More Than Halfway There
The World Series of Poker is coming into the final couple of weeks—technically, there are several weeks of before the end of the Main Event on 22 July, but the last bracelet event starts on 11 July—today is the start of Event #54 $10K PLO8 and Event #55 $1,500 Seven Card Stud; the last event is number #74.
The big winner of the week is Beaverton’s Ryan Himes (at least that’s how he’s still listed at Hendon Mob), a mixed-game specialist who took 5th place in Event #44 $3K HORSE (in 4th place was Tom Koral, not from the Pacific Northwest, but the former champion of the Oregon State Poker Championship at Chinook Winds Casino a few years back.)
Vi Do of Bellingham took a respectable 7th in a $200K GTD at the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza in what looks to have been a deal between the final eight players with a total prize pool of more than $360K.
Remember the days back before anyone in the USA had ever heard of William Kassouf? If you took a poll of poker watchers and asked them to vote on who provided the most abrasive TV encounter at the WSOP, the 2014 dustup between Kyle Keranen and Portland’s Curtis Rystadt would likely be high on the list. Rystadt wasn’t one of the big winners this week, but he did well enough to catch my eye, with a 33rd-place cash in Event #49 $3K PLO 6-Max, his first WSOP bink since taking 100th in the Main Event that year.
This Week In Portland Poker
Only a Day Away
It’s actually starting to get to be time to start planning for what comes after the WSOP. I’d hoped to get back down before the end of the series (still might happen, but…) but if you’re booking flights in time to get a deal, you should already be looking at mid-July plans.
Speaking of which, I usually only run the Planner two weeks out, but the Wildhorse Summer Poker Round Up starts three weeks from today, and if you haven’t already gotten a room in town, you may be out of luck. Everything reasonable is already booked, and there’s not much of anything at all available, possibly because of Pendleton Bike Week (no, it’s not bicycles) and a concert by Grand Funk Railroad on the Saturday of the series. Hit up your better-prepared buddies or snag one of the last (pricy) rooms left. I know I’ve still got to figure out what I’m going to be able to do.
- The Bicycle Casino Summer Poker Series ends Friday. The last event is a $550 Mega Satellite for the WSOP Main Event with 10 seats GTD. The CardPlayer Poker Tour starts there the next day, with a $150 $100K GTD tournament as the first big event.
- On the Fourth of July at Oceans 11 Casino there’s a little $50K GTD outside San Diego, if you happen to be in the area.
- The Heartland Poker Tour returns to Golden Gates Casino in Colorado a week from tomorrow. The Main Event begins 12 July.
- Larry Flynt’s Grand Slam of Poker starts 13 July at LA’s Hustler Casino. It features a $200K GTD kickoff event ($250 buyin). The Main Event is $375 and has a GTD of $777,777.