My first piece for PokerNews in several months came out the same day as last week’s Planner. I didn’t know exactly when it was going up, so all I could do was tease it last week, but it’s still a decent read, if you want to know how often top players make deep runs in the WSOP Main Event.
The piece was inspired by a question posed to me a couple weeks back by John Finnigan. John and a friend had a bet on the number of players who’d made it to the Top 100 of the Main Event had done it more than once, like John’s buddy, Josh Prager did in 2005 (96th) and 2013 (41st). I believe John came in low and Josh”s original number was high, then he revised it to just about dead-on. You can read the article for the number.
A prop bet from last year’s Main Event was the basis for an article I published here Monday. $5K was up for grabs between Bryce Yockey and Limon (and me). What is the return on investment (ROI) for 100 player specially selected as winners by Bryce? The answer won’t surprise you if you’ve been reading my articles over the past couple years, but it’s worth a read for the sweat.
As of post time, results were in for the first seven events at the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round-Up last week. Angela Jordison did not successfully defend her record of three wins in the first three events from last spring, but nobody won more than one of the first seven this year. Look at the PDF for details (and check the Wildhorse poker page or Hendon Mob for more results as they get posted), but here are some highlights:
- $120 NLHE, $3K added. 529 entrants. $53.3K prize pool.
Winner: Lisa Meredith, Vancouver, $10.7K.
- $225 NLHE, $3K added. 439 entrants. $86.4K prize pool.
Winner: Charlie Prom, Portland, $18.6K.
- $225 NLHE. $3K added. 189 entrants. $38.9K prize pool.
Winner: Michael St. Pierre, Spokane, $8.1K.
- $225 Limit Omaha HI-Lo, $3K added. $38.5K prize pool.
Winner: Steve Chanthabouasy, Happy Valley, $9.4K.
- $225 HORSE, $3K added. 118 entrants, $23.6K prize pool.
Winner: Ted Naff, Bremerton, $6.3K.
- $120 NLHE Turbo, $1K added. 133 entrants. $13.6K prize pool.
Winner: Victor Acevedo, Beaverton, $3.3K.
- $225 NLHE Seniors, $3K added. 267 entrants. $53.7K prize pool.
Winner: Michael Koons, Kennewick, $12.3K.
Deal of the Day: Run It Up Reno
Twitch poker sensation Jason Somerville has taken some pages from Daniel Negreanu‘s book and used what could have been just a Warholian 15 minutes of fame to springboard into a world beyond simply playing poker. Enlisting the power of the Run It Up Legion (as he calls his army of followers), he’s become a commentator for WSOP livestreams, a sometime co-host of the PokerNews Podcast, and last fall, he produced a tournament series in Reno. PokerNews was involved in Run It Up Reno last year—something that showed in the saturation coverage they gave the series compared to anything else with buy-ins of the same size—but it was by all accounts a lot of fun, Well, he’s back. with a May edition of Run It Up Reno, once again at the Peppermill Casino, running in the week before the start of the WSOP, from 24—30 May.
Most of the schedule is $85, $125, and $235, and includes All In or Fold, PLO 6-Max, Big O 6-Max, 8-Game, and Ante-Only, among other things, culminating in a $150K NLHE Main Event for $565.
If you’re looking for something to whet your whistle right before the WSOP, it might make a nice stop on the way south.
This Week in Portland Poker
- Encore Club‘s EPS VIII starts tomorrow evening. Details on their site, but this is the rundown: Thursday: $20K NLHE (8pm, $100 entry/re-entry live re-buy, $50 add-on); Friday: $30K NLHE (8pm, $150 entry/re-entry live re-buy, $80 add-on); Saturday: $50K NLHE (1pm, $250 entry/re-entry, $100 add-on); Sunday: $100K NLHE (noon, $500 entry/re-entry, $200 add-on).
- The Game has a winner-takes-most tournament Friday night at 7pm. $50 buy-in, $50 re-buy, $25 add-on. Up for grabs is a 2016 WSOP NLHE Ladies package that includes the $1K entry and a 2-day Vegas travel package.
- At the Final Table there’s a $100K guarantee is coming up a week from Saturday.
- Big O ran at A&L Sports Pub last Friday ($1K guarantee, 6pm) and Sunday (noon). Maybe again?
Only a Day Away
- At the Liz Flynt Spring Poker Classic, the last big event is this weekend, a $200K guarantee with $50K guaranteed to first. $220 entry, two flights per day Friday through Monday.
- Sunday is the beginning of the Colorado State Poker Championship at Midnight Rose Poker Room near Colorado Springs. It runs through the end of the month, with a plethora of $110 tournaments, ending with a $500 Main Event.
- If you’re in Las Vegas instead of Portland, the Wynn Signature Weekend is a $250K guarantee tournament with a $600 buy-in. Entry flights Thursday through Saturday at noon. Or you can try out Planet Hollywood‘s Phamous Weekend, with Friday and Saturday flights at noon and 4pm ($350), a $100K guarantee. Day 2 for both events are on Sunday.
- Thursday is also the first of three days of flights for a $100K at San Diego’s Oceans 11. $240 buy-in and flights each day at 10am and 6pm, with Day 2 on Sunday.
- The Lucky Chances Battle of the Bay is coming up Saturday, and it might be a nice next stop after you’ve cashed big at the EPS (see the Deal from last month). Multiple events with guaranteed prizes up to $100K for 1st.
- The Last Sunday tournaments at Tulalip and Muckleshoot are, respectively, a $30K ($345 entry, 11am) and a noon $150 entry with $100 add-on.
- Next Friday is opening day for the Cal State Poker Championship at Commerce Casino in LA. Twenty events, running through 15 May, including four $100K guarantees, a $250K guarantee, and a $500K Main Event.
- 7 May is the start of the WPTDeepstacks Central California, at Turlock Poker Room. Six events, with a $100K Main Event for $1.1K buy-in.
That day is also the start of the Club One Spring Roll 80 miles to the southeast in Fresno. It includes a multi-entry day $75K NLHE game as its primary draw, but(my error, this event was in April) That Saturday is the 2nd Annual Central Valley Omaha Championships, an Omaha Hi-Lo tournament with a $160 buy-in.
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