No new additions to the leaderboard database, but the top cash is for someone who’s never been mentioned here: Roderick Chavez from Bellevue took 1st place at the WPT Five Damond NLHE Seniors tournament Wednesday at Bellagio, beating out at least three others at the final table with more than $500K each in lifetime winnings. Roderick has about $44K after winning more than $30K in the tournament. A veery nice way to close out the year.
Dylan Wilkerson continued his streak to the end of 2018, winning WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood #4 NLHE, a $400 buyin with 176 entries.
It felt good to win and bring home the trophy!!.. it was not an easy road to victory either!!.. I had to fight hard to win. At beginning of HU I was down 3-1 in chips.. took me 45 mins to dismantle my opponent and take home the Trophy!!! pic.twitter.com/BQcZDQDyzu
— Steve Chanthabouasy (@snchan01) December 5, 2018
Steve Chanthabouasy says he’s out of the mix games and focusing on NLHE tournaments for the big money, which he’s certainly got a point about after winning the 174-entry $560 buyin WPT Five Diamond #4 NLHE. There was a deal heads-up, and the other player got a little more money, but Steve got the win. Angela Jordison may be laying odds as to which lasts longer: my poker retirement or Steve sticking to NLHE.
You’ll be back. Two cards in cash games = boring!!
— Angela Jordison (@Angelajordison) December 6, 2018
Rafael Lebron from Puyallup made the final table of the WSOPC Planet Hollywood $500K GTD Main Event, taking 9th place. If you aren’t familiar with Lebron, his fourth-ever recorded cash was winning a bracelet in the $3K buyin Limit Hold’em 6-Max in 2016. That was four days after he was runner-up foor a bracelet in the PLO 6-Max.
Usually, a 26th-place finish isn’t enough to get you on the leaderboard even if it’s a big buyin, I try to limit it to significant ROI or I’d be overwhelmed, but Auburn’s Thomas Kornechuk took that spot in the $3500 buyin WPT Seminole Hard Rock Main Event, which had nearly 900 entries, so yeah. It’s good enough.
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The chances of beating my self-imposed deadline/goal of $100K in earnings by the end of the year is getting increasingly more unlikely. Last night’s liquidity error at the Final Table $20K really reduce any possibility of putting together the seed money for a trip to somewhere I could run it up. The shot at the WPT Five Diamond is gone.
Pretty much down to Venetian events at this point, unless something happens where I can look further afield.
This Week In Portland Poker
Next weekend will be all about the Portland Meadows $30K GTD NLHE.
Only a Day Away
- The Wynn Signature Series runs through Monday.
- The WPT Five Diamond Main Event at Bellagio starts Tuesday.
- The Colorado Poker Championship Winter Series runs through 19 December at Golden Gates Casino. The $1,100 buyin Main Event has three starting flights on 13–15 December.
- The Bicycle Casino WSOPC Los Angeles Main Event is this weekend, but they host a Quantum event next week with $250K GTD and a $350 buyin. Two flights a day from Wednesday through Saturday.
- The Venetian/CardPlayer Poker Tour Deepstack Showdown ends 16 December with a tantalizing $3,500 buyin $500K GTD starting 14 December.
- Closer to home, in the Sacramento area, is the Stones Gambling Hall December Chill Poker Series/Run It Up Stones, through 16 December.
- The last event (ever) on my calendar is the Venetian Deepstacks Extravaganza V. Which starts 20 December. There’s a $100K GTD the first weekend, and a $260K GTD Monster Stack just before the New Year’s ($400 buyin).
The cards in the header were up by the cash registers at the Mall 205 Dollar Tree this afternoon, in case you’re looking for stocking stuffers.