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Capitol Casino hosts POY

By Arnold Warner

On Oct. 18 at 10:00 a.m. poker players at Capitol Casino in Sacramento had the opportunity to take a shot at playing with three-time NorCal Tournament Player of the Year Rellie Sigua and knocking him off his perch—at least for the day.

With a buy-in of $330, 61 entries were made creating a prize pool of $18,300. It promised to be a great event with 25-minute levels, 10,000 chips, and a deep structure built for lots of skillful play.

After more than eight hours the field had finally been whittled down to two: Kenny Lee of El Dorado Hills and Ying Vang of Sacramento. Their decision to chop gave them each a payday over $4,800.

Lee, who actually doesn’t play regularly other than with friends, said, “This is my first tournament in a long time. I was bored and heard about the tournament and decided to play.” He did add though, “(Capitol Casino) is the best place to play poker in town.”

Clutching a beer, Vang commented, “I told a couple of my friends last night that if I made it to the final table I was going to get drunk … and I can’t complain!”

Capitol Casino’s tournament director Mark Pritchett commented, “On behalf of all of us here at Capitol Casino we would like to thank The Cardroom News— Randy and Paul—for hosting the 2014 POY event with us. We also would like to thank Rellie for making the journey from the Bay Area to the Valley to play in this year’s event. We are looking forward to even more signups for next year’s points race so that the next POY champion comes from Sacramento. We’ll do our best to knock Rellie off the top, but until then he is the man!”

This was Sigua’s fourth POY tournament during his three-year reign as champion, and he has yet to make a deep run in one, let alone cash. Read into that whatever you want, because with only a few weeks left he’s in the lead again in an attempt to make it a fourth straight year as the top poker tournament player in Northern California.
There was no bounty on his head at Capitol as there has been at previous events, but that didn’t mean people ­weren’t gunning for him. The ironic thing was the player who knocked him out, Sacramento’s Chansavang Oriyavong, must have missed the announcement at the beginning of the tournament because he didn’t even know who he had eliminated until asked about it afterward. “I would have talked some smack if I knew he was the Player of the Year, but now it’s too late,” he said with a smile.

Sigua’s tale of the hand that sent him to the rail is familiar to anyone who has ever played the game of poker. He said that he’d been card dead for the first three levels, never getting much over his starting stack of 10,000, but never going much below it either.

“I min raised under the gun with Q-J suited,” he said. It folds to the button who makes it 2½X raise, small blind folds, big blind folds. I call to see what he’s going to do on the flop. Whatever flops I can pretty much make my read. Flop comes queen high, 7-6 rainbow. I check it to him. He makes an overbet on a dry board, so I put him on A-K, nines, or tens, or whatnot. So I shipped my whole stack in knowing that I was ahead, and sure enough, he calls me with tens—and the river was a ten.

“How I made my read was, why make such a big bet on the flop if you have an overpair or A-Q? Why not make a value bet rather than making a big bet? So that’s where I got my read from. I knew my Q-J was good.”
Despite the brevity of his stay Sigua said he had a very pleasant experience. “I had a short, good time. This is my very first time here. It’s always been a place I wanted to go visit, because I’ve heard a lot about because it is where J.C. (Tran) came from. This was his stomping ground. So I wanted to see what the players were like here.”
He also looks forward to his next visit. “This is a place I’m looking at to play whenever I’m out here in Sacramento. It’s a beautiful complex. I like it. People are friendly. They’re very warm. They’re nice and they try to get to know you well real quick.”
As for his prospects at a fourth Player of the Year title, he said, “I’m just doing whatever I can. I still have the passion for the game and that’s what I thrive on.”

2014 POY points as of Nov. 1

With only one month to go Rellie Sigua is narrowly hanging onto the lead in his bid for a fourth consecutive POY title. Hot on his heels is L. Odegard of San Jose, a little more than 300 points behind.

Name City Points TGP
Sigua, R San Bruno 7,200.98 35
Odegard, L San Jose 6,916.60 36
Malabanan, I S. San Francisco 5,647.81 31
Nguyen, P San Jose 5,353.48 29
Poetra, A Daly City 4,933.20 25
Perez, A San Francisco 4,523.32 20
Mai, T San Leandro 4,510.08 25
Chow, L San Francisco 4,506.10 24
Tighe, G Santa Cruz 4,197.81 24
Martin, A Castro Valley 4,124.72 35
Nguyen, D San Francisco 4,051.49 26
Tang, X Foster City 3,873.41 19
Rodriguez, G Fremont 3,545.02 32
Spruitenburg, T  Pacifica 3,264.16 20
Campbell, T Sacramento 3,260.92 25
Serrano, V San Bruno 3,010.21 22
Pincombe, G Redwood City 2,860.33 15
Riddle, M Sacramento 2,808.10 24
Vieira, M Sacramento 2,747.75 26
Sontag, D Castro Valley 2,681.96 21
Raines, S Fremont 2,509.03 20
Tada, S Santa Clara 2,485.29 12
Campbell, J Sacramento 2,448.44 21
Yim, C Hayward 2,391.97 20
Alaniz, M Novato 2,274.65 12
Dalaig, H San Francisco 2,264.52 12
Wilson, T Sacramento 2,208.95 17
Webster, D San Francisco 2,159.69 14
Velazco, C Pacifica 2,034.35 12
Quiroz-Alvarez, H Redwood City 2,018.22 5
Zeledon, J San Jose 2,010.39 8
Howard, A Oakland 1,959.93 18
Lyons, P Hillsborough 1,899.96 9
Gil, R Milpitas 1,871.28 7
Naygrow, T Sacramento 1,740.34 14
DelVecchio, D Sunnyvale 1,715.94 10
Carrion, D Alameda 1,695.83 14
Tom, B San Francisco 1,693.96 8
Ticehurst, D Hillsborough 1,685.80 7
Tieu, H San Francisco 1,648.84 11
Saquing, M Daly City 1,643.36 7
Niccum, J Sacramento 1,554.72 12
Rivas, E Hayward 1,552.11 14
Morkovine, S Menlo Park 1,544.72 11
Ford, A Elk Grove 1,406.73 10
Kratsas, A San Francisco 1,394.18 10
Wearing, M San Francisco 1,369.07 10
Beiles, R Kensington 1,315.41 13
Nario, D San Francisco 1,302.19 8
Roy, R W. Sacramento 1,292.43 10
Zapanta, O Hayward 1,278.60 9
Miller, J Sacramento 1,264.84 11
Spruitenburg, J  Burlingame 1,248.53 9
Dela Cruz, C Daly City 1,241.10 7
Crouchen, J Sacramento 1,183.36 8
Forster, D Alameda 1,153.20 4
Guan, J San Francisco 1,150.10 5
Aquino, J Pacifica 1,148.04 6
Carr, M Oakland 1,136.88 10
Richardson, J Sacramento 1,136.38 10
Robinson, T Castro Valley 1,104.40 7
Kelly, S San Francisco 1,076.68 7
Gholston, H Sacramento 1,075.31 9
Callacna, G Castro Valley 1,041.45 8
Michaelis, S Pleasanton 1,031.15 5
Dela Cruz, M Sacramento 1,011.04 6
De Los Reyes, A Elk Grove 973.02 8
Leyva, S Sacramento 971.82 7
Ellefson, C Roseville 964.35 7
Bennett, W W. Sacramento 952.88 7
Pisano, T San Jose 918.23 5
Williams, T Sacramento 914.37 7
Richard, D Santa Clara 903.71 5
Chavez, B Sacramento 896.58 7
Reyes, E Sacramento 871.32 8
Salmon, J Carmichael 868.08 6
Waters, G Manteca 861.90 7
Hung, C San Francisco 861.86 6
Lor, K Sacramento 861.14 6
Le, T Elk Grove 840.12 4
Dionida, J Daly City 833.63 6
Kortuem, J W. Sacramento 799.44 6
Jimenez, R Sacramento 790.73 7
Jordan, M Sacramento 786.08 6
Gammad, R Elk Grove 777.03 6
Duong, T Sacramento 775.45 5
Bare, L Santa Cruz 770.72 5
Surya, E Hayward 760.20 6
Peloquin, R Sacramento 722.96 6
Trujillo, S S. San Francisco 705.13 6
Kaunlavouth, K  Sacramento 694.90 6
Hankin, P Oakland 691.34 4
Barnes, G Orangevale 686.38 7
Hunkin, T San Francisco 682.41 3
Decker-Laske, C Sacramento 681.02 6
Garcia, M Hayward 677.14 4
Tripoli, S Elk Grove 671.46 6
Garvin, R Sacramento 667.50 5
Larsen, J Sacramento 667.44 6
Saunders, D Elk Grove 660.56 5
Reinick, L El Dorado Hills 656.00 6
Sim, A Dublin 646.60 5
Garza, M Elk Grove 646.20 6
Blumenfield, N San Francisco 632.19 3
Sanchez, I Reedley 627.09 4
Still, D Roseville 623.76 4
Largo, R Weed 618.28 4
Dulay, O Hayward 609.57 3
Bayles, W Eldorado 608.77 5
Ali, M Albany 603.33 4
Chew, N Milpitas 594.00 1
Frazier, H Hayward 586.80 5
Randel, B Davis 580.21 4
Chastain, G San Leandro 579.60 5
Dingley, T Sacramento 576.91 6
Jones, K Antelope 546.80 6
Anderson, J Hayward 543.30 3
Klos, J San Leandro 522.00 4
Barber, A Sacramento 519.90 3
Porto, J Sacramento 518.18 5
Le, D San Jose 517.33 3
Vaughn, D Vacaville 516.24 4
Evans, J Sacramento 515.00 4
Naygrove, R Sacramento 511.38 4
Arumugam, T Santa Clara 510.30 2
Kwon, R San Francisco 504.00 2
Magnus, C Sacramento 501.82 4
Saakov, L San Francisco 500.69 3
Good, P Antioch 500.40 2
Samuel, T Sacramento 500.26 2
Banbao, J Sacramento 492.23 4
Gawad, H El Granada 489.35 3
Anderson, L Sacramento 488.59 4
Cruz, E Daly City 487.97 2
Solis, P Sacramento 474.24 4
Beers, W W. Sacramento 474.00 3
Porto, J Elk Grove 473.58 5
Nguyen, T San Francisco 470.70 2
Tobar, O San Francisco 470.55 4
Wainscott, G Hayward 463.06 4
May, M Davis 459.26 3
Grossglauser, R Sacramento 458.92 2
Yomtob, P Castro Valley 455.84 4
Schiopu, M Livermore 449.04 1
Gonzalez, G Olivehurst 446.96 3
Tang, R San Francisco 431.20 2
Cooper, C Roseville 429.33 4
Mask, P Sacramento 426.01 4
DeLucchi, S Elk Grove 421.14 4
Hoang, J Elk Grove 417.36 3
Appiano, R Hayward 410.88 4
Jimenez, J Sacramento 406.14 3
Jon, D Sacramento 402.24 3
Romena, M Elk Grove 398.70 2
Lickey, N Fair Oaks 375.00 4
Landeros, D Elk Grove 373.34 3
Nabong, R Daly City 373.20 3
Angeski, B Sacramento 368.00 2
Nicholson, R Castro Valley 365.78 3
Perhac, J Sacramento 361.62 3
Walton, K Sacramento 348.60 3
Duong, P Rancho Cordova 346.66 3
Flores, R Santa Clara 346.11 3
Ong, G Sacramento 341.47 3
Florio, B San Jose 334.90 3
Crittenden, T Sacramento 330.78 3
Cung, H Elk Grove 313.92 2
Renfield, K Kentfield 310.00 2
Vang, M Sacramento 306.72 2
Hollowell, M Esparto 299.47 2
Chermock, S Sacramento 291.60 3
Williams, J Sacramento 290.93 2
Adamo, M Sacramento 290.07 2
Cruz, S Rancho Murieta 285.39 2
Chong, W Amer. Canyon 282.00 1
Thayer, J Sacramento 280.80 2
Barok, S W. Sacramento 279.60 2
Knapp, S Rancho Cordova 278.92 1
George, B San Leandro 276.00 2
King, S Sacramento 269.52 2
Kim, A Sacramento 265.20 3
Lee, P Sacramento 263.24 2
Dao, D Elk Grove 260.88 2
Battle, R Castro Valley 252.82 2
Bailey, R Modesto 252.00 1
Armendariz, B North Highlands 252.00 2
Smith, D Sacramento 245.60 2
Cuevas, S San Leandro 244.40 2
Osborne, J San Leandro 240.90 2
Naranjo, P Sacramento 240.00 2
Kayoumy, J San Ramon 235.60 1
Baumgartner, W Clarksburg 234.72 2
Sam, N Sacramento 226.24 2
Kyi, L San Lorenzo 224.40 2
De Los Reyes, A Daly City 221.85 1
Antonyan, A North Highlands 221.18 2
Lang, D Elk Grove 218.40 2
Chandlin, J Sacramento 215.04 2
Terry, J Citrus Heights 211.50 2
Seah, H Oroville 210.24 2
McGee, D Roseville 202.51 2
Mitchell, O Concord 201.84 2
Santos, D San Jose 200.90 2
Andrews, N Sacramento 200.10 2
Jimenez, J Sacramento 199.68 2
Stickert, D Sacramento 193.33 1
Cruz, J Sacramento 183.60 1
Khang, X Sacramento 182.70 1
Hayes, T Sacramento 182.70 1
Concepcion, M  San Lorenzo 182.52 2
Olsson, M Fresno 180.18 1
Vargas, M Sacramento 172.80 1
Smith, D Vacaville 167.35 1
Lucas, R Carmichael 167.35 1
Truong, L Sacramento 162.00 1
Nguyen, C San Jose 161.70 1
Jacques, R Orangevale 161.24 1
Kibley, M Sacramento 160.00 1
Tran, K San Jose 159.65 1
Shaw, J Pleasanton 159.03 1
Contreras, J Oakland 154.00 1
Samaniego, A Elk Grove 150.12 1
Vang, T Sacramento 150.00 1
Enriquez, J Carmichael 150.00 1
McCormack, R  Sacramento 149.74 1
Svenson, C Castro Valley 147.00 1
Arnett, C Sacramento 145.08 1
Flax, C Hayward 142.80 1
Phoung, S W. Sacramento 142.10 1
Tippit, A Elk Grove 141.78 1
Nguyen, P Sacramento 141.78 1
Malone, D Sacramento 140.93 1
Pineda, J Daly City 138.88 1
Giva, A Daly City 138.88 1
Geigle, J Elk Grove 135.54 1
Brown, D Fair Oaks 135.54 1
Hurtado, D Dixon 133.92 1
McWilliams, J Rancho Cordova 133.44 1
Hill, R Castro Valley 130.00 1
Mueller, J Sacramento 125.86 1
Sales, A Elk Grove 125.10 1
Rutherford, T San Ramon 124.80 1
Wrabel, C Roseville 120.48 1
Talmase, R Rocklin 119.04 1
Thomas, K Sacramento 119.04 1
Harriington, G Galt 119.04 1
Allen, C Carmichael 116.76 1
Massone, M Fremont 112.84 1
Reithmeier, R Sacramento 112.20 1
Roberts, E Roseville 109.72 1
Thielen, R W. Sacramento 105.60 1
Byers, R Elk Grove 105.60 1
Cassidy, B Folsom 102.30 1
Rodriguez, B W. Sacramento 102.00 1
Ackley, T Loomis 101.50 1
Serrato, R Danville 99.82 1
Jackson, M Sacramento 96.00 1
Torres, R S. San Francisco 96.00 1
Aaron, D Roseville 96.00 1
Nguyen, H San Jose 95.20 1
Huynh, J Elk Grove 91.80 1
Hollander, B Stockton 91.80 1
Hernandez, R Vacaville 91.20 1
Burbine, J Vacaville 90.00 1
Jackson, D Palo Alto 89.60 1
Fabian, J Union City 89.28 1
Do, K San Francisco 81.20 1
Valdez, D Vacaville 81.00 1
Payne, N Sacramento 81.00 1
Ingle, R Sacramento 76.80 1
Huanaco, M Sacramento 76.80 1
Simoes, R Sacramento 76.80 1
Burkett, R Elk Grove 76.80 1
Tom-Yunger, D  Sacramento 76.80 1
Williams, A North Highlands 76.80 1
Searcy, C Galt 71.40 1
Laske, M Sacramento 67.20 1
Robinson, J Vacaville 67.20 1
Van Vliet, N Sacramento 65.28 1
Minasyan, A Rancho Cordova 65.28 1

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