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Next Event: DHPL Event #1

Date Time: 6pm Friday, September 20, 2013

Location: Arizona Room, Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Club, 7778 152nd Street Surrey, BC

Darren: darrenkennedydk@gmail.com, 425-894-4030

 

Tourney Dates (all start times 7pm)

  1. xSaturday September 6
  2. Friday, September 20
  3. Friday, October 18
  4. Friday, November 15
  5. Friday, December 6
  1. Friday, January 10
  2. Friday, January 24
  3. Friday, February 7
  4. Friday, February 28
  5. Friday, March 21

LEAGUE FINAL Friday, April 11

2014 WSOP $10,000 Main Event and 2014 WSOP NLH $1000 or $1500 Event Rio in Las Vegas

League members require $100 for this event ($50 cash and $50 league), and non-league members need to bring $60.

Harry Aujla

Mario Baptista

Guy Bottin

Dan Cassidy

Gavin Curley

Chris Fraser

Colin Genge

Richard Getty

Roger Grosset

Jamie Hucul

Garry Juvelin

Mark Juvelin

Darren Kennedy

Kal Kooner

Trevor Massey

Bruce McCallum

Mike Menkes

Jason Nadeau

Adrian Nelson

Elton Ngan

Ryan Ruocco

Dave Sims

Steve Tamboline

Brant Taylor

Rob Wright

 

May 9, 2013: When Will Our Winners Be Playing?

Just to clarify who won what:

$10K Winner: Mike Felhauer

$3K Winner: Mike Menkes

$1.5K Winners: Andrew Krywaniuk, Everett Wicklund, Jason Nadeau

$1.0K Winners: Bruce Lawson, Darren Kennedy, Mike Twitchell, Paul Deol, Ramiro Dominguez, Trevor Massey

 

I have talked with all of our winners and most of them have firmed up their travel plans. I will update any changes, but for now it looks like the following:

Event 3 (May 30): Jason Nadeau ($1k) Ė league in for $750

Event 7 (June 2): Jason Nadeau ($1k) Ė league in for $750

Event 18 (June 9): Ramiro Dominguez ($1k)

Event 20 (June 10): Mike Menkes: ($1.5k Limit Omaha 8)

Event 24 (June 13): Mike Menkes ($1.5k)

Event 24 (June 13): Trevor Massey ($1.5k) Ė league in for $1k

Event 26 (June 14): Mike Twitchell: ($1k Seniorís)

Event 49 (June 27): Everett Wicklund: ($1.5k)

Event 53 (June 29): Andrew Krywaniuk ($1.5k)

Event 54 (June 30): Paul Deol ($1k) - or Event 53

Event 54 (June 30): Bruce Lawson ($1k) - Tentative

Event 62 (July 6-16): Darren Kennedy: ($10k) - Main Event Unknown Day Ė league in for $1k

Event 62 (July 8-16): Mike Felhauer: ($10k) - Main Event Day 1C, Monday July 8

 

To track tweets from DHPL players, please go to my DHPL list page here: (and also I have list of current members)

 

 

April 21, 2013: League Final Chipcounts for those that are interested

As I mentioned I wrote down some chipcounts after Levels 4, 7 and 10 during the league final. They can be found here.

 

Seat

Table 1

Level 4

 

Level 7

 

Level 10

1

Mike T

16,200

Mike T

27,700

Everett

65,600

2

Bob D

8,500

Ramiro

9,900

Mike Men

117,900

3

John F

3,600

 

 

Mike Fel

77,000

4

Everett

19,200

Trevor

31,700

Ramiro

30,500

5

Guy

22,500

Darren

19,000

Darren

26,600

6

Rob S

6,300

Rob S

5,100

Mike T

22,200

7

Kai

11,900

Kai

26,700

Jason N

18,900

8

Kal

5,300

Andrew

35,300

Bruce

64,600

9

 

 

Mike Men

76,100

Andrew

29,300

10

 

 

 

 

Trevor

23,200

Seat

Table 2

Level 4

 

Level 7

 

Level 10

1

Karim

15,600

Karim

16,800

 

 

2

Howard

16,200

Jason N

21,100

 

 

3

Brant

7,300

Brant

28,100

 

 

4

Dave S

21,900

Dave S

38,400

 

 

5

 

 

Bruce L

38,900

 

 

6

Ray R

9,100

Mike Fel

11,800

 

 

7

Mo

5,600

Everett

51,000

 

 

8

Steve T

4,600

Paul

32,400

 

 

Seat

Table 3

Level 4

 

Level 7

 

Level 10

1

Mike Fel

34,700

 

 

 

 

2

Mike Far

16,200

 

 

 

 

3

Elton

10,500

 

 

 

 

4

Ramiro

10,900

 

 

 

 

5

Colin

29,300

 

 

 

 

6

Paul

22,800

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Darren

21,900

 

 

 

 

Seat

Table 4

Level 4

 

Level 7

 

Level 10

1

Larry

7,800

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Mike Men

27,700

 

 

 

 

4

Ashley

6,200

 

 

 

 

5

Bruce L

26,900

 

 

 

 

6

Trevor

23,800

 

 

 

 

7

Jason N

28,600

 

 

 

 

8

Andrew

28,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 13, 2013: Congrats to Mike Felhauer Winner of Our Main Event Package!

A huge congrats goes out to Mike Felhauer who outlasted Mike Menkes heads-up to take down the Main Event package. Best of luck in the Main Mike, make us all proud (and rich).

 

I will write some more up later, but I only have a half hour to kill prior to playing this $880 at Fraser Downs so I will at least list the other winners:

Mike Menkes, Everett Wicklund, Jason Nadeau, Andrew Krywaniuk, Bruce Lawson, Darren Kennedy, Trevor Massey, Ramiro Dominguez, Mike Twitchell and Paul Deol who will all play for the league down in Vegas this year.

 

There was lots of drama, coolers and suckouts again with multiple AA vs QQ aipf (and yes Guy the player on the way over to the table should always be dealt in, let it go). But of all the coolers I think the toughest one was with 13 left (and 11 getting paid). Dave Sims was dealt KK and saw a flop against Everett Wicklund of AAK. The money went in and Everett rolled over AK for the bigger boat leaving Dave just a couple spots shy of a seat. His brother Rob Sims would be pained as well as he would go out on the bubble. A bubble deal paid him $500 though so he didn't go away empty-handed.

 

Kai Picard and Karim Sulemin were the stories of the night starting with 1000 and 2000 chips respectively before making very deep runs. Karim would ultimately go out 15th and Kai would fall just 3 spots from the prizes in 14, leaving Brant Taylor with the record of earning a seat starting with the fewest chips. He won a seat starting with just 1200 a couple years back.

 

Mike Menkes who already had a seat in his backpocket got into a monster hand. There was a standard bet and a call preflop between him and Colin Genges. The saw a flop of T64dd with about 6000 in preflop. Colin then open-shipped for 25,000 and Mike made the call all in for 20000 with KJdd vs Colins ATdd. The river was a King and Colin was near crippled while Mike jumped into a massive tourney chiplead.

 

At heads-up there were two very distinct hands. One was KQ of Mike F vs 88 of Mike M with Mike F starting the hand with 2-to-1 chiplead. The flop came 679, turn K putting Mike M on the ropes, but he hit one of his 10 outs on the river when the 8 spiked. The two would battle for another 20 minutes before the final hand which again had some drama. Mike held a 3-to-2 chiplead when they got it all in pre A7 vs QT. Axx flop looked to seal it for Mike M, but wouldn't you know it, a runner-runner QT gave Mike F two pair and the victory. Well played everyone.

 

Some other notes. Table 4, the infamous table of death that started with all the big stacks ended up having 5 of the 11 winners coming from it, although not the overall champ. Table 2 and 7 had no one make it, Table 3 and 6 had one winner and tables 1 and 5 had 2 winners.

 

Shortest stack to make it was Ramiro Dominguez who started with 6500 chips. Everyone else that claimed a prize started with at least 10,000 chips.

 

The starting positions of the winners were: 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 29th.

 

I believe this is the first year that the 2nd in chips has won a prize. Way to break the curse Andrew.

 

I recorded some chipstacks at the breaks and will try and get them on here later. But for now, I hope you enjoyed the mini-writeup and more importantly I hope everyone once again had a great time playing this season. We are sending 11 very good players to Vegas. Hopefully we can get some good sweats and at least a couple of nice cashes. A special good luck to Mike Felhauer. The Main Event is unlike any other poker tournament in the world. Win or lose, play your best, take in the atmosphere and enjoy the experience. It truly is an amazing event.

 

March 14: Darren Kennedys 2013 WSOP Staking Package

I will be playing a bunch of WSOP events this summer and am looking for up to 30% backing. If you think I have the skills to do well, you have some disposable cash and want to take a small shot on me, or if you are just a degenerate gambler that thinks itís more interesting to follow along if you have a piece of the action please take a look at the following link: DK Staking

 

March 11: League Finals Blind Structures as Per Rules Page

While this is already posted in the Rules I figured it was worth putting here on the front page for those that donít navigate the site that much:

 

For this years final, there will be 470,100 chips in play and the blinds structures will be as follows with half hour levels until Level 12:

Final TournamentStructure

 

 

Level #

Minutes

Small Blind

Big Blind

Start Time

BBís

1

30

100

100

7:00pm

4701

1

30

100

200

7:30pm

2350

2

30

200

400

8:00pm

1175

3

30

300

600

8:30pm

784

10 Minute Break

9:00pm

 

4

30

400

800

9:10pm

588

5

30

500

1000

9:40pm

470

6

30

600

1200

10:10pm

392

10 Minute Break

10:40pm

 

7

30

800

1600

10:50pm

294

8

30

1000

2000

11:20pm

235

9

30

1200

2400

11:50pm

196

5 Minute Break

12:20am

 

10

30

1500

3000

12:25pm

157

11

30

2000

4000

12:55am

118

12

30

3000

6000

1:25am

78

5 Minute Break

1:55am

 

11

20

5000

10000

2:00am

47

12

20

7000

14000

2:20am

34

13

Unlimited

10000

20000

2:40am

24

Last level continues until end of tournament.

 

March 10: Event 10: Jamie Hucul Beats Jason Nadeau to Win Event 10. Mike Menkes Claims First in League Points!

There was a lot to play for Friday night as the guaranteed seat for finishing first in the league was up for grabs between 4 people. Colin and Andrew went out relatively early and then when John Forsythe went out with 22 remaining the only person that could catch Andrew was Mike Menkes who needed to finish in the top 7. Mike pulled it off finishing 5th to cap off a great year and win the guaranteed WSOP prize.

 

That being said there was still first place to be played for. Thanh Nguyen would fall in 4th and Brant Taylor in 3rd in a massive 3 way all in with Jason Nadeau holding KQo vs Thanhís 77 and Brantís 99. A flop of AAK pretty much sealed it and Jason and Jamie Hucul would face off heads up with Jason holding a 4-3 chiplead. They made a money chop with Jason getting $850 to Jamieís $730 and then played it out for the points. The key hand was Jasonís KK vs Jamies 33 with Jamie winning the hand for nearly all the chips. A few hands later Jamie was crowned the victor.

 

We also had by far the biggest last longer of DHPL history. With 41 players putting in $50 for a crazy last longer pool of $2050. When there were 10 last longer players remaining they tried to make a deal, but Brant who held an enormous chiplead said no. When the final table was reached I tried to facilitate a deal. Brant who had everyone covered by 3.5 to 1 (except Jason who was not in the last longer) agreed to take $670 and 6 other players (Roger, Tyler, Jamie, Trevor, Kent and Mike Menkes) pocketed $230, which was better than 5th place money. Nice work guys.

 

The in-the-point finishers included: Jamie Hucul ($730), Jason Nadeau ($850), Brant Taylor ($400), Thanh Nguyen ($300), Mike Menkes ($220), Roger Grossett ($150), Tyler Marples ($100), Darrell Wakelam ($100, non-league, playing for Mike Farnese), Kent Senko, Trevor Massey, Greg Getty, Howard Holt, Jeff Scott, Ramiro Dominguez, Kal Kooner.

 

As players busted we also randomly drew seat cards for the league final. The resulting 7 tables that were drawn are below. Note that the button will start in Seat 1 and we will break tables from high to low for the final. There are 470,100 chips in play and 55 players, putting the average stack at 8500 chips. The mean stack is 7000.

 

Table 1

Total: 66k

Seat

Player

Chips

1

Mike Twitchell

11,000

2

Bob Deforest

9,000

3

John Forsythe

17,500

4

Everett Wicklund

11,500

5

Guy Bottin

5,000

6

Dean Hilts

1,000

7

Greg Herman

4,000

8

Brant Taylor

7,000

Table 2

Total: 64k

Seat

Player

Chips

1

Dallas Bowden

1,000

2

Howard Holt

10,000

3

Greg Getty

2,000

4

Dave Sims

13,000

5

Mike Mittermuller

13,000

6

Ray Rohrback

6,000

7

Mark Juvelin

13,000

8

Steve Tamboline

6,000

Table 3

Total: 64k

Seat

Player

Chips

1

Mike Felhauer

10,000

2

Ryan McDonald

1,500

3

Elton Ngan

15,500

4

Richard Wardroper

500

5

Colin Genge

24,500

6

Roger Grossett

9,000

7

Kai Picard

1,000

8

Karim Sulemin

2,000

 

 

 

Table 4

Total: 122k

Seat

Player

Chips

1

Greg McDonald

2,500

2

Mario Baptista

2,500

3

Mike Menkes

27,500

4

Jamie Hucul

16,500

5

Bruce Lawson

14,000

6

Trevor Massey

15,500

7

Jason Nadeau

17,500

8

Andrew Krywaniuk

26,000

Table 5

Total: 35.5k

Seat

Player

Chips

1

Gerald Samborski

2,500

2

Eric Ruttan

500

3

Ramiro Dominguez

6,500

4

Darren Kennedy

13,500

5

Scott Brynen

6,000

6

Marie Hilts

500

7

Rick Rohrback

3,500

8

Bruce McCallum

2,500

Table 6

Total: 62.3k

Seat

Player

Chips

1

Mo Pannun

4,000

2

Ashley Samborski

14,000

3

Paul Deol

15,500

4

Jeff Scott

9,000

5

Kal Kooner

9,000

6

Chris Fraser

5,000

7

Kent Senko

2,800

8

Richard Getty

3,000

 

 

 

Table 7

Total: 56.3k

Seat

Player

Chips

1

Tyler Marples

12,800

2

Pat Woelk

7,500

3

Larry Williams

3,500

4

Mike Bigelow

3,500

5

Brent Senko

4,000

6

Rob Sims

12,000

7

Mike Farnese

13,000

 

 

 

 

February 17: Event 9: The Prizes Being Played For!

Even though we have considerably less league members this year, the fact that we each paid more in league fees results in us having 11 prizes instead of just 10 this year. The prizes will be as follows:

1st: †††††††††††††††† $10,000 WSOP Main Event + $800 cash
2nd: ††††††††††††††† $3,000 WSOP + $500 cash
3rd-5th:†††††††††† $1,500 WSOP + $500 cash
6th-11th: ††††††† $1,000 WSOP + $500 cash

 

February 17: Event 9: Andrew Krywaniuk wins, takes over the Points Lead!

Andrew Krywaniuk made it down to 3 handed before agreeing to a cash chop with Mark Juvelin and Mike Farnese. Mark would go out in 3rd and after a fairly lengthy heads-up battle Andrew would dispatch Mike Farnese and take over the league points lead with just one event to go. This is very significant as now only Andrew, Colin Genges, Mike Menkes or John Forsythe can win the guaranteed prize that goes with winning the regular season. John would require a win in Event #10, Mike Menkes would need a 7th and Colin Genges a 9th or better.

 

Dan Cassidy unfortunately bubbled the cash, but he did manage to get a Royal Flush with AsKd on a Ad,Qd,Jd,Td, 6c board. You donít see those every day. Also of significance, on the bubble of the points we had 3 of the remaining 5 players that had no points remaining. Unfortunately TJ Johnston would bubble the points when his AK fell to QJ. That left both Kent Senko and Eric Ruttan to get their first points of the season.

 

The in-the-point finishers included: Andrew Krywaniuk ($620), Mike Farnese ($620), Mark Juvelin ($620), Bruce Lawson ($280), Mike Twitchell ($210), Ryan Fritz ($150, non-league, playing for Steve Tamboline), Mo Pannun ($100), Dan Cassidy (non-league), Josh Hughes (non-league, playing for Everett Wicklund), Tyler Marples, Keith Matsalla (non-league, playing for Kent Senko), Ed Sue (non-league, playing for Scott Brynen), Dave Sims, Mike Mittermuller, Eric Ruttan.

 

January 26: Event 8: Bobby Gagnon wins Event 8, Chopping Money with Tyler Marples. And Grant Willis Cashes!

Bobby Gagnon came out on top beating Tyler Marples heads up. There was also a particularly momentous occasion when Grant Willis, our most regular and colourful spare player over the years who is more known for his cash game exploits finally cashed in the tourney. It was his 38 try and he finished in 8th place. Congrats.

 

As of this event everyone should be paid up in full on their league fees, thus you will only need $50 for next week. It looks like we have enough money to easily send 11 players to Vegas this year. So thatís one extra spot for someone to win.

 

The in-the-point finishers included: Bobby Gagnon ($860, non-league, playing for Elton Ngan), Tyler Marples ($860), Rob Sims ($440), Ray Rohrback ($340), Everett Wicklund ($240), Trevor Massey ($160), Jason Nadeau ($100), Grant Willis ($100, non-league, playing for Bruce McCallum), Mike Menkes, Bruce Lawson, Mo Pannun, Roger Grosset, Richard Wardroper, Darren Kennedy, John Forsythe.

 

January 25: Event 7: Mike Menkes scores his second win of the season in Event 7

Mike Menkes made his way through a 61 person field to claim his second title of the season and 3rd in two years beating Jeff Scott heads-up.

 

The in-the-point finishers included: Mike Menkes ($1,000), Jeff Scott ($640), Bruce Lawson ($440), Mike Twitchell ($340), Karim Kaleem ($240, non-league), James Bowser ($160, non-league), Scott Brynen, Larry Williams, Gerald Samborski, Brent Senko, Andrew Krywaniuk, Ray Rohrback, Rick Rohrback, Lorna Acker (non-league), Bob DeForest, Mo Pannun, Rob Sims, Mark Juvelin.

 

December 13, Event 6: Paul Deol wins Event 6, chopping 3 ways with Mike Felhauer and Graham Spence

63 players showed up for the Christmas version of our event and Paul Deol would ultimately outlast them all and take home the cash, the title and 10,000 points. I donít recall many hands from the night as I ended up playing about 20 more hours of poker that weekend, but I do remember the cash games being very active. Dave Sims snuck into the points in 15th and has now pointed in 5 of 6 eventsÖ amazing!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. Looking forward to Januaryís events. See you all in 2013.

 

The in-the-point finishers included: Paul Deol ($700), Mike Felhauer ($700), Graham Spence ($700, non-league, playing for Jamie Hucul), Trevor Massey ($340), Ashley Samborski ($250), Mike Farnese ($200), Cory Breland ($150, non-league, playing for Andrew Krywaniuk), Chris Fraser ($100), Rick Rohrback, John Scott (non-league, playing for Ramiro Dominquez), Richard Getty, Guy Bottin, Rob Sims, Brant Taylor, Dave Sims.

 

November 18, Event 5: Andrew Krywaniuk comes back from a single chip heads up to win

Andrew Krywaniuk and Howard Holt both outlasted a field of 71 players and entered heads-up play fairly even in chips and actually came to an agreement to chop the cash evenly. Howard then proceeded to win a crucial all in with KK to Andrews A3. At that point he had a 40 to 1 chip lead before miraculously Andrew seemingly couldn't lose a hand. He won hand after hand after hand and eventually came back to win the tournament after being down to just one chip. Mike Bigelow made it to the points when he was also down to a single black chip with 32 players remaining.

 

The in-the-point finishers included: Andrew Krywaniuk ($920), Howard Hotl ($920), Thanh Nguyen ($450, non-league), Mike Mittermuller ($320), Rommel Catalan ($250, non-league playing for Ramiro Dominguez), Greg Herman ($200), Elton Ngan ($160), Dan Cassidy ($130), Greg McDonald ($100), Marie Gilbert, Mike Felhauer, Mike Menkes, John Forsythe, Greg Getty, Kai Picard, Ryan McDonald, Mike Bigelow, Mark Juvelin.

 

November 8, Event 4: Ashley Samborski gets his first ever DHPL Cash and it's a Win

I wasn't there so not too much I can report on, but I do know that we had 72 players and that Jason Nadeau built a massive stack befroe ultimately falling in 5th place and Dave Sims took a monster beat 3 handed and fell in third. Both Ashley Samborski and Steve Tamboline secured their first ever DHPL cashes and Ashley was able to outlast non-leaguer Stacey Evans who had back-to-back 2nd place finishes.

 

The in-the-point finishers included: Ashley Samborski ($1,160), Stacey Evans ($730, non-league), Dave Sims ($470), Ryan Fritz ($320, non-league), Jason Nadeau ($270), Roger Grosset ($220), Mark Juvelin ($180), Steve Tamboline ($140), Cory Breland ($100, non-league, playing for Pat Woelk, Kal Kaleem (non-league), Andrew Krywaniuk, Mario Baptista, Kal Kooner, Jeff McCormack (non-league, playing for Richard Getty), Dallas Bowden, Paul Deol, Jesse Williams (non-league, playing for Larry Williams), Rob Sims.

 

October 16, Event 3: Darren Kennedy finally wins a DHPL Event after 71 tries

Well it took me until my 71st try but I finally won one, outlasting 3 non-leaguers in the final 4 including the two players that dominated the tournament from midway on. Both Brian Henningston who finished 3rd and Stacey Evans who ultimately ended up as the runner-up spent a good portion of the tournament with dominating stacks. When we reached heads-up, Stacey had me outchipped 840k to 140k. I won a couple of pots to get close to even when we got all the chips in preflop with me holding A2 to his JJ. I would go on to suck-out with a board of A2xAx and then claim the victory on the next hand.

 

Earlier in the Final table we had a bizarre hand where Mike Mittermuller held 88 and called Everett's all-in preflop after Darren folded TT with Everett eventually showing pocket Kings. The board was brought out and there were two Tens on board but no 8 or King and Everett won ... or so he thought. Then it was noticed that we used the wrong deck. So we ran it with the correct deck and the board came AAJJJ resulting in a chopped pot.

 

Earlier in the tournament Laura Anker was one of the dominant chip-leaders buy would ultimately fall to Brian Henningston's set of 2's in a massive 3 way pot where Chris Fraser would fold top pair top kicker.

 

The in-the-point finishers included: Darren Kennedy ($1,100), Stacey Evans ($650, non-league), Brian Henningston ($450, non-league, playing for Colin Genge), Jason Sheppard ($350, non-league), Trevor Massey ($250), Mike Mittermuller ($200), Everett Wicklund ($140), Chris Fraser ($100), Bob Deforest ($100), Mike Twitchell, Bruce Lawson, Richard Getty, Tyler Marples, Dean Hilts, Dave Sims, John Evans (non-league), Laura Anker (non-league), Bruce McCallum, Mike Menkes.

 

September 23, 2012 Event 2: Colin Genges outlasts John Forsythe as they both go back-to-back top 3

Every year we have players come out of nowhere to dominate the leaderboard. This year it appears both John Forsythe and Colin Genges may be those players as they both finished in the top 3 in back-to-back events. 4 players made the points in both of these events with Rick Rohrback and Dave Sims sneaking into the points. This was the lowest turnout since March 7, 2010 in season 5. We were able to introduce the newly acquired Kem cards into the mix and they were much appreciated.

 

Gerald Samborski was fortunate enough to be dealt pocket Aces on back-to-back hands but had them both cracked and was out by the end of the second hand. That second hand saw 3 way all in preflop with Gerald's AA vs Dean Hilts KK and Mike Farnese's QQ. The board came clean until the Queen on the river.

 

The in-the-point finishers included: Colin Genge ($1080), John Forsythe ($620), Kal Kooner ($430), Paul Deol ($300), Guy Bottin ($220), Mike Bigelow ($150), Elton Ngan ($100), Karim Suleman, Mark Juvelin, Ryan McDonald, Mike Mittermuller, Mario Baptista, Jeff Scott, Rick Rohrback, Dave Sims.

 

September 13, Mike Menkes Wins Event #1

Another year has kicked off and we are off to a good start with 63 league members so far and several more already committed to joining the league in time for Event #2.

 

The season started off well with 70 players entering Event #1. The tournament played down quite fast and we were down to the final two tables in no time. The points bubble burst with Dallas Bowden coming up just shy of points. When we entered the Final Table Everett had less than a single Big Blind and as his luck would have it he drew the Big Blind as a starting position. On the very first hand we would lose Everett and Brent to Colin Genges two pair as both of the other two would hit top pair. Just like that we were down to 8. Dave Sims would also fall to Colin when Dave's AKhh lost to Colin's AKcc. The flop only contained one club, but runner runner clubs sent Dave home in 8th. Dave Slater would fall in 7th and then I myself would drop in 6th followed out the door by Rob Sims. The Sims brothers were the top brothers on this day finishing 5th and 8th. Our other connections were the Senko's 9th and 57th, Rohrback's 15th and 28th, Hilts 14th and 30th and Samborskis 31st, 46th and 68th.

 

The big tourney-defining hand came 4-handed when Mike Menkes limped with QQ and Pat Woelk, with K3 saw a free flop. The flop came King high and all the chips got in the middle. But sometimes you get in < 9% and get lucky as would happen when Mike, who was outplayed on the hand, turned one of the 2 remaining Queens to take the lead and the massive pot. Really the pot was pretty much the ballgame as the pot itself was about 500,000 of the 840,000 in play and Mike had Pat covered by 90,000. Colin would drop out shortly after that and then John Forsythe and Mike Menkes would battle for another 15 mins before Mike eventually won.

 

The in-the-point finishers included: Mike Menkes ($1150), John Forsythe ($700), Colin Genge ($450), Pat Woelk ($350), Rob Sims ($250), Darren Kennedy ($200), Dave Slater ($150 non-league), Dave Sims ($100), Brent Senko ($100), Everett Wicklund, Howard Holt, Scott Brynen, Kal Kooner, Marie Hilts, Rick Rohrback, Jason Nadeau.


September 4, 2012 Its Go Time!

Ladies and Gentlemen (and the rest of you),

 

ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 6:30PM PLEASE!

 

We are mere days away from the start of our EIGHTH season of the Die Hard Poker League. Over the past 7 seasons we have given out $162,430 in cash prizes and $82,000 in WSOP buy-ins plus $31,300 in Final cash prizes for a total of $275,730 in total prizes. We have had a total of 70 events with some 3705 total entries and 418 individual players play in our league. We have used 3 different venues (thank you Roger for the emergency use of your townhouse amenity room for that one event years back), and we've had 4 individuals cash at the World Series of Poker as prize winners representing the DHPL. Some of our members have done well on their own in outside tournaments with members cashing in the BCPC including one member winning an event. Others have cashed at the WSOP including two members cashing in the WSOP Main Event. We've also had a member final table the Pokerstars Sunday Million and had a WSOP bracelet winner play in our tourney. Finally we've had players playing in all sorts of major tourneys across the globe from $500-$10,000 buyins. In short we've come a long, long ways from our humble beginnings of a bunch of friends sitting around 2 tables playing for $20, but at the same time the spirit of the league remains. Although there is real money on the line we continue to try and be one of the friendliest poker environments you will find. There is no room for Phil Helmuth style behaviour at the Die Hard Poker League. We are all here first and foremost because we enjoy the game and we enjoy playing with the people who are in this league. Please make sure you remember this first and foremost. I'm also vey proud of how much the level of play improves every year. We truly have some excellent poker players in this league.

 

Now onto the important details.

 

This Event: Event #1

Start Time: 7:00pm Friday September 7, 2011

Location: Arizona Room, Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Club, 7778 152nd Street Surrey, BC

Darren: darrenkennedydk@gmail.com, 425-894-4030

 

Please try and arrive early (no later than 6:30pm) so that we can handle all of the buyins and start on time. Drop-ins are as always welcome, but if you know of any players coming as drop-ins only, please email me and let me know so I can be prepared for numbers. League members need to bring $200 for the first event and then $100 for each event from #2 to #8 with just $50 for events #9 and #10. I expect we will have between 65-75 league members this year, same as the past couple of seasons. Rules wise, chips wise and levels wise nothing has changed from last year.

 

As was mentioned in earlier emails I will be doing a $100 last longer for anyone who is interested in playing for a little more money on the side.

 

Extremely excited for the new season to begin. Can't wait to see you all again and lay down a few bad beats on you.

 

August 28, 2012 Who's Coming Back For 2012/13?

Here is what I know so far. If you are on the unconfirmed list below and you know whether you are coming back or not, please drop me an email.

 

 

Returning Players from Prev Seasons

New Players

Unconfirmed from Last Season

Not Returning from Last Season

1

Andrew Krywaniuk

Al Clue

Bruce Lawson

Dan Molatore

2

Ashley Samborski

Bruce McCallum

Cory Breland

Ed Sue

3

Bob DeForest

Colin Genge

Darcy Penner

James Tichenor

4

Brant Taylor

Dallas Bowden

Denise Henderson

Kerry Nikolai

5

Brent Senko

Gavin Curley

Everett Wicklund

Steve McLarty

6

Chris Fraser

Gerald Samborski

Jon Pingol

7

Chris Herbert

Greg Getty

Jordi Muckle

 

8

Darren Kennedy

Gregory McDonald

Ken Douglas

 

9

Dave Sims

Maggie Horner

Lynn Leavens

 

10

Dean Hilts

Ramiro Dominguez

Mike Henderson

 

11

Dylan Ruocco

Richard Getty

Mo Pannun

 

12

Elton Ngan

Trevor Massey

Padraic Garrety

 

13

Eric Ruttan

Tyler Marples

Richard Wardroper

 

14

Greg Herman

 

Rob Holmberg*

 

15

Guy Bottin

 

Roland Calapiz

 

16

Harry Aujla

 

 

17

Howard Holt

 

 

18

Jamie Hucul

 

 

19

Jeff Scott

 

 

20

John Forsythe

 

 

21

Kai Picard

 

 

22

Kal Kooner

 

 

23

Kent Senko

 

 

24

Larry Williams

 

 

25

Marie Hilts

 

 

26

Mario Baptista

 

 

27

Mark Juvelin

 

 

28

Mike Bigelow

 

 

29

Mike Farnese

 

 

30

Mike Felhauer

 

 

31

Mike Menkes

 

 

 

32

Mike Mittermuller

 

 

 

33

Mike Schubert

 

 

 

34

Mike Twitchell

 

 

 

35

Pat Woelk

 

 

 

36

Paul Deol

 

 

 

37

Ray Rohrback

 

 

 

38

Rick Rohrback

 

 

 

39

Rob Sims

 

 

 

40

Rod Smith

 

 

 

41

Roger Grosset

 

 

 

42

Ryan McDonald

 

 

 

43

RyanWatkins

 

 

 

44

Scott Brynen

 

 

 

45

Steve Tamboline

 

 

 

46

TJ Johnston

 

 

 

47

 

 

 

48

 

 

 

49

 

 

 

50

 

 

 

51

 

 

 

 

 

July30, 2012 How The Rule Changes Shook Down.

First off lots and lots of feedback. Feedback that you saw and tonnes more sent privately. Obviously this is a hot topic. I very much appreciate everyones feedback. I always encourage people to let me know how best to improve the league. That being said this league is not a democracy and in the end I make a decision along with Roger based on what we would like to see done combined with what we believe is the right thing for the league. As such I will not try the two-tiered tourney approach as an official tourney.

 

Website

I will be updating the website with who is planning on playing in the league this year sometime this weekend, so if you haven't told me already that you will be playing please send me a quick reply to this email telling me whether you are in or out or on the fence.

 

Charging Non-league Members More For Tourney Buyin

As for the $60 for non-league vs $50 for league members I need to point a few pieces of information that went into my thought process before telling you my ultimate decision:

1) Non-league members DO have an advantage as there is a VERY REAL points bubble that some of them have exploited very well in the past. To some of you this may not seem like a big issue, but it is a definite advantage.

2) Non-league members are the hardest ones to 'control' as I don't generally know a lot of their names and they are the ones that more often leave without letting me know they busted out etc, etc. In short, the amount of work per non-league member is much greater than for league members.

3) This league was created for giving people an opportunity to play with the big boys in Vegas and NOT to get friends of friends to come play poker on occassion. I would never consider saying no to non-leaguers as I think it is a nice venue for league members to bring friends out, etc, but essentially they are the leagues guests.

4) Any monies paid by cash players MUST go to that nights pot. It is not legal for me to take money out of the non-league members for end-of-the-year prizes.

5) Making non-league players pay $60 makes it simpler to handle buyins as most people are carrying $20's.

6) If a league member walks out on their food/drink bill accidentally I never have an issue covering for them as I know I will get paid back the following event. Our waitress also knows most league members by name. Non-league members become a bigger issue.

7) During sign in I typically get about 6-10 non-leaguers that have let me know ahead of time that they are coming. The other 10-15 just show up. This is a more time consuming process for me.

 

So due to all of the above I will be charging non-league members $60 to play each event and league members will be charged $50. All of the $60 will be going to that nights prize pool.

 

Dual Level Tournaments

1)I will run a dual level satellite tourney on Oct 26th where anyone that wishes can pay an extra $100 and we will award as many $1675 prizepools as possible with the remaining money going to the next place.

2) As for other dual tourneys, I plan on just doing this: I will run a $100 last longer with anyone that wants to join in. I personally want to play for more money. Period. Anyone that wants to is welcome to enter my last longer bets on any given night. This will be a personal side bet that will not be 'officially' run by the league. I pretty much have last longers in every tournament I play in so this is not a new concept.

 

One other note is that the question of whether going with a Saturday night would work better for people. I will not be changing the dates for this year, but let me know if thats something you would prefer I look into going forward.

 

Five weeks from today to our first event when the dream begins again! Can't wait.

 

July30, 2012 A New Season On the Way.

Hello Poker Fanatics,

 

First and foremost please reply to this email if you plan on particiapting in the league this year as a league member. Its time to start updating the website with who's in and who's out again for the coming season.

 

Do it!!!

 

Ok so the ony dates that I heard were bad were Dec 14 (3 people) and March 22 (5 people). Those have been removed and we are going to lock in the following dates:

1. Sept 7

2. Set 21

3. Oct 12

4. Oct 26

5. Nov 16

6. Dec 7

7. Jan 11

8. Jan 25

9. Feb15

10. Mar 8

FINAL. April 12

 

Take a SOLID look at these dates in particular the League Final. Once again no substitutes for that event.

 

Other notes:

1. The World Series of Poker Circuit Events are indeed coming to Vancouver on October 27 - November 7, The buyins will range from I believe $300 to 1675 (Main Event). Should be a lot of fun.

 

2. You will need to bring $200 to the first event to cover 3 nights of $50 league fees and one $50 cash buyin.

 

3. I have had numerous players ask me about substantially raising the buyins for the cash tourney. I have resisted because I beliee there are a lot of people very content with the level of the buy-in and significantly raising it would result in the loss of several players that would no longer wish to compete for the higher costs. As such I am considering having an optional buyin of $100 more on top of the mandatory $50 entry for cash part of the tourney to allow those who wish to, to play for more money. It would essentially act as a multi-payout last longer.

 

Example: we get 82 players for the tournament all buying in for $50. 20 of those players also wish to play for $100 more. As per our usual tournament payout sheet we pay top 10 players in tourney from $1200 down to $100 for the primary $50 buyin tourney. But in addition the top 4 finishing players of those paying $100 extra would get a bonus $1000, $500, $300, $200. These players may finish 8th, 11th, 12th and 18th, as long as they are the top players of those paying the extra money. Of course if they finish high enough to be in the money for the main tournament they would get both prizes.

 

Essentially we would be running two tournaments at the same time. It may sound confusing, and of course it will add a bit of extra effort to run from my side, but I don't think it will alter much as far as tournament play goes and would server the purpose of satisfying both sides of the coin. Please send any feedback my way.

 

4. Additionally for our 4th event on October 26th I was thinking about making the $100 addon a satellite tourney where we woul pay out one Main Event WSOP Circuit seat for each $1675 in the prizepool.

 

Looking forward to another fun season,

 

Darren

www.diehardpoker.ca

425-894-4030