W-Day Minus 1: Orientation


Yeah, that’s the Amazon Room in the Rio Convention Center, and while it looks like it’s empty, on the far side of the room are the 500+ entrants in the first $235 Daily Deepstack of the series, which had a prize pool of nearly $100,000 (I’m changing up my notation so I don’t have to switch back and forth between what I’ve used for the blog in years past and what I’ll have to do as a live reporter for the series.

I had started the W-Day countdown referencing the series rather than my first day of coverage, but due to a scheduling change because one of the other reporters wanted to play in the Canino Employees event, I’m going to be covering that instead of having a day off after our orientation today.

Lots of stuff to cover about not upsetting players, how to get hands correct, how not to upset players, how to bring a wide variety of voices into a unified style, and stuff about not upsetting players.

I haven’t done a day of live reporting standing on my feet scribbling notes and running back to write them up yet and I’m already feeling pretty old. People are laughing at how dated one of my superiors’ My LIttle Pony reference is, and that wasn’t even a thing until I was well into adulthood.

Still, everyone’s excited because we’ve got one of the best jobs in the shop. Everyone I’ve talked to loves poker and I suspect most of them—like myself—love to write, so actually getting paid to write about poker is worth what are sure to be some long grueling hours over the next couple of months. I mean, I’ve been doing it for free or—in the case of PokerNews—less than $1 per hour considering the amount of time I’ve put into some of the articles I wrote for them. I mean, I would have written the stuff anyway, it’s just that hardly anyone would have seen it.

Nice post-orientation mixer with the live reporting gang with some delicious Southeast Asian-influenced food (garden rolls with peanut sauce, pot stickers, stuffed mushrooms). There were some yummy-looking fruit cocktails in tall glasses that I thought were just decorative pieces until I saw that a couple of them were gone and looked closer, but by then it was time to head back to the ranch and get some sleep before covering the first bracelet event of the summer.

#PNWPokerCalendar Planner for 1 June 2016


Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Oh, and the first day of the 2016 World Series of Poker. Live action, single table satellites, and Daily Deepstacks got under way yesterday, but the first bracelet event of the series—the Casino Employees NLHE—starts at 11am. Start it right with Total.

Portland Meadows Regular Schedule

Now that their big $100K capper to the opening series was a success, the new Portland Meadows Poker Room is kicking off their regular schedule with the (so far) largest daily noon tournament guarantee: $2.5K.

Just a note to everyone. Facebook is not a great option for posting information. It makes it difficult to find information for people who aren’t already subscribed to your page. And if you’re going to tell users of your web page to “CLICK ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR ENTIRE WEEKLY SCHEDULE,’ then put a damn link on the web page to your Facebook page.


Despite my promise to myself that I was going to ramp back on writing for the blog, I started a daily recap of my next seven weeks in Las Vegas as a live reporter for the WSOP. We’ll see how long that motivation lasts. In the first couple of installments (“Let There Be Light” and “Leaving Money On the Table”), I recap getting here and cashing in one of the Venetian’s Survivor tournaments.

This Week in Portland Poker

  • PDX Poker Club is running a special for players in their weekday noon $2K NLHE tournaments: Show up before the game starts and you get a $10 free door fee card, $10 off a joint (you’ve got to love the Portland poker scene), and free coffee. Offer good until they pull it. They’re also adding $500 in house money to the prize pool of the noon tournament through Friday.
  • Just going to mention Rialto and Claudia’s and Brekken’s for a change. No specials that I’m aware of.

Only a Day Away

  • This weekend’s big event at the Venetian’s Deepstack Extravaganza is a $600 buyin $250K guarantee, with starting flights Saturday and Sunday mornings. Sunday evening is a $600 PLO8 tournament with a $60K guarantee.
  • A lot of grumbling at the Planet Hollywood Goliath 2016 after they rescinded the guarantee on the opening event after a number of players had already scheduled trips. The amount on version 3 of the schedule was dropped from $150K to $100K, and “guaranteed” was changed to “estimated.” This weekend’s $1M event still says “guaranteed.”
  • The Grand Poker Series at Golden Nugget hosts Poker Night in America this weekend. Ladies first!
  • As mentioned, the first day of the WSOP is today. This weekend will be consumed with the Colossus II. Also of note is the $10K Seven Card Stud Saturday afternoon, Sunday’s Top Up Turbo NLHE, which lets you win extra chips online at WSOP.com, and the Dealers Choice 6-Handed, also on Sunday. Tuesday is HORSE  and next Wednesday is 6-Handed NLHE.
  • The Bicycle Casino Summer Poker Series starts today.
  • The Wynn Summer Classic starts tomorrow.
  • Binions starts a series Friday.
  • Coming up Tuesday is Bay 101 Summer Madness, with a series of mostly $350 buyin tournaments through 12 June. Mega satellites on Sunday and Monday get you seats to the whole series.
  • The new Medford Poker Club has a Grand Opening 10 June. If you’re down south, drop in for a look.

Check out the #PNWPokerCalendar for more poker.