— Fall Coast Classic (@PACWESTclassic) September 19, 2017
Chinook Winds Fall Coast Classic
The series is already half over! Thursday at noon is the ever-popular Event #10 $20K GTD Big O (played in the proper pot liimit format, not that limit crap, that’s no way to play Big O), and the Event #15 $150K GTD NLHE Main Event starts Saturday, with satellites in different formats Thursday and Friday evenings at 6pm (not really enough time to get down from Portland after work, guys), and a turbo satellite on Saturday morning at 10am.
Winners photos for the 6-Max and Seniors event were posted on Twitter (see above and here), but more posts might get more retweets (hint, hint).
I spent the weekend at Cape Disappointment for my wife’s birthday, so I didn’t get to play the 6-Max, but I did pick up a new t-shirt (from Friends of the Columbia River Gateway) for playing poker.
If you look at the next couple of weeks of the #PNWPokerCal Calendar, you’ll see a lot more stuff. That’s not because there are a lot more series, but I’ve started adding specific events. I’m going to try adding in as many events as possible for series in the Northwest, tournament with guarantees of more than $200K (or non-guarantee main events for larger series) and non-NLHE tournaments.
Additionally, I’m adding addresses and Google Map links for events, so if you’re unsure where a venue is, you can checkit out fast. Let me know if you think things are getting too cluttered (but try the buttons above the calendar first to filter by geographic regions first!)
The first three episodes of Poker Time hit the “air” this week, with Jonathan Levy and Grant Denison bringing their skills to bear on completely new content rather than broadcasts from the WSOP, WPT, or EPT. Featuring local poker names like Baptiste Chavalliez, Robert Brewer, and Jake Dahl, it’s a look into how some successful players approach a 5/5 cash game. More than two-and-a-half hours of poker in the three episodes. Watch Jake suck out on Baptiste in real time!
Poker Time: A New Poker TV Show…FIRST EPISODE!
It's finally here! Episode two comes tomorrow. https://t.co/jKuL1lrGAY
— The Poker Guys (@2PokerGuys) September 18, 2017
My Ears Are Burning (Like a Phoenix)
An article in the online journal Gaming Today quoted Ron Teston—who’s trying to open a social gaming club in Phoenix (between Ashland and Medford)—as saying “Social-gaming operations in Portland and California charge participants $15 per hour to play poker…” Ehhhh, no.
“Social-gaming operations in Portland … charge … $15 per hour to play poker” @GamingTodayNews
More like $15/dayhttps://t.co/k8aRceZFOe
— Poker Mutant (@pokermutant) September 19, 2017
The publication tweeted that they were disabling the article while they looked into it (meanwhile David Long corrected my correction by pointing out it was “up to” $15/day, since only the larger venues charge that much) but it’s still up without any correction.
If you haven’t shoved The Chip Race, the Irish poker podcast from David Lappin and Dara O’Kearney (with news from the execrable Ian Simpson) you’re missing out on—as people say the Irish say the craik. A lot of the show content is Euro-ccentric and sort of just makes you wish you were bumming around Ireland and the United Kingdom playing poker live and on any of the myriad legal online sites (Unibet sponsors the show) but it’s full of good stories and advice. The most recent episode features Jennifer Tilly (who will also be on Poker Night in America this Friday).
Set-mining with 20% of your stack is set-FRACKING. It's poor risk/reward and it happens when rocks crack.
— Barny Boatman (@barnyboatman) July 7, 2014
— Barny Boatman (@barnyboatman) September 19, 2017
Anyway, last week Dara quoted an old comment by Barny Boatman—one of the famous Hendon Mob—which I retweeted. Then I got credit for “resurrecting” it from Thinking Poker podcaster Andrew Brokos, and Ryan Laplante retweeted Brokos’s comment. I replied that it wasn’t me, and just to continue to give credit where credit is due, it was The Chip Race.
Back in April, Dustin Brandon Ferreira was crossing a street in Medford when he was hit by a truck. According to a story by KTVL-TV, Ferreira is a founder of the Rogue Valley Scorpions, a wheelchair basketball team in Southern Oregon. His bones were already brittle from osteogenesis imperfecta, and twenty-seven bones were broken in the accident. He’s in the process of trying to raise $20K for a new wheelchair and handicap-accessible van, and one of his fundraisers (in addition to a GoFundMe site) is a poker tournament at Medford’s Southern Oregon Poker Club. Coming up October 9th.
— Poker Mutant (@pokermutant) September 17, 2017
Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard
No significant winners posted to Hendon Mob this week, but here are the Muckleshoot Summer Poker Classic Main Event results:
— Muckleshoot Casino (@Muckleshoot_C) September 19, 2017
And a little action from the event:
Level2 Event4 @Muckleshoot_C Classic: 2 players openly agree if folded to them in blinds, will go all-in dark. They do. Ruled not collusion.
— Laurence Hughes (@hugepoker) September 17, 2017
Amusingly, both players have 62o and they split the pot
— Laurence Hughes (@hugepoker) September 17, 2017
This Week In Portland Poker
Usual schedules this week in Portland. Friday night’s usual $10K GTD at Final Table will be a $5K GTD this week because of the festivities at Chinook Winds.
Room 52, Where Are You?
A new addition to the social gaming scene in Portland, Room 52 opened this week inside Midpoint Cafe, at SE 52nd & Powell. They’ll be running 0.50/1 shootouts. Text 971-517-9230 for seat availability.
Only a Day Away
- It’s the last week of the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5. There are 3 days left to enter a $250 buyin $250K GTD NLHE. You can get updates and info at the poker room blog.
- The World Series of Poker Circuit Thunder Valley Main Event has two entry days on Friday and Saturday. There’s a $500K GTD for the $1675 entry.
- Los Angeles’s Gardens Poker Classic/Poker Night in America is coming to the end of the entry days for their $1M GTD $565 buyin tournament. There are two flights Thursday and two more on Friday.
- Heartland Poker Tour is at Ameristar Casino St. Charles, the $100K GTD $350 entry starting tournament has entries through Saturday; the Main Event ($1650 entry) starts next Thursday.
- The monthly Lucky Chances Casino (Colma, south of San Francisco) $20K guaranteed to first place is coming up Sunday at 9:30am. It’s $375 including the dealer addon.
- The Tulalip Last Sunday of the Month has a $25K GTD and $100 bounties for September. It starts Sunay at 11am with a $340 buyin.
- The Wynn Fall Classic starts next Wednesday. There are three big events, with the first the $400K GTD European Open (no need to be European to play) $1100 entry, with live streaming of the event. Online poker site Unibet has been running satellites for the event and will be bringing in 200 qualifiers.
- The second part of the Deepstacks Poker Tour Battle of Alberta starts in Calgary on 28 September.
- The Stones $250K Fall Classic starts 29 September at Stones Gambling Hall with five side events, satellites, and a $150K GTD Main Event.
- The Bicycle Casino/Card Player Poker Tour V Big Poker Oktober starts 1 October. It’s just over two weeks long, and has a couple of $400K GTD events.
- There’s a mini-series with smaller buyins for the RealGrinders poker group at the Venetian, running from 2–8 October. It features $125 buyin O8, HORSE, and Big O tournaments.