Angela Jordison’s Birthday!
I’ve found I can never go wrong with a picture of Angela Jordison on the post, so here’s one from the summer of 2016. Oh, and the inside of my nose. Happy birthday, Angela! (Did I mention Angela came in 51st in the Arizona State Poker Championship the other day?)
Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard
The big (and only) number this week comes from Portland’s own 2016 WPT Five Diamond Champ James Romero, who’s been living up to his post-win promise to travel the world “donating the money back to professional poker players from every country” with cashes this year in the Bahamas, Australia, and Canada (as well as across the US). He placed 49th out of 1,682 entries in the Main Event at the PokerStars Championship Main Event in Barcelona.
We’re looking for good things today from Jeffrey Mitseff, who double-qualified for the $100K GTD Big HORSE tournament at The Bike over the weekend. He started Day 2 (Tuesday) in 5th place (and 18th place) out of 48 advancing players. There were two other players who qualified twice; Jeff was the only one of the three with two above-average qualifying stacks.
Portland Poker Championship Series III
The final numbers are in and there’s a new champion here in town. The PPCS3 started the last game on Sunday with a 4-way tie at 50 points (three first-place finishers and a fourth player with two cashes equalling 50 points), but Thai T. got into the money for just enough points to push him ahead of the others. It may not be a perfect point system, but at least the winner was someone who made a final table this time around!
Congrats to Ben May and Brian Sarchi, and the staff at Final Table and Portland Meadows, and to all of the volunteer dealers (except for those who done me wrong!) who keep the game of poker running in Portland. And what the hell, thanks to the players.
#PNWPokerCal #PPCS3 Event 4 draws more than 300 entries and busts $50K GTD wide open! 10-way ICM chop after more than 11 hours. pic.twitter.com/7zAN12T77x
— Poker Mutant (@pokermutant) August 28, 2017
If you’ve ever listened to The Poker Guys podcast, seen their YouTube channel, read their Twitter feed, or seen their feature-length art film, then you’ve probably through: “Sure, they can yammer on about a single hand for an hour, but could they do that kind of incisive, witty commentary on the fly? In real time?”
Well, you still won’t know for sure, but you can check out a couple of sample hands from the trials of the Radio Frequency ID (RFID) table at Portland Meadows that they put together. No live streaming plans, but that gives the Guys time to put together a nifty production without a big crew.
This Week In Portland Poker
UPDATE: Friday’s game at Final Table is not a $20K GTD due to the Labor Day Weekend.
Friday is the first of the month, which means it’s First Friday, which should mean a $20K GTD at Final Table to follow up on the PPCS3. And it’s Labor Day Weekend, when the plight of the working man is traditionally celebrated with games of chance, so who knows? There may be some special events announced at the last minutes.
Only a Day Away
- Another Muckleshoot Summer Classic Satellite is tonight at 7pm. One out of ten players ($125 buyin) gets a choice between two packages of seats in the series. The last Wednesday satellite is next Wednesday. There are $225 Mega Satellites for all five events in the Classic Sunday, 10 September at noon, and at 7pm on Monday and Tuesday, 11 and 12 September. The Classic starts two weeks from today.
- Heartland Poker Tour at Ameristar East Chicago runs through Labor Day. Flights into the $1,650 Main Event are Thursday through Saturday at 2pm on the first two days and 1pm on Saturday. There are $375 satellites running through Saturday morning and some side events. Last-minute travel over the holiday and with massive disruptions through the Southeast are likely to lead to some problems, but there are still $230 round-trip tickets for Saturday morning (with departure just after midnight Friday) that would get to Chicago with plenty of time to make even the 10am satellite if everything connects.
- The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 starts tomorrow with four weeks of events. The big early event is an $800 buyin 8-Max with a $200K GTD and there are four smaller buyin events with six-figure guarantees.
- The Commerce Poker Series starts Friday, with an early $350 buyin $100K GTD. It features a $1M GTD Main Event ($1,100 entry), a $5K NL 2-7 Triple Draw tournament, and some big bounty tournaments.
- Sunday at Eugene’s Beach Poker Club is their $135 buyin Monthly Big Tournament.
- Labor Day at Stone Gambling Hall is a $15K GTD Win the Button tournament, where the button is assigned to whoever won the last hand.
- Little Creek Casino’s South Sound Poker Championship starts Tuesday with a Seniors (50+) tournament at 11am. There are six events (most at 11am), including a $340 Main Event with $5K added to the prize pool. Little Creek is in Shelton, Washington, west of Olympia, about 125 miles from Portland.
- A week from Friday (8 September), Heartland Poker Tour moves to Golden Gates Casino in Colorado. In addition to qualifiers to the Main Event (starting 13 September), the first days feature four entry days for a $400 buyin.
- 8 September is also the start of Deepstacks Poker Tour’s Battle of Alberta: Edmonton at Casino Yellowhead. There are several days featuring satellites to multiple series events and a C$1,100 C$250K GTD Main Event. Also, NLH/PLO mix and a C$660 PLO 8-Max. About $430 RT (in US dollars) and you’d be flying on 9/11 if you want to make that one. C$660 is about $530.
Even with some people getting into the $100K rake-free, youâ€™d think they could have spent a little more money on logo design. pic.twitter.com/DnOgK8PEsr
— Poker Mutant (@pokermutant) August 30, 2017
- If money’s not an issue for you, the Aria/PokerGO Poker Masters is coming up in two weeks with five events. Buyins of $50K and $100K, but if you had to ask, you can’t afford it. If you enter all four of the $50K events you get into the $100K
- Stomping on two other Northwest-adjacent tournament series (Muckleshoot and Chinook Winds), the World Series of Poker Circuit Thunder Valley comes to the Sacramento area 14 September. It features PLO, NLHE 6-Max, and HORSE ring events, as well as a $1,675 Main Event (with entry flights 22 and 23 September).
- Los Angeles’s Gardens Poker Classic/Poker Night in America runs through the second half of September, kicking off with a $565 Main Event with $1M GTD and 12 entry flights.
- At Talking Stick Resort in Arizona, the Arena Poker Room Seniors Poker Open runs 16—18 September, with a $500 buyin.
- And last but not least, it’s the Chinook Winds Casino Resort Fall Coast Classic starting 16 September with the popular $75K GTD NLHE 6-Max.
Remember to keep an eye on the #PNWPokerCal Twitter hashtag and the PNW Poker Calendar for upcoming events!