 486 entries, $235.8K prize pool
Dale Dietzel (Gates, Oregon)
#1328
#1142
+186
2nd of 355 entries, $68.4K prize pool
Alex Smith (Richland, Washington)
#5356
#3081
+2275
4th of 344 entries, $134.7K prize pool
Barry South (Chuglak, Alaska)
#6049
#3130
+2919
3rd of 358 entries, $119.2K prize pool
Glyn Gracias (Sherwood Park, Alberta)
#1084
#933
+151
6th of 326 entries, $137.5K prize pool
Lloyd Fletcher (Dayton, Washington)
#757
#674
+83
1st of 247 entries, $47.9K prize pool
Jerimiah Booher (Twin Falls, Idaho)
#3873
#2432
+1441
9th of 2643 entries, $690.1K prize pool
Christopher Butler (Edmonton, Alberta)
#3479
#2269
+1210
6th of 289 entries, $285.5K prize pool
James Bluhm (Elgin, Oregon)
#3739
1st of 355 entries, $68.4K prize pool
Tianshu Liu (Scarborough, Alberta)
#3592
3rd of 341 entries, $120.2K prize pool
Thor Oden (Wenatchee, Washington)
#3577
2nd of 488 entries, $93.7K prize pool
Lane Jacobson (Sisters, Oregon)
#2322
#1696
+626
14th of 417 entries, $1M prize pool
Jayakrishnan Nair (Seattle, Washington)
#95
#96
-1
9th of 363 entries, $816.7K prize pool
Shawn Hall (Edmonds, Washington)
#1470
#1182
+288
56th of 486 entries, $235.8K prize pool
Lincoln White (Yakima, Washington)
#3449
8th of 486 entries, $235.8K prize pool
Philip Senrud (Seattle, Washington)
#3384
3rd of 344 entries, $134.7K prize pool
Gabriel Kiflu (Salem, Oregon)
#7002
#2868
+4134
1st of 248 entries, $71.9K prize pool
Elliot Smith (Richmond, British Columbia)
#23
#23
0
27th of 907 entries, $2.4M prize pool
Todd Hatch (Mukilteo, Washington)
#3235
7th of 486 entries, $235.8K prize pool
Michael Baldwin (Calgary, Alberta)
#3952
#2221
+1731
4th of 292 entries, $216.9K prize pool
Ye Ping Shan (Sherwood Park, Alberta)
#538
#471
+67
5th of 226 entries, $218.7K prize pool
Kham Xaythavone (Seattle, Washington)
#2345
#1600
+745
19th of 2999 entries, $1.5M prize pool
Charles Coultas (Mill Creek, Washington)
#65
#66
-1
2nd of 108 entries, $56.7K prize pool
Clay Quint (Mukilteo, Washington)
#4383
#2299
+2084
2nd of 141 entries, $71.9K prize pool
Michael Kiselman (Edmonds, Washington)
#2520
#1681
+839
22nd of 3715 entries, $3.5M prize pool
Brandon Scotton (Boise, Idaho)
#7127
#2766
+4361
3rd of 375 entries, $146.5K prize pool
Jonathan Williams (Dupont, Washington)
#2031
#1427
+604
3rd of 436 entries, $126.2K prize pool
Tam Nguyen (Salem, Oregon)
#50
#48
+2
5th of 486 entries, $235.8K prize pool
Phillip Ferguson (Hermiston, Oregon)
#3089
#1888
+1201
2nd of 436 entries, $126.2K prize pool
Samuel Ngai (Edmonton, Alberta)
#90
#89
+1
4th of 289 entries, $285.5K prize pool
Graydon Kowal (Calgary, Alberta)
#574
#495
+79
1st of 304 entries, $63.7K prize pool
Mohammad Mufti (Bellevue, Washington)
#1225
#961
+264
4th of 436 entries, $126.2K prize pool
Scott Thomas (Lake Oswego, Oregon)
#1063
#853
+210
4th of 486 entries, $235.8K prize pool
Tony Hopkins (Portland, Oregon)
#1212
#942
+270
1st of 436 entries, $126.2K prize pool
Faramarz Ghorbani (Port Moody, British Columbia)
#2416
#1543
+873
27th of 907 entries, $2.4M prize pool
Jessica King (Boise, Idaho)
#1310
#1000
+310
1st of 488 entries, $93.7K prize pool
Zhigang Yang (Richmond, British Columbia)
#2818
4th of 226 entries, $218.7K prize pool
Paul Losch (Portland, Oregon)
#2777
10th of 2999 entries, $1.5M prize pool
Sebastian Crema (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
#506
#445
+61
2nd of 203 entries, $85.6K prize pool
Taylor Hart (Newberg, Oregon)
#209
#204
+5
5th of 131 entries, $262K prize pool
Jorge Canada (Kennewick, Washington)
#546
#462
+84
3rd of 486 entries, $235.8K prize pool
Christopher Holden (Anchorage, Alaska)
#2564
#1480
+1084
39th of 5430 entries, $5.2M prize pool
Feiyue Wu (Shorelline, Washington)
#847
#663
+184
5th of 456 entries, $410.4K prize pool
Calen McNeil (Victoria, British Columbia)
#92
#90
+2
1st of 269 entries, $138.5K prize pool
Wayne Harmon (Portland, Oregon)
#169
#155
+14
16th of 1076 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Nolan Houser (Calgary, Alberta)
#2297
1st of 80 entries, $40.6K prize pool
Binh Nguyen (Beaverton, Oregon)
#140
#136
+4
2nd of 486 entries, $235.8K prize pool
Pei Li (Calgary, Alberta)
#261
#236
+25
1st of 341 entries, $120.2K prize pool
Ryan Cairns (Edmonton, Alberta)
#463
#386
+77
3rd of 289 entries, $285.5K prize pool
Dylan Wilkerson (Seattle, Washington)
#16
#14
+2
14th of 1070 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Michael Helander (Kent, Washington)
#670
#522
+148
1st of 428 entries, $141.2K prize pool
L. David Wolfe (Portland, Oregon)
#1940
1st of 375 entries, $146.5K prize pool
Doug Lee (Calgary, Alberta)
#27
#27
0
2nd of 207 entries, $87.3K prize pool
Aaron Duczak (Surrey, British Columbia)
#30
#30
0
6th of 436 entries, $283.4K prize pool
Jim Harnden (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
#215
#188
+27
2nd of 226 entries, $218.7K prize pool
Aaron Thivyanathan (Renton, Washington)
#97
#94
+3
11th of 736 entries, $721.2K prize pool
James Romero (Portland, Oregon)
#6
#7
-1
6th of 108 entries, $56.7K prize pool
Gavin Smith (Portland, Oregon)
#1281
#698
+583
2nd of 344 entries, $134.7K prize pool
1st of 486 entries, $235.8K prize pool
Joe Becker (Pendleton, Oregon)
#1342
2nd of 375 entries, $146.5K prize pool
1st of 344 entries, $134.7K prize pool
Adam Hendrix (Anchorage, Alaska)
#13
#13
0
9th of 181 entries, $532.1K prize pool
4th of 422 entries, $300K prize pool
Thomas Taylor (Medicine Hat, Alberta)
#38
#37
+1
1st of 226 entries, $218.7K prize pool
Luka Savic (Everett, Washington)
#1140
3rd of 1815 entries, $748.8K prize pool
Tyler Willse (Hillsboro, Oregon)
#490
#348
+142
1st of 272 entries, $263.8K prize pool
Krzysztof Slaski (Edmonton, Alberta)
#3887
#958
+2929
1st of 289 entries, $285.5K prize pool
Zachary Bright (Tualatin, Oregon)
#2827
#851
+1976
2nd of 1243 entries, $646.3K prize pool
Clemen Deng (Portland, Oregon)
#259
#205
+54
23rd of 5430 entries, $5.2M prize pool
Jaspal Brar (Edmonton, Alberta)
#47
#44
+3
2nd of 289 entries, $285.5K prize pool
Kyle Ho (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#98
#96
+2
2nd of 268 entries, $107.4K prize pool
1st of 270 entries, $244.5K prize pool
Andrew Rodgers (Anchorage, Alaska)
#368
#247
+121
2nd of 1011 entries, $510.5K prize pool
Brandon Cantu (Vancouver, Washington)
#8
#8
0
3rd of 39 entries, $390K prize pool
Calvin Lee (Mercer Island, Washington)
#132
#102
+30
40th of 2960 entries, $29M prize pool
Esther Taylor-Brady (Portland, Oregon)
#26
#26
0
1st of 131 entries, $360.2K prize pool
Lina Niu (Surrey, British Columbia)
#7648
#612
+7036
1st of 578 entries, $560.6K prize pool
Carl Oman (Vancouver, Washington)
#119
#100
+19
2nd of 363 entries, $816.7K prize pool
Sean Banahan (Twin Falls, Idaho)
#589
#263
+326
1st of 2999 entries, $1.5M prize pool
Shawn Buchanan (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#3
#3
0
5th of 3715 entries, $3.5M prize pool
Angela Jordison (Redmond, Oregon)
#74
#60
+14
5th of 643 entries, $620.4K prize pool
5th of 229 entries, $223.2K prize pool
4th of 1076 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Tyler Patterson (Everett, Washington)
#19
#19
0
2nd of 417 entries, $1M prize pool
15th of 5430 entries, $5.2M prize pool
Adam Walton (Seattle, Washington)
#101
#64
+37
2nd of 907 entries, $2.4M prize pool
Dylan Linde (Couer d’Alene, Idaho)
#7
#5
+2
1st of 144 entries, $1.4M prize pool

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 14 November 2022

I’m thanking my lucky stars it hasn’t been too busy since Halloween. It’s picking up, though, despite the approaching holidays. Enough that since I ran the numbers on Saturday, perennial blog favorite Angela Jordison almost got her hands on a WSOP Circuit Ring in the Main Event at Durant. Don’t miss her interview on this podcast.

Many thanks to @EastOregonQueen for tagging me in posts about the Wildhorse Fall Poker Round-Up this past week. The final results (and the dates for Spring) are below; check out the Twitter account (assuming that’s still a thing by the time I post this) for more results.

The Game ran two big buy-in events last weekend, including a $300+$150 Big O tournament last weekend (no idea how many players, I wasn’t able to make it, much against the siren song of 5 cards). Final Table ran a $500 Freezeout a week ago (also tugging at me) and has a $200 bounty tournament on Saturday (11/19) at noon.

Coming up in December, Portland Meadows has NLHE and Big O Freezeout championships.

Out of town, Little Creek Casino west of Olympia has a Mini Series running in early December.

That’s enough from me!

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and the number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Lee Markholt (Eatonville, Washington)
#9
#9
0
11th of 513 entries, $777.1K prize pool
Aaron Raap (Meridian, Idaho)
#965
#826
+139
7th of 422 entries, $407.8K prize pool
Ahmed Abdelhadi (Calgary, Alberta)
#1318
#1072
+246
4th of 611 entries, $202.3K prize pool
Paul Houvener (Lynnwood, Washington)
#3317
3rd of 217 entries, $93.3K prize pool
Dien Le (Bellevue, Washington)
#113
#108
+5
1st of 371 entries, $72.7K prize pool
Dien Le (via WSOP.com)
Riochard Jeffrey (Calgary, Alberta)
#1826
#1259
+567
1st of 217 entries, $93.3K prize pool
Kevin Roope (Wrangle, Alaska)
#2533
1st of 93 entries, $88.8K prize pool
This is Roope’s first Hendon Mob cash.
Maxwell Young (Seaside, Oregon)
#24
#24
0
2nd of 394 entries, $130.2K prize pool
Jared Kingery (University Place, Washington)
#135
#124
+11
5th of 464 entries, $447.7K prize pool
Jeremy Hamey (Juneau, Alaska)
#1957
#1056
+901
5th of 2232 entries, $1M prize pool
Peter Lynn (Olympia, Washington)
#505
#383
+122
6th of 808 entries, $1.1M prize pool
Jen Bernard (Portland, Oregon)
#2468
#1022
+1446
2nd of 378 entries, $302.4K prize pool
Taylor Hart (Newberg, Oregon)
#257
#209
+48
4th of 513 entries, $777.1K prize pool
Dylan Linde (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#7
#7
0
2nd of 464 entries, $447.7K prize pool
Rambo Halpern (Portland, Oregon)
#153
#131
+22
3rd of 847 entries, $1.2M prize pool
via the NW Poker Facebook Community
Scott Eskanazi (Mercer Island, Washington)
#101
#70
+31
2nd of 684 entries, $1.8M prize pool

Eskenazi’s Hendon Mob profi;le goes back 14 years, but this is a career best, by far.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 28 October 2022

Not going to say much this edition. We lost one of the long-time residents here at the Catsino (up there in the header) last week, and things have been a little glum. Jasmine predated my time in poker (at least in the modern era) and she spent many a day at the home office or during an online tournament or while I was writing blog entries here at Mutant Poker making space for herself between the keyboard and the monitor. She’s going to be sorely missed after more than eighteen years.

There’s a remembrance tournament for Heath Bloodgood, the long-time manager at The Final Table, next Thursday evening.

Anyway, on to the Leaderboard.

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and the number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Matthew Kelly (Hillsboro, Oregon)
#2028
#1590
+438
2nd of 158 entries, $49.8K prize pool
Andrew Robinson (Clackamas, Oregon)
#4111
1st of 158 entries, $49.8K prize pool
Jesse Talbot (Calgary, Alberta)
#3199
#2201
+998
1st of 200 entries, $39.5K prize pool
Tracy Town (Camas, Washington)
#3902
6th of 385 entries, $244.5K prize pool
Christopher Hull (Vancouver, Washington)
#1030
#877
+153
5th of 452 entries, $228.6K prize pool
Alejandro Madrigal (Umatilla, Oregon)
#2188
#1577
+611
5th of 173 entries, $173K prize pool
Jason Beasley (Salem, Oregon)
#177
#171
+6
7th of 430 entries, $447.2K prize pool
Ali Razzaq (Edmonton, Alberta)
#768
#680
+88
2nd of 313 entries, $78.7K prize pool
Travis Jansen (Tigard, Oregon)
#3345
1st of 80 entries, $50K prize pool
Aamir Khan (Calgary, Alberta)
#238
#230
+8
1st of 313 entries, $78.7K prize pool
Thai Nguyen (Portland, Oregon)
#3272
5th of 385 entries, $244.5K prize pool
Will Thysell (Eugene, Oregon)
#729
#630
+99
1st of 202 entries, $83.2K prize pool
Jeffrey Lindsay, (Tacoma, Washington)
#3093
1st of 91 entries, $22K prize pool
Haven Werner (Calgary, Alberta)
#425
#380
+45
5th of 531 entries, $368.4K prize pool
Cliff Green (Eckville, Alberta)
#203
#189
+14
2nd of 310 entries, $108K prize pool
Norman Dufton (Warrenton, Oregon)
#2773
2nd of 202 entries, $83.2K prize pool
Aaron Quon (Richmond, British Columbia)
#2782
#1566
+1216
4th of 531 entries, $368.4K prize pool
Colton Yamagishi (Edmonton, Alberta)
#234
#218
+16
3rd of 310 entries, $108K prize pool
7th of 531 entries, $368.4K prize pool
Ilya Sofinskiy (Hillsboro, Oregon)
#1213
#874
+339
3rd of 385 entries, $244.5K prize pool
Tyler Patterson (Everett, Washington)
#19
#19
0
1st of 119 entries, $61.2K prize pool
Weston Print (Calgary, Alberta)
#225
#202
+23
3rd of 531 entries, $368.4K prize pool
Richard McVae (Tacoma, Washington)
#1654
2nd of 385 entries, $244.5K prize pool
Michael Coombs (Tacoma, Washington)
#294
#238
+56
1st of 385 entries, $244.5K prize pool
Raghav Sharma (Calgary, Alberta)
#918
1st of 334 entries, $335.5K prize pool
Adam Hendrix (Anchorage, Alaska)
#13
#13
0
1st of 73 entries, $730K prize pool
Seth Davies (Bend, Oregon)
#1
#1
0
4th of 54 entries, $1.3M prize pool
Seen just after posting this edition of the Leaderboard, Aaron Thivyanathan near the bubble in Day 2 coverage of EPT London.

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 the number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Julius Roque (Lethbridge, Alberta)
#264
#249
+15
2nd of 251 entries, $55.1K prize pool
Eric Resnick (Bend, Oregon)
#636
#581
+55
2nd of 80 entries, $50K prize pool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key to the Leaderboard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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