#PNWPokerCal Planner for 26 April 2017

A Message from Brian Sarchi
of Portland Meadows Poker Room
(via the Save Oregon Poker Facebook group)

UPDATE: HB2190 was not heard on the floor today – Looks like it will go tomorrow [Wednesday].
For everyone that wants to help get the word out about Social Gaming in Oregon CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES NOW – here is the link.
Type in your address and CALL your HOUSE Rep. TODAY!

Let them know you oppose HB2190 and be genuine on how you feel about Social Gaming. Also that is bill is being driving from OUT OF STATE BUSINESS. REMEMBER: Keep is short and sweet and remember we need to educate and get these Representatives on our side.

Thank you everyone for being involved. I know how busy everyone is and appreciated everyone for taking the time to make theses calls and Emails.

Please Note that you made a call in the comments- Let’s double or triple yesterdays production……


I’m trying out something new here at Mutant Poker. Utilizing the skills granted to me by computers, I’m collating information from the Hendon Mob tournament tracking site to create the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard, combining players from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho (I’d include BC, but Canadian players aren’t broken out by province.

It’s not going to be so much an actual leaderboard. I won’t be dwelling on the players at the top so much (Annie Duke is still at the top of the Oregon list even though she hasn’t lived here for years, to my knowledge). But when a player makes a big score, or has an exciting move up the leaderboard, I should be able to identify them and give them props.

Caveats: It goes without saying that cash winnings are untracked. Reports of tournament winners to Hendon Mob are entirely voluntary (none of the Portland cards rooms do it, nor do a number of casinos in the Northwest and elsewhere). If you’ve ever listened to Limon (or me) you know buyins aren’t tracked, so high numbers in tournament winnings doesn’t necessarily indicate profitability (see Chino Rheem). While Hendon Mob tracks them for some venues, daily tournament cashes don’t count as part of a player’s ranking. Not all results are reported immediately; during the summer, Hendon Mob picks up WSOP results almost as soon as they’re on the web site, but it can take several days for venues like the Venetian to post results, and it can be longer for regional casinos. And, inaccurate results can make things difficult, whether there’s an error on the side of the reporting body or on the part of Hendon Mob.

Serveral of those ingredients contribute to why the Big Mover on this first list is making an unknown jump. Bill “The General” Patten, as I mentioned last week took second and first places in a couple of events at Pendleton last week. Bill wasn’t in the first set of records I pulled from the database: Prior to last week, Bill (as William Patten in Hendon Mob’s database) had just two cashes listed: $1,150 from an event at last spring’s Round up, and $1,900 from a Wynn daily tournament several years ago. My baseline didn’t include him, because I only looked at players in the Oregon, Washington, and Idaho leaderboards down to $3,000 in earnings. His scores added up to $3,050, but one of them was a daily, so he was far down the Washington leaderboard and somewhere well below 3,000 on the combined PNW leaderboard. Then he won $35K in two events, but the first place score was posted at Hendon Mob under the name Bill Patton. Now, I know they’re the same guy, but if the numbers hadn’t been so big, or it had been someone I didn’t know personally, I might have missed that. Anyway, Bill shoots up to 277 on the Hendon Mob Washington list from down around 2,200. And he makes his debut on the PNW Poker Leaderboard at 607. (FYI, I’m 1,883, thank you very much.)

Other new names with big cashes last week were Angel Iniquez from Richland, who won one of the $200 NLHE events in Pendleton; Lacey Cole from Walla Walla with a 2nd; Richland’s Joseph Martin who final tabled the Main Event, Thanh Nguyen of Seattle with a runner-up in Omaha Hi-Lo, and Michael Curtis  of Rainier for 3rd in the High Roller. I’ll mention that there is a Jose Iniquez with a first place at a Chinook Winds Deepstacks Poker Tour event from a few years back; Iniquez isn’t that uncommon a name good poker players with similar names do tend to raise red flags for me.

Another big mover doe the week was Duane Miller, who moved up over 900 spots on the Washington leaderboard with four cashes—including 3nd in the Shootout and 5th in the Seniors. Tacoma’s Jon WIlliams jumped nearly 700 spots after winning the HORSE tournament at Wildhorse. Mike Turchin of Tacoma Way is still 1,212 on the Washington board, but that’s 460 places higher than he was last week.

Big Money for the week goes to Ryan Dahl, the winner of both the High Roller and the Main Event, for a total of $52,872. The Main Event runner-up was Anthony Simpson, he had the third-largest score of the week (coming after Bill Patten, and including cashing in the Seniors event).

Pacific Northwest Poker Tournament Leaderboard
(including Oregon, Washington, and Idaho)

1. Ryan Dahl


2. Bill Patten


7. Andy Su


Despite not working the WSOP this year, due to time constraints, I’m not going to be able to do day-by-day updates like I did a couple of years ago, but as results geg posted to Hendon Mob, I should be able to keep up on things nonetheless.


Pronounced ee-la-NAY, according to the video on their About page, Ilani opened up Monday about 30 miles north of Portland, with a miles-long backup of cars on I5 heading to Ridgefield, Washington from Vancouver and points south. No poker room, so it’s of no real interest to me until they host some big tournament series (crossing fingers) but they do have some pretty card designs. Cards but no poker!

From the Archive

I’ve been presenting archive pieces in more-or-less chronological order, but I’m going to deviate for a week because of a topic I’ve talked with people about more than once over the past week, particularly as people prepare to play the big tournaments of the summer.

Everyone’s excited about the Monster Stack, the Colossus, the Goliath, the Giant, etc. Tournaments that have thousands (or even tens of thousands) of players. The gambler’s instinct is to go for those enormous prize pools. But as I laid out in “Sweet Spot” four years ago (one of my most popular posts), you’re probably better off playing tournaments with 30—60 players, because you stand to do much better if you make the money without winning the tournament, i.e if you beat just 95% of the field.

This Week In Portland Poker

Nothing announced as of press time.

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