#PNWPokerCal Planner for 1 November 2018

Better At the Beach #4: Back to the Beachers

The last couple days of the Chinook Winds Fall Coast Classic were extra-disappointing, mostly because I didn’t cash, but also because it was the last trip I have planned before I hang up my card caps.

Event #14 $100K GTD NLHE 6-Max got off to a bad start, as I flopped a set of queens early but got caught by a turned Broadway. Another pair of queens went bad and I was down nearly 20K from the 500K starting stack in the second 50-minute level. I managed to claw my way back to starting stack, but the decision to play back against an aggressor who was consistently attacking my blinds cost me my tournament when I called from the big blind with [3x 5x], flopped bottom two pair, re-raised his continuation, then led out on the turn. With almost half my stack in good, the river paired the wrong card on the board and my two pair was counterfeit. I shoved, and he eventually called with an over pair, knocking me out.

The next day’s Final Event $200K GTD NLHE went better at first. In addition to three pairs of kings in just over four hours, a late registrant sat on my right picked up kings in the small blind when I had aces in the big blind, and ended up all in for a full starting stack preflop. By dinner break, the end of registration, and the addon, I had more than three times the starting stack.

A gentleman named Don (think the Lone Biker of the Apocalypse from Raising Arizona if he’d retired and gone to live in Palm Springs) held sway over the table, with a couple of Portland regs chipping away at my stack until I was down to about average over the next ninety minutes. Then—like a dream—it was all gone in a hand where I put 60bb in with top-top on the turn against an over-pair shove. Busted by a pair of nines two days in a row. A bit bittersweet, because Chinook Winds has been where I’ve had the most recorded cashes, and I’m not going to be playing there again in the foreseeable future.


Wildhorse Poker Round Up

Tonight is the first event: the one-and-only super satellite for Saturday’s High Roller in Pendleton. No commentary here, just a link to the schedule and structures.


Results from Chinook haven’t posted yet, so news for PNW players is a little slim, but Mercer Island’s David Oppenheim picked up a couple nice scores in the past few weeks, with 3rd place finishes in the Muckleshoot Fall Classic Event #5 and at Run It Up Reno Mini Main Event. They’re his two largest recorded cashes, by a significant margin.

Oregon’s Landon Moore grabbed 15th in the Venetian $500K GTD Championship in mid-October, an event headlined by Steve Sung and Joseph Cheong. It’s Moore’s second recorded cash.

James Romero cashed 7th in another big tournament, the 113-entry WSOP Europe Event #8 1M NLHE High Roller.

Back in the States, Max Young  won WPT Deepstacks San Diego Main Event just before he returned to Oregon to play at Chinook Winds.

Our last update of this edition is (once again) Dylan Wilkerson with 6th place of 68 entries at WSOPC Hammond Event #13 NLHE High Roller.

Only a Day Away

  •  WSOPC Lake Tahoe Main Event starts tomorrow.
  • The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza IV  runs through 25 November (Thanksgiving is the 22nd this year). The big event of the series is the $1,600 buyin $400K GTD Main Event starting 16 November.
  • See above for info on the Wildhorse Fall Poker Round Up.
  • The HPT Championships are at Ameristar East Chicago through 13 November. The Main Event buyin for this annual event goes up to $2,500.
  • If you’d rather be close to the ski slopes, Mid-States Poker Tour Colorado runs through the 11th,  finishing with $300K GTD for a $1,100 buyin.
  • The Commerce Casino LA Poker Open starts Friday. It features 18 events over 17 days, with a $500K GTD Main Event.
  • Just west of Edmonton, Alberta, River CreeKing of the Felt Deepstack Championship resort starts Saturday, with seven events including PLO, NLHE/PLO/Crazy Pineapple/Limit Omaha Mix, and 2 “Limited” Holdem events! Their C$1,100 Main Event gets you 125,000 chips!
  • The 20th Annual Lucky Chances Casino Gold Rush starts next Friday south of San Francisco, with 3 events, guaranteeing $50K, $20K, and $100K to the first-place finisher of each.
  • North of Sacramento, WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley also gets under way a week from Friday, with 20 events, including small-guarantee HORSE< PLO, and O8 tournaments, and three tentpole NLHE events of $100K, $250K, and $500K guaranteed.
  • Two weeks from Friday, the WSOPC Las Vegas opens at Planet Hollywood, with a $400 buyin $200K GTD tournament. 1,700 The Main Event starts 24 November (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) and features a $500K guarantee.