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).