PNW Poker Leaderboard — 11 June 2019

Portland’s Sam Cosby was the chip leader of the WSOP Millionaire Maker at the end of Day 2, building up a substantial chip lead on Day 3 before dinner break. though he suffered some substantial losses before the end of the day. Still, he’s in the running as the field of 8809 players has been winnowed to 34 for Day 4.

Sam’s a poker writer I met when I worked at the WSOP, and he moved to town a couple of years ago. He even came to play at one of the home game sessions with the guys I started playing poker with. Whatever he makes at this point is going to be his best recorded cash ever. Hoping to catch him on the final table broadcast!

The Big 50 is finally over, with nearly 29,000 entries (more than 17,000 actual players). And three PNW players made it into the top 50, with all three of them getting into the Leaderboard for the first time.

Christopher Fitzgerald

Timothy Askison (Corvallis) made it to 39th place in WSOP #3 $5M/$1M-1st GTD NLHE Big 50, putting him on the board at #894 with his first recorded cash. He turned around and had a min-cash in the Millionaire Maker a few days later.

West Linn-based Christopher Fitzgerald just missed the final two tables of the Big 50 when his AK went all in preflop and was chased down by A9. He took 19th place and got his first recorded cash, putting him in at #647.

Evan Johnson of Spokane Valley made it the farthest, to 12th place (#325) for one of the more spectacular PNW Poker Leaderboard debuts ever. It was Johnson’s second recorded cash; he cashed in the Colossus III two years ago.

Even Johnson

Scott Clements picked up his third bracelet in WSOP #10 Dealers Choice 6-Max and maintains his #1 spot on the Leaderboard. He turned around and made a deep run in the Millionaire Maker, as well. His bracelet win keeps the title for that tournament in the PNW, as it was won by Jeremy Harkin last year. Clements had some competition for that responsibility from Michael Ross of Eugene, who came in 3rd, popping from a respectable #437 to an even better #226.

Mike Ross

There were nearly two women at the final table of WSOP #11 NLHE 6-Max. The famous Maria Ho made it, but Boise’s Maria Mcalpin bubbled in 7th on just her fifth recorded score, climbing nearly 2000 spots on the Leaderboard to #494. Former Leaderboard Ali Imsirovic was on the final table with Ho.

 

Maria Mcalpin

Rep Porter maintained his hold on #8 by placing 3rd in the event I’d been hoping to play: WSOP #20 Stud. The final table there was  star-studded, featuring Porter, Valentin VornicuAnthony Zinno, and the winner, Eli Elezra.

Finally, what would a Leaderboard be without James Romero? Romero hold at #10 after entering the small buy-in WSOP #16 NLHE 6-Max and placing 36th. In the tournaments he’s usually in, that wouldn’t be a cash or enough to trigger a mention, but it had a field of 1832 players, so 36 was pretty deep.

Finaloly, let me just drop a note about the streaming coverage of the WSOP this year: IT SUCKS!

This year, the events have been parceled out between PokerGO and CBS All Access in the US, meaning you have to at least sign up for the CBS service to stream a number of the events. Not only is the CBS stream buggy, but they’re taking their sweet time with posting replays. This evening, for instance, I wanted to catch up on some of the action on WSOP #18 Omaha Hi-Lo, won by Frankie O’Dell, but more than 24 hours after the end of the event, it was still missing from the CBS menu of available events. Yeah, that’s the kind of service I want to pay extra for!

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 6 June 2019

It’s early days at the World Series of Poker, so there haven’t been a lot of big results from the Rio yet, but players have been in Las Vegas for a week at other events and series.

Over at the Wynn Summer Classic,  Spokane-based Andrew Vitale‘s first recorded cash was in the opening $550 buyin $100K GTD NLHE. He debuts at #1162 on the Leaderboard. Longtime player Scott Eskenazi (Mercer Island) came in 3rd in the same event, moving him up three spots to 76th.

Another player earning his wings this week was Roseburg’s Michael Keller, taking 2nd in the Venetian Deepstack #35 $25K GTD NLHE Bounty for a jump into #1972.

On to the Rio, another Mercer Islander, Jesse Hampton goes up 30 spots to #151 with a 5th place finish in WSOP #6 $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw. He came in 3rd in last year’s $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball.

Of course, Jesse Kertland from Ellensburg took 4th in WSOP #1 $500 NLHE Casino Employees. Not his largest score: he finished 5th in last summer’s $1,500 NLHE Shootout.

Rounding out the early numbers, Kirkland resident Rick Fuller just missed the final table of the entertaining WSOP #4 $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo.

(And yeah, I know Scott Clements won a bracelet, but I ran the numbers before the end of the Dealers Choice. It takes time to do this stuff! Next update.)