#PNWPokerCal Planner for 5 July 2017

Thinking Poker With Angela Jordison

Poker media megastar Angela Jordison mentioned on Facebook today that Andrew Brokos of the Thinking Poker podcast briefly analyzed a hand from their faceoff in a $1,500 PLO8 tournament at the World Series of Poker on the most recent edition of the podcast. Check it out! You should also go back and hear her interview with Brokos and Nate Meyvis from just after she won three tournament in a row in Pendleton in 2015.

Esther Taylor at the final table of WSOP Event #64: $1,500 NLHE/PLO 8-Max. She took 4th place this evening.


The top three new names on the leaderboard this week are all from Oregon.

Jason James of McMinnville bagged a respectable first-ever Hendon Mob result by taking 69th place in Event #47: $1,500 NLHE Monster Stack. There were 6,716 entries in the tournament, so James just missed being in the top 1%.

Portland’s Justin Dye made the final table at a Golden Nugget Grand Poker Series $100K GTD. The result looks like there was a nine-way deal, with the players all making between $8K and $18K. Dye took 7th place in the tournament, which more than doubled the guarantee with 1,944 entries at $150.

Kevin Nelson of Springfield got through 1,012 other entries to make it to 4th place in a WSOP $235 Daily Deepstack on 29 June. (If you’re looking for other 2017 Daily Deepstack results, look here).

Scott Clements won more than a quarter of a million dollars to extend his lead as Washington State’s leading tournament winner after coming into the final table  as the chip leader of Event #54: $10,000 PLO 8-Max Championship. Clements took fourth place, losing to Tommy Le, who placed 3rd in the same event last year and 2nd in the $25K PLO High Roller.

Lee Watkinson from Washington made the final table of Event #58: $1,500 NLHE. There were 1,763 entries.

The Golden Nugget Grand Poker Series Main Event was a $500K GTD tournament with a $570 buyin and more than two thousand entries. The prize pool pushed over a million dollars, and Portland’s Sai Ram Sirandas got fifth place.

Nick Stowall of Portland has had a pretty good week. He cashed at 208th in Event #52: $1,500 NLHE and 207th in Event #58: $1,500 NLHE, then made it up to 33rd in Event #60: $888 Crazy Eights NLHE 8-Handed and 43rd in Event #65: $1,000 NLHE.

Federal Way’s Kate Hoang made the final table of Event #51: $10,000 PLO8 Championship (and she cashed in Event #64: $1,500 NLHE/PLO on Monday). Darren Rabinowitz (now living in Las Vegas) cashed in Event #61: $3,333 WSOP.com ONLINE NLHE High Roller in 5th place. The biggest (so far) online event at the WSOP was won by 2015 November Niner Thomas Cannulli, and drew 424 entries. Bonnie Rossi (also of Federal Way) got to the final table of Event #57: $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, a tournament that had 405 entries. Also among the limit games, Grant Pass’s Scott Mayfield took 8th place in Event #53: $3,000 LHE 6-Max.

Back outside of the Rio, Richard Forrest from Eugene played the Aria Classic Seniors NLHE. Six of the last seven players (including Forrest) took an even payout with the first-place player winning almost double that. And last but not least (there are a lot of other players with cashes in the summer), Washington’s Kenneth Burnsed got fourth place in a WSOP $235 Daily Deepstack last week.

This Week In Portland Poker

It’s the first weekend of the month, so this is the First Friday at Final Table. It’s time for a $20K GTD tournament, with the usual $80 buyin and live rebuy, and a $40 addon. I miss the days when I had more special events to mention here.

Only a Day Away

The WSOP Main Event starts this weekend and most of the other series in Las Vegas are winding down.

  • The CardPlayer Poker Tour at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles is in the middle of its run. This Thursday the last two flights of a $100K GTD with  $150 buyin take place and the game ends tomorrow. Saturday through Wednesday are $245 flights for their $400K GTD main event. Day 2 is next Thursday with the final day on Friday the 14th.
  • The Heartland Poker Tour returns to Golden Gates Casino in Colorado a week from tomorrow. The Main Event begins 12 July. There are four side events and many satellites before the Main. The HPT is no longer televising their events, but there will be a live stream of the final table on 17 July.
  • Up in Calgary, there are daily C$225 “Wild Card Rounds” at 6:30pm and at noon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this weekend and Friday and Saturday next week. 1 in 5 players get entry to the 16 July Silver Buckle Showdown at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino. You can also buy into the Showdown for C$1,000, you get 25K in chips and play 30-minute levels.
  • Muckleshoot’s Monthly Special is Sunday at noon. It’s a $250 buyin for 15K in chips. Next Sunday (18 July) is the $200 Big Bounty, 23 July is a $300 Deepstack, and there’s a 5th Sunday $400 entry tournament with $3K added.
  • Larry Flynt’s Grand Slam of Poker starts next Thursday at LA’s Hustler Casino. It features a $200K GTD kickoff event ($250 buyin). The Main Event is $375 and has a GTD of $777,777.
  • A last-minute entry in the Las Vegas tournament summer is the Bellagio Cup XIII, a 5-day $10,400 buyin starting 14 July. $1,090 satellites, turbo and hyper turbo satellites run from 13 July through 16 July (Day 3 of the Cup) for entries into the Cup.
  • It (relatively) close to homeat the Wildhorse Resort & Casino Summer Poker Round-Up.There are six events, the largest of which has a buyin of $340. As mentioned last week, accommodations are sparse and expensive due to a motorcycle get-together.
  •  Down south in Sacramento, Thunder Valley hosts the Ante Up Poker Tour World Championship starting 20 July, which culminates in a $500K GTD Main Event in early August.

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