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.
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.
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 Jordison, Jacki Burkhart, and Mason Barrell for Team O Face in the WSOP Tag Team event.