Die Hard Poker League Season 3: 2007/08
Updated: August 2nd, 2008
2008 WSOP NLH $1500 Event at Rio in
Event #32, Tuesday June 19th,, Noon
Event #36, Thursday June 19th,, Noon
Event #39, Saturday June 21st, Noon
Location: Elks Hall in Cloverdale at
Unit 412, 17665-66A Ave,
Tourney Dates (all start times are 8pm)
xLEAGUE FINAL (players 2-10 plus event winners) Friday, April 11th
2008 WSOP NLH $1500 Event at Rio in
(Event #36, Thursday June 19th,, Event #39, Saturday June 21st)
League members require $70 per event ($40 cash and $30 league) and non-league members need to bring $40.
June 23rd, 2008 – WSOP Event #39 Chris Herbert and Dean Kotopski shoot blanks.
The league will have to wait
yet another year for one of its members to cash as
June 20th, 2008 – WSOP Event #36
Another short update. The
league is now 0 for 4 on the year. The event had 2447 players and paid top 198.
Pat made it until near the end of Level 2 (about 1600 remaining) when,
short-stacked he pushed with AQ and ran into KK. A King on the flop and it was
over. Lance last until Level 5 (850 remaining) when he pushed and for 2.5 times
the blinds with 33 and the BB made the call with 65o and proceeded to hit a
full house. Darren made it a little deeper and bowed out in Level 6 (550
remaining) just minutes before the dinner break. Having a little over 3000
chips with blinds 200-400 and having action folded to him on the button, he
pushed. The SB went allin over the top and the BB called! SB had AQh and the BB
had KK. And that was it. Brant was alive still and on a big stack at the dinner
break so we stayed around the
So the leagues hopes are now down to Dean and Chris (who replaces Doug) to bring some cash home for the DHPL. Wish them luck.
On a side note I had the pleasure of playing at the same table as Freddy Deb for most of the tournament which was a lot of fun. Never got into any pots with him but enjoyed the banter.
June 18th, 2008 – WSOP Event #32 Roland Calapiz no dice.
A short update. A few of us
Tomorrow we try again as
playing for the league will be
June 11th, 2008 – DHPL Player Prepare to Head to Vegas and the World Series of Poker
A quick update to let
everyone know what is happening and who is planning on playing which events at
the WSOP. First and foremost one of our winners,
Event #32, Tuesday, June 17th - Roland Calapiz
Event #36, Thursday June 19th - Darren
Kennedy, Lance Murdoch,
Event #39, Saturday June 21st -
In addition to above players
playing thru their DHPL won seat, Brant Taylor plans on playing all 3 of the
tournies and I myself will likely play all 3 as well. I also believe
You can watch for results at www.worldseriesofpoker.com. The tournies start at noon and the day usually ends around 2am with players left after day 1 usually already in the money. So check the web site the next morning and see if any of our players are listed as still alive. Day 2 begins the next day at 2pm should we have anyone fortunate enough to get that far.
For those coming down on the
trip and wanting to hook up at the
I am staying in a rented house with a bunch of the above guys. Pat, Roland, Dean and Marco are staying elsewhere.
Current plan for the players themselves as I know it:
Darren: Monday – Sunday
Roland: Monday – Sunday (meet
Brant: Monday - Sunday
Lance: Tuesday – Sunday
Pat: Wednesday – Sunday (meet
Dean: Thursday – Sunday
Chris: Friday - Sunday
April 14th, 2008 – League Final Details
My apologies for the delay on reporting all the sordid details of the League Final, but well its been a busy week for me. Anyway to our story. We began the year with 50 people vying for a coveted seat at the World Series of Poker and we entered the league final with one of those seats given to Roland Calapiz and 12 other players battling for one of the remaining 5 seats.
Starting chips and seating assignments looked like this:
Seat 1: 34,000
Seat 2: 29,600
Seat 3: 36,000
Seat 4: 33,200 Rik Rohrback
Seat 5: 20,000
Seat 6: 30,800
Seat 7: 24,000
Seat 8: 24,800
Seat 9: 27,200 Roger Grosset
Seat 10: 20,000
Seat 11: 24,800 Lance Murdoch
Seat 12: 29,200
Level 1 (100-200) and 2 (200-400):
The feeling was we would see some tentative action this year as nearly half the players would get a seat. But this tourney started off fast and furious with the following hands:
Hand #3: Marco bets out for 300 preflop and Dean calls. The flop comes down AsQdXd, Dean raises to 800, Marco re-raises to 2000 total and Dean re-re-raises to 7000 total. The turn comes AsQdXdJs. Marco bets out 5000, Dean pushes all-in and Marco calls. Three hands in and we have an allin! Dean had KdTd for the straight and the flush draw while Marco had AdJd for two pair and the nut flush draw. The river came 2h changing nothing and Dean doubled up, leaving Marco crippled with just 4800 chips. The Jack on the turn was Dean’s only 3 outs after the flop other than some fancy runner-runners. Much discussion revolved around this hand the rest of the night and we all agreed there wasn’t much getting away from it for either player on the turn.
Hand #4: Darren gets dealt AA vs. Dougs AK. The flop comes xxQ and Darren bets, Doug calls. The turn is a King. Doug checks, Darren bets 3000 and Doug calls. Doug checks the turn and Darren bets 4000 and Doug calls. Doug played this extremely well, losing the minimum from the turn on.
Hand #5: with 6 players to the flop for 400 chips, the flop comes Kc8cx. Roger bets 2000 and both Darren and Rick call. The turn is a low card non-club. Roger checks, Darren bets 3,400 and Rick calls. At this point Roger check-raises to 10,000 total. Darren lays down his KQ and Rick thinks a while before calling. River is a non-club Queen and both players check. Roger shows AK and Rick shows Ac3c for a busted club draw. Darren made a solid laydown but would have rivered two-pair and taken down a large pot.
Another hand saw short-stacked Marco push all in pre-flop with 88 and get called by Dean with ducks. The board bricked out and Marco doubled up to a more respectable 7600 chips.
At the end of Level 2 we had the following chip stacks:
Seat 1: 39,000
Seat 2: 15,600
Seat 3: 40,000
Seat 4: 20,000 Rik Rohrback (-13.2k)
Seat 5: 25,100
Seat 6: 31,800
Seat 7: 19,400
Seat 8: 7,600
Seat 9: 48,600 Roger Grosset (+21.4k)
Seat 10: 33,000
Seat 11: 23,000 Lance Murdoch (-1.8k)
Seat 12: 30,600
Level 3 (300-600) and 4 (400-800):
Level 3 was very tentative as players settled down after some early action in the first two levels. With no remarkable hands to report, we moved to Level 4 with the following hand. Marco moved all in for his last 4000 chips and was called by Pat who held 55. Marco flipped over KJ and the race was on. The flop ended Marco’s chances quickly when Pat flopped not a set but quads! The board showed 25578 and Marco was the first player eliminated. Marco then proceeded to be our dealer for the rest of the night and for that the rest of us thank you.
A monster 40,000 chip pot developed shortly thereafter between Darren and Roger. After a bet and call pre-flop with Darren being the initiator, Roger bet out the flop of 2x9s8s and Darren re-raised. Roger called. On the turn 5s, Roger checked, Darren fired 7000 into the pot and Roger check-raised all in. At this point Darren went into the tank for a good 3-4 minutes before eventually folding. Roger said he hit the straight, while Darren said he laid down pocket jacks. But since no cards were shown and we are talking about poker players here, who knows what they had.
We end Level 4 with one KO and a clear chip-leader in Roger who seemed to take down pot after pot after pot. Pat was firmly entrenched in second. A nice comeback by Doug saw him double his stack in the two levels, while the big losers were Darren and Josh who saw their respective stacks reduced by double digits. The 11 remaining stacks were as follows:
Seat 1: 47,700
Seat 2: 36,100
Seat 3: 28,700
Seat 4: 16,100 Rik Rohrback (-3.9k)
Seat 5: 26,600
Seat 6: 29,800
Seat 7: 14,500
Seat 8: OUT
Seat 9: 58,400 Roger Grosset (+9.8k)
Seat 10: 35,000
Seat 11: 24,600 Lance Murdoch (+1.6k)
Seat 12: 14,100
Level 5(600-1200) and 6 (800-1600):
A big hand between Mike S and Dean saw both players put in 10,000 pre-flop before both checking a flop of KQ7. The turn 5 prompted Mike to bet out 8000 and take down the healthy pot.
Shortly after the above hand in a battle of the blinds between Josh and Pat, the flop came 665, Josh bet out 4500 chips and Pat moved all in. Josh made a quick call for about another 8000 and tabled 85 but was way behind Pats trips of 62. The board showed 665A4 and Josh became our second elimination going out in 11th place, while Pat moved up the chip count closing in on Roger.
Also in Level 5 Darren raised to 5000 on the button with 88 and Rick from the SB moved all in for another 7600. Darren insta-called and Rick tabled QJ. Rick flopped a Queen to take the lead and the turn and river bricked to double Rick up.
Pat and Lance made huge gains over these two level, with Darren, Roger and Josh taking the big hits. Darren and Mike R became clear short stacks with only 6 times the BB.
The 10 remaining stacks were:
Seat 1: 65,800
Seat 2: 32,000
Seat 3: 11,900
Seat 4: 25,000 Rik Rohrback (+8.9k)
Seat 5: 25,600
Seat 6: 36,200
Seat 7: 11,900
Seat 9: 41,800 Roger Grosset (-16.6k)
Seat 10: 28,300
Seat 11: 54,100 Lance Murdoch (+29.5k)
Seat 12: OUT
Level 7 (1000-2000):
Early in Level 7 Roger bet out 6000 and Darren went into the tank before pushing all in with 88, Roger called with AQ and the race was on. The flop came xJQ crushing Darren who threw his remaining chips into the pot and stood up, but sat down quickly when the miracle 8 spiked the turn, allowing Darren to double up to around 29,000.
Level 8 (1500-3000):
Early in Level 8 Roger who had been bleeding chips mostly to Lance who seemed to have his number, pushed all in UTG with 7d8d. It was folded around to Mike R on the BB who as a short stack called with KQ. The board bricked and King high won leaving Roger with 6.5k.
On the next hand, with Roger half in on the BB for 3k Pat opened for 10,000 and Doug re-raised all in for 37,500. Roger though long and hard but folded in what looked like a priced-in spot. Pat also folded 88 face up and Doug showed pocket queens as he raked in the uncontested pot.
On the very next hand Doug called 3k, Rick called 3k, Roger moved all in for 3.5k from the SB, Dean called extra 500 from BB and Doug and Rick called going 4-handed to the flop. The board came AT487 and was checked down. Roger showed 69 for the rivered straight which beat the KT, QJ and 34 of the other players allowing Roger to quadruple up to 14,000.
Still in level 8 with
bet-call pre-flop the board came JT2. Mike R. pushed all in and Pat thought for
a bit before calling KQ for two overs and a open-ender vs Mike R.’s AJ for
top-pair, top kicker. The turn came K and the river blanked giving Pat the pot
and his 3rd KO of the night, sending
There was a clear shift in power over these two levels as Roger lost most of his chips and Rick came into a tonne of them. Pat continued his steady growth and Mike S and Chris took hits while Darren reached desperation levels having only 1.5 BBs remaining.
At the end of level 8 are chip stacks were:
Seat 1: 82,100
Seat 2: 40,000
Seat 3: 6,300
Seat 4: 64,000 Rik Rohrback (+39k)
Seat 5: 15,100
Seat 6: 21,700
Seat 7: OUT
Seat 9: 15,500 Roger Grosset (-26.3k)
Seat 10: 37,000
Seat 11: 51,100 Lance Murdoch (-3k)
Level 9 (2000-4000):
The very first hand in level 9 saw Pat raise and Mike S move all in over the top. Pat looked at his good friend and said “I have a very big hand” before calling and tabling Kings, much to Mikes chagrin who had only the Hooks. The board bricked and Mike S became our 9th place finisher. Pat had personally sent each of the first 4 players home.
Shortly thereafter Darren was on the BB for 4000 with only 2300 behind. Pat moved all in from the button forcing Doug to abandon his 78. Darren had to call with the Doyle Brunson T2 and sit back and watch. The board came 356J4, the miracle 4 giving Darren a straight and keeping his hopes alive.
The next hand it was folded around to Darren who raised all in on the SB with KJ and Rick folded, bringing Darren up to 18,300 and a playable stack.
Roger getting short stacked moved all in from the cutoff with A7. Pat from the BB called the additional 9.5k with just T5. The flop came 9TJ and Pat took the lead, but Roger turned a straight when the 8 fell and the river Jack changed nothing as Roger doubled up to 29,000.
Level 10 (3000-6000):
A crazy pot developed early in level 10 when on the cutoff, Doug opened for 16000 and Rick called from the SB. The flop came TT6 and Doug quickly moved all in out of turn for 15,000. A quick ruling that the bet would stand left the pressure on Rick who eventually called with KJ versus Doug’s A7. The board ended TT6TA and Doug won a very healthy pot and could start to breath a sigh of relief.
A monster pot, the biggest of the night developed between our chip leaders when from the button Dean led out for 20,000. Lance folded and Pat re-raised all in. This put Dean into the tank. He thought for 5-6 minutes before making the call for his last 31,500 and flipping up 77. Pat turned over AJ and the race was on. The board came KT628 and Dean doubled up to the chip lead with 106,600 and made a large dint in Pats stack. Many of us couldn’t believe the strong call made by Dean who could have folded that hand there and still been 3rd in chips.
Still in level 10, Roger
would become the 8th place finisher when from the mid-position he
pushed all in for 20,000 with 67 only to run into Lance holding
Doug raised all in from the button and Darren on the SB with only 6000 left called with K6 to go up against Dougs AQ. The board came KKT6x and Darren survived again with a remarkable full house.
The pattern in the last 3 levels was one of the short stacks getting all in and surviving time and time again. But that trend would soon end as we moved into Level 11.
The stacks after 10 levels of play:
Seat 1: 61,200
Seat 2: 37,400
Seat 3: 28,200
Seat 4: 20,000 Rik Rohrback (-44k)
Seat 5: 15,100
Seat 6: OUT
Seat 9: OUT Roger Grosset (-15.5k)
Seat 10: 118,600
Seat 11: 53,100 Lance Murdoch (+2k)
Level 11 (5000-10000):
First hand in Level 11 saw Rick in early position push all in for 20,000. Pat made the call and everyone else folded. Pat held AQ to Ricks AJ. The board came Q6KKJ and Rick became our 7th place finished and Pat had his 5th KO of the first 6 ousted players. This hand also brought us to the bubble with 5 of the remaining 6 players getting seats to the WSOP in Vegas.
The next hand was a walk for Darren.
The next hand was folded around to the SB where Darren pushed all in with K3. Chris was in for 10,000 already and held 5,100 behind. Having no choice but to call and table 68. The board bricked out with 99452 and Chris became the bubble boy going out in 6th place. The remaining 5 players celebrated with a beer and sat down to play out for the $300 difference in money prizes.
Very shortly thereafter Doug pushed all in with KT and ran into Lances AK. The board came xxxxA and Doug went out 5th collecting a seat and $500 in cash.
The next KO came when Darren pushed all in with A9 and was called by Pat with AK. A 9 on the flop and no help sent Pat home in 4th with a seat and $600.
It stayed 3-handed for a long
time with all players taking down pots before Lance eliminated Dean with KJ vs
Heads up action lasted only one hand. Lance who entered heads up play with a 3 to 1 chip lead, limped in and Darren pushed all in with A7. Lance’s trap worked and he insta-called with JJ. The board was meaningless and Lance took down the title. Darren collected $700 and his seat while Lance received the first place prize of a seat and $800.
Congratulations to all winners as you outlasted a very tough field of players. Hopefully one or more of you can find a way to cash down in Vegas and bring some extra money home to the Die Hard Poker League!
April 14th, 2008 – League Final Winners are: Lance
The above players join Roland
Calapiz as our league representatives traveling down to
The League Final was a crazy night of cards that started out with a bang before tightening up considerably for several hours. It was a night where the short-stacks wouldn’t die, and a night where it took until almost 4am to declare a winner.
More details to follow tomorrow when I update a whole bunch of hand scenarios.
March 18th, 2008 –
We broke our record for
turnout with 59 players last night, and also a record 6 women players.
Event #10 saw 4 players who
we haven’t seen much of since Season #1 return as
Remembered hands from the night included:
3. A tough beat by
4. An interesting hand in the final 7 or 8 when Marco raised to 45,000 with blinds 10,000-20,000. One caller and then Paria looked at 22. She elected to fold to the min-raise. The board came 2xx and Marco pushed with AT and won. Had Paria called that raise, Marco would not be at the League Final.
5. Two ladies went at it at the Final Table when the board came AKx. Paria was allin with JT and Kerry Sweeney had A8. The turn came A and the cruel river was a Q ending Kerry’s hopes to make the League Final and setting Paria up for a deep run to 2nd place.
The following players
finished 1-14 respectively: Mike Leis (non-league $860),
The League Final will start 12 handed next week at 8pm with the following players:
33,200 Rik Rohrback
27,200 Roger Grosset
24,800 Lance Murdoch
Five of these players will become winners and join Roland Calapiz down in Vegas to compete in a $1,500 World Series of Poker Event.
There are a total of 333,600 chips in play making the average stack 27,800 chips.
We will go with just one table (yes I know 12 handed is a lot, but I don’t want to go 6-handed this early in a tourney). The drawing of seats will occur at exactly 8pm. Please note that all chips will be in play whether a player shows up or not. Also there are obviously no substitutes for the League Final in case that wasn’t clear.
Final Tournament Structure:
As for the final, the blinds structures will be as follows with half hour levels until Level 11:
Final Tournament Structure
10 Minute Break
10 Minute Break
5 Minute Break
5 Minute Break
5 Minute Break
5 Minute Break
Last level continues until
end of tournament.
Note that there will be no Rebuys in the Final.
March 18th, 2008 – Prepping for Event #10, How Do I Make the Final Table?
Ok the big day is coming this Friday. It’s your last chance to put up or shut up. Below I have broken down all the various scenarios in short to help players better understand how they can book their seat into the League Final. Most players are left with only one option: win Event #10. For more info read below.
The prizes on the line are as follows:
And how do you get to the final table? One of two ways:
2nd- 10th - seat at the final table.
Single Event winners – seat at the final table.
And where do people stand for the two big bubbles?
First Overall and the Automatic Berth to Vegas (Buy-in + $800 Cdn)
For the first overall spot
and the automatic berth to Vegas it is officially down to just two players:
Roland Calapiz and
Final Table Berth
First let’s take a look at what is required points-wise to make it to the Final Table. Based on random simulations the following are likelihoods of a certain point total being enough to crack the top 10:
28,400 is enough: (100%)
27,600 is enough: (99.99%)
27,200 is enough: (99.95%)
26,800 is enough: (99.41%)
26,400 is enough: (99.08%)
26,000 is enough: (98.18%)
25,600 is enough: (97.45%)
24,800 is enough: (84.1%)
24,400 is enough: (52.76%)
Given that information we can see that 7 players are guaranteed to make the final table via being an Event Winner. They are:
In addition we have 3 more players with enough points to lock in a seat at the final table as well. Those being:
Not mathematically in yet but a virtual lock for the final table given his 27,200 points is 99.95% chance of being good enough:
Note also that one of Roland Calapiz
Putting those players to one side the rest of you are fighting to get to at least 24,400 points to give yourself a 50% chance at making it or needing to win the event to get in as the last Event winner to qualify.
A Win and Only a Win: There are 19 players needing an outright win to qualify, meaning that only one of those 19 players can make the final table. This includes any player with 14,800 points or less.
The Virtually Assured:
Roger Grosset is sitting pretty, but given some of the bizarre stuff that happened in Event #10’s in the past (anyone remember season 1 where BOTH Doug and Adrian had to finish in the top 3 to knock me out of the top 10 and they DID?) he would do well to get a few points and assure himself that seat in the final.
We could have anywhere from 10 to 14 players at the final table but likely we will end up with 12.
So hold onto your hats and get ready for what could end up being a tense affair for all those around the bubble. See you guys Friday night.
March 18th, 2008 – Event #9 Results in
So what happened? Well with
about 20 people needing a win to move on, two players with no points to their
name made it down to the final 3 along with
A big hand occurred with 3 players remaining when Pat limped on the button with 15k/30k blinds. Jon limped from the SB and Chris took the free flop. Chris held 45h and watched a gorgeous 367 offsuit flop. Jon and Chris checked, giving Pat the green light to throw in an even 100k into a 90k pot. With a smart-ass “Let me just confirm that I do indeed have the nuts before I call you", Chris moved in for his last 115k. Pat made the call and the 320k pot set Chris up.
Earlier with about 12 people left ... Chris had 60k , raised to 20k total in early position with AQ clubs, only to have someone re-raise to 40k 2 spots down the line. Knowing he had to win outright ... and taking what he thought might be a race against JJ as not too bad and a chance to double his stack to 120k and most likely be the chip leader, he still eventually decided to throw the hand away face up , which no one could believe he let go. I guess it worked out in the end.
Some other hands included:
The following players
finished 1-12 respectively:
March 16th, 2008 – Event #9 Standings Updated … More to Come Soon!
The standings page has been updated. Will add more later in the week.
For those that care, I ran a simulation of the likelihood of where the point bubble will fall given the standings after Event #9. After 10,000 random events the percentages looked like this:
28,400 is enough: 10000 (100%)
28,000 is enough: 9999 (99.99%)
27,600 is enough: 9999 (99.99%)
27,200 is enough: 9995 (99.95%)
26,800 is enough: 9941 (99.41%)
26,400 is enough: 9908 (99.08%)
26,000 is enough: 9818 (98.18%)
25,600 is enough: 9745 (97.45%)
24,800 is enough: 8410 (84.1%)
24,400 is enough: 5276 (52.76%)
24,000 is enough: 1793 (17.93%)
23,600 is enough: 0 (0%)
So while 24,400, is good half the time. 25,600 though looks like the real don’t sweat it spot, and 28,400 is the mathematical certainty.
March 1st, 2008 – Event #8 Completes with 2 Non-League Members Going 1-2 and Lance Murdoch Locking in a Seat in the Final.
Darren Callaghan officially won the tourney after agreeing to a $600 chop with Jeff Scott and playing out for the remaining $20 to complete the first ever 1-2 punch by non-leaguers.
We had 54 players show up for
another barnstormer in Cloverdale. This was an interesting event that saw the
two points leaders go out in the first 5 players. We also had no changes in the
top 7 positions. But there was some critical jostling in the 8-12 spots as
I don’t have many interesting hands to tell you as I was KO’d from the tournament in the first hour and was thus not around to see many interesting hands. However I do have a few hands that I saw or were relayed to me:
1) In Level 5 Rob Wright was unfortunate to flop a set of 8’s with Andrew flopping the Queen high straight on a board of T98. Rob didn’t fill up.
2) In Level 6 Rob moved all
in pre-flop with
Actually that’s about it… I guess I really wasn’t paying that much attention to the tourney after I got KO’d early.
The final table saw only one
new-comer as Rob Wright pointed in 5th for his first 3600 points.
Danny Tolusso made it back-to-back FT’s as he placed 6th, good for
4,800 points and puts him in striking distance of the top 10.
The following players
finished 1-12 respectively: Darren Callaghan ($620, non-league), Jeff Scott
($600, non-league), Lance Murdoch ($300),
February 9th, 2008 – Final moved to April 11th , WSOP Events
We have a couple players who are likely to make the final table that have scheduling issues with the original April 18th date. As such I am going ahead and moving the date up a week to April 11th. If anyone out there has a concern with this date change, please let me know ASAP.
Also we have made a decision
on the WSOP Events. We will be entering our players in either Event #36
(Thursday, June 19th) or Event #39 (Saturday, June 21st)
at the Rio in
Also with the monies collected from last event, combined with my already exchanging Canadian to US cash we can now guarantee 6 prizes of $1500 US buy-in plus a minimum of $500 Cdn to cover trip expenses. We will likely, use the remaining monies obtained to make the prizes top heavy. In other words first and second might get $800, third and fourth $700, fifth $600 and sixth $500 or something similar. But this is purely hypothetical at the moment until we have the final monies collected.
February 3rd, 2008 – Event #7 Complete Non-leaguer
Erik Puharich wins,
This event had many story
lines including a record 56 players, Erik Puharich on life support hanging on,
5-handed lasted a while, but
Back-to-back defending title
holder Roland Calapiz made another deep run but was stopped short of the final
table, going out in 11th, though he did point for the 5th
time in 6 tries with 800 points. Roland also cracked
An interesting cash game hand
The following players
finished 1-12 respectively: Erik Puharich ($630, non-league),
January 13th, 2008 – Event #6 Roland puts together back-to-back titles!
Well, I honestly can say that this was discussed once we knew we had over 40 players and the bet was that we wouldn’t have anyone that would put together two wins this season, never mind back-to-back. But that’s just what Roland Calapiz did on Friday night and with the win he takes a nearly unassailable lead over 2nd place. Friday saw the return to the ring for Sonia who took the last two events off to uh… give birth. Congrats on the new baby girl! We had 38 league members show up, 4 more send replacement players and a total of 12 non-leaguers resulting in 50 players on the night. We also continued to kick off in a reasonable time, getting started at 8:09pm, so thank you especially to all those who show up at 7:30-7:40pm allowing me to process your entry fee and get things going faster.
Early in the tourney
The final table started off
Many cash deals were offered by Guy to Roland but Roland insisted on playing it out. Lots of lead changes occurred with the player getting in behind winning most times but finally in the end Roland won the tourney and the big first prize. Though Guy missed out on the guaranteed final table, the 8,000 points puts him in solid contention for one of those coveted seats.
With the results from this
tourney we have Roland Calapiz, Rik Rohrback,
The following players
finished 1-10 respectively: Roland Calapiz ($740),
January 12th, 2008 – Event #6 Roland puts together back-to-back titles!
Event #6 completed. Stats are up including AllTime page. Full report coming soon.
January 3rd, 2008
Event #6 is coming soon. Also added in the average placing numbers onto the standings page.
December 25th, 2007
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good flop!
December 15th, 2007 – Event #5 Finishes with Roland Calapiz Victorious!
Well we hit the halfway point with 47 players currently in the league and 44 players battling for the $620 first place prize. Roland Calapiz won Event #5 to lock in a guaranteed seat in the final and jump past Roger in the points lead. And this was no wire-to-wire run for Roland who at one point in Level 6 with the blinds at 400-800 had just a single 500 chip. But as the Jack Strauss can attest, sometimes a chip and a chair is all you need.
The Final Table kicked off quickly when on the first hand, Roland raised UTG and Chad McGlynn, who came in as the short-stack pushed in with T9h. Peter Jensen went over-the-top all in with AK and Roland made the easy call with KK. The cowboys held and after one hand we were down to 8. Another interesting hand saw Dean raise with 8 remaining and Roland call. On a flop of AQx we got an all-in and a call with both players holding just QJ. Considering they were both in the top 4 stacks at the time it was an interesting play. John Carson has now played as a sub three different times and pointed in two of them, though I think Dean would gladly trade Doug the 400 for 8,000 points. And Doug has had two subs and obtained 18,000 points. Talk about betting on the right horse.
We got to 4 handed we had Nick Scott move in with 33 and get called down by Roland, who had open-raised, with K4s the flop came XsXs4XX and Roland’s pair of 4’s KO’d the first-timer. So then there were 3 of us. First hand with final troika and Darren moved all in with A5, John re-raised over the top with A9 and Roland thought before calling with A8. The flop contained an 8 and even though the river hit a 5 Roland’s A8 was able to KO both players.
The following players
finished 1-12 respectively: Roland Calapiz ($620), John Carson (playing for
December 13th, 2007 – Event #7 Date Will Remain February 1st
Several people had requested looking at moving the February 1st date to February 8th or January 25th. But after talking with a lot of league members we had 2 people who had specifically arranged vacations for the weekend of the 8th to make sure they were around for Event #7 on the 1st. There is no way I will penalize these people. We also had 4 people including myself who could not make it on Jan 25th. So the date will hold firm and those that can’t make it will have to do what they always do, send replacement players or sit it out.
December 13th, 2007 – Harrahs Announces Date for 2008 World Series of Poker
Harrahs has announced the
dates for the WSOP at the
We are going to analyze all the events and see which $1500 NL event makes most sense for the league to attend. At first blush I’d say Event #36/39 looks best as, just like last year, they have $1500 NLH events on Thursday and Saturday with the $50k HORSE event on the Sunday. But these are things we need to look at. Also noticed they made Event #2, the first $1500 NLH event a 4 day event. Given that they had almost 3000 players for that event I understand the reasoning. The poker tent thank god is gone, so no sweltering in the heat this year.
December 2nd, 2007 – Event #7 Date Change Proposal
I’ve had 4-5 people talk to me about the Feb 1st date being a problem. Along with these concerns, it is Superbowl weekend and the Team1040 boys are doing their Friday night Surrey Golf Course tourney that weekend. As such I want to propose moving the date for event #7 from Feb 1 to Feb 8.
That being said I will NOT move any date if there are enough people with concerns. So if you can’t make a Feb 8th date and would rather leave it on the 1st. please let me know ASAP.
November 20th, 2007 –
Two players from our league
cashed in yesterdays Event #2 $1100 NLH Event of the BC Poker Championships.
From a field of 592 players that included CPT player
of the year Jody Trainer, WPT Champion Scott Clements, Bracelet winner Robert
Cheung, along with big names Greg Mueller and Brad Booth, both
A final note is that the all time stats page has now been updated.
November 19th, 2007 – Event #4 sees
I’m off to the BC Poker Championships today so a full update will happen later in the week, but I did update the standings page so go take a look. Short notes: Kerry and Roger make their 3rd final table in 4 tries, Rick gets the guaranteed seat in the final, Josh has his second runner-up placing, 8 of 10 players at final table had already been there before this season with only Andrew and George making their first trip to the final table.
Intreresting hands include:
Level 1: Non-leaguer Pete Rainey promised me he’d be first out when he bought in. A man of his word, Pete went out early in Level 1 playing only a half dozen hands.
Level 2: Same table as above
Level 11: With 16 players
remaining the defining hand of the tournament occurred. The two big stacks on
table 2 got into it. After 15,000 open bet and call, the flop came AK3 rainbow.
More hands to add later, along with update of All Time Stats.
The following players
finished 1-10 respectively:
November 3rd, 2007 – Event #3 ends with
Another event another great
turnout with 50 players competing for $1920 in prizes, coveted league points
and of course the guaranteed seat at the final table.
An earlier hand with huge
action only 30 minutes into play saw 5 people call 100 only to have John Cullen
in the BB pop it up another 300 holding A8. Unperturbed 4 players made the
additional call including Andrew K with 89,
The cash game as always was
lucrative, intense and very fun that night Andrew K was the big winner walking
away up by my estimate around $400.
Also a very big thanks to everyone for showing up early enough that we actually started only 3-4 minutes late. The next tourney is in only two weeks and lets get ready for some more poker.
The following players
finished 1-10 respectively:
November 2nd, 2007
Congratulations to current
October 21st, 2007
Getting ready for Round 3 of the DHPL Season 3. I’m going to ask that you please aim to be there at 7:30pm so we can get everybody signed up AND start on time. Having 20 people show up two minutes before we start makes it impossible to get going. So please be there a little earlier. Thanks DK.
October 4th, 2007
All time stats are now updated. Also standings page fixed.
September 30th, 2007 – Event #2 is complete, non-leaguer Corey Grant wins $740!
Event #2 is in the books and
it was no surprise this time but we did set another record with 50 players
vying for the $740 first place prize money. We had 4 new members join the
league bringing the total to 50 leaguers. We also had 9 new leaguers get points
meaning that only one player,
The final table was a very balanced fight with no real monster stacks in play. During the final table however Matt T, garnished a lot of chips and, just like Dean in the previous tourney, watched the big chip lead leave him as he lost coin flip after coin flip. Two women made the final table of the 4 that started. A congrats goes out to Kerry who pointed and cashed on her birthday and to Emiko who cashed for the first time in 5-6 tries with us as a drop in player. The final hand saw Corey who at the time held a 3 to 1 chip led get all in pre flop with AQ vs 45. No help came and Corey won the tournament.
The change to the blinds structures appeared to work well as we finished the tournament one hour, twenty minutes earlier than the previous tournament, finishing at 2:30am. This is much better than a nearly 4am finish. Therefore we will stick with the blinds and keep them for next tourney. Note that the standings have been updated, but the all time stats will be dealt with later in the week.
The following players
finished 1-10 respectively: Corey Grant ($740, non-league for
September 8th, 2007 – Event #1 is in the
Event #1 blew my mind. We currently have 46 league members with Al, Shane and Neil supposedly joining for Event 2 which would put us at 49 leaguers. Considering we had 25 last year and 23 in our first season that is phenomenal. In fact we’ve never had more than 43 players out for a tourney before. Last night there were 47. I guess bumping up the cash entry was worth it. This turnout was unreal and I need to restructure the blinds to speed the tournament up some as we ended at 3:50am. Grant and I will review the structure and let you know the results.
Some big time poker was
played and there were some classic moments like when on two separate tables
quads were turned on back to back hands. A player that left with 22 players
remaining was blinded out to 9th place and 800 points (
The following players finished 1-10 respectively: Mike R ($660), Roger G ($440), Jordi M ($300), Mike S ($200), Dean K ($120), Darren K ($80), Sonia T, Darren C, Dean H, Matt T
The tourney featured some big moves and a huge chip stack with 10 people remaining when at one point Dean held 60% of the chips in play.
A full standings update will occur in the next day or two, along with a rules update to explain the changes on winning the league prize.
September 4th, 2007 – 3 Days to kickoff!
Please do your best to get there at 7:30pm and have your $130 cash ready.
Quick update on players confirmed so far. I have had 34 players in total say they are in for the league. They include:
Returning Players (18 of 25): Adrian, Al, Andrew, Darren C, Darren K, Dean, Ed, Grant, Jesse, Jordi, Kerry, Lance, Mike, Pat, Ray, Robin, Roger and Scott
Returning From Season 1 (1): Doug
New Players (15): Chris H, Clayton Z, Danny T, Deena S, Dylan R, Harry A, Jesse L, Josh H, Mario B, Matt T, Pete S, Shawn H, Sonia T, Terry J and Vince S
Still haven’t heard from
August 28th, 2007 – Season 3 Kicks off next Friday!
Get your game faces on, dust off your Swedish jersey, rub your little Buddha (god that sounds bad), dig out the oakleys, find your lucky card cover and whatever else you need to do to get ready for poker, because season 3 starts off with a bang next Friday.
So far 17 of our 25 leaguers
from last year have said they are returning, 2 have opted out (Javid and Colin)
and 6 I have not been able to contact yet. So if any of you out there can get
ahold of Al DeLeon,
Along with 17 confirmed
returning players (Adrian, Andrew, Darren C, Darren K, Dean, Ed, Grant, Jesse,
Jordi, Kerry, Lance, Mike, Pat, Ray, Robin, Roger and Scott), I also have 10
other players (Danny T, Deena S,
Keep talking to friends and get as many people out as possible. Even if they are only interested in the cash tourney.
Note that as the cash portion is $40 this year I need everyone to bring $130 for the first event ($40 for cash, $60 deposit WSOP drops fro Events 9 and 10) and $30 for WSOP drop for event 1). For those bringing out players just for the cash, it is $40 to play.
July 9th, 2007 – Time to Prepare for Season 3.
Well it is getting on middle of summer and that means September is not far away. September is the end of summer, the beginning of school, and you guessed it, time to get the next season of the Die Hard Poker league going. So with that in mind we need to look at dates and rule changes.
As usual we are going to do our best to avoid holidays and major events from league members. I am proposing the following dates for Season 3 of the Die Hard Poker League. Please review them and send me any concerns you might have. I’d like to finalize the dates by end of July so we can start getting players committing.
Proposed Season 3 Dates
Event 1: Sept 7
Event 2: Sept 28
Event 3: Oct 26
Event 4: Nov 16
Event 5: Dec 14
Event 6: Jan 11
Event 7: Feb 1
Event 8: Feb 29
Event 9: Mar 14
Event 10: Apr 4
League FINAL: Apr 18
Season 3 Changes:
Anything you want changed? We will accept any and all feedback. The following are two changes I plan on implementing:
Hopefully these rules will help to add more enjoyment to the game.
July 9th, 2007 –
A DHPL Player cashes at the
WSOP. Unfortunately for the rest of you it was
As for the league representatives, both Mike and Ed played Event #35 on Thursday, June 21st. Ed took a horrible beat when he got all his chips in the middle on a 952 flop while holding KK against 44. And would you believe it, the turn is a 4 and Ed is out only 1.5 hours into the event. I also started poorly losing 1000 of my 3000 chips on the very first hand when my two pair A2 got beat by rivered trips from a Q6 on an AQ25Q board. I was down to just a single 500 chip early in level 3 but I won 3 of 4 hands, at least doubling up each time to get to 7000 and the race was on.
What happened to Mike you
say? He started very strongly building a healthy chip stack almost immediately
and wielding it well until Level 4 when he just couldn’t defend against…. a god
damn Rio waiter spilling scalding coffee on his lower back!!! With about 8600
chips when average stacks were around 5500, Mike burnt out. His lower back
received 2nd degree burns over an area about the size of two hand
prints. He tried valiantly to continue but could not and spent the next 5 hours
in the hospital.
So Roger and Darren K entered event #38. Roger would not last long bowing out only 30 minutes in when his AK ran into Aces on a King high flop. Darren would last a little longer grinding it out with two pro’s Arnold Spee and John Murphy at his table. After a couple of table moves I was sitting a table away from some big names in Rene Angelil, David Plastik, Vanessa Selbst, Chris Ferguson and others. I used KK to triple up and then KK again to double through another opponent up to as high as 9000 chips. But a horrid hand where I held KQ on a board that flopped QJ2 with me betting out and turned K, bet larger and the river came A only to have a donkey call me to the river with A2 for a rivered higher two pair (yes I was frustrated). That left me quite short-stacked and I was in survival mode. I cracked Aces with 35 on a board of T53 and stayed alive for a while. But with my stack shrinking I pushed UTG with KQ and ran into AQ. I finished about 600th out of 2778 players about 30 minutes prior to the dinner break and well off the money and our league is now 0-6 in WSOP attempts.