Tournament Big O Is Back!
It never really went away—afternoon games at Final Table have been busy when everyone wasn’t out-of-town playing bigger Big O—but The Players Club Facebook page has an announcement for Friday night at 6pm at their new venue inside A&L, on the northwest corner of NE 60th & Glisan, the opposite corner from their old spot. $40 buy-in and re-buy, with a $20 add-on at break.
Hand-By-Hand 6-Max Nears Conclusion
Yesterday’s installment of my hand-by-hand equity analysis of a short-handed tournament is on the final table. Five players are battling it out for glory, and I’m there to the end against a guy with a VPIP of almost 60%. You can start from the beginning here.
The 2 Poker Guys
I played a while with Grant Denison of Portland Poker University the other day, and it reminded me that I’d never mentioned the podcast he and Jonathan Levy produce (currently under the rubric of The Breakdown), along with the associated video series. Likely, if you’re reading this you’re already aware of their shows, but if not, and you want deep yet sarcastic analysis of a single hand where big money hangs in the balance (instead of extensive details of hundreds of hands where just dozens of dollars are on the line), then check it out.
Deal of the Day: Wynn Me the Money
This is literally a last-minute deal.
Most everyone’s aware that one of the cheapest destinations for flights is Las Vegas, which is the only thing that makes this deal possible. This weekend is the $500K guarantee Main Event for the Wynn Classic. It’s a $1.6K buy-in, with starting days on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and a final table on Tuesday. The Wynn is across the street from the Venetian, kittycorner from Treasure Island.
As I write this, you can get a 6am flight from PDX to LAS on Sunday, with a return at 8pm Tuesday plus two nights at Treasure Island for $315. So for something like $2K plus a little, you could take your shot at a tournament with a top prize that should be something over $100K, literally walk across the street from the venue. If you’re not as much of a nit as I am, for another $250, you can stay at the Wynn or Encore. So if you aren’t the kind of person who bubbled three tournaments in three days and have a couple thousand extra and an open schedule next week, get your tickets now.
This Week in Portland Poker
- As mentioned above, Portland Players Club has a Big O tournament at 6pm on Friday eventing.
- The big event this week is at Final Table. $200 buy-in, with a re-buy, and $100 add-on at 1pm Saturday with $20K guaranteed to first place (similar to the Big Shot tournaments at The Game).
- Encore Club has announced another $35K guarantee tournament for 19 March at 1pm
Only a Day Away
- Tonight at 7pm is a $125 satellite for the Muckleshoot Spring Poker Classic. In the past, these early satellites have been for multiple events, since the actual events are $200, $250, $300, $500, and $750. Monday and Tuesday at 7pm are $225 satellites, which may be for the entire series. The first event is a $250 Shootout (an actual shootout, not a Portland shootout) next Wednesday at noon. The other events are standard NLHE tournaments: $200 on Thursday (3/17), $300 on Friday, $500 on Saturday, and $750 for the two-day Main Event beginning Sunday (3/20).
- The Card Player Poker Tour/Wynn Classic runs through Monday. Tomorrow is a $200 buy-in satellite for the $500K Main event. See the Deal above. The last tournament is a $300 buy-in $25K guarantee on Monday.
- The Bicycle Casino’s Winnin’ o’ the Green and WSOP Circuit is on through the end of the month. Entry flights for Mega Million XIV continue through Monday, with Day 2 at 4pm Tuesday. Next Wednesday are HORSE and Pot Limit Stud Hi-Lo/Omaha Hi-Lo, which should be entertaining. A week from Friday is a $75K guarantee Monster Stack event ($235 buy-in, no re-entry, no add-on, no re-buy), then Saturday and Sunday (3/19 & 20) are starting flights for the first of the WSOPC rings.
- Stones Gambling Hall has its $300K Championship Series through 14 March. Tomorrow is the Bankroll Builder with a $235 buy-in and $2K payouts for 1 in 10 players. The $200K Main Event ($550 buy-in) has entry days Thursday through Saturday.
- Today is the start of WPT Rolling Thunder at Thunder Valley. Tomorrow is a two-day $100K (1.1K buy-in), Friday is a $550 HORSE tournament, and entry flights to the Main Event ($3.5K) are Saturday and Sunday.
- Deepstacks Poker Tour arrives at Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary tomorrow. The first event is a C$100K guarantee with a C$550 buy-in. The Main Event has a guarantee of C$250K for a C$1.1K (US$820) buy-in.
- The 14th is the start of Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza II (14–27 March), featuring two $150K events and a $300K.
- WPTDeepstacks Reno starts 17 March at the Atlantis and features a $200K guarantee Main Event.
- The Ashland Social Club’s 2nd Annual Spring Classic is a $180 tournament on March 19th at noon, if you’re in the southern part of Oregon.
Check out the Pacific Northwest Tournament Calendar for more poker.