Last update before the WSOP! I’ll post results from the various Las Vegas series as fast as I can get to them, but it’s not going to match PNW_WSOP_15 when I had the time to track down results that hadn’t been reported to Hendon Mob yet. I’ve got a life now.
Just booked a weekend trip June 8. First time to Vegas for 2018, going to play @wsop satellites and survivor @VenetianPoker and harass poker media.
— Poker Mutant (@pokermutant) May 23, 2018
No new names on the leaderboard this week, but there is an unfamiliar name at the top of the big money winners: Aaron Ogus. Ogus has only eight previous cashes in nearly fifteen years on his record, with half of them between 2003 and 2006 and the other four in 2013 and 2014. Presumably that’s because the Redmond-based Ogus is too busy managing and inventing stuff at Microsoft to play a lot of tournaments. But after nearly four years without a recorded cash, Ogus strikes big by entering the $25,000 WPT Bellagio High Roller and getting heads-up with Tom Marchese (in a field containing Jake Schindler, Ankush Mandavia, Rainer Kempe, and Anthony Zinno, among others) for a cash that dwarfs not only his previous lifetime winnings but also jumps him from 483rd on the leaderboard to 76th.
Nice Hit! pic.twitter.com/gxbsj50sB9
— Aaron W Ogus (@Aaron2000) May 26, 2018
Calvin Lee (Mercer Island) continues to crush in Korea, with two more big cashes at the All Japan Poker Championship (AJPC) with a 4th place in the KRW10M Super High Roller (that’s about a $10,000 buyin) and a win in the 10-player KRW20M Special High Roller.
Vancouver’s Almedin Imsirovic continues his great year, with a 2nd place finish at an Aria $10,500 buyin event, losing to the aforementioned Jake Schindler.
Hey guys.. I finally got a win.. pic.twitter.com/UtJZjlKpBr
— Ali (@aliImsirovic) May 26, 2018
Lewiston’s Stephen Schumacher busted me out of the Wildhorse Spring Round Up High Roller by rivering a flush against my set of aces and getting me to call off my stack (stupid Mutant!) but he’s apparently found some other suckers, because in addition to cashing that event and three others, he pulled off a win at the Colorado Poker Championship Main Event.schumacher
Dylan Wilkerson is closing in on 20 cashes for 2018 already, and he notched a 3rd place in an event at the WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship, and 9th out of 600 entries in the opening event for this year’s Venetian Deepstack Championship $100K GTD.
Kennewick’s Mohammed Quorban Mirza has cashed in two Venetian events already, as part of a 6-way deal in Event #10 $25K GTD Rebuy and a 2-way chop in Event #16 $40K GTD SuperStack, his largest cash to date.
Friend of the blog Wayne Keller (Vancouver, on the left in this picture from 2016) makes the list by taking 2nd in an even 3-way chop in the WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship Seniors tournament.
Vegas Poker Schedule
If you haven’t checked out Kenny Hallaert’s spreadsheet (linked from the calendar page, as usual), do that, but you might also want to look at @oco’s Vegas Poker Schedule, an interactive tool that has a different approach to winnowing out the stuff you want to find.
Tweet of the Month
Let me burn this in to your brain before you go to sleep. It’s co-host of The Chip Race poker podcast David Lappin and the after-hours party last weekend at Unibet Open Malta. Trust me, the podcast is better than the “dancing.” Then again, what wouldn’t be?
His poker career in ruins, @thechiprace cohost @dklappin auditions for a new career as an erotic dancer pic.twitter.com/N1vEkoPehJ
— Dara O'Kearney (@daraokearney) May 20, 2018