The first four levels of the day were action packed as more than half the field was cut leaving just 23 contenders to vie for the title.
I caught up with tournament pro Mimi Luu (San Bruno, CA) on the second break to find out a little more about her. She has built her stack up today from $54K to almost $150K. She told me about a big hand that doubled her up. "I had AK suited, open raised and the button shoved all-in. I called and ended up hitting the nut flush to double up," Mimi said.
Mimi has won a California State Poker Championship event ($14K) and the $2K buy-in Bay 101 Shooting Star Classic ($105K). She has over $250K in tournament earnings and will add to that total today.
Mimi Luu and the rest of the players are all in the money with the top 30 spots paying out at least double their buy-in. 11th-20th place will receive $2,700 while 21st-30th take home $2,025. Check the earlier blog post to see the full payout structure.
The tournament will be played down to the seven handed final table which will stream live tomorrow starting at 4:00PM right here on the Thunder Valley Poker Blog.
Garrett Roth from Ante Up Magazine and Mimi Luu
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