So many hashtags, so little time. This edition of the Planner may be a little short; I’m not even getting started until almost 11pm Tuesday night, when I usually have some of the work already done.
The main reason for that is HB2190, which restricts the types of organizations to which cities can issue social gaming licenses. Fraternal, charitable, and religious organizations, essentially. There’s lots of info on the bill and about the bill, I’ve put together sort of a clearinghouse of the information I know about, and it’s on the menu above next to the calendar link.
The big news this week, of course, is that the Oregon House of Representatives passed the bill, after an incredibly smarmy introduction by Representative Paul Evans, in which he alluded to Russian mobsters, Portland as the capital of sex trafficking and drugs (kind of rich coming from a guy whose district includes east Salem), and wild estimates of the income at Portland Meadows. I urge you to take a look.
The bill has already had a first, perfunctory, reading in the Senate. If it passes there, the last stop before it’s made into law will be the desk of Governor Kate Brown.
After all the movement of the Spring Poker Round Up, it was relatively quiet this past week. The big winner (and only five-figure cash) was Bend’s Seth Davies, who snagged 3rd place in a $25K buyin High Roller at the Aria for $93,600. Ming Zhu took 4th in the a WSOPC event in Cherokee, North Carolina. Dylan Wilkerson skipped across the pond to the £ 5,000 partypoker Millions Nottingham and a min-cash. Seattle’s Brenda DeWitt had her best cash ever with a final table of the 317-entry $300 buyin Getaway Classic at Talking Stick in Arizona.
Just a week after the opening if the Ilani casino on the Washington side of the Columbia River, the Siletz tribe went public Tuesday with news that they’re hoping to open a casino north of Salem by 2021. According to KGW-TV:
The Siletz have been hatching this plan for about two years and are working to get buy-in from all nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon. They hope the plan would keep a “proliferation of casinos” from the metro region, according to Craig Dorsay, tribal attorney for the Siletz Indians.
None of the tribes would need to contribute financially to get a share of the revenues, as long as they agree not to build another casino in the Portland area.
The Siletz (who operate Chinook WInds) already have land in trust for them in the area, and wouldn’t face the same battle for recognition and trust land that the Cowlitz tribe had to navigate through. Any proposal would need approval from the state and federal authorities, and could still face stiff opposition from local businesses and outside interests.
The proposed site is at the intersection of Interstate 5 and Highway 99.
This Week In Portland Poker
I’M A MORON! THERE’S A FIRST FRIDAY $20K GTD AT FINAL TABLE TOMORROW NIGHT (FRIDAY) AT 7PM!
Only a Day Away
- The Beach Poker Club in Eugene has a First Sunday of the Month Super Stack tournament at noon on 7 May. $135 includes your buyin, lunch, and dealer bonus. 30 minute levels and 400bb deep to start.
- Tomorrow is the first of six flights for a $300K GTD at the Cal State Poker Championship. Day 2 is Sunday. You can check in on the action at lapcnews.com (the Social Experiment tournament got 500+ entries, half-again what was needed to meet the guarantee).
- Today is the start of the Venetian May Weekend Extravaganza, featuring a $340 buyin $100K GTD tournament.
- The Deep Stack Derby at Cactus Pete’s in Jackpot, Nevada starts today.
- Oaks Card Club in Emeryville, California has a $340 buyin WSOP Monster Stack qualifier on Sunday, with a tournament on Saturday that earns you points for the WSOP qualifier freeroll later in the month. Over the next three Saturdays, they have qualifiers for $1500 WSOP events in Limit Hold’em, Omaha HI-Lo, and Seven-Card Stud.
- Sunday is opening day for the WPTDeepstacks Turlock in central California. The $100K GTD Main Event ($1,100 entry) starts next Friday, with a livestreamed final table on Sunday, 14 May.
- Sunday, there’s a $10K GTD Big O tournament at Ocean’s Eleven in San Diego.
- Little Creek Casino still has a few WSOP Monster Stack package satellites Tuesday nights in May. Next Saturday is a Bounty tournament.
- Stones Gambling Hall is running a Six Shooter $100K GTD Tournament over two weekends, with Day 1 flights (two per day) from 12–14 May ($200 buyin) and Day 2 on 21 May. The field pays 15%, everyone making Day 2 is in the money, and you can multi-qualify, with your stacks being combined for Day 2.
- 14 May is the Muckleshoot Monthly Special, a $250 buyin for 15K in chips.
- 15 May is the first day for The Gardens Casino Poker/WPT500 Festival, featuring a $1M GTD $565 buyin event from 21 May to 31 May.
- The 15th is also opening day for the first of the Vegas summer series, the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III. The opener is a $125K GTD$250 buyin tournament.
- The WSOP Warm-Up Series at Horseshoe Hammond has a $210 tournament with two Millionaire Maker and one WSOP Main Event seat added to the prize pool starting on 17 May. The Main Event of the Hammond series (just east of Chicago, 4 hours from Portland on a direct flight) has three WSOP Main Event seats added to the prize pool.