When I decided to take a break from the Planner back in March, I did not realize it would last quite this long. “Maybe a couple of months,” I told myself, “spend some more time playing, maybe head down to Vegas a couple of times, I’ll be back soon.” Best laid plans and all that.
Enough banter. Let’s get into stuff.
Jacki Burkhart on Poker Night In America
After making the final table of the WSOP Ladies tournament, Jacki was invited to Florida for a taping/streaming of Poker Night In America Ladies Night. There were two $25/$25 sessions on consecutive nights, streamed simultaneously on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook, jacki was on the first, Friday night, as one of the newest players to the national scene, along with Jo Kim, Lily Kiletto, Danielle Andersen, Jamie Kerstetter, and Kelly Minkin. There were some issues with the graphics, as the session ended the announcers said she was up over $6000, then the last tally showed only $300 profit, but she reported a number closer to the original on Facebook. So yay! You can see her pick up a $3100 pot somewhere in the stream.
Wildhorse Summer Poker Round Up
Results are in for the smallest of the Wildhorse Round Ups, The bigger events ran about 300 entries each, with the Main Event ($330 buyin) garnering 294 players and a prize pool just under $90K. Results are up on Hendon Mob.
PNW Poker Leaderboard
Walla Walla’s Felipe Nievez-Lopez gets onto the leaderboard with a win in the Wildhorse Summer Poker Round Up Main Event. It’s also his first Hendon Mob recorded cash. I wouldn’t normally report on Chad Norheim (Gig Harbor) taking 5th in the event for his second recorded cash, but the fact that he turned around and went to The Bike in LA to make the unofficial final table at Legends of Poker #3 $200K GTD NLHE tickles my fancy. Coming in 2nd was Denny Edwards of Hermiston for his biggest-ever cash (all 13 of them from events at Wildhorse, by the way), and Ronnie Anderson from Yakima, whose first recorded cash was a win in a 400-entry event at Wildhorse in the spring. Both players move up about 300 places in the rankings (Edwards moves to #595, Anderson to #864).
The event leading into the main was Wildhorse Summer Poker Round Up #5 with 267 entries and a prize pool of over $52K. Corren Spargur from Richland won that (moving up to #786) and Ryan Stoker repeats on the leaderboard this week because of his 2nd place finish. Stoker only picks up 9 places (moving to #174) because it just gets harded and harder the more money you’re made.
Speaking of which, James Romero‘s stuck at #10, despite the cashes for James Christopher Romero getting wrapped in to his records and winning the Seminole hard Rock Poker Open #3 NLHE 8-Max Turbo. Really hard when you get up to that level; the gaps are so many dollars apart.
This Week In Portland Poker
The Game is running single-table sit-and-gos on Tuesday nights at 7pm. There’s a rotating buyin ranging from $200 to $1K. I played the $500 buyin last week and managed to chop three ways at a table that included Dustin Tragethon, Randy “Terminator” Palazzo, Nick “Wonka” Getzen, and Jonathan “Jonathan” Levy among others. Call The Game to find out the stakes for future games and reserve your place.
There’s another episode of PokerTime out but the series I played in hasn’t started yet. Console yourselves.
Last week’s $10K at Final Table (out with the second nuts). Portland poker is not dead.
There’s a $10K almost every week at Final Table on Friday night and another at Portland Meadows Saturday at noon. And two tournaments every day at both clubs (plus shootouts). I’ll try to make the rounds of places like Claudia’s and Rialto soon!
Just after I posted this, Brian Sarchi at Portland Meadows posted on Facebook’s NW Poker group that all tournaments at Meadows will be using the big blind ante starting Monday (when antes come into play, the big blind puts in 2x the big blind, half for antes for all players, and the remainder for the big blind). The Friday Big O and Saturday 7pm tournament also have changes.
Only a Day Away
- The Bicycle Casino WPT500/Legends of Poker continues on after the end of Mega Millions XIX. This weekend has some great stuff that I’m just dying about missing: a $350 buyin HORSE tournament tomorrow, a $565 Survivor tournament where 10% of the entries get a $5K payout (Friday), then the $570 entry WPT500 with $1M GTD starting Saturday, with flights running through next weekend (25 August). Eash entry day features a regular flight at 1130am and a turbo at 5pm.Day 2 on 26 August and final table on Monday, 27 August. Immediately following that is another $1M GTD tournament with 6 entry days ($350 buyin).
- The Colorado State Poker Championship 22 starts its $1100 Main Event on Friday, with another entry day on Saturday, at Golden Gates Casino.
- Tomorrow through Saturday are the last 3 entry days for the Venetian August Extravaganza #10 $100 GTD NLHE. $250 buyin and run as big blind ante (as are the Colorado State poker Championship games). The August Estravaganza is followed by the 7-day Senior Extravaganza. For some reason, neither event is currently linked from the Venetian’s poker blog.
- Friday and Saturday are the entry days for the HPT St. Charles Main Event outside of St. Louis. At Ameristar St. Louis, it’s a $1,650 buyin event; the most recent (in April) had a $435K prize pool.
- The second stop in the PokerStars Players Championship is at Lucky Chances Casino south of San Francisco starting Sunday. It’s $86 for an entry—the amount Chris Moneymaker paid for his satellite to the WSOP fifteen years ago—and the prize is a Platinum Pass seat in the $25K buyin PSPC tournament in The Bahamas next January, along with $5K in expenses. The PSPC itself will be loaded with online and live qualifiers (and people who won seats in drawings), One was awarded last week at Stones Gambling Hall in Sacramento, There’ll be tour stop in September in LA and Phoenix, and another at Run It Up Reno in November.
This month’s Muckleshoot Casino Big Bounty tournament ($200 buyin) takes place Sunday at 10:15am. Next Sunday at the same time id the monthly Deepstack ($300 buyin). They still haven’t posted anything on their web site about next month’s Muckleshoot Fall Poker Classic (21–30 September) but that link goes to Facebook. Friend of the blog Steve Roselius posted a snapshot of the flyer from the poker room to Facebook. They’ve typically run satellites to the all or part of the series in preceding weeks.
- A little further afield, Ameristar East Chicago is the host to HPT Chicagoland from 23 August to 3 September. Main Event ($1,650 buyin) has three entry days starting 30 August. Nonstop RT tickets for Thursday through Tuesday of that weekend are still less than $350, Accommodations could, uh, run a bit more.
- The Commerce Poker Series starts in just over two weeks (30 August) and runs through 16 September