#PNWPokerCal Planner for 06 September 2018

Brian Pygon

Brian Pygon

Picture via Brian J Pygon’s Facebook timeline

I didn’t know Brian well, despite having shared Jeremy Harkin‘s Las Vegas house with him and several other folks the summer of 2016, but he was always a friendly and solicitous face to see, especially when other folks you might run into during a Vegas summer could be a bit wrapped up in their personal fortunes.

Jeremy posted a long tribute on Facebook Tuesday, take the time to read if if you would and leave a message if you knew him.

Another post on Brian’s Facebook page mentions there will be a celebration of Brian’s life at Creekside Golf Course in Salem on October 6th.

Poker Celebrities in Town

Three-time WSOP Main Event Top 100 finisher Andrew Brokos reached out for info on cash games  shootouts (about which I know nothing) at Portland Meadows last week, not long after I noted Twitch sensation/author/grinder Carlos Welch was back in town. and I lamented the fact that I wasn’t going to get a chance to get a picture of them. Carlos helped out with a snap froom N Portland.

My Time Is Coming

The last week has bee a little bit of a bringdown from the previous one.

It started off well with a relatively early late-reg into a $10+1 NLHE Turbo with a $4K GTD. 500 entries made the prize pool $5K and I managed to get to the final table. First hand and we’re only six-handed because three players get moved to our table between the button and the blinds, I jam 3bb (only one player has more than 10bb) with [qs kc], BB calls with [jd as], the case queen comes on the flop but it’s [ah] on the river and I go out.

Everything else is a brick: online PLO8, 6-Max, and another Turbo, then the Final Table $10K. A couple more 6-Max tournaments, a Thousandaire Maker where I never get any traction, 6-Max, a truly heart-breaking Thousandaire Maker where I build from the starting stack of 2,500 to more than 12,000 iin 43 hands, then get all-in  with queens, flop a set, but lose to runner-runner Broadway.

Played a satellite for the Ignition Casino $100K, some more PLO8, an online $25K where I cannot manage to recover after some early success, and a cash game where I manage to get it all in on the river against a guy who flopped quads.

Another episode in my run at PokerTime is out. I’m looking pretty good by the end, even if the @2PokerGuys do malign the way I stack chips.

This Week In Portland Poker

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means a $20K GTD tournament at Final Table at 7pm. It’s $100 for a 12K stack (with an extra $1K if you register before starting time), with a live rebuy ($100 for 12K at any time) and a $50 addon (10K in chips) at the first break. It’s the biggest regular game in town; last month’s prize pool was over $30K!

Added to #PNWPokerCal This Week

  • South Sound Poker Championship, Shelton 3—9 September
  • WSOPC Online, Nevada 18—30 September
  • Tulalip $25K NLHE Bounty 30 September


Just a few big results (although I know of a couple of cashes that hadn’t been reported to Hendon Mob yet.

Seth Davies was at EPT Barcelona and came in 6th of 54 in Event #17 €50K NLHE (no that’s not the guarantee), then 13th of 77 in Event #22 €25K NLHE.

On this side of the Atlantic, at WSOPC Foxwoods Main EventDylan Wilkerson got 5th place in a field of 519. And Portland’s Linn Sayre got 3rd in what looks like a chop in the Ante Up Poker Tour #2 NLHE at Atlantis Casino in Reno.

Only a Day Away

  • Mid-States Poker Tour stops at Canterbury Park in Shakopee (just outside of Minneapolis) through 16 September. There’s a $300K GTD $1,100 buyin Main Event with three entry days (13—15 September) with satellites running daily until then.
  • The Commerce Poker Series runs through 16 September. A $200K GTD event ($240 buyin) has already begun and ends this weekend. An $1,100 entry $500K GTD starts 13 September.
  • See last week’s Planner for info about the Muckleshoot Fall Classic. There’s a satellite tonight.
  • The Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III continues through 26 September, this weekend is a Mid-States Poker Tour event with a $250K GTD for $1,100 (starting days Friday and Saturday), a $100K GTD ($340 entry) has starts Monday and Tuesday, then there’s a $200K GTD ($600 buyin) foor the Ante Up Poker Tour Thursday through Saturday next week. The series ends with a $250 buyin $250K GTD event.

  • The South Sound Poker Championship snuck in this week at Little Creek Casino west of Olymppia in Shelton. If you see this early Wednesday, you might make their Bounty tournament at 11am, but Thursday is a 7pm $120 (including addon) toournament with $1K added to the prize pool, there’s a game at 11am Friday, and the big game is Saturday at 11am, with $3K added and a $340 entry. Registration is available online.
  • WSOPC Thunder Valley starts tomorrow with a $300K GTD tournament for $400 entry. It’s a 2-day event with five flights (two on Thursday and Friday, one on Saturday). HORSE on Monday and O8 on Tuesday! The $1,700 Main Event has $500 GTD.

  • The Aria Poker Masters starts Friday with its smallest buyin: $10K. You can only rebuy once. Watch it on PokerGO.
  • HPT Golden Gates kicks off in Colorado 12 September with a four-flight $400 buyin tournament. Their $1,650 Main Event begins 19 September.
  • The Gardens Poker Classic (starting 14 Septepmber) is—among other things—the third stop on the West Coast for the PokerStars Platinum Championship, where you can compete for a ticket to a $25K buyin in the Bahamas in January and $5K in expenses (also known as the cost of a banana at the Atlantis Resort). There are a few other things going on during the Classic, including a $300K TD, a $200K GTD, a $550 buyin 8-Game Mix, some HORSE, and a Progressive Bounty tournament.
  • The WSOPC Online was announced last week. It will run from 18—30 September with 13 events over 13 days and $700K GTD total ($200K for the Main Event). Playable from either NJ or Nevada (It’s not supposed to matter where in either state),  at $200, Event #1 is going to be the cheapest prixe-point for a Circuit Ring so far. The Main Event is 30 September and costs just $525, less than a third of the live Ciircuit Main Events. There’s a $215 PLO 6-Max event that last weekend calling me…
  • The Pechanga Endless Summer Poker Series features a $200K GTD Main Event  with a $400 buyin, as well as some leadin events and 3 (count ’em three!) Survivor tournaments (the Ladies Survivor has a $150 buyin while the other two are just $70). Pechanga Resort and Casino is about halfway between LA and San Diego, inland from Oceanside about 20 miles.