PNW Poker Leaderboard 28 June 2019

We’re less than a week away from the World Series of Poker Main Event (starts next Wednesday)  and there’s just so much stuff going on that I feel the gravity of the weekly calendar, but I ain’t got time for that.

So much stuff. 

Devin Sweet announced the dates of the next Chinook Winds Fall Coast Classic in the NW Poker group on Facebook the other day. That’s less thean three months off, from 7—15 September. The glimpse of schedule I saw had it bookended with a coupld of big-guarantee multi-day tournaments, as usual, with a high roller, lots of satellites to the HR, a more moderately-priced 6-Max, HORSE, O8, Big O, and a Short Deck game, among others.

Also on NW Poker, Auddie Reynolds announced the first new poker club opening in Portland (that I know of) for the past several years, with an open house on 11 July and three days of tournaments scheduled for the following weekend. More poker options is always better, amirite?

Meanwhile, as I write this, Rodney Burt is close to the final table of Event #60 PLO8, 7th in chips with just 12 left. Scott Clements, Michael Mizrachi, and Mike Matusow we some of the players who fell out in today’s action, Eric Seidel is the short stack, and this is one of the events they’re not going to stream on either PokerGO or CBS All Access.

Rodney Burt

By this time next week I’ll be in Vegas myself, having spent the previous 24 hours playing satellites to try to win my way into the 50th Annual WSOP Main Event.

So, who have we got for winners this week?

Some early June results from outside the WSOP have shown up, with a 2 June Orleans Summer Poker Series $50K GTD HORSE tournament producing two PNW players at the final table, both of whom were part of a 4-way even shop. Greg Bash of Richland and Travis Trail from Marysville both scored their largest recorded scores, going to #738 and #676 on the Leaderboard, respectively.

A three-way chop in the Orleans $50K GTD O8 moved two PNW players onto the Leaderboard for the first time. Norman Childress (Grandview) and Amy Coppenbarger (Federal Way) debut at #1516 and #1500.

Michael Coombs (Tacoma) took 12th in WSOP #51 O8/Stud8 with 401 runners. He moves up to #135. Renton’s Danny Ratigan rises ten points to #129 after his 8th-place finish in the same event.

Jonathan Ko (Seattle) came in 13th out of 2403 in WSOP #42 NLHE/PLO 8-Max, placing him at #354.

WSOP #39 NLHE Super Seniors (OMFG, just three more years…) got 2650 entries, Puyallup’s Loyd Stedge made it to 22nd. He makes the long jump to #1506 with his second and largest recorded cash.

Kevin Theodore from Seattle got 14th in WSOP #56 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty, for his largest-ever recorded cash. He climbs to #1460.

There were over six thousand entries in WSOP #50 NLHE Monster Stack. One of them was Oregon City’s Raymond Bell, who came in 56th for his third and largest cash (#919). Redmond’s Jedd Dewitt went a bit farther, to 37th, going up to #168. Dale Isobe (Bellevue) got his best-ever cash for 25th, shooting up from #2431 to #669.

james Keller (Kenmore) won a Rio Daily Deepstack NLHE, with a $400 buyin and 167 entries. He’s #1177.

Dipping outside the cool Rio, Garrett Garvin (Eugene) came in 26th in the Wynn Summer Classic $1.5M NLHE Main Event. It went well over $2M in the prize pool with nearly 2500 entries. Garvin rises seven places to #89.

Remember this guy? Portland’s Curtis Rystadt took 2nd in a $250 Rio Daily Deepstack NLHE for the largest cash he’s had since his televised dust-up with Kyle Keranen at the 2014 WSOP Main Event where he busted in 100th. Rystadt is #256.

From Everett, Adam Croffut made his way to the Wynn Summer Classic $100K GTD NLHE with 560 entries (getting a $269K prize pool) and was part of what looks like a five-way ICM deal, officially getting 3rd place. It squeaks him from #62 to #60.

One of the OG club owners in Portland, Rambo Halpern, has been crushing on the felt this year, and he made his latest mark in a six-way deal in the Planet Hollywood Goliath PHamous Poker Series #27 $300K GTD NLHE Ultimate Stack (the heck with chip inflation, what about name inflation?). Rambo shoots his way from 460th to 283rd.

Lyly Vo, center

968 women entered WSOP #47 NLHE Ladies and Seattle’s LyLy Vo made it to 5th. It’s her third recorded cash and her largest by far.

Finally, a shout out to George Wolff from Portland, who got heads-up for one of the fancy 50th edition bracelets in WSOP #49 2-7 Triple Draw Championship coming up just short of the win, for a 17-spot rise to #41. Afterward, he joined up with Angela JordisonJacki Burkhart, and Mason Barrell for Team O Face in the WSOP Tag Team event.

Photo via Angela Jordison’s Facebook feed.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — Summer Solstice 2019

We’re less than two weeks away from the World Series of Poker Main Event now. I still don’t have definite plans for a trip down to Las Vegas, but if it happens, it’s going to be late on the night of 3 July to play satellites for Day 1B or 1C of the Main, or it’ll be after I’ve given up on what looks to be a record-nearing/breaking 50th Main Event to take a crazy shot at getting into Event #86 $10K NLHE 6-Max on the last weekend of the series. I’m not direct-buying into either. Drop me a line (pokermutant at and let me know if you have an opinion or if you might be interested in a piece.

Johnny Lo from Covington, Washington kicks off this week’s Leaderboard with a debut at #1840 in the first off-Strip tournament to make the list this summer a Golden Nugget Grand $50K GTD NLHE. His 2nd-place finish was his best recorded cash, and it’s also the ROI max for this edition.

Three PNW players made the Leaderboard through the massive 5,917-entry WSOP #32 NLHE Seniors tournament. Redmond’s Stephen Millspaugh went out in 48th for his second recorded cash (and by far his largest), making the Leaderboard at #1743.

46th place was the out for Mark Reid from Eugene (#1582). It was his second recorded cash, as well.

Right between them at 47th was Alice Parypa (Seattle). She was already on the Leaderboard at #1451 and her cash moves her up to #943. She has four other recorded cashes. They’re all in the WSOP Seniors tournament. And they’re all since 2015.

Dipping back out of the WSOP (and out of NLHE) for a moment, in the Aria Poker Classic $25K GTD Omaha8/Stud8 Michael Horowitz (moving from #502 to #417) got 2nd place in an apparent deal.

Reginald Caymol from Seattle was involved in another Aria deal, getting 3rd in a three-way settlement of the Aria Poker Classic $40K GTD NLHE to move up nearly 30 places to #217. This is his second consecutive appearance on the Leaderboard report.

Jumping from #483 to #374 this edition is Gary Hale (Cloverdale) for 1st place in a 2-way chop at Venetian Deepstack #53 $50K NLHE Bounty.

The WSOP #34 NLHE Double Stack with 6214 entries that brought Joseph Cheong his first bracelet after coming so close to the Main Event championship in 2010, saw deep runs from Lake Oswego’s Max Brown (finishing in 21st) and Noah Bronstein  (16th) of Bellevue. It was the sixth of Bronstein’s seven cashes (so far) at this year’s WSOP. Brown climbs more than 100 places to #334; Bronstein ladders up three spots to #32.

WSOP #33 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw drew 467 entries, and in 5th place among them was Jesse Hampton of Mercer Island (#129, up 22 spots).

Last, but not least for this edition of the Leaderboard, is Issaquah’s Anthoony Wise, with a 6th place finish in the 1449-entry Venetian Deepstack $750K GTD NLHE Seniors, which jumps him from #80 to #73. Not his biggest cash by any means;. he was at the final table of the WSOP Seniors in 2014.

More to come soon! (If it’s of any interest, my first recorded cash was in a multi-way chop in a Seniors tournament with the winner of the 2004 WSOP Seniors event).

PNW Poker Leaderboard – Father’s Day 2019

Happy Father’s Day, kids! You know the best gift you can get for Dad? An update to his Hendon Mob profile!

Or, you could get some casino te send in their delinquent upates! No! It’s not the one you’re thinking of—way too soon for that—results are still trickling in from January’s Tulalip Annual Poker Pow Wow!

The first of those is the only new player on the block, Kenneth Maertens of Snohomish, who got his first recorded cash for 5th place in the $100K GTD NLHE Main Event, He debuts at #1951.

Bothell’s Long Huynh won that event (as part of a three-way deal, apparently), rising from #2209 to #670. Breanna Warren  and Jin Liu (both from Seattle) are recorded as 3rd and 2nd, respectively, but each received the same payout. Liu goes up over 100 places to #272, Warren jumps nearly 200 spots to #346.

The same series saw Sayidakhrork Ibrokhim (Renton) win the earlier $50K GTD NLHE in what appears to have been a seven-way ICM deal. He moves up to #951.

Finally, on to the summer!

Over at the Aria, Reginald Caymol (Seattle) took 3rd in the Aria Poker Classic $40K GTD NLHE with 289 entries in a 3-way deal. He moves up 19 places to #246.

Derek Farrington of Powell Butte in Central Oregon cashed in 36th place at WSOP #22 NLHE Double Stack. That bumps him from #628 to #504.

Mans Montgomery of Couer d’Alene took 26th in WSOP #28 NLHE, which you might say is just a smallish accomplishment, but it was Mans’s 5th cash in a bracelet event this year so far. He got the sixth a couple of days later in the Seniors tournament. Oh, and he cashed a Daily Deepstack. Where’s your God now? He’s gone from #99 to #95.

Seattle-based Adam Walton ran the WSOP #26 NLHE Marathon, making it to 21st out of 1083 in his third WSOP cash of the summer. That takes him to #234 from #262.

Scott Ruegsegger of Monmouth jumps from #354 to #293 by winning a Rio $400 NLHE Daily Deepstack last week, with 160 entries. He won his biggest prize ever in a $250 Daily Deepstack last summer, in a field of 1225.


Tesfaldet Tekle (from Tukwila) placed 12th in WSOP #30 PLO. He placed third in the first small-buyin PLO tournament at the WSOP, back in 2016. His ranking on the Leaderboard goes up 30 places to #200.

Daniel Park, from Federal Way, was another PNW player with a deep run in the Marathon, nearly making the final table at 15th. his second cash of the 50th WSOP. Park jumps 10 to #119.

Worth a mention, though he’s not actually in the PNW rankings (because Hendon Mob still lists him in Fresno) is our buddy Sam Cosby, mentioned in the last installment as the Portland-residing poker writer who was the Day 2 chip leader in WSOP #19 $1M/1st NLHE Milionaire Maker. Sam went on a tear the first half of Day 3, lapping the rest of the field with just 1% of the field of 8800+ remaining, then had a bad couple of levels after the dinner break, but still made Day 4 ITM. The day was short, however, and he busted in 34th. If he was in the Leaderboard, he’d be between #458 and #459.

Cole Jackson (Seattle) went a little deeper in the Millionaire Make, getting to 29th. It brings his position up from #59 to #51.

And yes, it’s time for a Scott Clements (#1 on the Leaderboard) mention. Just a week after winning a bracelet in a Dealers Choice tournament (and after a small cash in the Millionaire Maker), he made the final table of the WSOP #29 HORSE Championship—seriously one of the most entertaining final tables of the series so far, from a viewer’s standpoint—to take 4th place. It’s a long one, but well worth your while.

Have a great poker week!

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 Adkison (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 [ad kc] went all in preflop and was chased down by [as 9s]. 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.)