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If you haven’t seen your name in the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard lately, you might wonder where you fit in the grand scheme of things. If you have seen your name on the Leaderboard, why are you wasting your time here on the Northwest’s most boring poker blog? You should be out playing poker.

At this point (17 June 2022), the Leaderboard has exactly 7,501 entries on it; one for every player in the Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, Alberta, and Alaska leaderboards at Hendon Mob that has $3,000 or more in recorded poker tournament earnings. There are at least a few players with double entries, but 7,500 players, more or less.

Top 1 — $15,000,000

There’s one player way above the rest of the pack, and that’s Seth Davies with just under $15 million—and by “just under”, I mean within $25K, so I expect by the time I’ve published this, Davies will have eclipsed that mark. It’s nearly twice as much as the nearest contender.

Number 2 — $8,000,000

Scott Clements has maintained the #2 spot for a while, with a bit more than $8 million. Over a million dollars separates Clements from the next person on the Leaderboard.

A Third — $7,000,000

#3 is Shawn Buchanan, at just under $7 million, nearly equidistant between Clements and Kevin MacPhee at #4.

Four at $5,000,000+

Places #4 to #7 are currently ranged between $6 million and $5.3 million. They’re currently MacPhee and Chris Brewer, essentially tied at the top end, with James Romero and Dylan Linde close to each other on the lower end.

Five(?) at $4,000,000+

Technically, there are five players (#8 to #12) with seven figures starting with a four, but one of them is Annie Duke who hasn’t been a PNW player for a lot of years.

$3,000,000+

Five more players have $3 million to $4 million dollars. That’s places #13 to #17.

$2,000,000+

Nine more players have part of a third million in earnings. Everyone above #26.

$1,000,000+

51 PNW players have more than a million in lifetime recorded tournament earnings. That’s about two-thirds of a percent of the players tracked by the Leaderboard.

  • $725,000+ #75–#52
  • $530,000+ #100–#76
  • $395,000+ #150–#101
  • $325,000+ #200–#151
  • $260,000+ #250–#201
  • $222,000+ #300–#251
  • $190,000+ #350–#301
  • $172,000+ #400–#351
  • $150,000+ #450–#401
  • $137,000+ #500–#451
  • $118,000+ #600–#501
  • $100,000+ #700–#601
  • $88,000+ #800–#701
  • $77,000+ #900–#801
  • $68,500+ #1000–#901
  • $56,000+ #1200–#1001
  • $47,400+ #1400–#1201
  • $40,000+ #1600–#1401
  • $34,900+ #1800–#1601 *
  • $30,400+ #2000–#1801
  • $22,400+ #2500–#2001
  • $17,200+ #3000–#2501
  • $13,500+ #3500–#3001
  • $10,000+ #4197–#3501

* Yes, that is my bracket. On the plus side, I’m in the top 25% of players on the PNW Poker Leaderboard.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 16 June 2022

So soon? Well, there’s a lot of stuff to cover here. We got the new format. We’ve got huge showing from Angela Jordison and some guy whose third recorded cash almost won him a bracelet in a 20,000+ entry tournament (name of Jared Kingery). Almost everything in this edition is from the World Series of Poker or from the WSOP Circuit Calgary, though there are a couple of results from outside the country.

Congrats to everyone (but especially Angela, thanks putting off winning a bracelet until I can be there to see it happen!)

Key to the Leaderboard

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and thge number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.
Travis Pine (Steliacoom, Washington)
#5174
#3050
+2124
16th of 1086 entries, $1.4M prize pool
Jesse Kertland (Ellensburg, Washington)
#361
#348
+13
22nd of 752 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Lee Markholt (Eatonville, Washington)
#8
#9
-1
9th of 522 entries, $696.8K prize pool
Bryce Cox (Maple Valley, Washington)
#2242
#1747
+495
3rd of 298 entries, $87.2K prize pool
Harold Peter Hinds (Calgary, Alberta)
#4941
#2886
+2055
2nd of 315 entries, $82.3K prize pool
Barry Nelson (Las Vegas, Washington)
#2305
#1763
+542
2nd of 933 entries, $250K prize pool
Alejandro Madrigal (Umatilla, Oregon)
#4560
#2721
+1839
4th of 119 entries, $104.7K prize pool
Merwan Corront (Azalea, Oregon)
#3739
2nd of 268 entries, $88.4K prize pool
Dylan Payne (Calgary, Alberta)
#4600
#2255
+2345
4th of 247 entries, $49K prize pool
Ali Rabah (Alberta)
#332
#317
+15
7th of 259 entries, $344.3K prize pool
Kevin Peterson (Everett, Washington)
#6486
#3094
+3392
5th of 238 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Cornelius Nelson (Hillsboro, Oregon)
#2998
#2068
+930
36th of 2392 entries, $3.1M prize pool
Lucas Ogilvie (Redmond, Washington)
#3685
24th of 247 entries, $49K prize pool

This was Ogilvie’s first Hendon Mob cash.

Ian Modder (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
#145
#143
+2
18th of 2663 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Matt Affleck (Seattle, Washington)
#15
#15
0
59th of 20080 entries, $8.4M prize pool
Nohad Tellani (Edmonton, Alberta)
#606
#553
+53
14th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Jarrod Leppard (Red Deer, Alberta)
#1382
#1126
+256
1st of 128 entries, $51.4K prize pool
Allen Nielson (Mercer Island, Washington)
#657
#591
+66
1st of 200 entries, $66K prize pool
Jeffory Saunders (Tofino, British Columbia)
#3264
4th of 805 entries, $162.8K prize pool
Anirudh Mudimela (Seattle, Washington)
#3188
18th of 5715 entries, $2.9M prize pool
Frank Shi (Calgary, Alberta)
#3048
1st of 408 entries, $68K prize pool
Tammy Tibbs (Spokane, Washington)
#723
#615
+108
3rd of 118 entries, $150K prize pool
Matthew Hall (Whistler, British Columbia)
#4474
#2283
+2191
11th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Cliff Green (Eckville, Alberta)
#208
#199
+9
10th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Dylan Linde (Coeur D’Alene, Idaho)
#7
#7
0
13th of 752 entries, $1.6M prize pool
Catherine Langlois (Calgary, Alberta)
#1842
#1343
+499
3rd of 231 entries, $157.4K prize pool
Maner Al Mouselly (Calgary, Alberta)
#3019
1st of 129 entries, $73.8K prize pool

Al Mouselly’s first recorded cash.

Wayne Harmon (Portland, Oregon)
#190
#174
+16
6th of 1093 entries, $565.2K prize pool
Regan Duong (Calgary, Alberta)
#1911
#1312
+599
2nd of 138 entries, $94.2K prize pool
Malcolm Bolger (Edmonton, Alberta)
#129
#125
+4
9th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Tomislav Glamuzina (Vancouver, British Columbia)
#2692
12th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Alemu Makonen (Edmonton, Alberta)
#55
#55
0
1st of 214 entries, $60.8K prize pool
Tazebe Beyene (Lynnwood, Washington)
#2458
3rd of 671 entries, $194.5K prize pool
Haowei Pan (Winnipeg, Alberta)
#2427
#1416
+1011
8th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool

Yes, his Hendon Mob profile says Alberta.

Mike Kim (Surrey, British Columbia)
#316
#282
+34
2nd of 805 entries, $162.8K prize pool
Derek Bugg (Silverdale, Washington)
#3702
#1650
+2052
4th of 246 entries, $172.9K prize pool
Maxwell Young (Seaside, Oregon)
#25
#25
0
1st of 119 entries, $104.7K prize pool

Nothing on Max’s profile says “Oregon” any more (residence is listed in Florida) but he’s still collated on the Oregon leaderboard.

Tyson Rampersad (Vancouver, Alberta)
#2658
#1357
+1301
2nd of 231 entries, $157.4K prize pool

Yes, his Hendon Mob profile also says Alberta.

Duane Wong (Calgary, Alberta)
#612
#468
+144
7th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Woody Christy (Renton, Washington)
#1806
#995
+811
3rd of 134 entries, $279K prize pool
Brandon Cantu (Vancouver, Washington)
#9
#8
+1
13th of 20080 entries, $8.4M prize pool

Cantu slips past Lee Markholt into the slot behind Dylan Linde.

Thomas Taylor (Medicine Hat, Alberta)
#43
#39
+4
3rd of 329 entries, $439.2K prize pool
Dustin Centanni (Coquitlam, British Columbia)
#822
#434
+388
4th of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Jaswinder Lally (Surrey, British Columbia)
#685
#376
+309
2nd of 430 entries, $574K prize pool

Lally almost closes out a second bracelet in as many years, with just four Hendon Mob cashes on record.

Jody Lewchuk (Calgary, Alberta)
#506
#301
+205
3rd of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Cuong Lieu (Calgary, Alberta)
#859
#340
+519
2nd of 905 entries, $1M prize pool
Angela Jordison (Redmond, Oregon)
#186
#109
+77
3rd of 2663 entries, $2.3M prize pool
Jared Kingery (University Place, Washington)
#6596
#131
+6465
2nd of 20080 entries, $8.4M prize pool

This has got to be one of the largest jumps in the time I’ve been keeping the Leaderboard. This is just Kingery’s third recorded cash. The first was in January of this year.

Chris Brewer (Eugene, Oregon)
#6
#5
+1
4th of 251 entries, $5.9M prize pool

It’s the second straight week of gains for Brewer, moving up another notch. This week, he’s passing James Romero.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 12 June 2022 — Clearing the Decks

I had to make a decision about the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard going into this year’s World Series of Poker. It’s a lot of work. There are only so many of you reading it. And with all of the people from the Northwest doing so well out there in the wide world of poker, each edition gets pretty repetitive. I’ve run completely out of ways to describe peoples’ advances up the Leaderboard. Maybe I’m just lazy.

So rather than further tighten the requirements I use to decide who gets reported on, I’m changing up the format a little bit (the other option in my decision was to just stop doing the Leaderboard). So what you see below is what we’ve got for now.

All your favorite info is still here, organized, loosely in the order of the amount of money won in the reporting period. (which varies according to when I can get things together), You’ll find the bigger cashes at the bottom.

  • Name and home town (according to the player’s Hendon Mob profile).
  • The player’s most recent ranking in the PNW Poker Leaderboard in italics. If this is their first time on the Leaderboard, an em dash ()
  • Their new standing in bold, preceded by the pound sign (#).
  • Their change in status on the Leaderboard (with an arrow indicating up or down), or a black club (♣) if this is their first appearance.
  • For each of the tournaments that are being recognized in this Leaderboard:
    • The name and link to the Hendon Mob listing for that tournament.
    • The player’s finishing position in the tournament and thge number of entries.
    • The tournament prize pool in US dollars.

As always, this info is gleaned from the Hendon Mob state and province lists for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Alberta and British Columbia. The Leaderboard tries to recognize players who’ve had a significant cash: the gross amount must be more than $10,000 and four times the buy-in. Mistakes will be made and I apologize for any that creep in. I just do this for the fun of it!

Bob Petty (Richland, Washington)
#2543
#1920
+623
3rd of 459 entries, $89.2K prize pool
Neil Michael (Albany, Oregon)
#6325
#3262
+3063
1st of 227 entries, $45.1K prize pool
John Veenhouwer (Spokane, Washington)
#3912
2nd of 342 entries, $66.9K prize pool
Ghulam Mirza (Kennewick, Washington)
#2475
#1835
+640
4th of 465 entries, $137.5K prize pool
Mohammed Ghulam Mirza (Kennewick, Washington)
#1961
#1480
+481
5th of 427 entries, $212.8K prize pool

I’m pretty sure this player is the same person as the previous player, just reported on two different Hendon Mob profiles. If they were properly combined, their Leaderboard rank would be #872.

Michael Bernstein (Edmonton, Alberta)
#808
#713
+95
1st of 90 entries, $32.6K prize pool
Gregory Allen Jackson (John Day, Oregon)
#1718
#1358
+360
2nd of 405 entries, $78.9K prize pool
Bryce Clark (Powell Butte, Oregon)
#846
#742
+104
3rd of 356 entries, $106.4K prize pool
Angel Iniquez (Richland, Washington)
#807
#700
+107
2nd of 354 entries, $69.2K prize pool
Hilda Solorio (Grandview, Washington)
#3404
2nd of 459 entries, $89.2K prize pool

This is Solorio’s first Hendon Mob cash.

David Villemeyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
#2931
#1912
+1019
1st of 342 entries, $66.9K prize pool
Matthew Little (Seattle, Washington)
#2452
#1679
+773
1st of 354 entries, $69.2K prize pool
Michael Curtis (Rainier, Oregon)
#1428
#1132
+296
3rd of 465 entries, $137.5K prize pool
Jaspal Brar (Edmonton, Alberta)
#65
#64
+1
1st of 142 entries, $52K prize pool
Tyler Warken (Calgary, Alberta)
#433
#394
+39
3rd of 202 entries, $150.1K prize pool
Jeffrey Lindsey (Auburn, Washington)
#1368
#1048
+320
2nd of 356 entries, $106.4K prize pool
Eli Katzman (Boise, Idaho)
#2923
1st of 405 entries, $78.9K prize pool
Brian Barker (Portland, Oregon)
#1418
#1085
+333
4th of 427 entries, $213K prize pool
John Goertzen (Walla Walla, Washington)
#2814
1st of 459 entries, $89.2K prize pool
George Kenny (Allyn, Washington)
#2439
1st of 356 entries, $106.4K prize pool
Binh Nguyen (Beaverton, Oregon)
#140
#132
+8
9th of 5608 entries, $2M prize pool
Kyle Ho (Burnaby, British Columbia)
#184
#160
+24
2nd of 202 entries, $150.1K prize pool
Vic Hipp (Napavine, Washington)
#2165
3rd of 427 entries, $213K prize pool
Paul Barnett (Condon, Oregon)
#2104
1st of 465 entries, $137.5K prize pool
Brandon Sullivan (Auburn, Washington)
#1788
2nd of 427 entries, $213K prize pool
Glenn Miller (Mukilteo, Washington)
#257
#222
+35
1st of 427 entries, $213K prize pool
Jaime Cervantes Alvarez (Vancouver, Washington)
#148
#78
+70
4th of 747 entries, $5.4M prize pool

It was great to see someone else from the Portland area make it to the world poker stage. It was just February of last year that Alvarez first appeared on the Leaderboard, with a cash at a Venetian event that was just a little too small to meet the guidelines, but which I put in because there wasn’t a lot of poker going on. His first ranking was #4354; now he’s in the Top 100.

Christopher Brewer (Eugene, Oregon)
#7
#6
+1
1st of 36 entries, $1.2M prize pool

Brewer continues a relentless march up the Leaderboard, passing Dylan Linde.

Seth Davies (Bend, Oregon)
#1
#1
0
1st of 40 entries, $1M prize pool
Seth Davies (Bend, Oregon)
#1
#1
0
3rd of 40 entries, $4.9M prize pool

Davies continues to put space between himself and everyone else.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 24 May 2022

Carl Oman, winner of the WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley Main Event. via worldpokertour.com

Nothing much to say upfront, I’ve regrettably had to cancel my plans to play the WSOP $1,500 Seven-Card Stud tournament in just over a week and may not make it down to Vegas this summer at all, so let’s just get into it.

No reports from Wildhorse in this Leaderboard, but thanks to Kevmath, they are now available at Hendon Mob. so they’ll be in the next one. Plenty here from Thunder Valley and elsewhere.

WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley #10 $1M GTD NLHE Main Event

This was the end of the Deepstacks brand, so this is the last WPTDeepstacks series (the WPT will now have a “Main” tour and a “Prime” tour). Bellevue’s David Goodkin was 22nd in the field of 1,414, rising one-hundred and sixty-five places to #1013. Kao Saechao of Damascus came in 20th and moves up one place to #35. Tom Mahon of Dairy was 16th, going from #1213 to #975. Mukilteo, Washington’s Catherine Miller scored a best-ever cash in 3rd (as part of a 5-way deal) that propelled her from #3020 to #349 on the Leaderboard. At the top of the chop was Carl Oman, from Vancouver, Washington (pictured above) who jumps to #192 from $460.

Catherine Miller via worldpokertour.com

Moving from #6854 to #3056 is Lee Van-Voorhis from Washington state with 1st place in a 38-player tournament, the MGM National Harbor $30K GTD NLH High Roller in Maryland.

James Weatherman was in some prestigious territory at the Aria Resort & Casino in the PokerGo Tour Stairway #1 NLHE. Among the 60 entries were Andrew Lichtenberger, Dylan Linde, and PNW crusher Jaime Cervantes Alvarez—who didn’t quite make it into this Leaderboard but I hear he’s done some stuff since I ran the numbers. Weatherman picks up four hundred spots , ending at #914.

Aaron Thivyanathan picks up ten (now #122) with 2nd out of 518 entries at St. Petersburg, Florida’s Derby Lane Spring Open $75K GTD NLHE. It looks like there might have been a 3-way deal.

Matt Affleck took 3rd in a 767-entry tournament in las Vegas, the Wynn Signature Series $500K GTD NLHE. It’s enough to move Affleck up one place to #15 past Greg Mueller.

It was 2nd place for Dylan Linde in the PokerGo Tour/Venetian #5 NLHE High Roller that took him from #6 to…#6. Movement’s tough at the top. Still, Linde came out ahead of 32 other players.

Christopher Brewer took 2nd and 1st in PGT/Aria High Roller Series #5 NLHE and PGT/Aria High Roller Series #6 NLHE, with 32 and 23 entries respectively. Brewer is currently #7.

And there’s one result from Monte Carlo to report (there will be more next time). Seth Davies took 2nd in the 34-entry European Poker Tour Monte Carlo € 50,000 NLHE. Davies and champion Pascal Lefrancois agreed to a deal when they got heads-up. Davies is, as always #1 on the PNW Poker Leaderboard.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 6 May 2022

It’s kind of scary to think that we’re less than a month away from this year’s World Series of Poker. Yeah! You forgot didn’t you? It’s been nearly three years since the last summer-time WSOP, and even if you did remember, you probably were wondering why rooms at the Rio All-Suite Casino & Hotel were so damn cheap compared to last time. That’s because the WSOP isn’t there any more, stupid! This time around, the whole thing’s happening on the Strip, at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas, and, as Firesign Theater used to say: Everything You Know Is Wrong. It’s not just that you’re not going to know where anything is any more (really, did you ever figure out which room was Brasilia and which one was Amazon?) but the people running things are going to be confused, too, so this has the potential to be a right shitshow, as they say. Anyway, here’s some maps, just in case they might help. In both cases the ballroom areas at the top of the map are on the east side of the buildings, away from the Strip.

Bally’s
Paris

One. Million. Dollars.

Forrest Auel posted on the NW Poker Facebook group that a cash at the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round-Up will put Joe Brandenburg over the $1,000,000 lifetime earnings mark (he was just over $999,000 after cashes at Chinook Winds in March) but the results haven’t been posted to Hendon Mob as of this evening!

Big Move

Not too long before “press time”, The Final Table Poker Club posted a notice on Facebook that they’re going to be moving from their long-time location at SE 122nd & Division to SE 82nd & Powell. No specifics as to the location yet. One change that’s already made is that the club is now open to 18 and over, as it was when it started out back on NE Glisan.

WSOP Team Event

There are going to be some determined teams out in the field this year.

https://twitter.com/jackiburkhart81/status/1521904670435725313

PNW Poker Leaderboard

No results from Wildhorse yet, but plenty more Canadians moving up. I ran the numbers before the WPTDeepstacks at Thunder Valley the other day, so those results aren’t here yet, either.

Lacombe, Alberta’s Malcolm Buller was runner-up in the Deerfoot Inn Spring Super Stack #5 NLHE Deepstack on 12 April. Buller goes from #2827 to #2096. Regan Duong was the winner (out of Calgary) and picked up a biggest prize ever in the 293-entry tournament, gaining more than a thousand points, to #1902.

Himmophoom Bounthinh continues to grind away in Vegas, coming in 2nd at the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza #9 $20K GTD NLHE Monster Stack, a 137-entry event. Nu goes from #293 to ##279.

Johnny Dai from Surrey, British Columbia was the winner in a field of 63 at the Coyote Creek Golf Club Die Hard Poker League Season 16 #11 NLHE. It was a C$670 buyin, with a total prize pool of nearly C$41K. Dai moves eighty places, to #639.

Deerfoot Inn Spring Super Stack #8 NLHE Superstack

I love that tournament directors can use the same combination of words in an event title in different combinations, don’ you? Anyway. David Howat of Calgary came in 7th in this tournament, enough to propel Howat fifty places up the Leaderboard to #556. Takuma Bergeron from Coquitlam, British Columbia took 4th (surprisingly, coming in just ahead of a British pro Jack Hardcastle, a name I did not expect to run across in a Calgary event). Bergeron goes from #758 to #584. Douglas James of Vancouver picked up 3rd for their biggest-ever cash, jumping nearly four-hundred and fifty spaces to #824. Edmonton’s Jaspal Brar was 2nd, moving up four places to #65. And—also from Edmonton—Colton Yamagishi won the biggest pot of ther career, in a field of 307 entries, where the prize pool was nearly C$400K.

Deerfoot Inn Spring Super Stack #2 NLHE MegaStack

This event had 263 entries and a C$125K prize pool. Calgary’s Aidan Klingbell had their biggest-ever cash in 4th, with a jump of two thousand places to #2893. In 3rd was Jordan Banfield, also of Calgary, who vlimbs five hundred spots, to #1559. Another Calgarian, Kim Pham, came in 2nd, also for a career high cash, and bumps up from #4420 to #2347. Event winner Gurdeep Parhar completed Calgary’s sweep of the top 4 places. Parhar combines the win (and biggest cash) with 6th in Event #8 (above) to climb from #998 to #683.

Maxwell Young holds at #25 on the Leaderboard after winning the Prime Social Texas Poker Championship #22 NLHE Big Bounty Turbo at the end of March, in what looks like a 3-way deal out of the 37 entries.

Samuel Scheidecker from Marysville, Washington came in 20th out of 1,213 in the WSOPC North Carolina #12 $1M GTD NLHE Main Event. Scheidecker moves more than three hundred spots, to #1164.

Sebastian Crema out of North Vancouver gains almost seventy spots (#474) with a 5th place finish in the Wynn Signature Series $400K GTD NLHE Mystery Bounty (reminder for this and Max Young’s standings, Hendon Mob stats do not include bounties earned by players). This event got 1,247 entries.

Vancouver’s Wei Min Hou took 1st in a 3-way deal at the Deerfoot Spring Super Stack #6 PLO Superstack. There were 55 entries, and Hou’s success takes them exactly nine-hundred and ninety-nine places up the Leaderboard, to #1820.

Dylan Linde took 4th out of 86 in the WSOPC Bally’s #12 NLHE High Roller, but since Linde’s already #6, there’s no move. Anchorage’s Andrew Rodgers got the Circuit Ring with the win, and also gains two-hundred-and fifty places on the Leaderboard (#424).

Woody Christy went from Renton to Amsterdam to cash big at WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam #4 NLHE Main Event. Christy took 8th in a field of 757, and leaps from #3352 to #1892.

Another out-of-country experience took Edmonton’s Pawan Braich to St. Maarten, where they competed in WSOPC Caribbean #10 $200K GTD NLHE Main Event against 255 other entries, to come in 6th. Braich moves up twenty-three places, to #258.

George Wolff was among the 232 entries in the WPT/Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown # 49 $5000K GTD NLHE Deep Stack. Wolff placed 10th and holds at #17 on the Leaderboard.

Also down in Florida, Scott Eskenazi moves up four places to #102, with a 6th-place finish in the 345-entry WPT/Seminole #34 NLHE Deep Stack.

Tacoma’s Peter Lynn came in 6th of 643 in the Prime Social #9 $500K GTD NLHE The Big Texas. Lynne is at #664 after moving two-hundred and forty spots.

Edmonton’s Nohad Teliani had a couple of good weeks. Teliani won the WPT/Seminole #10 $50K NLHE Big Stack 6-Max — a field of 151 — then popped across to Dublin for the record-setting 2,040-entry Irish Poker Open #13 NLHE Main Event, there they came in 21st. That was good for two-hundred and twenty places on the Leaderboard; Teliani is now #579.

James Romero was the runner-up at the Prime Social #21 NLHE 6-Max out of 49 entries. The winner of the event is listed as “Unknown Player”, with a Ukrainian flag. Romero holds at #5.

Adam Hendrix is another of the top-of-the-Leaderboard players who cashed but didn’t move (#18) with a 17th-place finish in the WPT/Seminole #36 $2M GTD NLHE Championship. There were 2,010 entries, and the prize pool went over $6.4M, with a 6-way even chop at the final table.

And in 2nd out of 19 places at the Super High Roller Series #9 NLHE Short Deck, it’s Seth Davies, our perennial #1 on the Leaderboard!

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 13 April 2022 — Wildhorse Couldn’t Drag Me Away

If you’re not watching Severance on Apple TV+, do it now. Nothing poker-related.

Writing this in Portland while long-time friend of the blog Brad Press is out at the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round-Up this week, shaming my supposed dedication to Omaha and HORSE. I haven’t even been playing much around town since coming so close in the 6-Max at Chinook WInds last month.

I did finally play some poker over Zoom, with a group that’s been going for a couple of years, using the PokerStars Home Games feature, which just made me wish I’d pushed the home game I started playing in back in 2008 to do the same. So far, I’ve cashed in three of the five games I played there and got a couple of bounties to offset the buy-in in another.

I did play the Portland Meadows NLHE Monster Stack Freezeout at the end of March, but lasted less than 2 levels. I’d just started to recover from my usual early race-to-the-bottom after playing some low suited connectors and catching a flush, then decided to shove-bluff over the villain in that hand when I picked up AQ and the flop was all-hearts with a queen. Jonathan Levy of The Poker Guys was sitting across the table from me while the villain—who hit the flush with his own low suited connectors and actually seemed a little concerned—briefly tanked over the call, and I got a laugh when Jonathan looked under the table to see if my legs were jangling nervously. I don’t think they were. It’s just money!

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

A quick reminder of what makes the Leaderboard. I track players whose cashes are reported to The Hendon Mob tournament database, who have more than $3K in lifetime earnings, and whose residency is listed at Hendon Mob as Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, or Alberta (I suppose I really should add Yukon and Northwest Territories one of these days). Players are included if they have at least one single cash over $10K recorded, and if that cash is at least 300% ROI (no offense, but I’m not going to include WSOP Main Event min-cashes). I encourage everyone to check out the links to Hendon Mob and WSOP to get more details on individual tournaments and series.

Speaking of the 6-Max at Chinook Winds, Justin Foord of Portland was the runner-up in the PacWest Poker Classic #5 $50K GTD NLHE 6-Max, which had 106 entries. Payouts make it look like there was a 3-way deal, with Hillsboro, Oregon’s Andrew Johnson taking 1st. Johnson goes up nearly two hundred places, to #1002; Foord climbs a couple thousand, from #4871 to #2892.

Calgary’s Robert Buckingham gains a couple hundred places (#970) with 5th place in the WSOP Circuit Los Angeles #9 $75K GTD NLHE.

Tualatin, Oregon’s Zachary Bright picked up their biggest-ever cash in the PacWest #19 $225K GTD NLHE Main Event, coming in 6th of 441. Bright jumps up nearly three thousand places on the Leaderboard, to #3026. Fifth-place went to Salem, Oregon’s Michael Mischkot, who debuts on the Leaderboard at #2925. Another newcomer to the Leaderboard is 4th-place finisher Richard Johnson from Eugene, who was part of a four-way deal that places him at #1975. Climbing 500 places is Eugene’s Richard Thysell, with a biggest-ever cash for 3rd. Roger Scott from Shoreline, Washington goes from #4565 to #1393 by taking 2nd. And the winner of the Main Event is another newcomer to the Leaderboard: Larry Brown (his bio just says Oregon) who is #1553.

Landing at #3628 is Washington State’s Dwight Gilbert, the 3rd-place finisher in PacWest #17 $40K GTD NLHE Big Bounty. The tournament picked up 178 entries. Spanaway, Washington’s Richard Reed took 2nd. Also a new entry on the Leaderboard, Reed comes in at #3462. The winner was yet another Leaderboard newcomer, Matthew Gmur, from Oregon. The win—part of a 4-way deal—puts Gmur at #3260.

Matthew Jewett of Shoreline, Washington came in 15th in the 2,273-entry Millionaire Sprint Mayhem Poker Series #3 $500K GTD NLHE Monster Stack, with a prize pool over $1.2M, down at The Lodge in Round Rock, Texas.

The PacWest #1 $100K GTD NLHE opening event brought in 499 players. Kennewick, Washington’s James Stringer almost beat their personal best with 5th place in a 5-way deal, and moves from #1748 to #1351. The newcomer to the Leaderboard of the group is Anthony Chavez from Sunnyside, Washington, with 4th and #3324. Portland’s Brian Barker climbs more than seven hundred places to #1412 with the 2nd-place finish. And Dion Swan — also Portland — took 1st, climbing twenty-seven hundred places to #2045.

Did I mention we’ve got some more results from up north? The Great Canadian Freedom Series NLHE Main Event ran at the Cash Casino in Calgary and drew 142 entries. Karim Chatur from Calgary came in 3rd but actually drops a spot on the Leaderboard to #56 because of other player movement (Vanessa Kade, see below). Another Calgarian, David Howat got their biggest cash for 2nd, and moves up from #747 to #605.

Bainbridge Island player Kyle Rohl placed 6th in the Venetian DeepStack New Year’s Extravaganza #43 $200K GTD NLHE UltimateStack back in January (result just now being applied to their profile). The event picked up 537 entries and Rohl enters the Leaderboard at #2750.

Over in Regina, Saskatchewan, at the Station Poker Classic C$1,100 NLHE there were 299 entries for the C$1,100 event, and Calgary’s Kelly Kellner came in 4th, good for a bump of twenty-five places on the Leaderboard, to #298. Matt Kwong, also from Calgary, came in 4th of 287 in the Station C$900 NLHE, for a personal best and gains almost a hundred places (#438).

At Calgary’s ACE Poker NLHE Colossus, hometown player Grant Frulling topped the field of 264, for their biggest cash and a slide up from #1286 to #942.

Olympia’s Peter Lynn went down to Houston for the Prime Social Texas Poker Championship #9 $500K GTD NLHE The Big Texas, a 643-entry tournament where Lynn came in 6th. It was a career best, and Lynn goes from #2969 to #1555.

Kao Saechao of Renton, Washington won the Venetian DeepStack Showdown Poker Series #19 $40K GTD NLHE Monster Stack in a 4-way deal out of a field of 211. Saechao moves up more than one hundred places, to #433.

Edmonton’s Jonathan Sanborn claimed 1st place over 132 entries at Calgary’s Great Canadian Freedom Series NLHE The C$550, then came in 3rd of 296 at the Station Poker Classic C$500 NLHE three weeks later. Sanborn climbs from #171 to #155.

It was a good showing for PNW players at the new home of the World Series of Poker, in the WSOP Circuit Bally’s #12 NLHE High Roller. Perpetual Leaderboard resident Dylan Linde took 4th, though he drops from #5 to #6 on the Leaderboard (see James Romero, below). The winner of the 98-entry field was Andrew Rodgers from Anchorage, who said he’d lost his job a couple of months before hitting the biggest cash of his career. Rodgers goes up about three hundred spots, to #676.

Andrew Rodgers via WSOP.com

Tyler Knittle of Lakewood, Washington took down their largest cash for 3rd in the 106-entry Tampa Poker Classic $100K GTD NLHE. Knittle jumps more than a thousand places on the Leaderboard, to #1134.

Darren Rabinowitz came in 6th of 393 at the Venetian #2 $500K GTD NLHE Ultimate Stack in early March, but still drops a place to #21 on the Leaderboard because of Adam Hendrix moving up.

Jordan Westmorland was living my dream, playing at the European Poker Tour in Prague, even through it was late winter instead of Christmastime. Westmorland was assigned 2nd place in a 3-way deal in the 129-entry EPT Prague #28 NLHE, which had a prize pool of €301,440. Westmorland gains four spots, and is #40.

Salem’s Jason Beasley beat 331 other players to win the Bally’s Colorado Poker Championship #21 $200K GTD NLHE. Beasley climbs more than sixty places, to #171.

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Where to begin with James Romero’s March? How about at the Venetian #10 $1M GTD NLHE Ultimate Stack? Romero came in 8th out of 409 entries on 9 March. A couple of days later, he was across the street at the Wynn Millions Poker Series $2M GTD NLHE, and took 4th of 889. Then, at the end of the month, it was 2nd of 49 in the Prime #21 NLHE 6-Max in Houston. That was enough to kick Romero up a notch to #5 on the PNW Poker Leaderboard.

Adam Hendrix via PokerGO

Then there’s Adam Hendrix, whose cashes were all in Las Vegas, but there were a lot of them (including a couple that didn’t quite make my reporting guidelines). It started with Hendrix coming in 4th in the same Venetian #10 $1M GTD NLHE Ultimate Stack event Romero cashed in. Then it was over to the Aria for the 88-entry US Poker Open/PokerGo Tour #3 NLHE, which Hendrix won. Hendrix followed that up with 5th of 66 in USPO #8 PLO. Hendrix cracks the Leaderboard All-Time Top 20, moving up four places to #18.

Vanessa Kade continues her assault on live poker. Kade only had a single cash to make this Leaderboard, but it is a career-best live cash (Kade’s win in last year’s PokerStars anniversary online event was larger). Kade goes from #109 to #51 with a 4th-place finish in the Wynn Millions Poker Series $10M GTD NLHE, an event with 1,075 entries.

And we wrap up this Leaderboard (finally) with Chris Brewer. Brewer started off the month in the Czech Republic (Prague!), winning the EPT Prague #9 NLHE, a €10,200, 37-entry tournament. Two days later, 4th of 34 in the €50,000 34-entry (with 11 re-entries) EPT Prague #17 NLHE High Roller. Then, back to Vegas for runner-up in USPO #5 NLHE, which drew 66 entries at $10K each. That’s all good for breaking into the Leaderboard Top 10, moving from #12 to #9.

Chris Brewer via pokerstarsblog

Kevmath Quarterly Top 20

This is the fifth Quarterly and the first one without Seth Davies! Dylan Linde and James Romero swapped positions up in the Top 10 and there’s a sudden influx of Albertan players this quarter: fully 35% of the Top 20 tournament earners.

Players whose names are followed by an asterisk were on the Annual Top 20 list in December.

December 2021 rankApril 2022 rankstateplayer
149Christopher Brewer *
11551Vanessa Kade *
2218Adam Hendrix *
65James Romero *
576172Cody Mckay
385151Rambo Halpern
12987Jayakrishnan Nair
56Dylan Linde *
226162Andy Truong
233171Jason Beasley
238175Pam MacNaughton
3300743Michael Zuro
4440Jordan Westmorland
150127Malcolm Bolger
1506637Ali Taghi Khani
5050970Robert Buckingham
194155Jonathan Sanborn
175148Aaron Thivyanathan *
2078861Brian Foley
2525Maxwell Young *

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 17 March 2022: PNW Live Poker Is Back!

Chinook Winds PacWest Poker Classic

It was the first poker series in the US Pacific Northwest in two years (since I’m now including Alberta and British Columbia in the Leaderboard rankings, I have to acknowledge that they got the jump on us last fall), and players came out to Lincoln City, despite having to (more or less) wear masks, and suffer high fuel prices and sunny beaches.

David and I had to get our feet wet.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to play the whole week (job) so I took a couple days off early in the series so that I could play the 6-Max and HORSE tournaments. My sometime travel partner David Long — who I hadn’t really talked to for two years —sent me a message a couple weeks beforehand, and I switched up my reservation so we could split a room. Already saving money!

We got to Lincoln City about a half-hour after the start of Sunday afternoon’s tournament, a $25K GTD NLHE running while the opening $100K was in Day 2. David went off to register for the cash game waiting lists; I hit the tournament registration desk.

I only lasted a couple of hours in the $25K, by which it was check-in time at the motel, so I headed off to get our bags up to the room, then came back to wait for David to head up for dinner at the 60s Cafe and Diner for a burger and a Boozy Shake, the better to play the 3-Seat GTD NLHE Main Event Satellite (2 bullets and it didn’t help).

Monday morning was the $50K GTD NLHE 6-Max, which I had been looking forward to as much as the HORSE. I was a little late for the start, owing to a lot more folks than I was expecting at the Pig & Pancake, but we managed to get breakfast and over to the casino before it was too late. The buy-in on this one was $550, plus the dealer appreciation, so it’s one of the bigger outlays I’m willing to do these days.

Things got off to a pretty decent start, when I picked up a pair of sevens and his a set versus top pair on my first hand. Another set of events in round 4 pumped me up to about 50K from the 32K start. Lost some ground, then picked back up to make it to around 80K before I ran into sevens as my own nemesis, hitting trip tens with AxTx against a full house of sevens over tens. I called off 20K on the river alone and was down under the starting stack. That may have been the crucial point for me in this one.

I was under 20K at the beginning of the next level, four hours in, then I started to pick up some steam after a table change. We were under 30 players (with 12 places paying) six hours in. I was up to 30 big blinds, but the average was twice that. Another table move put me in with some guys who were even older than I am.

Another hour, and making a lucky river gunshot straight for Broadway put me up above average for the first time in a while. After a dinner break, we were seven places from the money, and I was back down to 20 big blinds. I did get to see three all-spade flops in a row, which was kind of bizarre.

The board was still reading 16 players remaining when the end came for me. I picked up AxQx for my big blind and I had about 15bb, which I was reasonably certain was the shortest stack left. We were five-handed at our table, and the UTG player raised to 18K (3x). One of the older players at the table (who’d been grumbling  to me about showing the aggressive ‘kids’ like UTG what’s what) pushed it to 40K, and I knew that I was taking a bit of a risk to race so close to the bubble, but I went all-in, nonetheless. With the extra 60K, I was sure I could get through the bubble, even with 4 players left. UTG folded right away. The guy who 3-bet thought it over for a bit, wondered aloud if I might have ace-king, and looked at his stack, which I think was probably well over 300K, before deciding to call with 9x9x. The flop was under eights, there was a king on the turn (would that I had the ace-king!) and he was safe on the river.

When I got up, Forrest Auel was taking a couple people off the board and I saw that it was just showing 13. I asked if I was the actual bubble boy and he told me that I was 14th, so I guess a couple went out just before me. I might have held my fire if I’d known we were at 14 instead of 16, but I think I played this game pretty well over all.

The HORSE tournament wasn’t starting until 4pm on Tuesday, so after walking down to the Pacific Ocean to get our feet wet (they turned to ice in about two minutes because it was still in the 40s at mid-day and the water at the Oregon coast is always cold) we headed up to the cash games, which were already under way by the time we got there. David put himself on all the lists, and I signed up for some NLHE, Limit Hold’em, and an unlikely Stud game, then we went off in search of some Game King slot machines. After a small win, we got called back to the live action games, David sat down in Big O, and I got a seat in the $1/$3 NLHE. Aside from a couple live cash sessions at the WSOP last fall, between not really being a cash player and COVID, I hadn’t played live cash NLHE since my last trip to Chinook Winds two years ago, but I managed to make a little profit over 90 minutes, then went off to sign up for the tournament. 

The $10K GTD HORSE started off in Stud Hi-Lo, and I somehow managed to scoop the first hand with the nut flush and a 76 low for a decent pot — since everyone was in on it at first — but I ran into some trouble in the Hold’em round, holding on to top pair twice in a row against players who picked up trips on the turn.

Two hours in, the big bet was already up to 1K, and I was down to 9500 chips from a 14K starting stack. But the next hour, in an Omaha Hi-Lo round, I somehow scooped a pot with a pair of threes and got back over starting stack. 

It wasn’t going to be back-to-back cashes for me in HORSE tournaments, however. Once again, it was Hold’em that stuck it to me. Not long before the end of round 12, I 3-bet with AxKx and the original raiser and I pumped it up to 7500, five bets at that level. I had him slightly outchipped. I whiffed the low flop, but called his bet. The turn was an ace, and he bet it, I put in another bit get, and he was all in for a bit more. He flipped over QxQx. All good. Until the queen came on the river, leaving me with less than two big bets.

Qe switched into Omaha and I took down a 3/4 pot by making a straight with middle cards and still having the low, then picked up 2x4x4x5x and it looked like I might pick up some more but no low came in, and though I had a set of fours, the queens guy had a set of jacks.

That was it for me! Back home to go to work the next morning, driving on the mountain road to Salem in the dark and the rain. Post-Poker Fun!  I wasn’t able to make it down to the Main Event the next weekend, but I think I played about as well as I ever have, despite being a wee bit rusty.

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

No results here yet from the PacWest Poker Classic, but there are definitely some interesting things from outside the region.

Coldfield, Washington’s Paul Wood was 5th in the Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza #29 $100K GTD NLHE MonsterStack, out of 177 entries ($171.7K prize pool). It’s their biggest cash to date, and it’s enough to take Woods from #4588 to #2815 on the PNW Poker Leaderboard.

WILD WEST SHOOTOUT NLHE MAIN EVENT

Picking up results from early December, Prabakaran Sivabalasundaram from Calgary was 5th out of 233 entries in this event at Cash Casino in their home town. The prize pool reached C$221K. Sivabalasundaram gains more than a hundred spots on the Leaderboard, landing at #822. 4th place was claimes by Deron Noksana from the Northwest Territories, jumping seventy places to #434. Third place gave David Howat (Calgary) a two-hundred-place boost to #747. Lethbridge, Alberta’s Kevin Martin took 2nd, for a gain of twenty-three spots (#172). And on the top of the heap was Jimmy Lee from Edmonton, climbing from #77 to #69. 

Edmonton’s Allen Butkovic was runner-up in the Pure Poker Tour Edmonton #5 NLHE. The prize pool was over C$100K with 362 entries. Butkovic gains nine places, to #268.

PURE POKER TOUR EDMONTON #8 NLHE MAIN EVENT

This event (mid-February, not last year!) got 481 entries, generating a prize pool of C$438K. Krista Kay Teller (Leduc, Alberta) picked up their biggest-ever cash in 7th and gained twelve hundred places on the Leaderboard, landing at #2117. Just ahead of Tellier in 6th was Ali Razzaq of Edmonton, climbing from #1259 to #993. Also from Edmonton was 4th-place finisher Tyler St. Clair, rising thirty-six spots to #304. Ali Taghi Khani (Edmonton) placed 2nd in both this event and Pure Poker Tour Edmonton #3 NLHE Bounty (306 entries, C$144K prize pool), for their two biggest-ever cashes and nearly nine hundred places on the Leaderboard, now #634. Edmonton’s Andy Truong was the winner of the Main Event, gaining sixty-two places, to #166.

Jeffrey Myers from Federal Way got 4th in the 781-entry World Series of Poker Circuit Cherokee #4 $75K GTD NLHE Seniors tournament, where the prize pool busted the roof to more than $250K. Myers is up almost five hundred places to #1306.

Climbing almost thirteen hundred places to #1835 is Sherwood park, Alberta’s Edgar Zurawell, who won the Wild West Shootout #3 NLHE Mini Main Event, ahead of 244 other players and with a prize pool just short of C$63K.

Edmonton’s Pawan Braich took down Pure Poker Tour Edmonton #7 PLO Triple Stack, with a prize pool of nearly C$80K and 210 entries. Braich rises from #308 to #281.

James Schmidt (Spokane) got their biggest-ever cash and fifty-six spots on the Leaderboard (#423) with 2nd place at the Wynn Millions Poker Series $40K GTD NLHE Seniors. 348 entries made a prize pool just over $120K.

Coming in 13th at the Wynn Millions $1.5M GTD NLHE Mystery Bounty, Beaverton’s Anthony An took down their biggest-ever cash and rose over four hundred places to #983. And it was Rambo Halpern — former owner of one of the first poker clubs I played in — who took an astounding 2nd-place (plus some bounties) in the field of 2,103 that more than doubled the guarantee. It bumps him up by two hundred places, to #150 on the PNW Poker Leaderboard.Brian Cunningham (Portland) gained nearly two thousands spots on the Leaderboard by winning the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza I #24 $100K NLHE MonsterStack. Cunningham beat a field of 195 (prize pool of $189K).

Dylan Linde ekes out a rare Top Twenty move: up one spot from #6 to #5 (edging out James Romero) with 7th place at the LA Poker Classic #28 NLHE Main Event, which got 119 entries and a prize pool of $1.12M. Which also brings us to the last name on this edition of the PNW Poker Leaderboard: Seattle’s Jayakrishnan Nair, who claimed 2nd place and a forty-four spot climb, to #86. 

Stay safe out there!

PNW Poker Leaderboard—21 February 2022 #MysteryBounty

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

Just a few results after the deluge of WSOP Circuit stuff last time. Picking up three good cashes from the Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza I.

Vancouver, Washington provided the winners of two of those numbers.

David Moshe was the winner of the Venetian DSE #7 $40K GTD NLHE MonsterStack, in an even 2-way chop. There were 130 entries in the tournament, and it posted a prize pool of $66K.

The other Vancouvian on the board this week was Christopher Hull, who was 2nd in a 2-way chop in a similar tournament, the Venetian DSE #13 $40K GTD NLHE MonsterStack, this one with 154 entries.

The third and final result for this edition is from Victoria: Dominick French was 2nd in Venetian DSE #1 $100K GTD NLHE UltimateStack, which was also chopped two ways, with 468 entries and a prize pool of $154K.

Portland Meadows NLHE Mystery Bounty

I hadn’t played live poker since before Christmas, so I was champing at the bit when Brian Sarchi announced the first Mystery Bounty tournament in the area a couple of weeks ago. I’m always interested in trying out something different, and I kind of figured I needed to get my poker legs back before heading to Chinook Winds for the PacWest Poker Classic next month.

Because parking’s always tight, I meant to take the bus over Sunday morning but since I didn’t get going early enough, I hopped over in the Mutantmobile. The lot was already full a half-hour before the show, so I ended up in the Comcast parking lot down the street.

Unlike a regular bounty tournament, where you get a set value for each player you knock out, the mystery bounty format only pays out when players are already in the money. So there’s no potential for saving yourself with bounties if you don’t cash. You’ve got to make it into the money yourself to get any bounties (and even then you’re not guaranteed).

Mystery Bounty raffle drum

This tournament was paying 15% of the field, which meant 15% of the players would have bounties on their heads. When the field gets down to the money, each of the remaining players gets a bounty chip, and when you knock someone out and take their bounty chip, you get a chance to draw an envelope from the lottery drum and find out how much your the bounty is worth: in this case, anywhere from $400 (the price of entry) to $5,000.

Jackie Burkhart with hand warmer/cell phone charger
Jackie Burkhart with one of the hand warmer/cell phone chargers she brought, which were a popular item on a chilly afternoon.

My table started looking rough at the very beginning, as Sam Nguyen sat down in seat 3 and Jackie Burkhart popped into seat 2, with Toma Barber showing up a little after things started in seat 1. I was sitting in 5 (not to give short shrift to the other end of the table, but I’ve been out of the loop for a while and didn’t recognize everyone, particularly with masks on).

The person I (and everyone else) needed to watch out for was seat 4 who, after a bit of a lull early on, went on a tear, knocking out player after player and amassing a stack of chips that was approximately 10% of the chips in play while we were still 54-handed (44% of the original field).

It made for some nail-biting calls, when I’d get involved, some action would raise the stakes, and seat 4 would move a handful of red chips into play, essentially putting anyone involved in the hand all-in.He cleared out short stacks and some big stacks, like a poker Katamari Damancy.

The first couple of levels didn’t go so well. My stack slid down from the 30K start to just over 20K, then in level 3, I managed to spin it up to nearly 80K, knocking out Toma (sadly) in the process. Ran some queens into aces and lost more than half my stack not long after registration had closed, though I did almost get bailed out with a spade flush on the board.

By round 8, eight players had been eliminated from our table. Toma was one, but the other seven were all part of the stack on my right. I was nursing the approximately 40K I had left after my setback, and just about half the 121 entries had been eliminated.

I was still below the 67K average with less than 30bb as we went to level 9, with a 2K big blind. I chipped up a little bit—even getting a laydown from the big stack—as we closed in on the end of the fifth hour of play.

The first big hand for me was in UTG+1. The big stack raised and I 3-bet AQ. People got out of the way of the next casualty and we got the money all in, with the big stack holding 88. I made trip aces on the flop, but the middle card was an 8, giving him a full house. I was resigned to my fate, but on the river came a Q for a better full house and I doubled up to more than 130K, which was probably enough to get me close to the money, since we were down to around 40 players, with 18 places paying.

I should have left myself in resignation mode, though. Just a few hands later, I had kings and 3-bet seat 4. He called and we were heads-up to the queen-high flop, where we got all-in and I was up against aces again. And lost again, but this time didn’t have any chips left. I probably should have been able to get away, even with kings, and if it had been any other player, maybe i could have; there just wasn’t any way to do it against that big stack.

That was my Mystery Bounty experience. Sam outlasted me, as did Darin Stout who came to the table a level or two before I left. Brian says he’s planning to run something like this again soon, which should be entertaining. My reccomendation would be to adjust a couple glitches in the payout structures. The curve for the position payouts should be adjusted on the bottom so the bottom payouts are at least a little more than the buy-in ($400, in this case). It’s not a huge adjustment to the curve to backfill some of the lower payouts.

Likewise, the Mystery Bounty amounts ought not to have jumps of $100, $500, $500, $1000, $1000, $500, $1000. The interval should always increase!

That’s it for live for me until next month.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 12 February 2022

So much to get to. I thought there would be a bit of a lull in January, but there was a lot of Pacific Northwest action at the World Series of Poker Circuit Calgary in January (there’s another one at Calgary’s Deerfoot Inn just before the WSOP in May). That’s what happens when you bring a major series up this way. But first…

Poker In the Ears

Those of you who follow the blog (which I assume is anyone reading this) may remember I appeared as a Superfan quiz contestant against Joe Stapleton last May on the Poker In the Ears podcast (along with co-host James Hartigan). In the most recent episode (#238), James read a comment I made on their Discord channel asking why—among all of the other non-poker media they mention—they hadn’t dropped Peacemaker. Not satisfying responses. Watch it.

Portland Meadows Special Events

Portland Meadows is holding two special events in February. On Saturday the 19th is a $180 NLHE Freezeout and on Sunday the 20th is their first NLHE Mystery Bounty. The Bounty is a $400 buy-in, and once the field is down to 15% of registrants, anyone who knocks out another player gets to draw from the barrel to see the amount of the bounty they receive, from $400 to $5K. Both tournaments are freezeouts, with no add-on, and 30 minute levels.

The PacWest Poker Classic is Back!

It’s been two years since I was at Chinook Winds for the last tournament series there, and after having to postpone their attempt to restart last fall, it looks like things are finally going to happen in less than four weeks now. There’s a program and structures and everything. It’s the usual full schedule of guaranteed tournaments and (guaranteed) satellites, with 19 scheduled events, including tentpole $100K GTD and $225K GTD tournaments on the weekends, the $560 (including buy-in, fee, and dealer appreciation) NLHE 6-Max, HORSE, Big O (still only a $170 buy-in), and $660 NLHE Big Bounty. It’ll be very familiar for anyone who’s been there before, and hopefully a little bit of a return to normal. No idea what the covid restrictions are going to be by then; as of today, masks and temperature checks are still in place according to the web site.

Wildhorse Spring Poker Round-Up

Wildhorse has announced their April series, but there’s no schedule released as of yet. Check their poker page for updates.

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

As mentioned, the bulk of the news is coming out of Calgard and the first World Series of Poker Circuit stop in the Northwest since Vancouver seven years ago.

Wie Da from Edmonton picked up their first cash, good for a jump into #4046 on the Leaderboard, by placing 3rd in WSOPC Calgary #5 PLO. The field of 246 entries pushed the prize pool over US$$100K. Takuma Bergeron from Coquitlam, British Columbia moved from #1056 to #773 by taking 2nd place. The winner of the tournament was Calgary’s Pei Li, climbing nearly eleven hundred places to #1230 and scoring a personal best.

Vancouver-based Omid Pekniyat got a first Hendon Mob cash and comes in at #3937 by taking 2nd in WSOPC Calgary #11 NLHE/PLO 8-Max. Wei Min Hou of Vancouver was the winner, and debuts at #2928.

WSOPC Calgary #9 NLHE Main Event

The Main Event in Calgary got 1,179 entries, with a prize pool of US$1.4M. Coming in 21st was Edmonton’s Jason Pelletier picking up a best-ever cash and jumping a thousand places on the Leaderboard to #2237. 20th went to West Vancouver’s Forouzan Soloudeh, with a climb of more than one hundred places to #843. In 19th was Harminder Aujla of Surrey, British Columbia, going from #1140 to #981. Weston Pring of Calgary was 18th, enough for #298, a gain of eleven places. Michael Bernstein from Edmonton placed 18th rising nearly one-hundred and fifty spots to #809. It was a biggest-ever cash for Vancouver’s Tyson Rampersand, climbing more than thirty-five hundred places to #2620 by placing 15th. 13th was enough to move Edmonton’s Jonathan Sanborn seven places on the upper end of the Leaderboard, to #175. Coming in at 11th was Shane Axelson (Calgary)for their only cash so far, which places them at #2659. 10th place was another newcomer to the Leaderboard, North Vancouver’s Adam Crockett, with a best-ever cash that jumps them into #2448. Robert Buckingham from Calgary took 6th, for a biggest-ever cash that pushed them up nearly four thousand places to #1162. Edmonton-based Malcolm Bolger also had their best-ever result in 5th, though an impressive record going back to 2008 meant they only moved from #150 to #126, Pam MacNaughton from Red Deer, Alberta came in 4th, for a move of sixty-five places to #173. From Vancouver, Arvhin Melinah picked up 3rd for a best-ever result that catapulted them all the way to #386 on the Leaderboard in their premiere appearance. And Cody Mckay from Daysland, Alberta was the winner of the tournament, with a best-ever cash that moved them from #577 to #167.

Edmonton’s Michael Shaw took 2nd in the WSOPC Calgary #3 NLHE Black Chip Bounty. The tournament had 540 entries and a non-bounty prize pool of nearly US$100K (plus bounties of over $40K). Shaw’s cash was only their 2nd; they move up nearly four thousand places on the Leaderboard, to #3020.

WSOPC Calgary #8 NLHE Monster Stack

There was almost US$250K in the prize pool for this tournament, with 943 entries. Skyler Daoust of Nanaimo, British Columbia got a first recorded cash in 5th place, putting them on the Leaderboard at #3804. Aamir Khan of Calgary place 4th to climb thirty-four places to #398. Cole Harmon from Courtenay, British Columbia took it down and jumped more than a thousand places, landing at #919.

WSOPC Calgary #2 NLHE

Shannon Lazorko of Calgary picked up a third (and best) Hendon Mob cash placing 5th in this 1,108-entry tournament with a prize pool of US$227K. Lazorko debuts on the Leaderboard at #3504. Another newcomer with a first cash (also from Calgary) is Chris Yu. for 4th. Yu is at #3088. In 2nd was (again, Calgary) Jason Hromada—also new to the list—at #1918 with just their third recorded cash. Peter Griffin’s win was their fourth cash (just beating their third, from back in 2016) and takes the British Columbia player from #1216 to #677.

Moving from Calgary for a moment to Durant, Oklahoma, Bellevue’s Dien Le came in 23rd in the WSOPC Choctaw #9 NLHE Main Event. There were more than 1,400 entries and a prize pool that surpassed $2.1M. Le ekes out a five-spot rise to #119.

Edmonton’s Jonathan Woof got a first cash with a win in WSOPC Calgary #6 NLHE Double Stack. The prize pool was $86K with 542 entries. Woof starts out at #2966.

David Labchuk of Calgary won WSOPC Calgary #4 NLHE Seniors to gain almost seventy places, moving into #531.

Portland’s Rambo Halpern came in 4th in the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open #24 $100K GTD NLHE Deep Stack Bounty out of the field of 241. The prize pool was over $240K, plus bounties. Halpern goes from #385 to #350.

Nathan Mclallin from Redmond, Washington took 3rd at the Venetian Deepstack Showdown #10 NHE MonsterStack just their second-ever cash. They’re on the Leaderboard at #2548.

Back up in Calgary, Edmonton’s Zhi Jiang won WSOPC Calgary #7 NLHE 6-Max, their best-ever cash (out of four) and good enough for a place at #2421.

Vancouver, Washington’s Jaime Cervantes Alvarez took 45th in the field of nearly two thousand at the WPT Lucky Hearts #20 $2M GTD NLHE Championship. Alvarez moves from #189 to #162. The prize pool was over $6M.

Reginald Caymol of Seattle climbs from #352 to #304, taking 5th in the Wynn Signature Series $250K GTD NLHE. 671 entries pushed the prize pool to nearly $350K.

The WSOPC Calgary #1 NLHE DoubleStack was won by hometown player Adam Balis over 375 other entries, with a prize pool of just under US$100K. Balis picked up a first-ever cash and enters the Leaderboard at #2144.

Portland’s Brian Barker came in 3rd at a Wynn $150K GTD NLHE with 301 entries. Barker gets a best-ever cahs and is #2123.

Adelsinei Da Silva from Seattle got their biggest cash with 3rd out of 718 in Philadelphia at the Live! Size NLHE. The prize pool was over $277K, with what looks like a 4-way chop. Da Silva jumps from #3804 to #1596.

Climbing nineteen places to #155, it’s Aaron Thivyanathan. placing 3rd in the WPT Lucky Hearts #14 50K GTD NLHE Deepstack 6-Max. They quadrupled the prize pool with this one.

Brian Foley of Puolsbo, Washington hit big twice in this reporting period, at yet another Circuit stop, first with a 4th-place at WSOPC Thunder Valley #9 NLHE High Roller outside of Sacramento, then 9th at WSOPC Thunder Valley #10 $500K GTD NLHE Main Event. That propelled Foley up from #2080 to #851. The High Roller had 59 entries and a prize pool of $207K; the Main Event beat the guarantee by nearly $400K, with 587 entries. Shoreline, Washington’s Feiyue Wu pops onto the Leaderboard at #850 by coming in 3rd with a best-ever cash.

Picking up a late result (from Calgary…), Vancouver’s Chuck Choi won the Deerfoot Inn Fall Super Stack #7 NLHE Main Event back in November, over 396 others. The prize pool was over $300K. Choi debuts on the Leaderboard at #1149.

Mike Zuro from Salem picked up a Circuit Ring at WSOPC Tunica #2 $100K GTD NLHE. He beat a field of 1,585 and took 1st out of a prize pool of more than half a million dollars. It’s great to see Mike hit it big, I had a great dinner at an event at Chinook Winds with Zuro and his wife years ago. Zuro blasts from #3304 to #748.

Finally, James Romero edges out Dylan Linde for the 5th-place spot on the Leaderboard after winning the WPT Lucky Hearts #19 $200K GTD NLHE Deep Stack.There were 413 entries and the prize pool rose to as giddy $826K.

That’s all for now! Keep on winning (and Happy almost-Valentine’s Day)!

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 13 January 2022

It’s a whole new year, but the Poker Mutant is back with just a few end-of-the-year results. After the long slogs of the past two Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboards, let me tell you, it’s nice to just have a handful of names to go through.

Starting off with Olympia’s Glenn Larson, who grabbed 3rd place in the WPTDeepstacks Thunder Valley #5 $100K NLHE Norcal Jacked Stack back at the beginning of December. 554 entries and a $277K prize pool. Larson gains one hundred and thirty-plus places to land at #461.

Jonathan Sanborn of Edmonton won a World Series of Poker Circuit Ring at the WSOPC Aruba #5 NLHE Monster Stack. It’s the first Ring for Sanborn, who gets a dozen spots on the leaderboard to hit #182.

Dominick French came from Victoria to take 1st at the Venetian DeepStack New Year’s Extravaganza Poker Series #23 $20K GTD NLHE MoinsterStack. French breaks the Top 200 on the Leaderboard, going from #208 to #199.

Premiering at #3242 on the Leaderboard is Kimberly, Idaho player Derick Roseborough, nabbing a win in the Venetian #30 $30K GTD NLHE Deepstack over 118 other entries. It’s Roseborough’s first recorded cash.

Patrick Ronan of Girdwood, Alaska came in 10th out of 851 entries in the Venetian/Mid-States Poker Tour #40 $500K GTD NLHE Main Event to close out the 2021 results on the Leaderboard (thought there may always be some stragglers). It’s Ronan’s best cash to date, and it move4s them from #1426 to #1151.

Portland’s Andy Su gets the first result of 2022, in the Venetian #43 $200K GTD NLHE UltimateStack, with a 5th-place finish. Su goes up thirty-0four slots, to #340.

And we’ll wrap up this edition of the Leaderboard with Christopher Brewer (#14) taking 2nd out of 37 in the Venetian/PokerGO High Roller 02,

That’s it until next time. I’m off to drink some Glenmorrangie to celebrate the Internal Revenue Service finally accepting my tournament buy-in expenses for 2018 after ten months of trying to get them to understand that poker money doesn’t grow on trees.