#PNWPokerCal Planner for 27 December 2017

Coming in February

Devin Sweet has posted the schedule for February’s PACWEST Poker Classic at Chinook Winds in Lincoln City.

Los Angeles Poker Classic

The LAPC is one of the few series that rivals the WSOP in scope, if not in sheer scale. Running through most of January and all of February, there are a total of 67 events with buyins ranging from $175 for a $250K GTD,  in the middle of January to a $25K buyin High Roller to a WPT $10K buyin Main Event with a $1M guarantee for first place. Last year’s Main Event had 521 entries, with champion Daniel Strelitz taking home just over a million.

Daniel Strelitz, winner of the 2017 WPT/LAPC Main Event. Photo via WPT.com

The series is made up of several large-guarantee signature events leavened by a large number of small-field mixed-game tournaments. For instance, the $570 Big O tournament  (30 January) drew just 52 entries in early February 2017 (with Joe Brandenburg taking 2nd in a 3-way deal and Bryce Burt getting 6th). Even the $350 PLO8 only drew 103 entries, with less-common poker games like 2-7 Triple Draw only getting 40 entries (though it was $1,100 entry). Nearly 30 of the events are non-NLHE (with one of them being a mix of PLO and NLHE).

Wynn Signature Weekend in January

The Wynn just announced a weekend series coming up in the second half of January.

PokerTime X 2

I missed posting the first episode of the fourth PokerTime session last week because it wasn’t out before I finalized the Planner, so here are a couple to catch you up.


Not much happening out there in the poker tournament world, but you can be sure that if something is happening in poker in 2017 it probably involved Max Young, who took fourth place at the Colorado Poker Championship Main Event in Black Hawk, a $1,100 buyin with just over 300 entries.

My Time Is Coming

OK. Zero sessions is definitely the least amount of poker I’ve played in a week since I started my tracking database in May of 2011, and that includes previous Christmases.

Only a Day Away

  • The Wednesday 1pm satellites for the Tulalip Poker Pow Wow run through 17 January. 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 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 through 7 January. The big tournament of the series starts today (with entry days Thursday and Friday), a $250K GTD with a $400 buyin. 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 Monday 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 next Thursday, 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.
  • Los Angeles Poker Classic 25 opens 9 January at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, spanning nearly two months with 67 tournaments.
  • 11 January is the beginning of Thunder Valley’s World Series of Poker Circuit, the closest approach the WSOPC makes to Portland.

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