PNW Poker Leaderboard — 21 January 2021

Happy New Poker Year, everyone!

Poker is still crawling out of the basement of 2020, particularly here in the Pacific Northwest. There are live venues outside of Portland that are up and running. You can follow @dave_has_aces on Twitter for their adventures at the Seattle-area Red Dragon and Palace Casino.

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High Mountain Poker  in Eugene is announcing games on the NW Poker Facebook group, along with Ontario Poker Room in eastern Oregon. In town, The Gateway near SE 50th & Powell is hosting games. I’m old, but still way down the list for COVID vaccination, so I’m out of the live game for a long while yet.

So let’s move on to the people who are actually winning.

The new entry on the Leaderboard is La Conner, Washington’s Zachary Johns, the runner-up in a 2-way deal in a Wynn Signature Series $20K GTD NLHE with 127 entries. It’s Johns’s first Hendon Mob cash in almost a dozen years. He debuts at #3729.

I don’t typically cover cashes of less than $10K, but I want to throw a bone to Portland player Derek Huynh, for an impressive run at the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza the past month, with five cashes between mid-December and the first week of January, including three final tables that included a 7th, a 5th, and a 4th (in Event #31 $50K GTD NLHE Double Stack) that just about got there. Anyway, impressive run and Huynh moves from #4247 to #1801 on the Leaderboard.

Monty Ford from Wellpinit, Washington made it to 8th place at the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza/MSPT #34 $250K GTD NLHE, in a field of just over a thousand and a prize pool that reached nearly a million dollars. Ford won the Pendleton Spring  Poker Round-Up Main Event five years ago. He moves up two hundred spots on the Leaderboard, to #817.

photo courtesy Darin Stout

Wrapping up this first report of the year is friend of the blog, Darin Stout, who took 2nd in a 4-way deal in the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza #9 $80K NLHE MonsterStack. The 571-entry tournament had a prize pool of more than $190K. Stout moves up to #672 from #841. Here’s Darin’s recap:

I orchestrated four way deal, they all wanted to chop evenly for $24k ish each. I said no even though I was shortest stack. Lol. I wanted first and trophy. So…I proposed $21k each and play for the remaining $12k ish and trophy. Then he had me out chipped heads up 15 mil to 2.2 mil since he took out third place guy. I battled for 40 min heads up ish at 125k/250k/125k blinds, had it up to 7.5-8 mil and almost even. Figured if I got lead on him we would chop the rest and he would give me trophy pix but could not pull it off.

photo courtesy Darin Stout

PNW Poker Leaderboard — Christmas 2020

I definitely was not expecting to be posting another update before the end of 2020. There’s no live poker going on in Portland (officially). There are some tournaments going on around the country but they haven’t really ramped up to a fraction of the usual, and the usual between Thanksgiving and Christmas is minimal. But here we are, just a couple weeks on from 10th anniversary post.

2020 In Review

For me, this has been one of those years where I’m just happy I’m employed and not relying on my poker winnings to supplement whatever meagre earnings I had as a security guard or grocery cashier or a freelance multimedia developer. My specialty has been live poker tournaments with fields of 60–150 players, and while I’ve never been hugely profitable, I’ve had some decent years. This has not been one of them.

For one thing, the last live game I played was in early March. I played six events for $10K and $20K guarantees at Final Table, but cashed only one of those and still came out $100 down after taking 13th because of a rebuy. And, of course, I went down to the Chinook Winds PacWest Poker Classic just as the coronavirus was becoming a known thing and didn’t cash there at all (and did a re-entry in the 6-Max, ouch!)

Anyway, most of my poker since lockdown has been on Ignition. Did a brief run on Nitrogen in the spring to support the Portland Meadows series there and had some minor success playing 1¢/2¢ and 2¢/4¢ PLO, with one session even winning 1800bb in less than an hour, but I was chasing the tournament dragon and those 4¢ big blinds get gobbled up pretty fast.

Some ambitious soul put me into some America’s Card Room medium-low PLO tournaments around the same time—my one and only experience with being staked—but I’m afraid this horse was one of those eaten by the dragon. I’ve racked those up as (mostly) losses on my personal database, even though the cost was borne elsewhere. I did manage to claw out a 60th-place finish in an 815-entry $30K guarantee, which got me a profit of less than that of the 2¢/4¢ game on Nitrogen. (I did enjoy getting to play some 7-Card Stud and 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo.)

Big Dog was another of the sites that was pumped locally. I played a few of their Big O tournaments for old-times’ sake, but no good for me.

Most of the year on Ignition has been a downswing for me. Things looked hopeful around the beginning of August, I had a couple satelllite wins and cashes in one of their series (min-cashes). I was runner-up in a $5K guarantee NLHE 6-Max for four figures, then made the final table of a 215-entry PLO8 game, cashed a Thousandaire Maker, then another 6-Max final table. Then it stopped and I was back to playing increasingly-smaller Jackpot Sit-and-Go tournaments and trying to jump-start my bigger tournament wins every few weeks.

Late in November, Portland Meadows paired up with Bomb Pot Poker for another couple online series. I managed to enter a couple of the first series (I’m not saying what I did in them was playing), and I got into three of the Oregon State Championship Series 6-Max games without any results.

So, the year has not helped me recover from the bust of the PacWest series at all. I did manage to contribute to my holiday cheer the other day by late-begging an $11 tournament on Ignition where you start with 50,000 chips and the blinds are 5 minutes long. Got to the final six (from a field of 342) and had AT in the BB, the SB who has twice my stack just limps in and I shove on him with 14bb, he calls with A2 and flops two pair, which was disappointing. Then the next night I won a 65-player PLO8 turbo tournament,

Gonna need a lot more of those in the next week to get the year even, though. Just won a satellite to one of this weekend’s $221K guarantees….

Losing the Spirit

Dan Beecher on the NW Poker Facebook Page posted a letter from Spirit Mountain Casino, announcing the closure of their Poker Room and their plan to disburse their promotional poker jackpot funds of nearly $120,000. Their “known carded Poker players” are eligible to qualify via a promotional kiosk game running 1–15 January 2021, with the drawing for prizes worth $100,000 from the jackpot on 16 January.

I haven’t gotten a letter myself, so I’m not sure that I qualify, but I’m holding out hope. I do have a Coyote Club card in my stack, and while I didn’t play there often (what with bigger-field tournaments kind of being my thing), I did chop the top prize at a Top of the Mountain series event back in 2013, so hopefully I’m still on the rolls!

Never good to see another venue close.

Bimb Pot Poker Oregon State Online Championship

The afore-mentioned Oregon State Championship Series went off for two weeks in December, with 29 events and $40K in guarantees total, including a $220 NLHE Championship, some 6-Max, some NL Omaha, and a bunch of bomb pot and double-board (sometimes both) mixed in.

So much pot splitting you want a computer to do the work.

Hosted online by Bomb Pot Poker, I’ve got no idea what the payouts from any of the events actually were. Most were in the $500 to $1500 guarantee range, with the championship guaranteeing $10K.

One Jungleman took the win of the Championship, with The Ponz making series point leader, cashing in nearly a third of the offered tournaments.

Apparently, gone are the days when someone who doesn’t even make a final table in a series can win a trophy around these parts!

Spirit of Giving

In these hard times, it’s important to remember the people trying to help and Ben May at Final Table had a Thanksgiving give-away I should have caught in the post earlier this month. Final Table gave away $2,000 in gift cards to people in need the day after the memorial tournament for Heath Bloodgood.

Also worth a mention here is Kat Mullins, who has worn a number of poker hats around town over the years as well as posting contact info for racial justice protests here in Portland through the summer and fall, is leaving (or left by now) our burg for San Diego.

Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard

There’s not a huge amount of info to cover since early this month, but it is kind of big information. No new players to report on, but cash game veteran Chris Brewer from Eugene started banging out some tournament cashes in the international leg of the summer’s WSOP on GGPoker, then hit the Wynn High Roller series this month to pick up three cashes in the $10K buyin events. One, we reported on earlier in December, but since then, in two smaller events, he took third (18 entries) and a win (20 entries, beating Alex Foxen and Sam Soverel). These aren’t huge ROI, but the quantities are decent. Those two cashes move him 120 places, up to #156 on the PNW Leaderboard.

Then there’s Max Young, who won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event, which had 779 entries and a prize pool of $1.2M. Max doesn’t move anywhere from his #5 spot on the Leaderboard, but he’s incredibly close to breaking the $2M mark for live earnings. He broke the $1M mark a little over two years ago, and it’s all a long way from playing at Aces on Powell.

Interviews with Max indicated he might be thinking of moving to Florida, which would take him out of the purview of the Leaderboard, but I’m hoping he makes the $2M mark before that happens!

Ten Years of Mutant Poker

The first post on this blog was December 10, 2010! I’d been playing poker in a home game for a couple of years by then. I’d played a bit online on Cake Poker, PokerStars, and Full Tilt. I’d written a program that evaluated hundreds of thousands of hands to develop starting ranges and incorporated it into an iPhone app that you could use surreptitiously to dial up statistics I’d derived (mostly as an exercise in learning the new field of iOS programming). I’d gotten back in contact with a colleague from back when I was still a bit of a thing in multimedia programming, Tomer Berda, just before he won his WSOP bracelet. I was talking with another long-time friend, Brad Smith (who’s now my boss), about my interest in poker, and he suggested that I should start writing a blog about it. As I was “between employment”, I decided to do it, brushed up on my WordPress skills, did some graphics, and here we are.

The first few months were all about online and my attempts to get to the Irish Open in 2011. Then, of course—as anyone who has been watching the final EPT Retro streams from the 2011 season has been reminded—there was Black Friday and the virtual shutdown of online poker in the US (though there are still some options out there).

Anyway, there’s a lot of stuff in the back catalog if you care to look, not to mention links to the articles I wrote elsewhere.

Good News, Everyone!

Just in case you needed something to cheer your spirits as 2020 drags us toward it’s grisly cave, Limon is back! Banned from Twitter as LimonPoker far too long ago, he’s revived his InfiniteStacks account and is talking about poker (a little) and politics and dissing Bitcoin!

Also hanging with Wayne Chiang on YouTube talking PLO!

PNW Poker Leaderboard, 10 December 2020

Poker is slowly crawling back, and with the imminent beginning of immunizations, maybe there’s hope that things will be back to semi-normal by next summer. If I was the WSOP, though, I’d definitely be looking to delay the starting date from Memorial Day to about where it usually ends around July 4th.

Meanwhile, most of the big action continues to be in Las Vegas, notably The Venetian, where the Venetian/Mid-States Poker Tour DeepStack Extravaganza #29 $200K GTD NLHE did some amazing numbers, putting up a prize pool of over $1 million with 1,123 entries and a first prize larger than the guarantee. Andrew Rogers (Anchorage, AK) placed 8th, and climbs 1140 places to #1700 on the Leaderboard. It more than doubled his Hendon Mob earnings.

Smaller big-buyin events are back, as well. Another Anchoragite, Adam Hendrix entered a 64-player $10K at the Wynn High Roller series and placed 8th. I wouldn’t normally report on a min-cash like this, but there’s not much other news out there. Hendrix maintains his place on the Leaderboard at #31.

Another Wynn High Roller had Eugene, OR’s Christopher Brewer come in 2nd out of 49 entries, in a deal with Martin Zamani—remember that name—for his best-ever cash, doubling his Hendon Mob results and jumping more than 500 spots on the Leaderboard, to #276.

The only new name on the Leaderboard is a doozy. Portland’s own Korey Payne beat 1,238 others to win the Venetian/MSPT #38 $400K GTD NLHE Main Event in mid-November. He jumps right onto the Leaderboard at #170, and it’s literally his first Hendon Mob-recorded cash. He beat out—Martin Zamani, who came in 3rd. #TEAMNOCHOP

The champ had some words to say:

Happy Holidays and (most likely) see you in the New Year!

 

PNW Poker Leaderboard — Thanksgiving 2020

Hey there. Been a while. Miss you guys.

Before anything else, I want to acknowledge the passing of Heath Bloodgood, a vital part of the PNW poker community, and one of the people I most associate with Final Table Poker Club. It’s been a couple of months since Ben May announced his death on the NW Poker Facebook page, and more than a month since his memorial at the club, but if you weren’t able to attend (as I wasn’t), then there’s a great gallery of photos from Angela Strode-Haugen.

The Leaderboard

I still haven’t personally played any poker since March, but there are live venues outside the United State opening up. Some Las Vegas series have restarted—despite high rates of infection in Nevada—and with the move of the WSOP to online this summer on both WSOP.com (in Nevada and New Jersey) and GGPoker (bigger events held outside the US), Hendon Mob has started to roll some online series into their regular statistics.

That is how Portland’s Sam Cosby moved from #320 to #250 on the Leaderboard, with a 6th-place finish in September’s WSOP.com Global Casino Championship. Sam won enough points playing in live WSOPC events last season before the shutdown (including his second Ring in February) to be freerolled into the $10K buy-in event (130 entries). He finished three places ahead of Daniel Negreanu. The cash is larger than his largest live cashes.

Ilya Sofinskiy of Hillsboro got 2nd in a nearly even chop in October’s 200-entry Venetian DeepStack Showdown #6 $20K GTD NLHE MonsterStack. It’s his biggest-ever cash and he climbs 1400 places on the Leaderboard, to #1859.

Vencouver, Washington’s Mihai Turenschi won a September event at the Showdown, Event #1 $10K GTD NLHE SuperStack. The field had 268 entries; it’s Mihai’s largest cash and he moves up 2000 places to #2467.

The last item I have is Karim Chatur of Calgary, winner of the Cash Casino Calgary Wild West Shootout Main Event (late October) over 80 other entries. Chatur is already high up on the list but he still moves 2 spots up to #55.

Poker In the Time of COVID

“Poker Game on the Moon“ by Jim Algar

It was five months ago today that I played my last hand of live poker, the longest gap in my live play since I started playing home games with a group of guys my cousin’s husband introduced me to back in 2007. And that last live session was with what remains of the same group, which has been whittled down considerably from the days when we regularly needed two tables. Maybe I drove them away…

It’s not that live poker hasn’t come back to Portland, albeit in a somewhat reduced fashion. Both of the largest poker rooms in the city and state—Final Table and Portland Meadows—are open, and a number of the smaller rooms have games running. I haven’t partaken myself, as I’ve been on the deck for helping out some folks with medical issues and can’t really afford an accidental exposure because of my love for poker.

Without any live tournaments, the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard has been dead. I’d been hoping to have something to report after the WSOP.com online replacement for the World Series of Poker’s 50th anniversary (yes, you read that right, last year was the 50th WSOP but this would have been the 50th anniversary), but the last event was over a week ago and they’re apparently not adding them to the database.

So, all I have left is me.

I’ve  played a wider variety of online the past five months than I had in a long time. I started off on my tried and true Ignition Casino. I didn’t have a lot of cash left there but the first NLHE Jackpot Sit-n-Go I played after lockdown went well, and I got another one that day, but meanwhile dropped five times my winnings in a $25K GTD, a PLO Turbo, and a 6-Max Turbo. I finished out march with a few small Jackpots.

Portland Meadows—which had just reopened before Oregon locked down—had a deal with the Bitcoin-only Nitrogen Sports (home of The Poker Guys). I bought some Bitcoin and transferred it to Nitrogen to play a few of the Meadows-branded events, busting out mid-field in the first couple. Then I started playing their micro stakes PLO cash games and did fantastic, with one of them putting me up 850bb in about 20 minutes. Of course, I promptly booked a session with a loss of 700bb. Then another for nearly 1500bb. Thankfully, those were both smaller stakes than the win, but still.

Meanwhile, Kheang Tang convinced me to play part of the America’s Cardroom High Five series. I played a $30K GTD PLO8, $40K GTD NLHE, and a $1K GTD Stud8 without even getting into the top half of the field.

The cash games for me on Nitrogen were still going well, but the tournaments were a complete bust. Back on ACR. I min-cashed a $20K PLO8 after being in the top 5 for a good section of the tournament. April ended with me still cashless in tournaments at Nitrogen and a couple of losing PLO sessions in a row depleted my balance there. I made the final table of a 45-player PLO tournament at ACR, but a rebuy made me just break-even.

I got back over to Ignition on May Day, intending to focus on 6-Max and satellites. It didn’t go so well. Booked a couple of profits at 2¢ PLO cash, but it was just losses in satellites, PLO Turbo tournaments, and 6-Max for over a week before I cashed in even a $2 Jackpot SnG. Three weeks and more than 20 tournaments in, I finally picked up an MTT cash with 60/851 in a $30K GTD. Not much, but something.

Meanwhile, I was also plugging away on ACR. Apart from a satellite ticket and a negligible profit in a $500 GTD 6-Max, that was going nowhere.

Near the end of the month, I psigned up with Big Dog Poker through Jeremy Harkin, so I could try my hand at Big O during a weekend series they were running. Tried my hand at four tournaments and a few cash games and let’s just say I’m not as good at the game as I used to be back in the Portland Players Club days. And that was never that good.

My ACR play petered off in early June along with the rest of the money in my account. I did get to play one last Stud cash session, which is something Ignition doesn’t have.

Over on Ignition, I had a run of 0.1/0.25 PLO cash sessions that gave me hope, with profits in 10 out of 15, but other than that: nada. I played almost nothing the last third of the month, between my last session on Big Dog and my last on ACR. After July 1, it was Ignition and only Ignition.

Not that that was going all that well.

I had a couple min-cashes (142/1095 in a $10K GTD and 23/155 in a 6-Max Turbo) but many more bustos, mostly sticking to 6-Max, and PLO/PLO8. Then things started to turn around after the middle of the month. 11/175 in the nightly $44 buyin 6-Max. A satellite ticket to their summer series $10K GTD O8 (where I got 14/145). Another min in a $3K GTD Turbo, and 2/176 in the 6Max, with only two busts in-between (and one of those was a $250K GTD I’d satellited into).

I busted a couple of tournaments, cashed 6/215 in a $5K PLO8, busted a couple more and won a satellite into a $35K GTD 6-Max (busted), had a couple more bust days, then played two tournaments simultaneously (which I rarely do because I am old and slow), making the final tables of both.

A min-cash with rebuy meant a small loss in my first-ever NLHE Ante Up tournament (do not late-reg one of these things when you get just 12bb to start).

I noticed the last couple of Thursdays there are multiple 6-Max tournaments to lay during the series. I was considering playing all three the other day, but two of them start before I’m off of work. I wanted to sit in the living room so I could chat with my wife, so I ended up just playing the $215 buy-in because of the size of my laptop screen (if I’d been in the office, I would have used the big computer). This led to a major screw-up.

I got into a confrontation early in the game and lost a third of my chips, then drifted down further to 1/3 of the starting stack. It seems like I was down there for a long time, but looking at the hand history, it seems like I managed to recover back to a starting stack by the end of the first hour.

Nearing the end of the re-entry period, the player came in on my right with 75bb and proceeded to shove over nearly every raise made by another player. He shoved the second hand he was dealt at the table. He shoved the third hand with AJ and went down to 60bb when he doubled up a pair of tens. He 6x 3-bet the next hand. Hand 4, he doubled up another player shoving 98 and getting called by AQ. Down to 30bb, he shoved hands 5, 6, and 7.

On hand 8, he open-shoved from the button and I called with TK, exposing his Q8. He doubled me up that time, and I was up to 40bb. He was down to 12.

This did not stop the insanity, however. The next hand there was an UTG min-raise from a 35bb, and the maniac shoved with 75. The original raiser called with TQ and the maniac doubled back to 40bb.

He took a hand off, but did it again, then just limped into my BB (and won a small pot), shoved over a 4bb raise, stayed out of a hand where I doubled up to 66bb, and at least slowed down a bit.

Which may have been why I took my eye off the ball at the wrong time. Blinds were up to 600/1200/120. There were only four players at the table at the moment, with a little over 100 left and about half of us getting paid. I was well-situated with almost 75bb which put me in the top 10 at the time. The maniac was at 40bb. I had 4Q in the BB, which I might call a small raise with but I had no real intention of playing. The button (22bb) min-raised, and the maniac in SB shoved and—not seeing the all-in—I called. Button folded and I was up against 98 Racing, but a nine and a club on the flop turned into a club couch by the river and nw the maniac had almost 100K and I was well out of the top 10.

My last hand against the maniac was just 5 hands later when he open-shoved SB with 9K against my JK and again hit a nine on the flop.

I did a re-entry but lost a race on my first hand and was down to 1.5bb. Quadrupled up on my second hand. My last hand, I had A7 and 4bb in the BB, a big stack shoved 24, and I called. He got a full house.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 18 April 2020: The Life Quarantine with Poker Mutant

I had already written part of this post when I got the news about the passing of Calvin Nithikhun Sr., known by a lot of us in the Portland poker community as Twitch. If you can, head over to read the GoFundMe post from Krystle Cline. (photo from Calvin’s Facebook page.)


It’s been nearly a month since I wrote the last Poker Leaderboard. Tournaments were already shutting down then (Bay 101 Shooting Star had just ended in a multi-way chop so they could shut things down) and all that was left to come in were some straggler results of which there is exactly one big enough for me to report on and that’s from the Pacific Northwest’s new #1, Seth Davies. Davies extended his lead over Scott Clements (which was only $13K on lifetime earnings for each of over $8.2M) by taking 2nd in the partyPoker MILLIONS $50K NLHE Sochi Super High Roller, an event with 31 entries.


Like a lot of other people, the COVID-19 quarantine put a real hitch in my poker giddyup. I only had a little money left on Ignition, and ran it down with a bad streak of $2 Jackpot Sit-n-Gos.

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Jonathan Levy and Grant Denison put together a deal with Nitrogen Sports (who’s been a sponsor of their podcasts) to recreate the currently-shuttered Portland Meadows Poker schedule. I missed the first Saturday noon game but did play Saturday night and Sunday noon, seeing a lot of the regulars like Jackie Burkhardt, Liz Tedder, and, of course, Meadows club owner Brian Sarchi.

Did last night’s freezeout and made it to 5th place as 2nd largest stack but got into a pissing match with the 3rd largest stack in a blind v blind battle and he rivered a flush after we were all in, so I still haven’t cashed one of those. I’ve had a bit more luck playing 0.0.1/0.02mB to 0.05/0.1mB PLO there (roughly $0.07/0.14 to $0.35/0.70 blinds).

And I’ve had the chance to play three tournaments on America’s Cardroom, inclufding one PLO and a 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo tournament. Who knew it would take the end of the world to finally get me into a Stud/8 game? Almost played one of those “organized on PokerStars Home games with play money but ‘this guy’ is collecting real money though Venmo and will pay the cashers” games because it was HORSE, but something came up, I didn’t make the money transfer, and the whole PokerStars system apparently went down that night while they were 90 minutes in. So, a win for me, I guess.

Stay safe and wash your hands!

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 21 March 2020: Change at the Top!

Wow. I’m writing this a day or so after the near-total shutdown of the live poker economy. The big poker rooms in LA, major poker rooms in Vegas, associated hotels, cancellation of series around the world (with some moving online, including the World Series of Poker Circuit).

The WSOP itself hasn’t been cancelled—I just got notification that my application for media credentials for this year was approved yesterday and according to an interview with WSOP Director Gregory Chochon covered by PokerNews—but with potential weeks of quarantine and social distancing ahead during this period when players are usually working hard to build their bankrolls up before the summer, you’ve also got to feel for the folks who made a little bank this past month and are going to be stuck with no chance to get to the next stage.

My own stab at the summer roll is going to be a bit stunted. I played three tournaments this month so far and that’s likely to be the last live games I get in for a while. I dropped in to the opening night of Portland Meadows at their new location (they’re closed now, it’s been a tough re-opening).

Played the Final Table First Friday $20K GTD and busted well before the money after watching pocket queens (including my own) get sucked out on three times in the early levels. Then, the next Monday, I got together with my original home game players at Daryl’s house (yes, two people with names that sound the same at the same table can be confusing). Chopped that heads up for the second time in a row.

In addition to the players, there are going to be a lot of employees and dealers hurting for money in the quarantine weeks. Eugene’s Full House Poker has put together a fund to keep people afloat (not an endorsement, just information).

There’s also a Portland-oriented fund organized by Bella Tomaltsky.

So with most live poker on hiatus for an indefinite period, let’s look at what might be some of the last tournament cashes for a while.

In lighter news, there’s a great interview with Grant Denison and Jonathan Levy done by one of my favorite broadcast teams at The Chip Race.

There hasn’t been a change at the top of the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard since I started it almost two years ago. Until now. Oregon’s Seth Davies was in a close 2nd behind Washington’s Scott Clements, but a trip to partypoker MILLIONS Sochi netted him two cashes to pull him ahead. First off was a 7th-place finish in the Super High Roller NLHE Short Deck (50 entries), which was followed up a couple days later with 4th in another (55-entry) Super High Roller NLHE Short Deck (won by Phil Ivey). Davies is ahead of Clements by only $13K, about 0.15% of their lifetime earnings.

This is where I’d congratulate Kevin Buck—whose Twitter handle is a literal Oregon reference—for his win at the Wynn Spring Classic $1M GTD NLHE, but his Hendon Mob profile lists him as a Las Vegas resident. James Pennella of Kirkland finished 9th in the field of 687, moving him from #288 to #262.

Mercer Island’s Calvin Lee was runner-up at the Wynn Spring Classic $100K GTD NLHE, climbing nine spots to #161, while Dien Le (Bellevue) took 4th, moving him right behind Lee, at #162.

Tyler Patterson moves up two places to #16 with his part of a 10-way ICM deal in the Bay 101 Shooting Star NLHE, which had 290 entries (he presumably got to keep his Shooting Star bounty). That came just a few days after his 10th-place finish in the 250-entry WPT Rolling Thunder NLHE Main Event.

A number of the newly-included Canadian contingent found some money at WPT Fallsview, on the north side of Niagra Falls, where there were 594 entries in the C$5K Main Event, for a prize pool just over US$2M. Coming in 21st—and moving up the Leaderboard four places to #119—was Umang Dattani of Calgary (finishing just ahead of Vanessa Selbst). Maple, BC’s Arash Tafakori came in 11th, winning his biggest score (of three) and leaping 4,500 places on the Leaderboard to #1629. The top PNW finisher in the tournament was Jaspal Brar of Edmonton in 7th. He climbs 10 places to #67 (and went on to cash in the WPT LAPC Main Event a week later).

In the WPT Fallsview C$2,500 NLHE side event, Ron Lauzon of Edmonton picked up his largest-ever cash in a long string (72) of cashes for 13th (moving 20 places to #252). 6th place went to Richmond, BC’s Stephen Wong, now #1003 from #4212.

The outlier for this edition is Rogers, AK’s Adam Todd, taking 4th in the RUNGOOD Poker Series Joplin $100K GTD NLHE Main Event (that’s Joplin MO), 383 entries paid $575 and the prize pool was over $180K. It was Todd’s biggest cash, and he climbs almost 1,500 spots on the Leaderboard, to #2242.

Dylan Linde took 14th at the WPT LAPC NLHE Main Event, which drew 490 entries and $4.7M prize pool. He remains #10. Ian Johns finished 3rd of 48 in the $2,140 buy-in WPT LAPC #66 HORSE and holds at #30.

North of the border in Calgary, Donald McCall from Airdrie, AB was the winner (263 entries) of Great Canadian Freeze Out #4 NLHE. It’s his biggest cash and he moves exactly 700 places to #1158. Two Calgary players took 2nd and 3rd in the Great Canadian Freeze Out #10 NLHE Main Event, (C$660 buy-in). Karim Chatur was 3rd and moves up one spot to #57; Tak Chu is the big gainer for the week, moving from #6638 to #2096 for his second-place finish.

In other news out of Calgary, the C$440 buy-in Grey Eagle Winter XScape NLHE Main Event saw local Doug Lee win the field of 251. He remains #23 on the Leaderboard. Matt Kwong (also Calgary) moves up to #571 for second, and the afore-mentioned Donald McCall took third.

The opening event of the PacWest Poker Classic was a $310 entry, $125K GTD NLHE tournament with a four-way deal made. Gavin Smith of Portland took 1st for his biggest-ever cash, and climbs 600+ places to #1286. In 2nd was Bruce Zhen (Salem, also largest cash) rises to #1023. Crescent City, OR resident Gurit Marwah debuts at #2880 on the Leaderboard for 3rd. And Portland’s Baptiste Chavaillaz came in 4th. bumping him 10 places, to #155. The event drew 498 entries.

Nick Getzen (Portland) won the PacWest Poker Classic $100K GTD NLHE 6-Max, for what is surprisingly, his largest tournament cash (though you may have watched him pull down large chunks of cash on PokerTime. Getzen is up almost 1,000 places on the Leaderboard, to #1681.

Finally, there’s the PacWest Poker Classic $225K GTD NLHE Main Event, which ended in a 6-way deal. Lee Ferris (Washougal, WA, #1844 on the Leaderboard) got 6th. Trevor Kahlberg of Bend claimed 5th (now #1696). Sheridan, OR’s Mark Hurst gains 650+ spots to #1126 for 4th and Ridgefield, WA’s Carl Oman makes another hit at Chinook in 3rd, going from #716 to #538. Second place went to Leaderboard newcomer Ty LaCroix (Portland), who debuts at #1852. Finally, Longview’s Tareq Amhaz got 1st, jumping to #803 from #1474. It was the largest cash for all six players.

And that’s probably it for the Leaderboard for the foreseeable future. Without any live games anywhere in the world, I’m not going to have anything to post here and while I got some money onto Ignition since I stared writing this a couple of days ago, my first tournament ended juat as I was making a recovery after losing a big flip when denial of service attacks took the site down, so there’s not even going to be my own online crap to blog about.

Maybe it’s time to turn my attention to marble racing.

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 2 March 2020

No results yet from the PacWest Poker Classic at Chinook Winds. I’m just going to reiterate here that there’s no reason it should take a week for results to be posted.

Poker Mutant & Toma Barber

I went down to Lincoln City the first weekend to no avail, splitting a room with Toma Barber—who I had first met before he moved to Portland, when we were seated next to each other for much of Day 2 in the first $1,000+ buy-in tournament I cashed, back in 2013. I had to head back to town without playing the HORSE tournament that I’d been looking forward to because of a family emergency, which also prevented me from making the Main Event the next weekend. On the plus side, I did finally have my first tournament profit/win of the year in my old home game a week after bubbling the Final Table $10K NLHE. (Also, a minor profit playing $1/3 NLHE cash at PacWest.)

I am pretty sure there is not a “Coronavirus Casino”

But enough of my paltry performances. Let’s talk about the WSOP potentially getting called off in three months because of COVID-19! Or the fact that we’re only a month away from the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round Up and they closed it down today because a worker came down with the coronavirus!

James Romero wins partypoker MILLIONS South America (photo Camila Ocampo for partypoker blob)

It’s #5 on the Leaderboard, James Romero on top of the money tree again with a win in the 30-entry partypoker Millions South America #6 $25K NLHE Super High Roller, just a month afer a big cash in a partypoker $10K in the UK. No change in standings.

Seth Davies maintains at #2 with 2nd place in the first Aria $10K NLHE High Roller of the year.

Adam Hendrix (photo: Poker News via WSOP.com)

Out of Anchorage, Adam Hendrix took 5th place in the WSOPC Rio Las Vegas #12 $1M GTD NLHE Main Event (747 entries). Hendrix is new to the Leaderboard (added with the expansion to include Alaska, BC , and Alberta), but he’s the #1 Alaskan on the Hendon Mob’s state-by-state rankings. Derek Duclos from Caldwell, ID (#1932) placed in 17th.

There were a couple of results out of the Winter Super Stack #8 NLHE in Calgary (138 entries) and I’d probably be reporting more names except for the fact that a lot of players aren’t identified as anything but “Canada” for their residence. The top dog was #146-ranked (moving up 20 spots) Sinan Tawfik of Calgary, who came in 1st. Don Montgomery (also Calgary) took 4th place, moving up more than 300 places on the Leaderboard to #1079.

Anthony An from Juneau picked up his best-ever cash with a win in the LAPC #52 $100K GTD NLHE Bounty Championship, beating the 100-entry field. An goes from #901 to #640.

Anthony An (photo: lapcnews.com)

Another Remington sculpture was brought back to the PNWby Bellevue, WA’s Adam Tyburski, who cleared the field in the 42-entry LAPC #44 LHE. Tyburski climbs more than 500 places to #1326.

Adam Tyburski (photo: lapcnews.com)

On the other side of the country at the WSOPC Tampa #6 $200K GTD NLHE Monster Stack, Vancouver, BC-based bracelet-winner Robert Cheung grabbed 5th. He’s far enough up the Leaderboard (#28) that even the final table of a 1,371-entry tournament doesn’t move him.

There’s nowhere up to go for #1 Scott Clements. He was runner-up in the 148-entry WSOPC Rio Las Vegas #9 HORSE.

Russell Serion (photo: wsop.com)

Russell Serion from Richmond, BC picked up his biggest cash and a Ring with a win in the WSOPC Rio Las Vegas #8 NLHE Black Chip Bounty. There were a total of 168 entries. Serion’s another player with a 500+ climb this week, hitting #1185.

And the last item for the Leaderboard and for the Rio is Boise’s Maria McAlpin, coming in 3rd at WSOPC Rio Las Vegas #10 NLHE Double Stack. McAlpin breaks through the 1,000 barrier, going from #1003 to #816.

Maybe Chinook results will be in in a couple of weeks. Until then, wash your hands! Those cards and chips are filthy!

PNW Poker Leaderboard — 15 February 2020: Stoker Edition

I meant to get this edition of the Pacific Northwest Poker Leaderboard out yesterday to coincide with Valentine’s Day and the 161st birthday of the State of Oregon—not to mention that I was hoping to be busy playing poker for the next four days at the PacWest Poker Classic—but life had its own little funny plans, so instead of whipping out a post after a couple of drinks with my sweetheart last night, here I am in the Lincoln City Motel 6 after busting Event #1 $100K NLHE (twice) and Event #2 10-Seat NLHE Main Event Satellite (just once) with just a Diet Coke in hand.

So let’s start out with the most important news of the past couple of weeks. Ryan Stoker came in third in the Wynn Signature Series $400K NLHE Main Event. Wynn doesn’t immediately report their results to Hendon Mob, so Ryan’s cash didn’t make it into the last edition. Congrats to him for his second-largest cash; he moves up from #217 to #184. Ryan bested over 500 other players.

The big winner this time in absolute terms is #2 on the list, Seth Davies who was Down Under at the Australian Poker Open #5 A$25K NLHE, which had 47 entries. Davies finished behind Stephen Chidwick and Eric Seidel.

Seth Davies from the Australian Poker Open, via PokerGO

Four years ago, Sam Cosby was abusing junior senior poker reporters at the World Series of Poker. A couple of years ago when I had my best-ever cash here at the PacWest, Sam was hanging around looking a little jealous. Last summer I think he might have figured out that if even I could make a five-figure cash, he ought to be a shoo-in, because since giving up reporting and going on the road as a full-time player, Sam’s been on a tear, garnering his second Circuit Ring in five months at WSOPC Potawatami #9 NLHE, a $1,125 buy-in with 151 entries, and notching his largest cash, and climbing more than 100 spots on the Leaderboard, to #329. The move to Portland did good!

Sam Cosby at WSOPC Potawatami, via WSOP.com

With 231 entries at C$880, the Pure Canadian Poker Championship NLHE Main Event at Casino Yellowhead in Edmonton put a few players into this week’s standings.

The winner was Edmonton’s Malcolm Bolger, who snagged another in an impressive run of five-figure cashes (9 out of 32, mostly in events with $1K or smaller buy-ins). He climbs about 20 spots to #145.

Deron Noksana (Edmonton) took second placing, moving him from #619 to #492; and Jimmy Lee (also Edmonton) was third. Lee is already #81 on the Leaderboard, and his cash does not movie him up from that position.

Another well-known poker journalist, Adam Lamers (Edmonton) beat out 228 other entries in the Pure Canadian Poker Championship NLHE Triple Stack. Lamers climbs to #829 on the PNW Leaderboard, He’s also breathing down the neck of the top three on the Poker Media Power Rankings, particularly as Sam Cosby’s eligibility is about to expire.

https://twitter.com/adam_lamers12/status/1216792304897286144?s=20

Lamers’s runner-up, Harvey Johnson (just listed as from Alberta), moved onto the Leaderboard with his second recorded cash. He debuts at #3362.

Yon Kim at the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza, via Venetian Poker Room Blog

Bellingham’s Yon Kim enters the Leaderboard with his second cash, a win in the Venetian DSE #3 $25K GTD NLHE Monster Stack. Kim starts at #2830.

The Parx Big Stax XXXII NLHE 300 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania drew 2,257 entries at $340 each, and Seattle’s Pofuk Ying made it to 8th to zoom up 4,300 spots to #1694. Gonna put an asterisk on this one, because all six of Ying’s cashes going back to 2017 are from Parx Big Stax events, which may mean not Seattle after all.

Finally, a 16th-place finish that’s not in the WSOP doesn’t usually make it to the Leaderboard, but Federal Way’s David Froyalde did it at the MSPT/Venetian $1M GTD NLHE. There were nearly 1,100 entries at $1,100. It was Froyalde’s second-largest cash and moves him up to #1063.

Time for some sleep. Then some more poker, hopefully!