#PNWPokerCal Planner for 20 December 2017


Molly’s Gameabout the woman who ran high-stakes poker games for the Hollywood elite—opens Christmas Day here in Portland at Fox Tower (and in other selected markets). Full release across the country on 1 January.

Spring Run It Up Reno Dates

Run It Up Reno hasn’t put out their schedule yet, but they always have a variety of budget buyin non-Hold’em events queued up! It is, unfortunately, scheduled at the same time as the World Series of Poker Circuit at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas


After a week without any big action, Pacific Northwest players hit the World Poker Tour Five Diamond in a big way.

On top of the list is Couer D’Alene’s Dylan Linde, who started off with a 3rd-place finish in the $5,200 buyin Event #13 at Bellagio, made it to the unofficial final table for 10th in another $5,200 buy-in (Event #21), then wandered over to the Venetian/Card Player Poker Tour Main Event to nab 6th place. Cashing just ahead and behind of Linde in Event #21 were Dylan Wilkerson from Seattle and Mercer Island’s Darren Rabinowitz (who also took 17th in the Venetian tournament).

Finishing a couple of spots ahead of Linde at the Venetian was Vancouver, Washington’s Almedin Imsirovic, following up on a 4th-place finish at the WSOP Circuit Las Vegas reported here a couple of weeks back. It was his second-largest recorded tournament cash.

Garrett Garvin (Eugene) and Artem Markov (Everett) took 51st and 78th respectively in the WPT Five Diamond Main Event

Moving out of the Las Vegas scene to Los Angeles, Matthew Rosanbalm (Oregon City) wraps up a year of cashes that only goes back to the WSOP Monster Stack this summer, with a 3rd-place finish in at the Bicycle Casino WSOP Circuit Event #7.

Have a Poker Holidays!

One Table to Rule Them All

There’s a trend for big buyin, live sit and go tournaments happening.

Stones Gambling Hall near Sacramento has an $1,100 buyin single-table tournament 26 January and 23 February (the fourth Friday of each month) at 5pm. Players start with 100K in chips (100bb deep), no chops allowed (Angela…), with $6K to first, $2K to second, and $1K to third. Best of all, it’s live-streamed.

I have less info on the $3K SIT N GO scheduled for 3 January on Live at the BikeBart Hanson is the scheduled commentator; if the payouts are similar, first prize should be over $16K.

My Time Is Coming

Family matters kept me busy most of the week; I played a couple of Thousandaire Makers, an online $25K GTD and a $3K GTD. It feels like the least poker I’ve played in years, but my tracking software tells me it’s not.

Only a Day Away

  • There are satellites every today and next Wednesday at 1pm for the Tulalip Poker Pow Wow coming up just after the first of the year. The satellites are $60, with 1 out of 10 entries winning a seat into the Main Event, with an extra seat added to each tournament. There’s another satellite on Saturday the 30th at 3pm with a $120 buyin, 1 Main Event seat for every 5 entries and 2 added seats.
  • The Venetian New Year’s Extravaganza runs from Thursday through 7 January. Opening weekend is a $100K GTD with a $340 entry fee. It wraps up on Christmas Eve after two entry flights on 22 and 23 December. The big tournament of the series starts 27 December, a $250K GTD with a $400 buyin. There are three entry days, Day 2 is 30 December and you can get home with your winnings for New Year’s Eve!
  • The Muckleshoot 5th Sunday tournament is New Year’s Eve at 10am. $400 buyin with $3K added. Note the early start for this tournament.
  • The Gardens Poker Championships starts 1 January at The Gardens in LA. There’s a $550 buyin PLO 6-Max on 2 January, a (limit) Big O/7-Card Stud Hi-Lo tournament ($340 buyin) two days later, and a single entry day $100K GTD on the first Friday of the new year ($175 buyin, $100 addon).
  • Heartland Poker Tour is at Ameristar East Chicago starting 4 January, with a $200K GTD opening event (starting days 4–6 January at 2pm, with just a $350 buyin. They’re also running an 8-Max 7-Game Mix event on 7 January (HORSE, PLO, NLHE) with a $200 buyin.
  • Saturday, 6 January is the beginning of more than two weeks of tournaments at the Tulalip Poker Pow Wow, starting off with some smaller events and ending mid-month with a $100K GTD $520 buyin (including dealer addon) with three entry days.

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