PNW Poker Leaderboard – End of May 2019

Still no results from the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round Up. I wasn’t there so I don’t care, but if anyone who cashed wants their results wrapped up in the Hendon Mob numbers to intimidate people for the summer, you’ll just have to bug the staff there. Last time I mention it unless they get posted.

Without that and with only a couple of events at the WSOP wrapped up so far (going into the first weekend), there’s only one result for me to report (because Ali Imsirovic is no longer on PNW rolls after shifting his flag to his homeland of Bosnia so his runner-up cash in the first WSOP $10K isn’t on the rolls).

So Dylan Wilkerson gets it all to himself for a 15th-place finish at the WSOPC New Orleans NLHE Main Event.Wheeeee! Should be plenty of news coming up fast since everyone’s already headed south for the summer!

Meanwhile, watch Chernobyl and count yourself very, very lucky if you didn’t live in Ukraine during or since.

Softest Field—EVER!

Heard someone say the other day that if they could only afford to play the WSOP Main Event every year then they could cash it every time because the field was so soft.

I don’t know about that. When I look at this stat from The Hendon Mob, I see the names of people who played the Main Event for twenty or thirty years straight (or more in the case of Doyle Brunson). I have to assume Phil Hellmuth has played every one since he won thirty years ago, and even he’s “only’ cashed 27% of the time. Johnny Chan has been in it since before Hellmuth (obviously). There was a 15-year period (1993—2007) where Chan had no Main Event cashes, with most of that taking place in the pre-Moneymaker era. Do you think you’re better than Johnny “Fucking” Chan, punk? Do ya?

See also my PokerNews article from a couple years back: Top Top”: Going Deep More  Than Once in the WSOP Main Event.

PNW Poker Leaderboard – May 2019

Well, as of this writing, still no results from the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round Up at Hendon Mob, though they are posted on the casino web site and I’ve got a copy of them here. They’re not going to get wrapped into the standings until (and unless) they send them in.

I want to give a shoutout to my buddy Kao Saechao, who didn’t have a score big enough to normally make this update, but who had five four-figure cashes over a couple of weeks in April between daily events and small series buyins at Wynn, Aria, and the Venetian, including a couple of wins and a couple of thirds. The total kicked him into the computer’s attention.

The big new winner was at the CardPlayer Poker Tour/bestbet Event #1 $100K GTD NLHE in Florida, where John Juntunan from Boise beat 499 other players for his first Hendon Mob cash with a win. He debuts at #798.

Coming in second of the new players on the list (#1424) was Julio Uribe, scoring his biggest recorded cash yet after traveling down to the Run It Up Reno $250K GTD NLHE Main Event from Talent, Oregon and cashing for 6th.

Christopher Lynch from Chelan, Washington made it past (among others) six-time WSOPC Ring winner Max Young to claim a Ring of his own for his first recorded cash at WSOPC Tunica Event #12 NLHE.He is #1533.

A late entry into the database adds Puyallup’s Lori Smith (#1754), the winner of the Muckleshoot Spring Classic Event #1 NLHE.

Clinton Russel from Washington rounds out the new entries on the list (#1980), with a 4th place finish at Maryland Live! for his first recorded cash, in their April Live NLHE tournament with a $482 buyin and 417 entries.

As is so often the case, Seth Davies is at the top of the list, actually moving 3 places up to #6 with his 3rd place finish at EPT Monte Carlo #2 NLHE, and smaller-ROI-but-substantial-money-figure showings in oter events in Monte Carlo, Aria, and the Seminole hard Rock Poker Showdown. You don’t often see that kind of movement at the top of the leaderboard, but cashing four $10K—$50K buyin events in a month `can get it done.

James Romero has also been on a bit of a tear, at Seminole, EPT Monte Carlo #4 NLHE French National (4th) and the Main Event (21st), and in Cyprus (6th at the Merit Poker Classic $500K GTD NLHE Warm Up) but he maintains at #10.

George Wolff nearly clinched the win for SHRPO #20 $200K GTD NLHE for his biggest recorded score in a couple of years. It moves him from #68 to #57 in the Pacific Northwest.

Bellevue’s Dien Le jumps 35 places to #113 with an 11th place finish (out of 1360 entries) in the SHRPO #17 $3M GTD NLHE. It’s his 2nd biggest recorded cash.

Calvin Lee continues to play the Asia Pacific Tour events in Korea, and he cashed in 5th in the APPT Incheon #17 NLHE High Roller to move up to #101.

Asa Goldstein

One of the big movers (position-wise) is Seattle’s Asa Goldstein. who got 2nd in a deal that included Eric Baldwin at the Venetian May DeepStack Showdown #3 $200K GTD NLHE MonsterStack. It’s Goldstein’s biggest cash by far (out of 6 total) and he goes from #2191 to #751.

The afore-mentioned Max Young picked up his billionth WSOP Circuit Ring at WSOPC Tunica #6 PLO but he stays at #20.

Mason Barrell (from my old stomping grounds in Eugene) added just his second notch on his record with a win at SHRPO #22 $50K GTD NLHE Big Stack, but he only moves from #250 to #207 because his only other recorded cash was for 70th place in the WSOP Main Event last summer!

Even though Dylan Linde makes the list this time around, he still drops a spot, from 8th to 9th, as a result of Seth Davies’s upward move. Linde came in 7th in the SHRPO #16 $200K GTD NLHE 8-Max.

Mill Creek, Washington’s Jordan Westmorland was the only non-Australian cashing in the Crown Poker Championship NLHE High Roller Shot Clock in Melbourne. He moves up one spot to 38th.

Kindah Sakkal added her seventh cash of the year, making the final table and 8th place of the WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley $500K GTD NLHE Main Event.

Eugene’s Johnny Rodriguez got a great return on his money in the $240 buyin, 717 entry, WPT Choctaw $100K GTD NLHE side event, getting his fifth recorded cash and his biggest recorded cash with third place.

Finally, Jay Goldstein from Kirkland gets another late listing from the Muckleshoot Spring Classic NLHE Main Event, with a 4th place finish.


This is the 50th anniversary of the World Series of Poker, possibly the last year it will be held at the Rio (though there is a Circuit event scheduled there next February) and I’ll be trying to keep up with the big cashes over the next couple of months, even though I’m not keeping a regular schedule.

My own summer plans are minimal but aspirational. I’ll be in Vegas the weekend of the Millionaire Maker to play Event #20 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud, partially because I want to play a small-field bracelet event (which, in my price range, means one of the non-NLHE events) and partially because that one minimizes the time I need off from work. Also on my schedule for the weekend are alternatives: WSOP satellites at the Rio, 8-Game Mix tournaments at Orleans and Planet Hollywood, and some other stuff (don’t forget online with!)

If you’re still looking to fill out your schedule, check out Vegas Poker Schedule.

And—if I can satellite in—the Main Event.

Maybe Wildhorse will post before the next update…

Walking and Talking Poker: Week of Frasers

A (maybe) semi-regular feature recapping brief thoughts about what I’m listening to on my way to and from work.

Poker in the Ears 151

James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton mention that they’re using Sennheiser HMD 27 headsets ($500). Recap of Joe’s time at Run it Up Reno, including a story about trying to break up a street fight that gets referenced during EPT Monte Carlo coverage with Spraggy. Interview with Nick Walsh, who will be covering Monte Carlo, who fails Joe’s Dumb Game, despite James’s expectations. Superfan vs. Stapes is Hook, and Joe makes the expected jokes about the Superfan’s first name: Fraser.

Poker Central Podcast 144

Brent Hanks is back with Remko Rinkema and recounts his bad Air B&B experience. Major piece is an interview with Randal Emmett. Lots of breathless commentary about the Negreanu crotch shot.

The Chip Race 9/2

Gareth Chantler joins hosts David Lappin and Dara O’Kearney for stories about life as a traveling poker blogger. Fraser MacIntyre makes it through his interview without anyone making a “Fraiser” joke. Alex Foxen talks about relationships in poker.

Thinking Poker 293

Guest Neil Pinnock joins Andrew Brokos. When Andrew opens with a comment that Pinnock’s explanations of how to use solvers include analysis of why a particular solution is GTO, I’m all ears, but Pinnock just nervously repeats that over-shoving in a particular situation is right because human players don’t expect it. Ummm, yeah.