#PNWPokerCal Planner for 1 February 2017

From “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” on Netflix. The baby has a royal flush.


As I mentioned last month, the @limonpoker account has been scrubbed from Twitter, though he’s still the major presence at “Live at the Bike”. A couple of people have taken up his gauntlet of releasing older #PokerSesh material ( a way for them to potentially make some money from YouTube advertising revenue and for Limon to not have to do any work to promote himself). One of those folks (posting as PokerSesh on YouTube)  selected my first segment with Limon from a couple of years ago, and here it is in all its unglory. The phone connection was horrible, I couldn’t hear Limon well, I’m garbled in the recording, and as this was recorded during the period when Limon was affiliated with CrushLivePoker, at one point Bart Hanson called in to say I was a horrible interviewee. I do miss his presence on Twitter,we had some back and forth a couple times a week,


WSOP Schedule

2017 48th Annual WSOPThe schedule was released just after I posted last week’s Planner. so I didn’t get a chance to go through it. Here’s some info about the first couple of weeks of this year’s WSOP.

The tag-team event last year proved so popular that the WSOP decided to give the high rollers their own version, and Event #2 (starting on 31 May along with Event #1 Casino Emplotees) is a $10K Tag Team Championship. 2–4 players per team (it’s $10K per team). Got three friends you think are good poker players? Last year’s $1K tag team had 863 teams with more than 2,000 players. It was won by top pros Ryan Fee and Doug Polk, and the final table included teams like Marvin Rettenmaier and Mohsin Charania; Owais Ahmed, Adam OwenBenny Glaser, and Bart Lybaert; and the Little family of LarryRita, and their son, Jonathan. So competition for the $10K version will be fierce. The $1K version is Event #10, five days later.

The first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (2–4 June) are the six starting flights of the Colossus III. This year is an $8M guarantee, with $1M guaranteed to the winner. With the current payout structures going down to 15%, the money bubble breaks before the end of play on Day 1. Last year, every day but 2A broke the bubble during Level 12 (800/1,600/200), and 2A broke at the very end of Level 11.

Don’t ignore the options for online play while you’re in Las Vegas. There are numerous online satellites for bracelet events at WSOP.com, if you play your cards right you can get a seat to a $1K for $33. There are also three online bracelet events this year, with the first of those 3 JuneEvent #8 $333,333 Guarantee. It’s a 1-day tournament with a $333 entry and unlimited rebuys. 15 minute blinds. The other two online events aren’t until July: Event #61 $3,333 NLHE High Roller (1 July) and Event #71 $1,000 NLHE Championship (7 July).

Mixed-game players are going to like the first full week with:

  • Event #11 $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed (5 June, Monday)
    Hold’em Limit Hold’em Razz Seven Card Stud Seven Card St Hi-Lo 8 or Better Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Regular Pot-Limit Hold’em Pot-Limit Omaha Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Big O Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Pot-Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw A-5 Lowball Triple Draw Badugi Badeucy Badacy No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw No-Limit Five-Card Draw High
  • Event #13 $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw (Tuesday)
  • Event #14 $1,500 HORSE (Wednesday)
  • Event #16 $1,500 NLHE 6-Max (Thursday)
  • Event #18 $565 PLO (Friday & Saturday)

All those events run three days, but the PLO game at the end of the week has two entry days, presumably because they expect the demand to be so high.

That Friday (9 June) is also the first entry flight for Event #19 THE GIANT, a $365 entry NLHE tournament that runs every Friday until 7 July. Then returnees play out the last two days starting 8 July. This is similar to a lot of the series in Los Angeles, where they build a large prize pool from mostly regular players over a long period. With five srtarting flights and a low buyin, this has the potential to rival the Colossus for total players.

Event #20 $1,500 Millionaire Maker starts 10–11 June with the $1M guarantee for first place.

And after that there are 54 more events…

Tulalip Pow Wow $100K

I got word on Monday that local crusher Max Young chopped the Main Event at Tulalip for more than $20,000.


It took about 30 minutes for a friend to text me that he knew where my missing card cap was. But I have gotten a couple of comments about the No Player marker I’m using. Considering how much I’ve been playing the past month (and how much I’ve cashed), it seems pretty accurate.

I had an okay start in Saturday’s $10K at Portland Meadows, one of the first times I’d had a chance to play there on the weekend. I rivered a straight against a turned set of kings and doubled up (after losing about a third of my stack), then I lost a couple of big hands, called with 9T against QQ (the same player whose kings had lost) and flopped 963 but didn’t manage to pull it out of the hat and busted before the second break. Only poker I played in the past week!

Deal of the Week: Super Poker Portland

You cannot beat the deal you’re getting here in town this weekend. Friday night is the first of the month, which means Final Table is having their First Friday $20K. It’s always a good tournament (though Final Table needs to get someone to update their web site! because it’s now two months behind). It’s an $80 buyin with live rebuy and a $40 addon. Game starts at 7pm.

Portland Meadows is having a couple of special events for Superbowl Weekend, with a $20K of their own on Saturday at noon. $90 buyin with re-entry, and $60 addon. Drag your butt off the couch you crashed on after playing late into the night on Friday and head on over.

On Superbowl Sunday, if you’re not otherwise occupied, Meadows has a $150 Freezeout with a 30K stack at noon. The football game doesn’t start until 3:30; by then you’ll either be deep in the tournament or you can go home to quench your sorrows in Coors Light.

As of Tuesday night, weather forecasts are predicting snow again in Portland; weather, do not make me come up there to slap you for messing with my weekend of poker!

Only a Day Away

  • Commerce Casino‘s LA Poker Classic has a $570 Big O game tomorrow night. HORSE on Friday (also $570). And there’s a $570 Survivor tournament on Monday that pays 10% of the field an even amount, with chip leaders at specified times before the field reaches 10% qualifying.
  • The Winter SuperStack is closing in on the $C250K Main Event in Calgary. Starting flights are Friday through Sunday, with a C$1,500 ($1,145) buyin. Last year’s Winter Super Stack paid $41K–$52K for the top three finishers with more then C$400K in the prize pool.
  • The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza I started Monday. Thursday and Friday are starts for the $300KGTD MSPT Poker Bowl an $1,100 entry with day 2 on Saturday.There’s a $100K Bounty tournament on Saturday at noon.
  • Heartland Poker Tour Colorado starts at the Golden Gate Casino west of Denver next week.
  • In two weeks, $125 satellites start for the Muckleshoot Spring Poker Classic. Direct buyin starts today for the five events beginning Wednesday, 15 Marsh ($250 Shootout; $200, $300, $500 NLHE; and $750 Main Event). A Wednesday night (7pm ) satellite win get you either:
    1. Tickets to the $500 and any two of the three smaller events, or
    2. Main Event ticket and one of the events excluding the $500.

Remember to keep an eye on the #PNWPokerCal Twitter hashtag and the PNW Poker Calendar for upcoming events!