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

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

Key to the Leaderboard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 16 June 2022

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

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

Key to the Leaderboard

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

This was Ogilvie’s first Hendon Mob cash.

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

Al Mouselly’s first recorded cash.

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

Yes, his Hendon Mob profile says Alberta.

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

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

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

Yes, his Hendon Mob profile also says Alberta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 12 June 2022 — Clearing the Decks

I had to make a decision about the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard going into this year’s World Series of Poker. It’s a lot of work. There are only so many of you reading it. And with all of the people from the Northwest doing so well out there in the wide world of poker, each edition gets pretty repetitive. I’ve run completely out of ways to describe peoples’ advances up the Leaderboard. Maybe I’m just lazy.

So rather than further tighten the requirements I use to decide who gets reported on, I’m changing up the format a little bit (the other option in my decision was to just stop doing the Leaderboard). So what you see below is what we’ve got for now.

All your favorite info is still here, organized, loosely in the order of the amount of money won in the reporting period. (which varies according to when I can get things together), You’ll find the bigger cashes at the bottom.

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

As always, this info is gleaned from the Hendon Mob state and province lists for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Alberta and British Columbia. The Leaderboard tries to recognize players who’ve had a significant cash: the gross amount must be more than $10,000 and four times the buy-in. Mistakes will be made and I apologize for any that creep in. I just do this for the fun of it!

Bob Petty (Richland, Washington)
#2543
#1920
+623
3rd of 459 entries, $89.2K prize pool
Neil Michael (Albany, Oregon)
#6325
#3262
+3063
1st of 227 entries, $45.1K prize pool
John Veenhouwer (Spokane, Washington)
#3912
2nd of 342 entries, $66.9K prize pool
Ghulam Mirza (Kennewick, Washington)
#2475
#1835
+640
4th of 465 entries, $137.5K prize pool
Mohammed Ghulam Mirza (Kennewick, Washington)
#1961
#1480
+481
5th of 427 entries, $212.8K prize pool

I’m pretty sure this player is the same person as the previous player, just reported on two different Hendon Mob profiles. If they were properly combined, their Leaderboard rank would be #872.

Michael Bernstein (Edmonton, Alberta)
#808
#713
+95
1st of 90 entries, $32.6K prize pool
Gregory Allen Jackson (John Day, Oregon)
#1718
#1358
+360
2nd of 405 entries, $78.9K prize pool
Bryce Clark (Powell Butte, Oregon)
#846
#742
+104
3rd of 356 entries, $106.4K prize pool
Angel Iniquez (Richland, Washington)
#807
#700
+107
2nd of 354 entries, $69.2K prize pool
Hilda Solorio (Grandview, Washington)
#3404
2nd of 459 entries, $89.2K prize pool

This is Solorio’s first Hendon Mob cash.

David Villemeyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
#2931
#1912
+1019
1st of 342 entries, $66.9K prize pool
Matthew Little (Seattle, Washington)
#2452
#1679
+773
1st of 354 entries, $69.2K prize pool
Michael Curtis (Rainier, Oregon)
#1428
#1132
+296
3rd of 465 entries, $137.5K prize pool
Jaspal Brar (Edmonton, Alberta)
#65
#64
+1
1st of 142 entries, $52K prize pool
Tyler Warken (Calgary, Alberta)
#433
#394
+39
3rd of 202 entries, $150.1K prize pool
Jeffrey Lindsey (Auburn, Washington)
#1368
#1048
+320
2nd of 356 entries, $106.4K prize pool
Eli Katzman (Boise, Idaho)
#2923
1st of 405 entries, $78.9K prize pool
Brian Barker (Portland, Oregon)
#1418
#1085
+333
4th of 427 entries, $213K prize pool
John Goertzen (Walla Walla, Washington)
#2814
1st of 459 entries, $89.2K prize pool
George Kenny (Allyn, Washington)
#2439
1st of 356 entries, $106.4K prize pool
Binh Nguyen (Beaverton, Oregon)
#140
#132
+8
9th of 5608 entries, $2M prize pool
Kyle Ho (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#184
#160
+24
2nd of 202 entries, $150.1K prize pool
Vic Hipp (Napavine, Washington)
#2165
3rd of 427 entries, $213K prize pool
Paul Barnett (Condon, Oregon)
#2104
1st of 465 entries, $137.5K prize pool
Brandon Sullivan (Auburn, Washington)
#1788
2nd of 427 entries, $213K prize pool
Glenn Miller (Mukilteo, Washington)
#257
#222
+35
1st of 427 entries, $213K prize pool
Jaime Cervantes Alvarez (Vancouver, Washington)
#148
#78
+70
4th of 747 entries, $5.4M prize pool

It was great to see someone else from the Portland area make it to the world poker stage. It was just February of last year that Alvarez first appeared on the Leaderboard, with a cash at a Venetian event that was just a little too small to meet the guidelines, but which I put in because there wasn’t a lot of poker going on. His first ranking was #4354; now he’s in the Top 100.

Christopher Brewer (Eugene, Oregon)
#7
#6
+1
1st of 36 entries, $1.2M prize pool

Brewer continues a relentless march up the Leaderboard, passing Dylan Linde.

Seth Davies (Bend, Oregon)
#1
#1
0
1st of 40 entries, $1M prize pool
Seth Davies (Bend, Oregon)
#1
#1
0
3rd of 40 entries, $4.9M prize pool

Davies continues to put space between himself and everyone else.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 24 May 2022

Carl Oman, winner of the WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley Main Event. via worldpokertour.com

Nothing much to say upfront, I’ve regrettably had to cancel my plans to play the WSOP $1,500 Seven-Card Stud tournament in just over a week and may not make it down to Vegas this summer at all, so let’s just get into it.

No reports from Wildhorse in this Leaderboard, but thanks to Kevmath, they are now available at Hendon Mob. so they’ll be in the next one. Plenty here from Thunder Valley and elsewhere.

WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley #10 $1M GTD NLHE Main Event

This was the end of the Deepstacks brand, so this is the last WPTDeepstacks series (the WPT will now have a “Main” tour and a “Prime” tour). Bellevue’s David Goodkin was 22nd in the field of 1,414, rising one-hundred and sixty-five places to #1013. Kao Saechao of Damascus came in 20th and moves up one place to #35. Tom Mahon of Dairy was 16th, going from #1213 to #975. Mukilteo, Washington’s Catherine Miller scored a best-ever cash in 3rd (as part of a 5-way deal) that propelled her from #3020 to #349 on the Leaderboard. At the top of the chop was Carl Oman, from Vancouver, Washington (pictured above) who jumps to #192 from $460.

Catherine Miller via worldpokertour.com

Moving from #6854 to #3056 is Lee Van-Voorhis from Washington state with 1st place in a 38-player tournament, the MGM National Harbor $30K GTD NLH High Roller in Maryland.

James Weatherman was in some prestigious territory at the Aria Resort & Casino in the PokerGo Tour Stairway #1 NLHE. Among the 60 entries were Andrew Lichtenberger, Dylan Linde, and PNW crusher Jaime Cervantes Alvarez—who didn’t quite make it into this Leaderboard but I hear he’s done some stuff since I ran the numbers. Weatherman picks up four hundred spots , ending at #914.

Aaron Thivyanathan picks up ten (now #122) with 2nd out of 518 entries at St. Petersburg, Florida’s Derby Lane Spring Open $75K GTD NLHE. It looks like there might have been a 3-way deal.

Matt Affleck took 3rd in a 767-entry tournament in las Vegas, the Wynn Signature Series $500K GTD NLHE. It’s enough to move Affleck up one place to #15 past Greg Mueller.

It was 2nd place for Dylan Linde in the PokerGo Tour/Venetian #5 NLHE High Roller that took him from #6 to…#6. Movement’s tough at the top. Still, Linde came out ahead of 32 other players.

Christopher Brewer took 2nd and 1st in PGT/Aria High Roller Series #5 NLHE and PGT/Aria High Roller Series #6 NLHE, with 32 and 23 entries respectively. Brewer is currently #7.

And there’s one result from Monte Carlo to report (there will be more next time). Seth Davies took 2nd in the 34-entry European Poker Tour Monte Carlo € 50,000 NLHE. Davies and champion Pascal Lefrancois agreed to a deal when they got heads-up. Davies is, as always #1 on the PNW Poker Leaderboard.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 6 May 2022

It’s kind of scary to think that we’re less than a month away from this year’s World Series of Poker. Yeah! You forgot didn’t you? It’s been nearly three years since the last summer-time WSOP, and even if you did remember, you probably were wondering why rooms at the Rio All-Suite Casino & Hotel were so damn cheap compared to last time. That’s because the WSOP isn’t there any more, stupid! This time around, the whole thing’s happening on the Strip, at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas, and, as Firesign Theater used to say: Everything You Know Is Wrong. It’s not just that you’re not going to know where anything is any more (really, did you ever figure out which room was Brasilia and which one was Amazon?) but the people running things are going to be confused, too, so this has the potential to be a right shitshow, as they say. Anyway, here’s some maps, just in case they might help. In both cases the ballroom areas at the top of the map are on the east side of the buildings, away from the Strip.

Bally’s
Paris

One. Million. Dollars.

Forrest Auel posted on the NW Poker Facebook group that a cash at the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round-Up will put Joe Brandenburg over the $1,000,000 lifetime earnings mark (he was just over $999,000 after cashes at Chinook Winds in March) but the results haven’t been posted to Hendon Mob as of this evening!

Big Move

Not too long before “press time”, The Final Table Poker Club posted a notice on Facebook that they’re going to be moving from their long-time location at SE 122nd & Division to SE 82nd & Powell. No specifics as to the location yet. One change that’s already made is that the club is now open to 18 and over, as it was when it started out back on NE Glisan.

WSOP Team Event

There are going to be some determined teams out in the field this year.

https://twitter.com/jackiburkhart81/status/1521904670435725313

PNW Poker Leaderboard

No results from Wildhorse yet, but plenty more Canadians moving up. I ran the numbers before the WPTDeepstacks at Thunder Valley the other day, so those results aren’t here yet, either.

Lacombe, Alberta’s Malcolm Buller was runner-up in the Deerfoot Inn Spring Super Stack #5 NLHE Deepstack on 12 April. Buller goes from #2827 to #2096. Regan Duong was the winner (out of Calgary) and picked up a biggest prize ever in the 293-entry tournament, gaining more than a thousand points, to #1902.

Himmophoom Bounthinh continues to grind away in Vegas, coming in 2nd at the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza #9 $20K GTD NLHE Monster Stack, a 137-entry event. Nu goes from #293 to ##279.

Johnny Dai from Surrey, British Columbia was the winner in a field of 63 at the Coyote Creek Golf Club Die Hard Poker League Season 16 #11 NLHE. It was a C$670 buyin, with a total prize pool of nearly C$41K. Dai moves eighty places, to #639.

Deerfoot Inn Spring Super Stack #8 NLHE Superstack

I love that tournament directors can use the same combination of words in an event title in different combinations, don’ you? Anyway. David Howat of Calgary came in 7th in this tournament, enough to propel Howat fifty places up the Leaderboard to #556. Takuma Bergeron from Coquitlam, British Columbia took 4th (surprisingly, coming in just ahead of a British pro Jack Hardcastle, a name I did not expect to run across in a Calgary event). Bergeron goes from #758 to #584. Douglas James of Vancouver picked up 3rd for their biggest-ever cash, jumping nearly four-hundred and fifty spaces to #824. Edmonton’s Jaspal Brar was 2nd, moving up four places to #65. And—also from Edmonton—Colton Yamagishi won the biggest pot of ther career, in a field of 307 entries, where the prize pool was nearly C$400K.

Deerfoot Inn Spring Super Stack #2 NLHE MegaStack

This event had 263 entries and a C$125K prize pool. Calgary’s Aidan Klingbell had their biggest-ever cash in 4th, with a jump of two thousand places to #2893. In 3rd was Jordan Banfield, also of Calgary, who vlimbs five hundred spots, to #1559. Another Calgarian, Kim Pham, came in 2nd, also for a career high cash, and bumps up from #4420 to #2347. Event winner Gurdeep Parhar completed Calgary’s sweep of the top 4 places. Parhar combines the win (and biggest cash) with 6th in Event #8 (above) to climb from #998 to #683.

Maxwell Young holds at #25 on the Leaderboard after winning the Prime Social Texas Poker Championship #22 NLHE Big Bounty Turbo at the end of March, in what looks like a 3-way deal out of the 37 entries.

Samuel Scheidecker from Marysville, Washington came in 20th out of 1,213 in the WSOPC North Carolina #12 $1M GTD NLHE Main Event. Scheidecker moves more than three hundred spots, to #1164.

Sebastian Crema out of North Vancouver gains almost seventy spots (#474) with a 5th place finish in the Wynn Signature Series $400K GTD NLHE Mystery Bounty (reminder for this and Max Young’s standings, Hendon Mob stats do not include bounties earned by players). This event got 1,247 entries.

Vancouver’s Wei Min Hou took 1st in a 3-way deal at the Deerfoot Spring Super Stack #6 PLO Superstack. There were 55 entries, and Hou’s success takes them exactly nine-hundred and ninety-nine places up the Leaderboard, to #1820.

Dylan Linde took 4th out of 86 in the WSOPC Bally’s #12 NLHE High Roller, but since Linde’s already #6, there’s no move. Anchorage’s Andrew Rodgers got the Circuit Ring with the win, and also gains two-hundred-and fifty places on the Leaderboard (#424).

Woody Christy went from Renton to Amsterdam to cash big at WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam #4 NLHE Main Event. Christy took 8th in a field of 757, and leaps from #3352 to #1892.

Another out-of-country experience took Edmonton’s Pawan Braich to St. Maarten, where they competed in WSOPC Caribbean #10 $200K GTD NLHE Main Event against 255 other entries, to come in 6th. Braich moves up twenty-three places, to #258.

George Wolff was among the 232 entries in the WPT/Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown # 49 $5000K GTD NLHE Deep Stack. Wolff placed 10th and holds at #17 on the Leaderboard.

Also down in Florida, Scott Eskenazi moves up four places to #102, with a 6th-place finish in the 345-entry WPT/Seminole #34 NLHE Deep Stack.

Tacoma’s Peter Lynn came in 6th of 643 in the Prime Social #9 $500K GTD NLHE The Big Texas. Lynne is at #664 after moving two-hundred and forty spots.

Edmonton’s Nohad Teliani had a couple of good weeks. Teliani won the WPT/Seminole #10 $50K NLHE Big Stack 6-Max — a field of 151 — then popped across to Dublin for the record-setting 2,040-entry Irish Poker Open #13 NLHE Main Event, there they came in 21st. That was good for two-hundred and twenty places on the Leaderboard; Teliani is now #579.

James Romero was the runner-up at the Prime Social #21 NLHE 6-Max out of 49 entries. The winner of the event is listed as “Unknown Player”, with a Ukrainian flag. Romero holds at #5.

Adam Hendrix is another of the top-of-the-Leaderboard players who cashed but didn’t move (#18) with a 17th-place finish in the WPT/Seminole #36 $2M GTD NLHE Championship. There were 2,010 entries, and the prize pool went over $6.4M, with a 6-way even chop at the final table.

And in 2nd out of 19 places at the Super High Roller Series #9 NLHE Short Deck, it’s Seth Davies, our perennial #1 on the Leaderboard!

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 13 April 2022 — Wildhorse Couldn’t Drag Me Away

If you’re not watching Severance on Apple TV+, do it now. Nothing poker-related.

Writing this in Portland while long-time friend of the blog Brad Press is out at the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round-Up this week, shaming my supposed dedication to Omaha and HORSE. I haven’t even been playing much around town since coming so close in the 6-Max at Chinook WInds last month.

I did finally play some poker over Zoom, with a group that’s been going for a couple of years, using the PokerStars Home Games feature, which just made me wish I’d pushed the home game I started playing in back in 2008 to do the same. So far, I’ve cashed in three of the five games I played there and got a couple of bounties to offset the buy-in in another.

I did play the Portland Meadows NLHE Monster Stack Freezeout at the end of March, but lasted less than 2 levels. I’d just started to recover from my usual early race-to-the-bottom after playing some low suited connectors and catching a flush, then decided to shove-bluff over the villain in that hand when I picked up AQ and the flop was all-hearts with a queen. Jonathan Levy of The Poker Guys was sitting across the table from me while the villain—who hit the flush with his own low suited connectors and actually seemed a little concerned—briefly tanked over the call, and I got a laugh when Jonathan looked under the table to see if my legs were jangling nervously. I don’t think they were. It’s just money!

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

A quick reminder of what makes the Leaderboard. I track players whose cashes are reported to The Hendon Mob tournament database, who have more than $3K in lifetime earnings, and whose residency is listed at Hendon Mob as Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, or Alberta (I suppose I really should add Yukon and Northwest Territories one of these days). Players are included if they have at least one single cash over $10K recorded, and if that cash is at least 300% ROI (no offense, but I’m not going to include WSOP Main Event min-cashes). I encourage everyone to check out the links to Hendon Mob and WSOP to get more details on individual tournaments and series.

Speaking of the 6-Max at Chinook Winds, Justin Foord of Portland was the runner-up in the PacWest Poker Classic #5 $50K GTD NLHE 6-Max, which had 106 entries. Payouts make it look like there was a 3-way deal, with Hillsboro, Oregon’s Andrew Johnson taking 1st. Johnson goes up nearly two hundred places, to #1002; Foord climbs a couple thousand, from #4871 to #2892.

Calgary’s Robert Buckingham gains a couple hundred places (#970) with 5th place in the WSOP Circuit Los Angeles #9 $75K GTD NLHE.

Tualatin, Oregon’s Zachary Bright picked up their biggest-ever cash in the PacWest #19 $225K GTD NLHE Main Event, coming in 6th of 441. Bright jumps up nearly three thousand places on the Leaderboard, to #3026. Fifth-place went to Salem, Oregon’s Michael Mischkot, who debuts on the Leaderboard at #2925. Another newcomer to the Leaderboard is 4th-place finisher Richard Johnson from Eugene, who was part of a four-way deal that places him at #1975. Climbing 500 places is Eugene’s Richard Thysell, with a biggest-ever cash for 3rd. Roger Scott from Shoreline, Washington goes from #4565 to #1393 by taking 2nd. And the winner of the Main Event is another newcomer to the Leaderboard: Larry Brown (his bio just says Oregon) who is #1553.

Landing at #3628 is Washington State’s Dwight Gilbert, the 3rd-place finisher in PacWest #17 $40K GTD NLHE Big Bounty. The tournament picked up 178 entries. Spanaway, Washington’s Richard Reed took 2nd. Also a new entry on the Leaderboard, Reed comes in at #3462. The winner was yet another Leaderboard newcomer, Matthew Gmur, from Oregon. The win—part of a 4-way deal—puts Gmur at #3260.

Matthew Jewett of Shoreline, Washington came in 15th in the 2,273-entry Millionaire Sprint Mayhem Poker Series #3 $500K GTD NLHE Monster Stack, with a prize pool over $1.2M, down at The Lodge in Round Rock, Texas.

The PacWest #1 $100K GTD NLHE opening event brought in 499 players. Kennewick, Washington’s James Stringer almost beat their personal best with 5th place in a 5-way deal, and moves from #1748 to #1351. The newcomer to the Leaderboard of the group is Anthony Chavez from Sunnyside, Washington, with 4th and #3324. Portland’s Brian Barker climbs more than seven hundred places to #1412 with the 2nd-place finish. And Dion Swan — also Portland — took 1st, climbing twenty-seven hundred places to #2045.

Did I mention we’ve got some more results from up north? The Great Canadian Freedom Series NLHE Main Event ran at the Cash Casino in Calgary and drew 142 entries. Karim Chatur from Calgary came in 3rd but actually drops a spot on the Leaderboard to #56 because of other player movement (Vanessa Kade, see below). Another Calgarian, David Howat got their biggest cash for 2nd, and moves up from #747 to #605.

Bainbridge Island player Kyle Rohl placed 6th in the Venetian DeepStack New Year’s Extravaganza #43 $200K GTD NLHE UltimateStack back in January (result just now being applied to their profile). The event picked up 537 entries and Rohl enters the Leaderboard at #2750.

Over in Regina, Saskatchewan, at the Station Poker Classic C$1,100 NLHE there were 299 entries for the C$1,100 event, and Calgary’s Kelly Kellner came in 4th, good for a bump of twenty-five places on the Leaderboard, to #298. Matt Kwong, also from Calgary, came in 4th of 287 in the Station C$900 NLHE, for a personal best and gains almost a hundred places (#438).

At Calgary’s ACE Poker NLHE Colossus, hometown player Grant Frulling topped the field of 264, for their biggest cash and a slide up from #1286 to #942.

Olympia’s Peter Lynn went down to Houston for the Prime Social Texas Poker Championship #9 $500K GTD NLHE The Big Texas, a 643-entry tournament where Lynn came in 6th. It was a career best, and Lynn goes from #2969 to #1555.

Kao Saechao of Renton, Washington won the Venetian DeepStack Showdown Poker Series #19 $40K GTD NLHE Monster Stack in a 4-way deal out of a field of 211. Saechao moves up more than one hundred places, to #433.

Edmonton’s Jonathan Sanborn claimed 1st place over 132 entries at Calgary’s Great Canadian Freedom Series NLHE The C$550, then came in 3rd of 296 at the Station Poker Classic C$500 NLHE three weeks later. Sanborn climbs from #171 to #155.

It was a good showing for PNW players at the new home of the World Series of Poker, in the WSOP Circuit Bally’s #12 NLHE High Roller. Perpetual Leaderboard resident Dylan Linde took 4th, though he drops from #5 to #6 on the Leaderboard (see James Romero, below). The winner of the 98-entry field was Andrew Rodgers from Anchorage, who said he’d lost his job a couple of months before hitting the biggest cash of his career. Rodgers goes up about three hundred spots, to #676.

Andrew Rodgers via WSOP.com

Tyler Knittle of Lakewood, Washington took down their largest cash for 3rd in the 106-entry Tampa Poker Classic $100K GTD NLHE. Knittle jumps more than a thousand places on the Leaderboard, to #1134.

Darren Rabinowitz came in 6th of 393 at the Venetian #2 $500K GTD NLHE Ultimate Stack in early March, but still drops a place to #21 on the Leaderboard because of Adam Hendrix moving up.

Jordan Westmorland was living my dream, playing at the European Poker Tour in Prague, even through it was late winter instead of Christmastime. Westmorland was assigned 2nd place in a 3-way deal in the 129-entry EPT Prague #28 NLHE, which had a prize pool of €301,440. Westmorland gains four spots, and is #40.

Salem’s Jason Beasley beat 331 other players to win the Bally’s Colorado Poker Championship #21 $200K GTD NLHE. Beasley climbs more than sixty places, to #171.

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Where to begin with James Romero’s March? How about at the Venetian #10 $1M GTD NLHE Ultimate Stack? Romero came in 8th out of 409 entries on 9 March. A couple of days later, he was across the street at the Wynn Millions Poker Series $2M GTD NLHE, and took 4th of 889. Then, at the end of the month, it was 2nd of 49 in the Prime #21 NLHE 6-Max in Houston. That was enough to kick Romero up a notch to #5 on the PNW Poker Leaderboard.

Adam Hendrix via PokerGO

Then there’s Adam Hendrix, whose cashes were all in Las Vegas, but there were a lot of them (including a couple that didn’t quite make my reporting guidelines). It started with Hendrix coming in 4th in the same Venetian #10 $1M GTD NLHE Ultimate Stack event Romero cashed in. Then it was over to the Aria for the 88-entry US Poker Open/PokerGo Tour #3 NLHE, which Hendrix won. Hendrix followed that up with 5th of 66 in USPO #8 PLO. Hendrix cracks the Leaderboard All-Time Top 20, moving up four places to #18.

Vanessa Kade continues her assault on live poker. Kade only had a single cash to make this Leaderboard, but it is a career-best live cash (Kade’s win in last year’s PokerStars anniversary online event was larger). Kade goes from #109 to #51 with a 4th-place finish in the Wynn Millions Poker Series $10M GTD NLHE, an event with 1,075 entries.

And we wrap up this Leaderboard (finally) with Chris Brewer. Brewer started off the month in the Czech Republic (Prague!), winning the EPT Prague #9 NLHE, a €10,200, 37-entry tournament. Two days later, 4th of 34 in the €50,000 34-entry (with 11 re-entries) EPT Prague #17 NLHE High Roller. Then, back to Vegas for runner-up in USPO #5 NLHE, which drew 66 entries at $10K each. That’s all good for breaking into the Leaderboard Top 10, moving from #12 to #9.

Chris Brewer via pokerstarsblog

Kevmath Quarterly Top 20

This is the fifth Quarterly and the first one without Seth Davies! Dylan Linde and James Romero swapped positions up in the Top 10 and there’s a sudden influx of Albertan players this quarter: fully 35% of the Top 20 tournament earners.

Players whose names are followed by an asterisk were on the Annual Top 20 list in December.

December 2021 rankApril 2022 rankstateplayer
149Christopher Brewer *
11551Vanessa Kade *
2218Adam Hendrix *
65James Romero *
576172Cody Mckay
385151Rambo Halpern
12987Jayakrishnan Nair
56Dylan Linde *
226162Andy Truong
233171Jason Beasley
238175Pam MacNaughton
3300743Michael Zuro
4440Jordan Westmorland
150127Malcolm Bolger
1506637Ali Taghi Khani
5050970Robert Buckingham
194155Jonathan Sanborn
175148Aaron Thivyanathan *
2078861Brian Foley
2525Maxwell Young *

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.