PNW Poker Leaderboard — 17 July 2022 — Do You Even Meditate?

I’d like to sincerely (but probably pointlessly) apologize to Aaron Duczak for not noticing he was from the Pacific Northwest (specifically, Kamloops, British Columbia) until he was on the final table of the WSOP Main Event. There is nobody who would have liked to make more of the fact that this year’s Main Event had two players from the PNW in contention for the $10M top prize than myself.

The combined population of the states and provinces I track in the PNW Poker Leaderboard—Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alkaska, British Columbia, and Alberta—is about twenty-three and a half million, smaller than the population of California (38 million) or Texas (28 million), and just a bit more than that of Florida (21 million) but here we had two players who weren’t long-established pros at the final table of the biggest event of any poker year. Pretty cool.On top of that, both Angela Jordison and Stuart Young* were on the Day 4 feature table on PokerGO for a long period with the man everyone was talking about at the time, Zilong Zheng, Five players from the PNW cracked the spots between 100 and 200 in the Main Event.
* And Vancouver, Washington’s Ali Imsirovic.

So a pretty cool Main Event for the PNW.

Well-Aged Final Tables

If you’ve got a few extra minutes, check out my updated interactive chart of the ages of the players who’ve made the Main Event final table since 2005!

PNW Poker Leaderboard

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and thge number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Omar Stefanini (Coquitlam, British Columbia)
#1140
#995
+145
44th of 2441 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Adam Todd (Rogers, Alaska)
#800
#724
+76
76th of 2854 entries, $3.7M prize pool
Peter Cowles (Seattle, Washington)
#2325
#1820
+505
56th of 5833 entries, $5.1M prize pool
Joel Micka (Seattle, Washington)
#31
#33
-2
51st of 1359 entries, $3.6M prize pool
Laurie Gore (Port Hadlock, Washington)
#2071
#1588
+483
2nd of 410 entries, $135.3K prize pool

Looks like a 7-way deal in this one.

Mark Aylward-Nally (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#7233
#3179
+4054
3rd of 308 entries, $101.6K prize pool
Kennon Buckmaster (Grants Pass, Oregon)
#3149
#2109
+1040
55th of 5833 entries, $5.1M prize pool
Joshua Biedak (Victoria, British Columbia)
#641
#581
+60
2nd of 161 entries, $83.2K prize pool
Waheed Feda (Washington)
#1064
#897
+167
79th of 2854 entries, $3.7M prize pool
Edward House (Soldotna, Alaska)
#3033
#1991
+1042
62nd of 14112 entries, $8.3M prize pool
Vanessa Ames (Mill Creek, Washington)
#3136
#2032
+1104
51st of 5702 entries, $5.7M prize pool
Matthew Jewett (Shoreline, Washington)
#108
#111
-3
2nd of 262 entries, $86.4K prize pool
Nicholas Sena-Hopkins (Seattle, Washington)
#820
#689
+131
50th of 5702 entries, $5.7M prize pool
Jason James (Seattle, Washington)
#605
#532
+73
16th of 833 entries, $1.2M prize pool
Chris Gallagher (Portland, Oregon)
#1181
#915
+266
28th of 6903 entries, $3.5M prize pool

Though they now list online WSOP bracelet events, Hendon Mob doesn’t factor them into the rankings, so Gallagher’s 5th place finish last month in the WSOP ONLINE 2022 PLO 6-Max—a $1K buy-in with 470 entries—doesn’t affect the standing.

Venkata Muramalla (Sammamish, Washington)
#2615
#1900
+715
3rd of 434 entries, $303.8K prize pool
Tyler Patterson (Everett, Washington)
#19
#19
0
27th of 5833 entries, $5.1M prize pool
Frederick Parsons (Kamloops, British Columbia)
#606
#501
+105
19th of 5833 entries, $5.1M prize pool
Clemen Deng (Portland, Oregon)
#2733
#1486
+1247
18th of 967 entries, $2.1M prize pool
Jesse Kertland (Ellensburg, Washington)
#342
#298
+44
41st of 2854 entries, $3.7M prize pool
39th of 6903 entries, $3.5M prize pool
Lynh Nguyen (Seattle, Washington)
#7505
#1963
+5542
6th of 1074 entries, $955.8K prize pool

This is just Nguyen’s second recorded cash.

Matthew Kelly (Hillsboro, Oregon)
#2004
20th of 14112 entries, $8.3M prize pool
David Katzov (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#2882
#1278
+1604
5th of 170 entries, $467.5K prize pool
Doug Lee (Calgary, Alberta)
#26
#26
0
9th of 2441 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Tesfaldet Tekle (Tukwila, Washington)
#450
#359
+91
22nd of 683 entries, $6.3M prize pool
Kevin Theodore (Seattle, Washington)
#554
#409
+145
14th of 6903 entries, $3.5M prize pool
Jacqueline Burkhart (Boring, Oregon)
#252
#222
+30
327th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Dean Sanderson (Salem, Oregon)
#1441
230th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Tony Phu Le (Surrey, British Columbia)
#1812
#817
+995
221st of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Noah Bronstein (Bellevue, Washington)
#34
#35
-1
6th of 1234 entries, $1.5M prize pool
Angela Jordison (Redmond, Oregon)
#109
#97
+12
175th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Aaron Thivyanathan (Renton, Washington)
#128
#105
+23
169th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Steve Chanthabouasy (Clackamas, Oregon)
#92
#83
+9
158th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Luke Travis (Blaine, Washington)
#1872
#761
+1111
154th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Stuart Young (Portland, Oregon)
#803
#461
+342
102nd of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Charles Coultas (Mill Creek, Washington)
#71
#66
+5
8th of 284 entries, $2.6M prize pool
Richard Mercier (Anchorage, Alaska)
#4625
#928
+3697
1st of 473 entries, $458.8K prize pool
Vincent Lam (Edmonton, Alberta)
#314
#209
+105
4th of 1234 entries, $1.5M prize pool
Carl Marvin III (Juneau, Alaska)
#4271
#635
+3636
6th of 2574 entries, $3.7M prize pool
Carl Oman (Vancouver, Washington)
#192
#126
+66
2nd of 1076 entries, $1M prize pool

Carl’s so hot right now.

Juan Riedinger (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#357
2nd of 5608 entries, $2M prize pool
Pei Li (Calgary, Alberta)
#1022
#253
+769
1st of 1390 entries, $1.8M prize pool
Pei Li, winner of the 2022 WSOP bracelet for the $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Bounty tournament.
Esther Taylor-Brady* (Portland, Oregon)
#28
#27
+1
2nd of 1234 entries, $1.5M prize pool

Yeah, I put an asterisk on Taylor-Brady for reasons of residence.

Joshua Morrow (Juneau, Alaska)
#329
1st of 1438 entries, $575.2K prize pool
Edmund Chan (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#315
95th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool

This is Chan’s deepest-ever run in the Main Event; in 2017, Chan placed 116th. Chan has two other better-than-min-cashes in the Main Event.

David Timmons (Ketchum, Idaho)
#184
3rd of 14112 entries, $8.3M prize pool

This is Timmons’s first recorded tournament cash, as well as a first appearance on the Leaderboard.

David Timmons
Adam Hendrix (Anchorage, Alaska)
#18
#17
+1
1st of 1446 entries, $2M prize pool
4th of 756 entries, $3.4M prize pool

The Wynn tournament was an even chop with Wojciech Barzanteny.

Aaron Duczak (Kamloops, British Columbia)
#138
#30
+108
7th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Jeffrey Farnes (Dallas, Oregon)
#629
#29
+600
6th of 8663 entries, $80.7M prize pool
Aaron Duczak
Jeffrey Farnes

The Main Event Comes of Age, 2022

Now that we’ve got a winner, I’m following up on my original article by this title at PokerNews back in 2015 (and follow-ups here, and here), here’s an updated table of WSOP Main Event final tablists.

The lines for winners are marked with circles; the second-place finisher is marked with a box. Roll over the chart for last names and places for each year (excepting 2020).

Choosing a World Series of Poker Main Event Starting Day: Does it Matter? Revisited.

Las week on the PokerGo Podcast, co-hosts Tim Duckworth and Donnie Peters were discussing the oft-repeated theory that playing the last day of the WSOP Main Event was the best way to run up a big stack.

As it happens, I’d taken a look at that assumption in an article at PokerNews back in 2015 (just a few months before I interviewed for a job there with Donnie and Matt Parvis, as a matter of fact).

In that article, I charted end-of-day chip stacks against entrants, breaking each day’s finishers into six groups: top 10%, 70% to 90%, 50% to 70%, 30% to 50%, 10% to 30%, and bottom 10%.

There wasn’t any statistical correlation between the number of entrants on each day and the stack distribution that I could find, the biggest end-of-day stack between 2011 and 2015 was on a Day 1A (2012). In 2011, the biggest ending stack was on Day 1A, and in 2014 the biggest stack on 1A was larger than on 1B despite a field only a third the size.

The other groupings remained very consistent. The first decile (bottom 10%) topped out consistently around 45% of the starting stack. The fourth decile (40%) had just over starting stack. The median at 50% was about 120% of starting stack, etc.

I wasn’t particularly surprised when I ran numbers for 2016 to 2022 (2020 excluded). This time, I used a percentage of starting stack to represent the end-of-day numbers, because the number of chips went from 50,000 to 60,000 in 2019. Again, everything except the top 10% is very consistent. And again, earlier starting days with fewer entries have outperformed larger fields: 2017 Day 1A had the largest end-of-day stack; the same thing happened in 2019.

Where there is a definite correlation is in the number of players that survive each day. Larger fields have a larger percentage of the field surviving to Day 2. Of the 20 starting days from 2016 to 2022, the range of survivors was from 67% to 77%, and the percentage of survivors on Day 1A was never more than 72%. The percentage of survivors on the last day—Day 1C until 2019 and Day 1D in 2021 and 2022—was never lower than 75%.

While there was only a 3% difference in the number of survivors between the first and last starting day in 2019, in each of the other years, there were between 5% and 9% more entering players making it to Day 2. Only on 2022 Day 1C were there more survivors on a later starting day.

So if you’re looking for a reason to play the last entry day for the Main Event, that’s your reason.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 5 July 2022

What could be more WSOP than Kevmath?

Tomorrow’s the last entry day for this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event and as I’m still in Portland for a variety of reasons, it looks like another year that I’m not playing it. Good luck to everybody luck enough to be playing today (Steve Roselius) and tomorrow, and to the folks that have already made it through to Day 2 (Angela Jordison and Jackie Burkhart, among others)! Wish I was there to at least rail.

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and thge number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Michael Kinney (Big Lake, Alaska)
#1096
#955
+141
69th of 7188 entries, $6.3M prize pool
Daniel Gates (Sammamish, Washington)
#4592
#2839
+1753
3rd of 637 entries, $127.4K prize pool
Garett Maybery (Edmonton, Alberta)
#1006
#878
+128
87th of 7961 entries, $10.6M prize pool
Matt Affleck (Seattle, Washington)
#15
#15
0
75th of 7961 entries, $10.6M prize pool
Adam Barker (Bonney Lake, Washington)
#1086
#920
+166
3rd of 333 entries, $109.8K prize pool
Russell Harp (Keizer, Oregon)
#2758
#1919
+839
39th of 13595 entries, $4.4M prize pool
T Jerrold Jackson (Calgary, Alberta)
#603
#542
+61
24th of 2669 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Marc Desantis (Portland, Oregon)
#3595
44th of 13595 entries, $4.4M prize pool

Due to the fact that you can cash in multiple flights on the entry days, Desantis also placed 156th in the Colossus.

Stanislav Kriventsov (British Columbia)
#1027
#859
+168
2nd of 637 entries, $127.4K prize pool
John Hartmann (Seattle, Washington)
#756
#650
+106
49th of 7188 entries, $6.3M prize pool
Jason Adams (Salmon Creek, Washington)
#640
#563
+77
12th of 1303 entries, $1.7M prize pool
Tommy Kivela (Olympia, Washington)
#763
#651
+112
34th of 1977 entries, $3.5M prize pool
Ryan Stoker (Spokane, Washington)
#170
#161
+9
68th of 7961 entries, $10.6M prize pool
Richard Lewis (West Richland, Washington)
#4718
#2245
+2473
41st of 7188 entries, $6.3M prize pool
Brian McKay (Fort McMurray, Alberta)
#5868
#2463
+3405
38th of 7188 entries, $6.3M prize pool
Reginald Caymol (Seattle, Washington)
#315
#282
+33
4th of 246 entries, $241K prize pool
Adam Todd (Rogers, Alaska)
#1008
#800
+208
36th of 1428 entries, $4.6M prize pool
Andy Truong (Edmonton, Alberta)
#165
#151
+14
71st of 7961 entries, $10.6M prize pool
Idris Gencoglu (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#600
#490
+110
2nd of 178 entries, $125.1K prize pool
Mohammad Mufti (Bellevue, Washington)
#2086
#1310
+776
2nd of 569 entries, $113.8K prize pool

This cash wasn’t as large as some of the others this far down the list (which is roughly ordered by the total amount of winnings reported in this period) but Mufti racked up four other smaller cashes over the last couple weeks of June, and two more on the first two days of July.

Jimmy Lee (Edmonton, Alberta)
#71
#67
+4
13th of 2154 entries, $2M prize pool
Thomas Hassell (Portland, Oregon)
#2375
1st of 637 entries, $127.4K prize pool

If you’ve got a sharp eye, you might be wondering: “Hey, there are three WSOP Deep Stack results shown, with the same number of entries, and players in the top three positions, were they all from the same day?” If so, you’d be correct, because Hassell, Kriventsov, and Gates were the PNW trifecta on 20 June.

Andy Su (Portland, Oregon)
#351
#318
+33
25th of 13595 entries, $4.4M prize pool
David Johnson (Grande Prairie, Alberta)
#3157
#1608
+1549
3rd of 247 entries, $0 prize pool

Hendon Mob has the prize pool for this event at $49K, but the top prize was $35K, so I’m fairly ceretain that’s wrong. The WSOP site just says tbd.

Joseph Leung (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#230
#216
+14
5th of 362 entries, $354K prize pool
Dominick French (Victoria, British Columbia)
#167
#157
+10
15th of 13595 entries, $4.4M prize pool
Kao Saechao (Renton, Washington)
#334
#291
+43
10th of 1437 entries, $1.9M prize pool
Jeffrey Sims (Kent, Washington)
#3188
#1520
+1668
24th of 7188 entries, $6.3M prize pool
Jamey Hendrickson (Auburn, Washington)
#366
#319
+47
8th of 719 entries, $1.9M prize pool
Kyle Ho (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#157
#141
+16
21st of 719 entries, $1.9M prize pool
Kyle Ho (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#157
#141
+16
22nd of 2569 entries, $3.4M prize pool

Between the WSOP, the Venetian, and the Wynn, Ho had a total of 8 cashes in the last half of June.

Jonas Mackoff (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
#40
#40
0
42nd of 1977 entries, $3.5M prize pool

This individual result was just over the threshold to get on the Leaderboard, but Mackoff is another of the serial cashers appearing here, with twelve WSOP cashes (both live and online) in June, as well as a cash at the Venetian.

Brandon Cantu (Vancouver, Washington)
#8
#8
0
21st of 788 entries, $3.6M prize pool
Rafael Lebron (Puyallup, Washington)
#94
#91
+3
6th of 2569 entries, $3.4M prize pool
Harsukhpaul Sangha (Surrey, British Columbia)
#113
#104
+9
28th of 7961 entries, $10.6M prize pool
Adam Crockett (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
#2287
#1101
+1186
1st of 766 entries, $153.2K prize pool
Adam Crockett (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
#2287
#1101
+1186
2nd of 246 entries, $81.1K prize pool
Kristy Means (Portland, Oregon)
#1338
#759
+579
1st of 517 entries, $263.6K prize pool

Nice.

Nicholas Sena-Hopkins (Seattle, Washington)
#1763
#820
+943
6th of 3209 entries, $1.4M prize pool
Matthew Jewett (Shoreline, Washington)
#134
#108
+26
1st of 299 entries, $291.5K prize pool
Charles Coultas (Mill Creek, Washington)
#86
#71
+15
4th of 1437 entries, $1.9M prize pool
James Romero (Portland, Oregon)
#7
#6
+1
6th of 1428 entries, $4.6M prize pool

Romero recovers the #6 spot from Dylan Linde after getting leap-frogged in the last Leaderboard.