It’s a term that’s going to live on for years in Portland poker (assuming that there is Portland poker) because of the work of one gregarious man named George, who dealt at Encore and elsewhere, cracking dry jokes, telling stories about his daughter at college and his grandkids, and playing a formidable game of poker himself. If you never got to hear the signature manner he uttered â€˜sixteen,’ you’ve missed your chance. RIP, George.
According to a Facebook post by Portland Meadows’ Brian Sarchi, the anti-poker House Bill 2190 is dead in committee. It’s good nes for Portland clubs, but not the end of the line. Another bill can always come down the line, there are aspects of how the clubs operate that skirt—if not cross—the intent of the state’s social gaming laws, the labor issues with dealer compensation haven’t disappeared, and I don’t believe the Lottery issue with Portland Meadows has been resolved yet.
The big winner of the week was Forrest Auel, who was the 2nd Oregon player to make a final table at the 2017 WSOP, in Event #4 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo. Auel and Jordan Rich both made to the last three tables on the last day of play (Rich went out in 22nd place). Auel got to the unofficial ten-handed final table in 8th place, managing
to outlast four players to take sixth after starting Level 28 with just enough to pay the blinds when they came around. Auel had a big rail of PNW players and fellow dealers (he worked the WSOP until this year) that dissipated when he went to get his payout. Also making a deep run in the event was Kate Hoang (20th)
The first Oregon player to final table this year was Chris Gallagher, in the year’s first bracelet contest, Event #1, $565 Casino Employees NLHE. Gallagher was the chip leader going into Day 2’s with ten other players. Unfortunately for Chris, he ran into a couple of bad beats (think [ac kh] v [ac qs]) before busting in seventh place.
Via a message from Jeremy Harkin, we learned Joe Mitchell—winner of Event #8 $333 WSOP.com NLHE—the smallest-ever buy-in for a WSOP bracelet event—was a former resident of Eugene. His WSOP biography still lists it as his hometown, though his Hendon Mob profile reflects his move to Las Vegas some time ago. (Props to my Daryl Vogel, one of the guys I started playing poker again with a few years back, who cashed the Online, and was in the top 25 when they hit the money at 333 players.)
Ronald Lemco of Auburn took 2nd place in a Daily Deepstack for his largest-eveer recorded tournament cash; last year’s tw-time bracelet-winner Ian Johns got 12th in Event #7 $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw; Dylan Wilkerson joined up with Mohsin Charania and Marvin Rettenmaier for 12th place in Event #2 $10K NLHE Tag Team Championship.
The big new name on the leaderboard is Patrick Gannon of Vancouver (WA), with a 4th place in a $235 Daily Deepstack and 2nd in the $135 the previous day. That’s some run-good to start the week.
I made a quick trip to Las Vegas opening weekend, playing the WSOP Online bracelet event on Saturday, the $150K GTD Omaha Hi-Lo at the venetian after I busted that, and an Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Mix at the Golden Nugget Sunday morning. I was vacillating between the $30K GTD NLHE Bounty tournament at the Venetian and the $5K GTD HORSE (the prize pool hit $11.5K) at the Orleans until Toma Barber told me he was at Orleans, so I headed over there. Both of the Sunday tournaments went better than those on Saturday, but I could have just stayed home because the only poker money I made over the weekend was in online PLO.
This Week In Portland Poker
Only a Day Away
I’m not going to enumerate all of the series in Las Vegas right now. What’s happening away from the WSOP?
- The Bicycle Casino Summer Poker Series runs through the end of the month. This weekend is a $150K GTD event with $150 buyin; next week is the $500K GTD tournament with starting flights with $85 and $240 buyins.
- Tomorrow is the start of the Cash Casino Calgary Classic. The Main Event is next week, with a C$560 buy-in (which includes a dinner buffet) on starting days Thursday through Saturday. Next Tuesday is a $235 PLO tournament.
- Bay 101 Summer Madness runs from 12 June to 19 June with seven events, including an $1,100 Main Event with two starting days.