There’s a lot of poker springing up in the PNW



With the PacWest Classic wrapping up the winter season, Washington and Oregon players can look forward to a spring full of events. Starting in Oregon, the Encore Series at the Encore Poker Club in Portland runs in April. This series consists of four events with guaranteed prize pools that reach a combined $100K. Buy-ins are $100-$300 (rebuys and add-ons are available for some events). Check out our Where to Play pages for website and contact information for Encore to find out more details as the series gets closer.

Moving north to Washington, the Poker Pro Challenge will be April 5-7 at Tulalip Resort Casino (north of Seattle). This tournament has a $1,100 buy-in and an estimated $500K prize pool, with two starting days. Players can re-enter the same day as an alternate or on Day 1B if eliminated on Day 1A. Starting stacks are 15K with 45-minute rounds on Day 1 and 60-minute rounds when the field is combined for Day 2. Entries can be won through a series of $115 super satellites, as well as $115, $125, $225, $250 single-table satellites.

In the Vancouver area, the British Columbia Poker Championships will be at River Rock Casino in May. Full details hadn’t been released by press time, but the main event cost $3K in years past, and three other events surrounded it, including a $5K high roller.

— Philip Dobrikin is Ante Up’s Pacific Northwest Ambassador. Email him at

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