Monday, March 31, 2014

SUNDAY NIGHT KNOCKOUT RESULTS

 

                                 TOTAL ENTRIES: 107              PRIZE POOL: $6,206

1 PETER TRUONG SACRAMENTO, CA $1,686
2 RICHARD NORRIS YUBA CITY, CA $1,172
3 DAVID CASTILLO FREMONT, CA $776
4 NEAL GRAMMER ROSEVILLE, CA $574
5 BRUCE ANGESKI SACRAMENTO, CA $434
6 DENNIS CARLSON SACRAMENTO, CA $372
7 KARIE NELSON STOCTON, CA $310
8 ANDRE SIM DUBLIN, CA $248
9 MICHAEL
   SARGENT 
MARYSVILLE, CA $186
10 DAMIAN LEE PEORIA, AZ $124
11 AFSHIN GOUSHEH FAIR OAKS, CA $124
12 CHARLES JURIN PALO CEDRO, CA $100
13 ROBERT JONES LINCOLN, CA $100

Saturday, March 29, 2014

SATURDAY DEEPSTACK RESULTS


ENTRIES 39  PRIZE POOL  $3,900


1ALEXANDERWHITESUISUN CITY, CA$936
2AARONLAMBLINCOLN, CA$936
3JOHNHUEYSACRAMENTO, CA$936
4ROBERTSCOLLANDROCKLIN, CA$468
5JOSEPHEARLSACRAMENTO, CA$351
6SALTRIPOLIELK GROVE, CA$273



FRIDAY NIGHT DEEPSTACK RESULTS



ENTRIES: 58 PRIZE POOL  $5800


1AARON PERKINSSACRAMENTO, CA$1,039
2ROBERTJONESLINCOLN, CA$1,039
3CHARLITOASEBEROSELK GROVE, CA$1,039
4MICHAEL SCULLYANTHEM, CA$1,039
5N/A$1,039
6DAVIDBECKHORNSACRAMENTO, CA$406
7MATTSTUMPROSEVILLE, CA$200

Monday, March 24, 2014

SUNDAY NIGHT KNOCKOUT RESULTS

SUNDAY NIGHT KNOCKOUT RESULTS


TOTAL ENTRIES: 87             PRIZE POOL: $5,021

1 DAVID HUNKINS VACAVILLE, CA $1,000
2 ANTON WARZCHA CITRUS HT, CA $730
3 JULIO GARCIA STOCKTON, CA $729
4 NADER HADDAD AUBURN, CA $729
5 PYEN SAECHAO SACRAMENTO, CA $729
6 GEORGE RACHAC GREENWOOD, CA $301
7 KENNETH TUNE FAIR OAKS, CA $251
8 AMJED SHEHADEH MARYSVILLE, CA $201
9 GARY PISAREK AUBURN, CA $151
10 MICHAEL TAYLOR MEADOW VISTA, CA $100
11 EMILIANO BARAJAS CONCORD, CA $100

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Congrats Justin @JCTran23 Wins 1st:$300K+@WPT $3.5K Main Event @Thunder_Valley beating 464-players!

2014 Rolling Thunder Event #2 +World Poker Tour (WPT) $3,500 Main Event
Entries: 465.  Prize pool: $1,488,000
Justin "J.C." Tran, 1st Place Winner: $302,750
Justin "J.C." Tran wins 2014 +World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder, earning $302,750, a WPT Champions Trophy and a pair of gold +Monster Headphones  Monster 24K Headphones. Tran will also get his name inscribed on the WPT Champions Cup for a second time, which means he also gets an actual diamond placed in the trophy next to his second title. Tran’s earnings include a $15,400 seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship at Borgata in Atlantic City in April.

Congratulations to two-time +World Poker Tour (WPT) champion J.C. Tran!

2014 Rolling Thunder Event #2: Preston Harwell finishes 2nd ($200,030) WPT $3,500 Main Event

Preston Harwell

Preston Harwell moved all in for 1,125,000, and J.C. Tran called with [Kd][4c].  Harwell turned over [8s][5s], and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board ran out [6c][4s][2d][Th][9h], and J.C. Tran won the hand — and his second WPT title — with a pair of fours.

Preston Harwell finishes as the runner-up, beating out 463 players, earning over $200,000!

2014 RollingThunder Event #2: Quoc Pham finishes 3rd ($127,140) WPT $3,500 Main Event

Quoc Pham




Quoc Pham moves all in from the button for 705,000, and J.C. Tran asks for an exact count and thinks for a bit before calling from the big blind.and Quoc needed to improve to stay alive.


Pham: [7d][6d] 
Tran: [Qh][Ts]. 

The board comes [Kh][Tc][8d][8h][2h], and Tran wins the pot with two pair, tens and eights, as Quoc Pham finishes in third place for $127.140!

2014 Rolling Thunder Event #2: Mimi Luu finishes 4th ($100,240) WPT $3,500 Main Event

Mimi Luu

J.C. Tran raises under the gun to 165,000, and Mimi Luu calls from the big blind.

Both players check to the turn on a board of [Qs][10s][9d][4h], Luu bets 200,000, and Tran calls.

The river card is the [Jh], Luu moves all in for 430,000, and Tran snap-calls.

Luu shows [8d][7d] for a queen-high straight, but Tran turns over [Kd][Jc] for a king-high straight to win the pot as Mimi Luu finishes in fourth place for over $100,000!

2014 Rolling Thunder Event #2: WPT Behind the scenes of Final Table video featuring Matt Savage & Quoc Pham

+World Poker Tour Season XII - 2014 Rolling Thunder Main Event at +Thunder Valley Casino Resort Final Table Interview by +Matthew Savage with Quoc Pham.


2014 Rolling Thunder Event #2: WPT Behind the scenes of Final Table video featuring Matt Savage & Justin Tran

+World Poker Tour Season XII - 2014 Rolling Thunder Main Event at +Thunder Valley Casino Resort Final Table Interview by +Matthew Savage with local pro, Justin "J.C." Tran of "Higher Limit Kings"


2014 Rolling Thunder Event #2: Benjamin Zamani finishes ($80,130) WPT $3,500 Main Event

Benjamin Zamani
Quoc Pham opened from the cutoff to 110,000, Benjamin Zamani raises from the big blind to 375,000, and Pham quickly moves all in for 1,705,000.  Ben snap-called and Quoc was at risk. 

Zamani: [Ac][Qd]
Pham: [As][Ks]

Pham needs his hand to hold to stay alive, but the two players were very close in chips.
The board came out [Th][4d][2s][2c][Kc], and Pham wons the pot with two pair, kings and deuces, to double up in chips and cripple Zamani.

The very next hand Ben's last at this final table.
Quoc Pham raises under the gun to 110,000, and Benjamin Zamani moves all in from the small blind for 140,000. J.C. Tran calls from the big blind, and Pham calls as well.

Both players check the dry side pot all the way to the river on a board of [8s][8h][4h][4c][Ad].

Pham: [Jc][Js]
Tran: [As][4d] to win the pot with a full house, fours full of aces. 
Zamani: In The Muck

In the end Benjamin Zamani finished his run at the final table in fifth place for $80,130.

2014 Rolling Thunder Event #2 Final Tablelist: Justin "J.C." Tran a part of WPT poker history!

Justin "J.C." Tran
Justin "J.C." Tran is currently the chip leader (4.6M) with four remaining.

Via The +World Poker Tour
Local Sacramento poker legend Justin "J.C." Tran is one of the most successful players in the history of the +World Poker Tour. Tran won a WPT title at the World Poker Challenge in Season V and he took home $708,973 for that win. Tran also won Season V WPT Player of the Year honors thanks to three final-table appearances.

Tran has done particularly well at California Swing events over the years. He was the runner-up at the L.A. Poker Classic in Season V, taking home $1,177,010 at the largest LAPC in history. One year before he took fifth place and cashed for $265,728 at the LAPC during Season IV. Tran also bubbled the final table in seventh place during Season II, good for $94,540. In addition to his success in LA, Tran has a pair of cashes at the nearby Bay 101 Shooting Star.

Tran has cashed 13 times in 81 +World Poker Tour (WPT) events played for a cash rate of 16 percent. He has won just over $3.1 million at WPT events, which puts him in the top 13 overall. Here is a look at Tran’s career results on tour.

Season II: L.A. Poker Classic – Seventh Place ($94,540)
Season II: World Poker Challenge – 22nd Place ($9,802)
Season III: North American Poker Championship – 13th Place ($30,000)
Season III: World Poker Finals – Fifth Place ($353,850)
Season IV: Borgata Poker Open – Seventh Place ($199,820)
Season IV: L.A. Poker Classic – Fifth Place ($265,728)
Season V: World Poker Open – Sixth Place ($142,810)
Season V: L.A. Poker Classic – Second Place ($1,177,010)
Season V: World Poker Challenge – Champion ($708,973)
Season VI: Bay 101 Shooting Star – Seventh Place ($68,000)
Season VI: WPT World Championship – 46th Place ($52,765)
Season X: Legends of Poker – 39th Place ($9,250)
Season X: Bay 101 Shooting Star – 16th Place ($25,620)

Career WPT Earnings - $3,138,168 (13th all-time)

2014 Rolling Thunder Event #2: Ken Jorgensen finishes 6th ($60,180) WPT $3,500 Main Event

Ken Jorgensen


Ken Jorgensen moves all in from the button for 435,000, and J.C. Tran asks for an exact count in the small blind before he calls with [Kh][Qs]. Jorgensen turns over {Ac][3s], and he needs it to hold to stay alive.

The board runs out [Ks][8s][4c][5c][3c], and Tran pairs his king on the flop to win the pot and Ken Jorgensen finishes in sixth place for $60,180!

Cards in the air 2014 Rolling Thunder Event #2 $3,500 WPT Main Event Final Table

2014 $3,500 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event Final Table
(left-right: back Harwell, Luu, Pham; Zamani, Jeorgensen, Tran
Seat 1: Preston Harwell - 4,425,000
Preston Harwell is a 27-year-old oil and gas man from Houston, Texas. He graduated from Texas State University with a degree in accounting. He has been playing poker for eight years and this is his second World Poker Tour event. Harwell comes into the final table second in chips. His other hobbies include tennis and golf, and if he wins the tournament he plans to travel with the money. According to the Hendon Mob poker database Harwell has won $129,543 playing tournament poker and he could add to that total significantly at today's final table.

Seat 2: Mimi Luu - 735,000
Mimi Luu has secured her first WPT cash with an appearance at the WPT Rolling Thunder final table and she is guaranteed at least $60,180. Luu holds $320,479 in career live earnings according to Hendon Mob poker database. Luu has been one of the most talkative players in the tournament and that should continue at the final table. She enters play today in fourth chip-position. Luu is from San Jose, California and she also recently participated in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event. Her largest tournament win came at the Bay 101 Casino, where she won $105,500 as the champion of a Bay 101 Shooting Star preliminary event in 2011.

Seat 3: Benjamin Zamani - 1,990,000 
Benjamin Zamani has won $1,465,616 playing tournament poker according to Hendon Mob poker database, and he has won $145,248 at WPT events. The highest finish on tour for the 27-year-old poker pro from FLorida was a cash in ninth place at the WPT bestbet Open in Season XI, and his largest cash was worth $57,570 (15th-place at the L.A. Poker Classic in Season VI). Zamani is appearing at his first WPT final table tonight but he has a lot of experience at final tables in poker tournaments around the world. If Zamani advances to second place at the final table he will win the California Swing prize package that includes free hotel nights at Commerce Casino and Thunder Valley and the honor of playing as a Shooting Star at next year's WPT Bay 101 stop.

Seat 4: Ken Jorgensen - 510,000
Ken Jorgensen is a 60-year-old retiree from Gold River, California. He grew up in Sacramento and is married with three children. He took up poker when a shoulder injury took him off the golf links for a recovery period and the new hobby stuck with him. Jorgensen has been playing poker for ten years now and this is his first WPT event. He has won $13,475 playing tournament poker according to the Hendon Mob poker database. Jorgensen worked in the crane rental business before retiring. Jorgensen enters the final table today as the short stack so he will likely be the first player all-in at the final table

Seat 5: JC Tran - 710,000
The headliner at the final table is Sacramento poker professional JC Tran. The 37 year-old has won $10,911,501 according to Hendon Mob poker database. The WPT Champions Club member has earned $3,138,168 in his 13 cashes at WPT events. Tran won the World Poker Challenge in Season V, good for $708,973 and he also won $1,177,010 as the runner-up at the L.A. Poker Classic that same season. Thanks to a third final-table appearance during season V he was named the WPT Player of Year at the end of the season. Tran is appearing at his sixth WPT final table today and despite entering in fifth chip-position he is the player at the table that no opponent wants to face heads up. Tran built his bankroll at casinos in the Sacramento area before playing in poker tournaments all over the world, and the multiple gold-bracelet winner is considered one of the bast players in the game.

Seat 6: Quoc Pham - 5,580,000
When play was on the money bubble at this tournament Quoc Pham was one of the short stacks in the field, but since that time he has gone on a great run and enters the final table as the chip leader. Pham is a tournament director at the Bay 101 Casino, which recently hosted the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, and he came to Thunder Valley to play and unwind after the event. That decision has proved to be a profitable one. He has already secured his largest tournament cash ever, but could walk away with the top prize of $302,750 and a WPT title. The 31-year-old was born in Vietnam and lives in San Jose. Pham attended college at nearby UC Davis.

2014 Rolling Thunder Event #2: Mimi Luu, the Only Lady at WPT 2014 Rolling Thunder Final Table


Mimi Luu
The +World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder $3,500 Main Event ends today and the final table is set and laid for six, who will be playing for the following prize pool: 1st: $302,750 2nd: $200,030 3rd: $127,140 4th: $100,240 5th: $80,130 6th: $60,180.  Seat 2 at this final table will be taken by a lady for a change - Mimi Luu will start fourth in chips, with 735,000 (24 bb).
Mimi Luu is a 2Pair Magazine Team Pro and her brief bio introduces her as "one of Northern California’s top female poker players". She was born in Saigon, Vietnam and lives in San Jose, CA. She is known for a lot of table talk and has a friendly, exuberant personality. Mimi herself says she has 'a big heart' and 'simply loves people'.




Her live cashes amount to $325,361 and she stands to double that overnight if she wins the Rolling Thunder, or at the very least will register a 20 per  cent increase in her earnings.  Mimi Luu's top achievement in live poker is her second place in Los Angeles Poker Classic 2012, when she won $79,535 after making a deal.
Yet she is mainly famous in the poker community as Mimi 'Can't Fold This' Luu after an episode of tanking with pocket kings last summer. Faced with a preflop all-in, she takes a very long time and does all her thinking and emotional preparation for the decision aloud, sharing and spreading her own agony to the rest of the table and the on-watchers, all while repeating 'can't fold this, can't fold this'.
The video of this episode has got 35,000 views on youtube, and made number one on +Bluff Magazine top 10 videos list for 2013. There is a very funny remix (another 20,000 views) that I couldn't recommend more to everyone who endures more than 2 minutes of the original:


The WPT action starts at 12:00 noon PT and will be live-streamed on www.WPT.com. Meanwhile you can check out Mimi Luu's featured moments on WPT Live Updates. Her fans wish her luck and will also expect some very special and elaborate nail art at the final table!

2014 Rolling Thunder Event #2: WPT Main Event Final Table Set as Quoc Pham Leads w/ 5.58M

Via +World Poker Tour (WPT)
Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante beginning at 12:00-PM PST on streaming live on www.WorldPokerTour.com!
Sacramento poker professional JC Tran headlines the final table at WPT Rolling Thunder.

Day 3 of the +World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event played quickly to the final seven on Tuesday at +Thunder Valley Casino Resort. The final table of six was reached after the final table bubble took 97 hands of poker to decide. The seventh place finisher was Ryan D'Angelo, taking home $41,410 in prize money.

Seat 1.  Preston Harwell  -  4,425,000  (147 bb)
Seat 2.  Mimi Luu  -  735,000  (24 bb)
Seat 3.  Benjamin Zamani  -  1,990,000  (66 bb)
Seat 4.  Ken Jorgensen  -  510,000  (17 bb)
Seat 5.  Justin "J.C." Tran  -  710,000  (23 bb)
Seat 6.  Quoc Pham  -  5,580,000  (186 bb)

Final Table Prize Money breakdown:
1st: $302,750 + $15,400 WPT World Championship seat
2nd: $200,030
3rd: $127,140
4th: $100,240
5th: $80,130
6th: $60,180
Total monies on final table: $870,470

Congrats Mark Violetti wins 1st:$8,000* in Rolling Thunder Event #6 $235 NLHE Results

Rolling Thunder Event #6 $235 No Limit Hold'em Tournament
Entries: 209.  Prize Pool: $41,800
Mark Violetti, 1st Place Winner: $8,000*
Payout structure:
1st: $8,000*:  Mark Violetti
2nd: $8,924*:  Adrian Silvescu
3rd: $4,494:  Gary Pisarek
4th: $3,449:  Bao Kim Liu
5th: $2,508:  Joseph Reese
6th: $2,090:  Robert Jones
7th: $1,672:  Jay Zetz
8th: $1,254:  Brandon Honig
9th: $941:  Aaron Bybee
10th-12th: $732: Chris Abruscato, Charles Mendoza, Joseph Arent.
13th-16th: $627: Aaron Perkins, Nick Gorman, Stephen Conyers, Said Rahmani.
17th-20th: $523: William Montesclaros, Michael Natali, Bryce Treese.
21st-24th: $418: Elvin Reyes, Sok Chean, Don Luong, Rick Paramo.

*A deal was made heads up.

Last 2014 Rolling Thunder Event #6 Final Table $235 NLHE Tourney Reached now Down to 6-handed

As soon as the final table was reached there were four consecutive knock-outs!  Kings cracked by ace-eight, kings holding against ace-queen, etc!

Aaron Bybee (9th: $941)



Joseph Reese (5th: $2,508)



Chris Abruscato (10th: $732)
Brandon Hoing (8th: $1,254)
Jay Zetz (7th: $1,672)

Robert Jones (6th: $2,090)

#WPTRollingThunder-6 $235 NLHE In The $ @Thunder_Valley @ Break 14-left/209-entry @BenErwinPoker

Currently at the break before level 18, antes/blinds: 1,000/3,000/6,000, the average chip stack is 111,964 with 14 remaining of the 209 players that entered.
Here are several of the players that made it into the money!


Posted 3:06 AM PST




















The Money Bubble is here at Rolling Thunder Event #6 $235 NLHE with 25 left of 209 players

Currently finishing up a break there are 25 players remaining and 24 paid of the original 209 entries.  They will be entering the 15th level of play where ante/blinds will be 500/1,500/3,000.  The total chips in play is 1,567,500 and the average chips is 62,700.

Published at 1:25-AM PST