PNW Poker Leaderboard—21 February 2022 #MysteryBounty

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

Just a few results after the deluge of WSOP Circuit stuff last time. Picking up three good cashes from the Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza I.

Vancouver, Washington provided the winners of two of those numbers.

David Moshe was the winner of the Venetian DSE #7 $40K GTD NLHE MonsterStack, in an even 2-way chop. There were 130 entries in the tournament, and it posted a prize pool of $66K.

The other Vancouvian on the board this week was Christopher Hull, who was 2nd in a 2-way chop in a similar tournament, the Venetian DSE #13 $40K GTD NLHE MonsterStack, this one with 154 entries.

The third and final result for this edition is from Victoria: Dominick French was 2nd in Venetian DSE #1 $100K GTD NLHE UltimateStack, which was also chopped two ways, with 468 entries and a prize pool of $154K.

Portland Meadows NLHE Mystery Bounty

I hadn’t played live poker since before Christmas, so I was champing at the bit when Brian Sarchi announced the first Mystery Bounty tournament in the area a couple of weeks ago. I’m always interested in trying out something different, and I kind of figured I needed to get my poker legs back before heading to Chinook Winds for the PacWest Poker Classic next month.

Because parking’s always tight, I meant to take the bus over Sunday morning but since I didn’t get going early enough, I hopped over in the Mutantmobile. The lot was already full a half-hour before the show, so I ended up in the Comcast parking lot down the street.

Unlike a regular bounty tournament, where you get a set value for each player you knock out, the mystery bounty format only pays out when players are already in the money. So there’s no potential for saving yourself with bounties if you don’t cash. You’ve got to make it into the money yourself to get any bounties (and even then you’re not guaranteed).

Mystery Bounty raffle drum

This tournament was paying 15% of the field, which meant 15% of the players would have bounties on their heads. When the field gets down to the money, each of the remaining players gets a bounty chip, and when you knock someone out and take their bounty chip, you get a chance to draw an envelope from the lottery drum and find out how much your the bounty is worth: in this case, anywhere from $400 (the price of entry) to $5,000.

Jackie Burkhart with hand warmer/cell phone charger
Jackie Burkhart with one of the hand warmer/cell phone chargers she brought, which were a popular item on a chilly afternoon.

My table started looking rough at the very beginning, as Sam Nguyen sat down in seat 3 and Jackie Burkhart popped into seat 2, with Toma Barber showing up a little after things started in seat 1. I was sitting in 5 (not to give short shrift to the other end of the table, but I’ve been out of the loop for a while and didn’t recognize everyone, particularly with masks on).

The person I (and everyone else) needed to watch out for was seat 4 who, after a bit of a lull early on, went on a tear, knocking out player after player and amassing a stack of chips that was approximately 10% of the chips in play while we were still 54-handed (44% of the original field).

It made for some nail-biting calls, when I’d get involved, some action would raise the stakes, and seat 4 would move a handful of red chips into play, essentially putting anyone involved in the hand all-in.He cleared out short stacks and some big stacks, like a poker Katamari Damancy.

The first couple of levels didn’t go so well. My stack slid down from the 30K start to just over 20K, then in level 3, I managed to spin it up to nearly 80K, knocking out Toma (sadly) in the process. Ran some queens into aces and lost more than half my stack not long after registration had closed, though I did almost get bailed out with a spade flush on the board.

By round 8, eight players had been eliminated from our table. Toma was one, but the other seven were all part of the stack on my right. I was nursing the approximately 40K I had left after my setback, and just about half the 121 entries had been eliminated.

I was still below the 67K average with less than 30bb as we went to level 9, with a 2K big blind. I chipped up a little bit—even getting a laydown from the big stack—as we closed in on the end of the fifth hour of play.

The first big hand for me was in UTG+1. The big stack raised and I 3-bet AQ. People got out of the way of the next casualty and we got the money all in, with the big stack holding 88. I made trip aces on the flop, but the middle card was an 8, giving him a full house. I was resigned to my fate, but on the river came a Q for a better full house and I doubled up to more than 130K, which was probably enough to get me close to the money, since we were down to around 40 players, with 18 places paying.

I should have left myself in resignation mode, though. Just a few hands later, I had kings and 3-bet seat 4. He called and we were heads-up to the queen-high flop, where we got all-in and I was up against aces again. And lost again, but this time didn’t have any chips left. I probably should have been able to get away, even with kings, and if it had been any other player, maybe i could have; there just wasn’t any way to do it against that big stack.

That was my Mystery Bounty experience. Sam outlasted me, as did Darin Stout who came to the table a level or two before I left. Brian says he’s planning to run something like this again soon, which should be entertaining. My reccomendation would be to adjust a couple glitches in the payout structures. The curve for the position payouts should be adjusted on the bottom so the bottom payouts are at least a little more than the buy-in ($400, in this case). It’s not a huge adjustment to the curve to backfill some of the lower payouts.

Likewise, the Mystery Bounty amounts ought not to have jumps of $100, $500, $500, $1000, $1000, $500, $1000. The interval should always increase!

That’s it for live for me until next month.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 12 February 2022

So much to get to. I thought there would be a bit of a lull in January, but there was a lot of Pacific Northwest action at the World Series of Poker Circuit Calgary in January (there’s another one at Calgary’s Deerfoot Inn just before the WSOP in May). That’s what happens when you bring a major series up this way. But first…

Poker In the Ears

Those of you who follow the blog (which I assume is anyone reading this) may remember I appeared as a Superfan quiz contestant against Joe Stapleton last May on the Poker In the Ears podcast (along with co-host James Hartigan). In the most recent episode (#238), James read a comment I made on their Discord channel asking why—among all of the other non-poker media they mention—they hadn’t dropped Peacemaker. Not satisfying responses. Watch it.

Portland Meadows Special Events

Portland Meadows is holding two special events in February. On Saturday the 19th is a $180 NLHE Freezeout and on Sunday the 20th is their first NLHE Mystery Bounty. The Bounty is a $400 buy-in, and once the field is down to 15% of registrants, anyone who knocks out another player gets to draw from the barrel to see the amount of the bounty they receive, from $400 to $5K. Both tournaments are freezeouts, with no add-on, and 30 minute levels.

The PacWest Poker Classic is Back!

It’s been two years since I was at Chinook Winds for the last tournament series there, and after having to postpone their attempt to restart last fall, it looks like things are finally going to happen in less than four weeks now. There’s a program and structures and everything. It’s the usual full schedule of guaranteed tournaments and (guaranteed) satellites, with 19 scheduled events, including tentpole $100K GTD and $225K GTD tournaments on the weekends, the $560 (including buy-in, fee, and dealer appreciation) NLHE 6-Max, HORSE, Big O (still only a $170 buy-in), and $660 NLHE Big Bounty. It’ll be very familiar for anyone who’s been there before, and hopefully a little bit of a return to normal. No idea what the covid restrictions are going to be by then; as of today, masks and temperature checks are still in place according to the web site.

Wildhorse Spring Poker Round-Up

Wildhorse has announced their April series, but there’s no schedule released as of yet. Check their poker page for updates.

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

As mentioned, the bulk of the news is coming out of Calgard and the first World Series of Poker Circuit stop in the Northwest since Vancouver seven years ago.

Wie Da from Edmonton picked up their first cash, good for a jump into #4046 on the Leaderboard, by placing 3rd in WSOPC Calgary #5 PLO. The field of 246 entries pushed the prize pool over US$$100K. Takuma Bergeron from Coquitlam, British Columbia moved from #1056 to #773 by taking 2nd place. The winner of the tournament was Calgary’s Pei Li, climbing nearly eleven hundred places to #1230 and scoring a personal best.

Vancouver-based Omid Pekniyat got a first Hendon Mob cash and comes in at #3937 by taking 2nd in WSOPC Calgary #11 NLHE/PLO 8-Max. Wei Min Hou of Vancouver was the winner, and debuts at #2928.

WSOPC Calgary #9 NLHE Main Event

The Main Event in Calgary got 1,179 entries, with a prize pool of US$1.4M. Coming in 21st was Edmonton’s Jason Pelletier picking up a best-ever cash and jumping a thousand places on the Leaderboard to #2237. 20th went to West Vancouver’s Forouzan Soloudeh, with a climb of more than one hundred places to #843. In 19th was Harminder Aujla of Surrey, British Columbia, going from #1140 to #981. Weston Pring of Calgary was 18th, enough for #298, a gain of eleven places. Michael Bernstein from Edmonton placed 18th rising nearly one-hundred and fifty spots to #809. It was a biggest-ever cash for Vancouver’s Tyson Rampersand, climbing more than thirty-five hundred places to #2620 by placing 15th. 13th was enough to move Edmonton’s Jonathan Sanborn seven places on the upper end of the Leaderboard, to #175. Coming in at 11th was Shane Axelson (Calgary)for their only cash so far, which places them at #2659. 10th place was another newcomer to the Leaderboard, North Vancouver’s Adam Crockett, with a best-ever cash that jumps them into #2448. Robert Buckingham from Calgary took 6th, for a biggest-ever cash that pushed them up nearly four thousand places to #1162. Edmonton-based Malcolm Bolger also had their best-ever result in 5th, though an impressive record going back to 2008 meant they only moved from #150 to #126, Pam MacNaughton from Red Deer, Alberta came in 4th, for a move of sixty-five places to #173. From Vancouver, Arvhin Melinah picked up 3rd for a best-ever result that catapulted them all the way to #386 on the Leaderboard in their premiere appearance. And Cody Mckay from Daysland, Alberta was the winner of the tournament, with a best-ever cash that moved them from #577 to #167.

Edmonton’s Michael Shaw took 2nd in the WSOPC Calgary #3 NLHE Black Chip Bounty. The tournament had 540 entries and a non-bounty prize pool of nearly US$100K (plus bounties of over $40K). Shaw’s cash was only their 2nd; they move up nearly four thousand places on the Leaderboard, to #3020.

WSOPC Calgary #8 NLHE Monster Stack

There was almost US$250K in the prize pool for this tournament, with 943 entries. Skyler Daoust of Nanaimo, British Columbia got a first recorded cash in 5th place, putting them on the Leaderboard at #3804. Aamir Khan of Calgary place 4th to climb thirty-four places to #398. Cole Harmon from Courtenay, British Columbia took it down and jumped more than a thousand places, landing at #919.

WSOPC Calgary #2 NLHE

Shannon Lazorko of Calgary picked up a third (and best) Hendon Mob cash placing 5th in this 1,108-entry tournament with a prize pool of US$227K. Lazorko debuts on the Leaderboard at #3504. Another newcomer with a first cash (also from Calgary) is Chris Yu. for 4th. Yu is at #3088. In 2nd was (again, Calgary) Jason Hromada—also new to the list—at #1918 with just their third recorded cash. Peter Griffin’s win was their fourth cash (just beating their third, from back in 2016) and takes the British Columbia player from #1216 to #677.

Moving from Calgary for a moment to Durant, Oklahoma, Bellevue’s Dien Le came in 23rd in the WSOPC Choctaw #9 NLHE Main Event. There were more than 1,400 entries and a prize pool that surpassed $2.1M. Le ekes out a five-spot rise to #119.

Edmonton’s Jonathan Woof got a first cash with a win in WSOPC Calgary #6 NLHE Double Stack. The prize pool was $86K with 542 entries. Woof starts out at #2966.

David Labchuk of Calgary won WSOPC Calgary #4 NLHE Seniors to gain almost seventy places, moving into #531.

Portland’s Rambo Halpern came in 4th in the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open #24 $100K GTD NLHE Deep Stack Bounty out of the field of 241. The prize pool was over $240K, plus bounties. Halpern goes from #385 to #350.

Nathan Mclallin from Redmond, Washington took 3rd at the Venetian Deepstack Showdown #10 NHE MonsterStack just their second-ever cash. They’re on the Leaderboard at #2548.

Back up in Calgary, Edmonton’s Zhi Jiang won WSOPC Calgary #7 NLHE 6-Max, their best-ever cash (out of four) and good enough for a place at #2421.

Vancouver, Washington’s Jaime Cervantes Alvarez took 45th in the field of nearly two thousand at the WPT Lucky Hearts #20 $2M GTD NLHE Championship. Alvarez moves from #189 to #162. The prize pool was over $6M.

Reginald Caymol of Seattle climbs from #352 to #304, taking 5th in the Wynn Signature Series $250K GTD NLHE. 671 entries pushed the prize pool to nearly $350K.

The WSOPC Calgary #1 NLHE DoubleStack was won by hometown player Adam Balis over 375 other entries, with a prize pool of just under US$100K. Balis picked up a first-ever cash and enters the Leaderboard at #2144.

Portland’s Brian Barker came in 3rd at a Wynn $150K GTD NLHE with 301 entries. Barker gets a best-ever cahs and is #2123.

Adelsinei Da Silva from Seattle got their biggest cash with 3rd out of 718 in Philadelphia at the Live! Size NLHE. The prize pool was over $277K, with what looks like a 4-way chop. Da Silva jumps from #3804 to #1596.

Climbing nineteen places to #155, it’s Aaron Thivyanathan. placing 3rd in the WPT Lucky Hearts #14 50K GTD NLHE Deepstack 6-Max. They quadrupled the prize pool with this one.

Brian Foley of Puolsbo, Washington hit big twice in this reporting period, at yet another Circuit stop, first with a 4th-place at WSOPC Thunder Valley #9 NLHE High Roller outside of Sacramento, then 9th at WSOPC Thunder Valley #10 $500K GTD NLHE Main Event. That propelled Foley up from #2080 to #851. The High Roller had 59 entries and a prize pool of $207K; the Main Event beat the guarantee by nearly $400K, with 587 entries. Shoreline, Washington’s Feiyue Wu pops onto the Leaderboard at #850 by coming in 3rd with a best-ever cash.

Picking up a late result (from Calgary…), Vancouver’s Chuck Choi won the Deerfoot Inn Fall Super Stack #7 NLHE Main Event back in November, over 396 others. The prize pool was over $300K. Choi debuts on the Leaderboard at #1149.

Mike Zuro from Salem picked up a Circuit Ring at WSOPC Tunica #2 $100K GTD NLHE. He beat a field of 1,585 and took 1st out of a prize pool of more than half a million dollars. It’s great to see Mike hit it big, I had a great dinner at an event at Chinook Winds with Zuro and his wife years ago. Zuro blasts from #3304 to #748.

Finally, James Romero edges out Dylan Linde for the 5th-place spot on the Leaderboard after winning the WPT Lucky Hearts #19 $200K GTD NLHE Deep Stack.There were 413 entries and the prize pool rose to as giddy $826K.

That’s all for now! Keep on winning (and Happy almost-Valentine’s Day)!

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 13 January 2022

It’s a whole new year, but the Poker Mutant is back with just a few end-of-the-year results. After the long slogs of the past two Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboards, let me tell you, it’s nice to just have a handful of names to go through.

Starting off with Olympia’s Glenn Larson, who grabbed 3rd place in the WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley #5 $100K NLHE Norcal Jacked Stack back at the beginning of December. 554 entries and a $277K prize pool. Larson gains one hundred and thirty-plus places to land at #461.

Jonathan Sanborn of Edmonton won a World Series of Poker Circuit Ring at the WSOPC Aruba #5 NLHE Monster Stack. It’s the first Ring for Sanborn, who gets a dozen spots on the leaderboard to hit #182.

Dominick French came from Victoria to take 1st at the Venetian DeepStack New Year’s Extravaganza Poker Series #23 $20K GTD NLHE MoinsterStack. French breaks the Top 200 on the Leaderboard, going from #208 to #199.

Premiering at #3242 on the Leaderboard is Kimberly, Idaho player Derick Roseborough, nabbing a win in the Venetian #30 $30K GTD NLHE Deepstack over 118 other entries. It’s Roseborough’s first recorded cash.

Patrick Ronan of Girdwood, Alaska came in 10th out of 851 entries in the Venetian/Mid-States Poker Tour #40 $500K GTD NLHE Main Event to close out the 2021 results on the Leaderboard (thought there may always be some stragglers). It’s Ronan’s best cash to date, and it move4s them from #1426 to #1151.

Portland’s Andy Su gets the first result of 2022, in the Venetian #43 $200K GTD NLHE UltimateStack, with a 5th-place finish. Su goes up thirty-0four slots, to #340.

And we’ll wrap up this edition of the Leaderboard with Christopher Brewer (#14) taking 2nd out of 37 in the Venetian/PokerGO High Roller 02,

That’s it until next time. I’m off to drink some Glenmorrangie to celebrate the Internal Revenue Service finally accepting my tournament buy-in expenses for 2018 after ten months of trying to get them to understand that poker money doesn’t grow on trees.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

WSOP 2021: Day-No-Mont!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WSOP 2021: My Time Is Coming

So people of the world
You take a bow
Cause I used to be out
But I’m flaming now
So hold on tight
With your knuckles white, cause
My time is coming

OMG, I’ve had “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” stuck in my head as an earworm this whole trip. It’s keeping me up at night; right now it’s 4:30am and I’ve been awake for an hour.

That could be because I’ve got some latent adrenaline after yesterday, or it could be because my memory for lyrics is bad, so the chorus of the song is on an endless repeat like the Sergio Leone-style anthem music the WSOP plays over and over before events start.

The restart time for Event #27 $1500 HORSE Day 2 wasn’t until 2pm, so after writing up my post on Day 1, I thought about heading down to satellite land to play the 9am mega but I decided that since Wednesday’s hadn’t had that many entries, I’d be better served keeping it fresh for the HORSE. It felt a little weird to be not playing poker for half a day, considering I’m only here for four days, but I braved the crossing to the Walgreens to pick up some goodies (by which I mean a lot of Diet Coke), rested on the couch, and talked to my wife and father on the phone.

I consulted my wife on the question of which card cap to use for Day 2, and she said to go with the gold.

So, even with only about 4 hours of sleep, I felt up to the task of trying to somehow make a stack about one-third the average last for the day.

The day started off with good news for me, because I picked up a great hand in the first game of the day—Omaha/8—and managed to more than double up, which put me in median stack territory and room to wait for hands. One of the players at the table came back with just 6500, doubled on the first hand with an AAKx hand but was still so short that he was knocked out shortly after that.

We were early in the break order, so by the next time I did an update on the PokerNews MyStack app, I’d been moved to another table. I got another double-up there that took me to 95k. Warning #1 for anyone using MyStack, if you take a photo (at least on the iPhone) through the app, MyStack does not save the photo to your Photos library! So take the pic with your Camera and add it to the MyStack post from Photos, or you’re never going to have access to that sweet, sweet chip porn, because there’s no way to export the image.

It was a bit of a roller coaster, I have to say. I haven’t played much HORSE live or online in recent years, and I can’t say I remember my game being this swingy before. Maybe I just don’t remember it. Anyway, two hours in, I was n worse shape than when I started, with just three big bets and 45 players to go before the money.

Did You Miss Me, Baby? Here I Am.

That was right about the time I went to do an update on MyStack and noticed that I’d been reported busted by PokerNews somehow.

I mean, geez, I didn’t think I was significant enough to get even a cursory bust report. We’re they reading my Twitter reports and just extrapolating? I mean, I’m a former WSOP live reporter and a former contributor to Where’s the love? I went over to the media table to check things out and the guy was unhelpful. I suspect this is some sort of software bug, because at my last table of the day, I heard James Woods, who reports on the app, mentioning to someone on the rail that it had happened to him, and I’m pretty sure nobody’s erroneously marking him out.

Just a note to the MyStack devs who aren’t reading this post: the Feed needs times, not just the date.

Another table change and I had a couple great hands in Stud/8 that put me back over 100K. Briefly.

That was the peak for me. We had 20 places to the money still, and I got my third(?) table change, finally over to the far side of the Orange section, about three hours into the day. Half an hour later were were told we were going hand-for-hand, then after about five minutes where I could see Norman Chad and some other folks standing at a table in the middle of the section, a rumor started going around we were already in the money.. Finally the announcement came through and I’d cashed at the WSOP for the first time. It was almost a little anti-climatic.

I was back to critically short by this point. Not so much from trying to eke into the min-cash but because I’d gotten Stud hands in the Razz rounds and Razz hands in the Stud rounds. Limits were up to 8k/16k; even the 2K antes in the Stud games were eating though my shot stack pretty fast. I had to commit to a Stud/8 hand that looked pretty good with three low cars a nut flush possibility, but the best I ended up with was a pair of threes. And that was it! I was a WSOP casher on my fourth bracelet event.

Got my cash from Payout, went back to Amazon to take a pic of the tournament clock—I forgot when I busted, I’m out of practice—then headed to my room to try to catch up various people. Apologies to the little poker group I belong to, PokerTeam 1: Brad, Steve, and Daryl, who I’d been updating through the day but neglected to ell I’d cashed among all the other people I was informing.

So, is a Smashburger a thing? Because it seems to me every short-order cook already used their spatula to smush the patty onto the grill.

Not sure what I’m gong to do with the next day and a half. I’m hoping the satellite scene picks up a bit on the weekend, plus going to try to arch up with Jeremy Harkin who’s been greatly encouraging—not to mention renting me a room wen I was down here as a reporter—and maybe grab a beer or two with Kevmath if we can squeeze it in.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WSOP 2021: Back to the Rio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So that’s all before 10am.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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