No long diatribe to start the Planner today, just watch John (@LuckBoxJuanda) come from behind to take down the first event of the European Poker Tour Season 12. 700 minutes of poker bossing with the video lagging about 6 seconds behind the audio.
Orbiting Planet Hollywood: Deal of the Day
I’m looking a little farther ahead than usual for this deal because the World Series of Poker just released its schedule for the mid-November Planet Hollywood Las Vegas stop on the WSOP Circuit, one of three remaining west of the Rockies this calendar year (the other two are late October/early November at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe and early December at the Bicycle Casino in LA).
The series at Planet Hollywood kicks off with a $580 buyin $500K guarantee Circuit ring event with two flights on each of three days and unlimited re-entries (November 12-14, with second day on November 15). The guarantee on the $1,675 Main Event (starting days on November 20-21, with final on November 23) for the stop has been increased this year from $1M to $1.5M.
What caught my attention for Portland tournament players, however, was the return of a non-ring Dealer’s Choice 6-Max event with a $250 buyin. The mix includes eleven games, ranging through Hold’em, PLO (including Big O), Stud games, 2-7 Triple Draw, and Badugi. It’s a 2-day event starting November 17. Last year, it was run as a $365 buyin ring event and drew 113 entries.
While the buyin’s been dropped by more than 30% and you can’t win a Circuit ring for Dealers Choice, the event is joined on the schedule by some complementary tournaments. It’s preceded November 16 by the $365 PLO ring tournament (138 entries last year).
The next day (November 18) is the new $365 Monster Stack event (20K starting stack instead of the usual 10K for that buyin). That evening is the non-ring PLO3, rotating between PLO, PLO8, and Big O every seven hands. It’s a single-day event, $250 buyin, played 7-Max, with unlimited rebuys.
So if you’re mostly interested in playing some Omaha and other mixed games around a lot of people who probably don’t play as much of them as you do, plot out November 16-19. Flights to Vegas are cheaper mid-week; rooms are a lot less expensive, and while the schedule hasn’t been posted yet, the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza IV should be running up the block.
This Week in Portland Poker
This is what’s happening in town.
- Friday is the First Friday $20K at Final Table. 7pm start time, $100 buyin, one rebuy if felted, $50 rebuy.
- Saturday at Portland Players Club is another of their $3K NLHE guarantees with satellites. $30 gets you a buyin to the 6:15pm event. Freeroll satellites run at 11am, 1pm, and 3:30pm; each has a $500 guarantee, the top 5 players get a double stack into the $3K and $40 cash.
- Encore Club bumped the guarantee on their weekday noon games from $1.5K to $2K, as of today. UPDATE: After this post was written, Encore posted notices on their web site for an $8K guarantee for Wednesday, September 2nd at 8pm ($50 buyin, no rebuy, $25 addon), and a $40K guarantee on Saturday September 12th, at 1pm ($250 buyin, $80 addon).
Only a Day Away
- Tonight and tomorrow are series satellites for next month’s Muckleshoot Poker Classic. Next week will be the final Wednesday/Thursday satellites.
- WPT Legends of Poker is running at the Bicycle Casino; Saturday is the first flight of the $3.7K Main Event.
- WPTDeepstacks at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa runs through the end of the month.
- Tomorrow, the Commerce Poker Series starts in LA. It kicks off with a $350 buyin $200K guarantee event.
- The HPT hits Colorado’s Golden Gates on Friday, which overlaps the HPT series at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, starting a week from tomorrow.
- The Bay 101 Open starts next Tuesday.
- The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 runs from September 10th to October 4th.
Check out the Pacific Northwest Tournament Calendar for more poker…in the future.