The week’s big win goes to Portland’s Grant Denison, co-host of The Breakdown poker podcast. Grant took fifth place in Event #33 $1,500 NLHE at the World Series of Poker, in a field of nearly 1,700. The final table included big names like Ankush Mandavia, Garrett Greer, Griffin Benger, Brandon Cantu, and Alan Cunningham (and those were just among the players who cashed), while the final table also had Max Pescatori and Pratyush Buddiga. Grant briefly held the chip lead while the players were still at two tables and was still in the top half when the unofficial final table was set, but was into shoving territory after the dinner break on Day 3, then lost his last hand to an ace on the river.
Adam Brown of Washington scored his own final table in Event #25 $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, taking sixth place in a field of more than 1,000. Five old guys at the Wynn Summer Classic $600 Seniors tournament came to a deal, and Washington’s Craig Griffiths was one of the four getting an even amount.
Esther Taylor-Brady (she and Annie Duke are the only women higher than Kim Pok on Hendon Mob’s Oregon tournament earnings list but Kim actually lives here) now has four WSOP cashes for the summer, following up the HORSE final table with cashes in LImit Hold’em and the $10,000 HORSE Championship.
Robert Misener of Bend took third in a $235 Daily Deepstack. Tam Nguyen won one of the $365 Turbo Deepstacks. Eugene’s Stephen Johnson has been on a bit of a tear this month, with a cash in a $30 tournament in Colombus Ohio a day or two before he got to Las Vegas, then at the Golden Nugget Grand Poker Series, in WSOP Event #18 $565 Pot-Limit Omaha, a final table at the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza $75K GTD $600 Big O, and 14th place in Event #32 PLO8/O8/Big O. Tai Nguyen and Eric Pratt of Washington were also on the last two tables of that event.
Ben May, the man behind Final Table is back at the felt himself, with two cashes in Event #36 $5,000 NLHE Six-Max and Event #39 $1,000 NLHE Super Turbo Bounty.
A couple of new names on the leaderboard radar are Idaho’s Terry Grunzke, who scored his first and second recorded cashes this week in $235 Daily Deepstacks, taking third place on Sunday. Brian McGill‘s only recorded score is a first place in the $185 Daily Deepstack; he’s from Washington.
I apologize for the many, many people I’m not mentioning here. There is just so much going on right now that I’m picking and choosing somewhat haphazardly. If you want a mention, drop me a line on Twitter!
This Week In Portland Poker
Only a Day Away
Still too much going on in Vegas, looking at the schedules while I’m here in Portland just gives me FOMO. Please, someone, buy a thousand of my ”Fring Lives!” hoodies! (Yeah, the joke’s only funny if you’re a old, and a fan of both Breaking Bad and Lord of the Rings, and maybe not even then.)
- The Bicycle Casino Summer Poker Series runs through the end of the month. Flights continue through Monday for the $500K GTD Quantum Reload Main Event. There are two daily $85 flights (11:30am and 4pm). There’s an optional $60 addon. 10% of players make it into the money and 7% go on to Day 2 (26 June). On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, there is a a 2pm flight with a $240 buyin (10% advance). For all flights, if you make Day 2, you get $400; if you make Day 2 more than once, you play the larger stack and receive $650 and a $550 voucher for a WSOP Main Event satellite (30 June). The very next day is the start of the CardPlayer Poker Tour stop, which runs through 14 July. There are two major events, a $100K GTD, immediately followed by a $400K GTD, both of which have multiple entry days.
- There are direct flights from Portland to Baltimore, and Maryland Live! has a $100K GTD tournament 2-day tournament for $450 , with flights Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning, and Thursday and Friday evening.
- Tulalip Casino’s Last Sunday of the Month $65K is at 11am. $670 entry.
- The Muckleshoot Casino $300 Deepstack is at noon on Sunday.
- On the Fourth of July at Oceans 11 Casino little $50K GTD outside San Diego, there’s a, if you happen to be in the area.