Lots of locals were down in Las Vegas for the World Series Circuit stop at Planet Hollywood over the past couple weeks. Several made it through to Day 2 of the Main Event, but nobody quite made it to the money, though some note was taken of their advance.
Baptiste Chavailliaz came close to a second Circuit ring in one of the later events.
Meanwhile, over at the Venetian, Jaque Lavadour and Angela Jordison were collecting bounties and making final tables in a couple of events. Steve Myers survived several crippling setbacks to take 12th in a $250 buy-in, $150K guarantee event with more than 800 entries.
The Big Shot at The Game went off with a bang last weekend, filling all 80 seats, paying a guaranteed $10K to first place, and making a total prize pool of about $23K, according to reports.
Deal of the Day: LA Poker Classic
Outside of the WSOP’s summer schedule, the LAPC at Commerce Casino has to be one of the longer series of the poker year, running from mid-January to early March. In part, that’s because of the LAPC’s plethora of big-guarantee events with low buy-ins necessitating multiple starting days. Still, lots of individual events.
LA’s just 2.5 hours away by plane, and because of the amount of traffic, if you book ahead you can easily find round-trip flights for less than $200, which makes ground transportation and accommodations the bigger part of the travel equation if you’d going down for smaller-entry-fee tournaments.
The trophies for LAPC events are distinctive sculptures based on Frederic Remington’s Western work (not what you really think of as “LA” these days, but hey), so if you’re tired of variations on clubs and spades on your shelf, this is the one to win.
Notable events in the series this year (all events are NLHE with single re-entry per starting day or flight unless otherwise noted):
- Event #1: $100K guarantee, $175 buy-in. One entry day (1/15)
- Event #2: $150K guarantee, $570 buy-in. One entry day (1/16)
- Event #3: $100K guarantee, $350 buy-in, including $100 bounty. One entry day (1/17)
- Event #5: $250K guarantee, $240 buy-in. Eight entry flights (1/18-23)
- Event #16: $300K guarantee, $350 buy-in. Six entry flights (1/27-30)
- Event #27: No guarantee Big O, $570 buy-in. One entry day (2/4)
- Event #29: $100K guarantee, $350 buy-in. One entry day (2/6)
- Event #35: $300K guarantee, $570 buy-in. Three entry days (2/11-13)
- Event #38: $100K guarantee, $350 buy-in. One entry day (2/16)
- Event #40: $500K guarantee, $1.650 buy-in. Three entry days (2/18-20)
- Event #41: $100K guarantee, $225 buy-in. One entry day (2/20)
- Event #46: $100K guarantee, $1,100 buy-in. One entry day (2/23)
- Event #49: $250K guarantee, $5,250 buy-in. One entry day (2/24)
- Event #51: No guarantee WPT televised event, $10K buy-in. One entry day (2/27)
- Event #53: No guarantee, 7-Handed PLO, $5,250 buy-in. One entry day (2/29)
- Event #56: $100K guarantee, $1,100 buy-in including $500 bounty. One entry day (3/2)
This Week in Portland Poker
- The big game in town this week is Encore Club’s $35K guarantee, Saturday at 1pm. 35-minute levels and a 20K starting stack for your $200 buy-in. Re-entry and late registration though the end of the first break (about 3:40pm), but this game will likely have a waitlist, so I wouldn’t plan on late-regging unless you’ve got a backup. An $80 add-on at the break gets you another 15K in chips. Expect this to be another day with $15 door fees, so bring that extra fiver. Tickets are on sale now. No indication on their home page if Encore will be closed Thanksgiving.
- Final Table Poker Club is closed Thursday, but their Thanksgiving will be bracketed by a couple special events. Tonight at 7pm the guarantee is doubled to $3K, with a $40 buy-in, one re-entry, and a $20 add-on. Friday morning at 11am is a triple guarantee ($3K again), for just a $20 buy-in (2 re-buys) and a $20 add-on.
- Aces Full will be closed Thanksgiving but if you’re hungry, they are offering a $10 food voucher for BC’s bar (below the club) for anyone playing their shootouts (which start at 3pm). They’ve just announced a $5K guarantee at noon on December 5th.
- Portland Players Club is closed Thanksgiving, but they’ve got a big $2K Big O tournament coming Saturday at 12:15pm. $100 buy-in for 30K in chips, with 2 re-buys available and a $40 add-on of 20K. Today at 12:15pm is a $500 guarantee freeroll; a $5 door fee gets you enough chips to get in the game, with more available—for a price. At 3:15pm is a $1K guarantee Big O game.
Only a Day Away
- Several events in the Ante Up Poker Series event at Thunder Valley have been completed already, but coming up on Saturday is a the $1.1K buy-in Main Event with a $150K guarantee. If you want to brave the Siskiyous to drive down to Sacramento after wolfing down turkey, you could be on the cover of Ante Up magazine in January!
- Hustler Casino finally woke up their web designers and got Larry Flynt’s Holiday Poker Classic online. There are only two events: a $20K guarantee ($250 buy-in) on December 1, and a $250K guarantee event with eight starting flights over four days ($275 buy-in, November 27-30). The odd twist is that each starting day will send a progressively smaller number of players to Day 2: 11% from the first two flights on Friday the 27th but just 8% from the flights on Monday the 30th. Players from later days will have average stacks larger than the players from earlier days, which would seem to put earlier entries at a disadvantage.
- Deepstacks Poker Tour has the Championship series for its 2015 season in Calgary at Grey Eagle Resort beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving. The Main Event is a $500K guarantee with a C$2.5K entry fee.
- November 29th is the Last Sunday of the Month tournament at Tulalip Casino north of Seattle, a $520 (including dealer bonus chips) tournament with approximately 100 players, and $5K added to the prize pool.
- If you’ve headed down to LA for the Hustler tournament, you can swing (and I use that term guardedly in proximity to the name Larry Flynt) over to the Bicycle Casino, for the next WSOP Circuit stop, beginning a week from tomorrow.
- The same day the Bike starts up the WSOPC, the WPT is back at Bellagio for the prestigious Five Diamond World Poker Classic. Only one tournament there for less than $1K buy-in, so bring your wallet.
Check out the Pacific Northwest Tournament Calendar for more poker.