Thinking Portland Poker
Portland player Zachary Kerns made a donation to a favorite charity of Thinking Poker podcast host Andrew Brokos, and won a drawing for an on-podcast hand analysis, which was posted in Monday’s episode. The hand is from Day 2 of the Main Event at the recent PacWest Poker Challenge and it starts about two-and-a-half minutes into the podcast.
The run-up to the summer season is always chock-full of action, and from just what’s been announced already, April is going to be intense for Portland and Oregon poker aficionados.
The month will start off, as usual, with a Final Table First Friday $20K, that falls fortuitously on April Fool’s, the first day of the month.
Albany’s Black Diamond Poker Club on Sunday the 3rd, there’s a $310 Freeze Out.
The Wildhorse Spring Poker Round-Up runs from 7—17 April in Pendleton, with a $1.1K High Roller on Thursday, 14 April and the $520 Main Event on Saturday 16 April.
Full House Poker in Eugene has their Heads-Up Championship ($200 for one entry, $350 for 2 entries, and $500 for three entries) the weekend of 9—10 April.
Eugene’s High Mountain Poker Palace has a quaterly (sic) $230 tournament Saturday 16 April. and a $120 monthly game the next day.
Encore Club’s now-monthly $35K is scheduled for Saturday 16 April. It’s closely followed by the Encore Poker Series VIII, four events with $20K, $30K, $50K and $100K guarantees on 21—24 April.
The very next weekend is another $100K guarantee, at Final Table’s Portland Poker Classic on 30 April at 11am, the last day of the month.
If all that poker seems like too much for you, Encore’s taken a page from the online world (and some land-based casinos):
Introducing self-ban option. It’s pretty simple. If you feel like your poker playing hobby has gotten a bit out of hand and a bit out of control then ask us to put you on our “unwelcome guests list” temporarily or permanently and we will happily oblige (message us here on FB). We are very glad that we do provide truly social, low stakes game with no house odds or rake involved where skill, strategy and knowledge are very important if you want to be a winning player in the long run but we do acknowledge the fact that, sometimes, even in that kind of environment, this hobby can be too enticing to the detriment of other things that are important in your life.
If only we could suggest people for banning, life would be perfect.
If you’re a fan of the Big Shot tournaments at The Game or the $20K-to-first-place event recently held at Final Table, and you want to fill in the gap between the $100K events in Portland at the end of April, you might look at the Lucky Chances Battle of the Bay, running 23 April—2 May in Colma, California.
Colma is about halfway between the city of San Francisco and San Francisco International Airport. It’s virtually uninhabited—though it’s about two square miles in size—because it’s been San Francisco’s necropolis for the past hundred and twenty years: meaning that almost all of the city’s graveyards are in Colma.
If that doesn’t creep you out, then read on.
This next Battle of the Bay has a survivor event ($375 entry, payouts are evenly divided), and four events with guarantees to first place: $40K, $20K, $25K, and $100K. Lucky Chances is the home casino of the afore-mentioned Andrew Brokos, and if you’re a regular listener of the show, you may remember that he won the big tournament in a series there last November. The casino appears to have a spotty record of reporting results to Hendon Mob, but the winner of the Main Event in last spring’s series received $80K, with the next three places paying a little over $50K each in a deal.
The #PNWPokerCalendar has links to several summer series already, including the WSOP, the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza (and Warm-Up), the Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget, and just out yesterday, the Planet Hollywood Goliath. Check out events for May on the calendar.
This Week in Portland Poker
- The big event is Encore Club’s special $25K guarantee tournament Saturday at 8pm.
- Sunday at noon is the $800 guarantee Big Shot freeroll at The Game. $400 to first place.
Only a Day Away
- The Bicycle Casino’s Winnin’ o’ the Green and WSOP Circuit runs through next Thursday. This weekend is the $1,675 Main Event of the WSOPC, with entry on both days.
- The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza II ends Sunday. The final big event starts today with entries Thursday and Friday and Day 2 on Saturday. It’s a $150K bounty tournament with a $250 buy-in. Saturday is a one-day $15K guarantee bounty game with a $300 entry, and Sunday is a $200 entry for a $10K bounty tournament.
- Sunday is the a $150 buy-in tournament at Muckleshoot Casino.
- The Last Sunday of the Month tournament at Tulalip is this weekend. $25K guaranteed, $290 buy-in.
- WPTDeepsthttp://www.mutantpoker.com/wp-admin/plugins.phpacks Reno has its Main Event ($1.1K entry, $200K guarantee) with entry on Friday and Saturday.
- The Liz Flynt Spring Poker Classic starts 31 March at the Hustler Casino in Los Angeles. It kicks off with a $200K guarantee with six starting flilghts over three days, and a $250 buy-in.
- Deepstacks Poker Tour is at Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton starting 1 April, Its schedule and buy-insa are similar to the Reno series, but the money’s Canadian dollars! No direct flights from Portland (most involve stopovers in Vancouver or Calgary) but five to six hours is about what you can expect.
Check out the Pacific Northwest Tournament Calendar for more poker.