Another round of poker returning to semi-normal took place last week, with two of the last three venues running tournament series in the Pacific Northwest scheduling them during the same week, naturally.
The South Sound Championship at Little Creek Casino west of Olympia ran from 21–25 September, with four events, featuring a $750 Main Event. The final table for the field of 95 included 3-time WSOP bracelet-winner Rep Porter (currently #12 on the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard),
Meanwhile, down on the Oregon Coast, the Chinook Winds Fall Coast Poker Classic ran from 17-25 September, with 19 events. I was only able to make it down a couple days, and busted two 6-Max bullets, min-cashed the freezeout that night, then got knocked out of the HORSE tournament halfway through. (congrats to John Gribben for chopping that one). The 6-Max had kind of a big overlay, but I think most of the other events did reasonably well. Some of the early results are already on Hendon Mob, thanks to Kevin Mathers, who was pulling them from the leaderboards posed by Chinook Winds, though those only have the top 20 results, so they won’t be complete until all the information is submitted.
Then, of course, there was Allen Kessler making a big deal out of the $10 dealer appreciation that doesn’t appear on the chart but is on each structure sheet. I’m just glad he didn’t notice the Main Event had a $25 dealer appreciation.
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.
Great tournament, there was a 20% overlay on the guarantee, a game so nice I played it twice (and did not cash).
Davis and Roque (above) made a deal in this tournament.
Andersen outlasted 3rd-place finished Ryan Laplante to get heads-up with Michael Wang, who made three of the Stairway to Millions event final tables, winning two of them. Players who cash in a Stairway to Millions event win their prize as well as a ticket to the next level of the tournament series “stairway,” with players finishing in the top 3 places earning the ability to skip up two levels. Unless, of course, the venue decides to renege on the guarantee and cancel the final levels.
There appears to have been some sort of eal among the top four players.
This is Ronan’s 2nd-largest cash, and it’s followed closely by another win in a Seniors event four days later that was just under the reporting limit.
This great run in Tampa won Deng the WPT Player of the Festival.
I wouldn’t normally have included the 10th-place finish here because it was below my guideline for ROI, despite that min-cash being twice my lifetime earnings on Hendon Mob, but considering how Davies just keeps putting more and more space between the #1 and #2 spots on the Leaderboard, I think it’s a worthy exception.