Happy Halloween, everybody!
The Pacific Northwest Tournament Calendar for November is full of events in Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding states.
The Encore Poker Series V is over (I just missed the money in event #1 but took enough bounties to pay my way) but the month kicks off with a $500 entry tournament at Final Table on the 1st, with a $10K guarantee for first place, which I’d play but for a family obligation. Next Friday (7 November) is their usual $20K guarantee ($100 buy-in/1 re-buy/$50 add-on). Tonight (Halloween) would usually be a Fifth Friday $20K there, but it’s a holiday! Returning on 28 November is the Portland Players Club $5K Big O.
The big one is here. It’s the Wildhorse Fall Poker Round-Up in Pendleton, the biggest regularly-held series in the state, running 6-16 November. Mostly $225 (including entry fee and bonus chips) single-entry tournament beginning at noon, with a mix of $235 and $120 events at 7pm. Omaha Hi-Lo on Monday the 10th, HORSE on Tuesday, Seniors event and a $1,500 High Roller on Wednesday, with a $525 Main Event starting Saturday, 15 November.
Down South, the WPT Deepstacks event is wrapping up this weekend in San Diego. LA hosts the Hustler Casino’s Liz Flynt Fall Poker Classic through 5 November, with Commerce Casino’s LA Poker Open close on its heels from 7-24 December. The LA Poker Open has a mixture of events with buy-ins from $160 to the $1,600 Main Event with a $500K guarantee (and a $570 preliminary event and $250K guarantee).
Technically, there’s no Oregon border with Colorado, but with legal recreational marijuana in Washington across the river and a ballot measure here next week, it practically smells like Colorado. It’s only two-and-a-half hours to Denver by plane, flights are relatively cheap, and theoretically you could get from PDX to Black Hawk, Colorado in just a little more time than it takes to drive from Portland to Pendleton. So the Mid-States Poker Tour stop in Black Hawk qualifies for the calendar, with a $200K guarantee Main Event ($1,100 buy-in) for the series running 7-16 November. There’s a mix of prelim events from $40-$260 all through the run.
Saved the most for last. The World Series Circuit event in Lake Tahoe is already underway, and runs through 10 November, with the $1,675 Main Event starting on the 7th and 8th. The Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza IV also started yesterday, and runs all the way tup to Thanksgiving (which is 27 November). It features five events with $100K or better guarantees, with the $1,600 Main starting on three days: 16-18 November. The WSOP Main Event November Nine, of course, is running 10-11 November at the Rio in the Penn & Teller Theater. Let me know if you’re playing that one. Up the Strip from the Venetian, the Stratosphere is hosting a Heartland Poker Tour event 7-16 November, with lots of reasonable buy-pins and satellites to their $1,650 televised Main Event, with three Day 1 flights on 14-15 November. And on the Strip’s other end, Planet Hollywood takes over hosting the las Vegas WSOP Circuit 13-24 November, with a $365 opening event sporting a $250K guarantee and a $1M guarantee on their $1,675 Main Event (with starting days on 21 and 22 November).
See you on the felt somewhere.