Monday, November 30, 2015

WESTERN SENIOR POKER SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP DEC. 6th

This Sunday December 6th at 2:00 p.m. is the $400 NLHE 2015 Western Senior Poker Series Championship. 


The Ante Up Poker cruise is still up for grabs so come win a trip for two on the greatest poker cruise available!

The point system and current standings is available at  westernseniorpokerseries.com

The WSPS is excited to award a cruise for two on the Ante Up Poker Cruise to our overall point winner as well as a one night stay in a suite at Thunder Valley Resort and a $200 resort credit.

2nd place in points, a one night stay at Thunder Valley Hotel + $100 in resort credit for 

3 rd place in points and a $100 resort credit for fourth place in points.

Also reminder: Each winner from the first three events will receive a Free entry in this Championship Event on Dec 6th.


We look forward to seeing all you this coming Sunday Dec 6th! Come support the WSPS and help create opportunities for more Senior events in the future! 

Results - Event 12 $100 w/$25 Bounties



- Here are the Results for Event 12 of the 2015 NorCal Classic - $100 w/$25 Bounties

11/29/15
85 Entries
$4,930 Prize Pool
Pays 11 Places


Place Payout Place Payout
1 Michael Durzan Rancho Cordova, CA $789
2 Rich Gadbois Roseville, CA $788
3 Rienzi Gagliardi Sacramento, CA $788
4 Jennifer Thon Lincoln, CA $788
5 Ruben Luna Sacramento, CA $788
6 Elizabeth Boulos Elk Grove, CA $271
7 Renee Keahey Folsom CA $222
8 Nader Haddad Auburn, CA $173
9 Andrew Hernandez Sacramento, CA $123
10 Odisa Nyong W. Sacramento, CA $100
11 Lisam Moua Sacramento, CA $100

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Results - event 11 $235 Marathon

- Here are the Results for Event 11 of the Nor Cal Classic - $235 Marathon

11/29/15
68 Entries
$13,600 Prize Pool
Pays 10 Places


Place Payout Place Payout
1 Chet Sickle Manteca, CA $2,200
2 Adam Sanchez Turlock, CA $1,850
3 Gaudencio Lucca Mountain View, CA $1,750
4 Patrick Lyons Hillsborough, CA $1,580
5 Armando de los Reyes Elk Grove, CA $1,400
6 Justo Avalos Elk Grove, CA $1,230
7 Suzanne White Cameron Park, CA $1,000
8 Pete Manzanares Broken Arrow, OK $1,000
9 Shannon Kahahane Lincoln, CA $825
10 Prabhakar Thonduru Dublin, CA $765

NorCal Classic Results by Event

Here are the results for @AnteUpMagazine 2015 NorCalClassic events through the Main Event, with 2 events still running.

Event 1 - $400 One-Day with $100,000 Guarantee - Moshn Said winner

Event 2 - $150 w/$50 Bounties and $10,000 Guarantee - Jeffrey Spiesman winner

Event 3 - $150 Escalator with $10,000 Guarantee - 7-way-even-chop

Event 4 - $200 PLO8 - Jeff Roy winner

Event 5 - $125 HORSE with $5,000 Guaranteed - Mike Postle winner

Event 6 - $300 w/$100 Bounties and $30,000 Guaranteed - Jonathan Willis winner

Event 7 - $125 Omaha8 with $5,000 Guaranteed - Casey Cornilson winner

Event 8 - $150 Holiday Hold'em With $25,000 Guaranteed - Prabhakar Thonduro winner

Event 9 - $340 Countdown with $50,000 Guaranteed - Rasul Shevchenko winner

Event 10 - $1100 Main Event with $150,000 Guaranteed - Andy Pham winner

Event 11 - $235 Marathon - Chet Sickle winner

Event 12 - $100 with $25 Bounties - Michael Durzan winner

PayTable - Event 12 $100 with $25 Bounties

- Here is the PayTable for Event 12 of the Nor Cal Classic - $100 with $25 Bounties

11/29/15
85 Entries
$4,930 Prize Pool
Pays 9 Places


Place Payout
1 $1,725
2 $986
3 $641
4 $444
5 $345
6 $271
7 $222
8 $173
9 $123

Marathon Bubble

- 10 remain in the $235 Marathon, but only 9 get paid. Among the players still in are Justo Avalos, Adam Sanchez, Pat Lyons, Prab Thonduru and Shannon Kahahane.

Bounty Time

More than 50 players are already in tonight's $100 with $25 Bounties, Event 12 in the NorCal Classic. Late registration is until 8:35pm, so come down and close the tourney series out with us.

Results - Event 10 - $1,100 Main Event with $50,000 Guarantee



- Here are the Results for Event 10 of the Nor Cal Classic - $1,100 Main Event with a $150,000 Guarantee

11/28/15
231 Entries
$231,000 Prize Pool
Pays 27 Places
First Place payout includes entry in August 2016 Ante Up World Championships


Place Payout City Payout
1 Andy Pham Elk Grove, CA $30,347
2 Dinh Le Suisun City, CA $26,321
3 Jimmy Zeledon San Jose, CA $24,089
4 Jose Cervantes San Jose, CA $23,798
5 Joshua Shaw Sacramento, CA $23,728
6 Gregory Pincombe Redwood City, CA $18,052
7 Francisco Santana San Jose, CA $16,416
8 Anton Dimagiba Sacramento, CA $13,054
9 Michael Postle Rancho Cordova, CA $5,429
10 Joe Fernandez Turlock, CA $3,973
11 Lance Donnell Reno, NV $3,973
12 Steven Tada Santa Clara, CA $3,973
13 Mario Sequeira Hanford, CA $3,257
14 Calixto Magaoay Vallejo, CA $3,257
15 Phaly Nou San Jose, CA $3,257
16 William Wendling San Jose, CA $2,772
17 Barry Birdwell Marysville, CA $2,772
18 Murugiah Dhanushkumar Livermore, CA $2,772
19 Barry Kay Incline Village, NV $2,426
20 Justo Avalos Elk Grove, CA $2,426
21 Dorothea Timmons Lathrop, CA $2,426
22 Michael Harvey San Francisco, CA $2,171
23 Kristofferson Nunez Lincoln, CA $2,171
24 Petru Tantos Fair Oaks, CA $2,171
25 Asa Martinez Sacramento, CA $1,917
26 Alan Skriel Roseville, CA $1,917
27 Surinder Singh Hercules, CA $1,917

That's a Wrap

The final 8 players agreed to an ICM chop, dividing up the prize pool with Andy Pham taking the title. We'll have full results and payouts for you here in a few minutes.

Talking About an End

The final 8 players are talking about bringing the main event to a close with a chop. Tune in to see what happens.

Can AA Hold?

Mike Postle moves all in, so does Joe Fernandez, and Dinh Le makes the call from the button, having both stacks covered. Postle looks to be in shape to have a huge stack after this hand as he turns over AA, sees Fernandez has 33 and Le tables 99.

The hand is pretty much decided immediately when there's a 9 in the window for Le. The rest of the board runs out K-T-5-4 and Le eliminates two from the final table on the hand before break.

Fernandez takes 10th, cashing for $3,973 and Postle takes 9th, cashing for $5,429 and establishing his lead in the Ante Up Magazine Player of the Year race.

PayTable - Event 11 $235 Marathon

- Here is the PayTable for Event 11 of the Nor Cal Classic - $235 Marathon

11/29/15
68 Entries
$13,600 Prize Pool
Pays 9 Places


Place Payout
1 $4,080
2 $2,856
3 $1,836
4 $1,360
5 $1,020
6 $816
7 $680
8 $544
9 $408

Payouts 11-20

- Here are the payouts for 11-20th place in the Nor Cal Classic $1,100 Main Event


Place Payout Place Payout
11 Lance Donnell Reno, NV $3,973
12 Steven Tada Santa Clara, CA $3,973
13 Mario Sequeira Hanford, CA $3,257
14 Calixto Magaoay Vallejo, CA $3,257
15 Phaly Nou San Jose, CA $3,257
16 William Wendling San Jose, CA $2,772
17 Barry Birdwell Marysville, CA $2,772
18 Murugiah Dhanushkumar Livermore, CA $2,772
19 Barry Kay Incline Village, NV $2,426
20 Justo Avalos Elk Grove, CA $2,426

Final Table Time

Here is the redraw and chipcounts for the final table in the @AnteUpMagaine NorCal Classic Main Event



Seat Name Chipcount
1 Francisco Santana 455,000
2 Jose Cervantes 941,000
3 Joe Fernandez 285,000
4 Jimmy Zeledon 972,000
5 Andy Pham 1,583,000
6 Dinh Le 640,000
7 Joshua Shaw 822,000
8 Anton Dimagiba 314,000
9 Gregory Spartacus Pincombe 516,000
10 Mike Postle 302,000


Donnell Bubbles FT

Shortstacked after his JJ didn't hold against AQ, Lance Donnell of @PeppermillPoker bubbles the final table when his A4 meets chipleader Andy Pham's K3, and the flop is KKJ. Donnell cashes for $3,973.

We'll have updated chipcounts for the final table in a few minutes.

Dimagiba Doubles Through Donnell

Anton Dimagiba is all in for his tournament life, called by Lance Donnell from @PeppermillPoker.

Dimagiba - AQ
Donnell - JJ

There's a Q on the flop, K 8 finishes it off and Dimagiba doubles to 300,000, leaving Donnell with 50k

7pm Bounty Time


The 2015 @AnteUpMagazine NorCal Classic draws to a close tonight with Event 12, a $100 with $25 bounties. This is the standard Sunday night tournament here at Thunder Valley - always drawing a good crowd. Rather than replace this popular event during a tournament series, Ben Erwin incorporates it into the series lineups now.

Players start at 7pm with 6000 chips and play 20-minute levels, with no antes in the tournament. Registration is open until the start of level 5, about 8:35pm. Players are limited to One (1) re-entry. Any player that has not used their re-entry may forfeit their stack at the end of level 4 and re-enter for $100. Levels will be 20 minutes. This is a 10 handed event. Redraw at the 10 handed Final Table.

Last Level to Enter the Marathon

63 players are in the $235 Marathon (20,000 starting stacks, 40-minute levels, NO breaks), prize pool right now at $12,600 and this is the last level to register for the tourney.

Pham Gives Some Back

One hand after taking a huge chiplead, Andy Pham loses about 300,000 to Jimmy Zeledon in a hand where Zeledon shoves on the x-2-2-8-8 board and Pham folds. Zeledon moves to 975,000

Biggest Pot of the Day

Mario Sequeira bets 52000 on a 4♣️A♦️7♦️ flop and Alan Pham makes is 202,000, and Sequeira calls. The K♠️ comes on the turn and Pham announces all in. He and Sequeira have almost identical stacks of close to 700,000 each. Sequeira makes the call.

Sequeira - AJ for top pair
Pham - 77 for a flopped set

The chips are counted down and Sequeira has 671,000, while Pham has 669,000. Sequeira is left with a single ante, and he is eliminated on the very next hand, cashing for $3,257.

Pham moves to the overwhelming chiplead with 1.81 million, 27 percent of the chips in play with 12 remaining

Level 22
Blinds 8000/16000
Antes 2000
Avg Stack: 36BB

3 at the Top

Jimmy Zeledon, Mario Sequeira and Joshua @ShibumiSan Shaw are all at about 750,000, the three top stacks with 14 remaining in the Main Event.

14 Remain


Table 2, above, and table 1, below



No Action for Postle

Mike Postle is down to 15BB and all in, but nobody calls. He shows A♦️Q♦️ and rakes in the blinds and antes to get him to 18BB

Fernandez Gets Another

Phaly Nou is all in and from the small blind Joe Fernandez, owner of @TurlockPoker, goes over the top all in.

Nou - Q♦️J♣️
Fernandez - T♥️T♣️, same hand he eliminated Surinder Singh with.

The board runs out K♥️7♦️7♣️9♦️8♠️

Fernandez - 550,000
Nou 15th Place $3,257

From Short to Big

Jimmy Zeledon started today 40/42 with 59,000 chips. Now he just knocked out @kinderschwein Bill Wendling in 16th place (KJ>A7 on a KJ board) to move to 730,000 and 3rd in chips.

Wendling cashes for $2,772.

Is Nut Flush Good?

Francisco Santana has A♦️4♦️ on a J♦️3♦️3xKxT♦️ board and he's all in. Jose Cervantes is also all in, is covered by Santana, but he's holding JJ for a flopped full house.

Cervantes - 660,000
Santana - 101,000

4th Level (mile) of Marathon

Players in the $235 Marathon are now in Level 4, $10,600 in prize pool so far as the board shows 53 entries with two 40-minute levels before registration closes. Players start with 20,000 chips.

Level 4
Blinds 150/300
Antes 50

Chipleaders

Here's all 18 chipcounts as players take a 10-minute break

966,000 - Joshua Shaw
779,000 - Andy Pham
600,000 - Mario Sequeira
530,000 - Joe Fernandez
425,000 - Anton Dimagiba
383,000 - Jimmy Zeledon
373,000 - Jose Cervantes
373,000 - Bill Wendling
360,000 - Greg Spartacus Pincombe
342,000 - Barry Birdwell
266,000 - Steven Tada
290,000 - Calixto Magaoay
260,000 - Mike Postle
260,000 - Lance Donnell
240,000 - Dinh Le
164,000 - Phaly Nou
150,000 - Murugiah Dhanashkumar
144,000 - Francisco Santana

Let's Take a Break

Down from 42 players to 18 now, time for a well-deserved break as that's 2 hours and 40 minutes since we started. On return the players are at

Level 21
Blinds 6000/12000
Antes 2000
Players 18

Final 2 Tables

Here is the redraw and chipcounts for the final 18 players in the @AnteUpMagaine NorCal Classic Main Event



Seat Name City Chipcount
1 Phaly Nou San Jose, CA 164,000
2 Barry Birdwell Marysville, CA 342,000
3 Gregory Spartacus Pincombe Redwood City, CA 360,000
4 Francisco Santana San Jose, CA 144,000
5 Joshua Shaw Sacramento, CA 966,000
6 Mike Postle Rancho Cordova, CA 260,000
7 Steven Tada Santa Clara, CA 266,000
8 Joe Fernandez Turlock, CA 530,000
9 Jose Cervantes San Jose, CA 373,000

Table 2


Seat Name City Chipcount
1 Dinh Le Suisun CIty, CA 240,000
2 Calixto Magaoay Vallejo, CA 290,000
3 William Wendling San Jose, CA 373,000
4 Anton Dimagiba Sacramento, CA 425,000
5 Mario Sequeira Hanford, CA 600,000
6 Jimmy Zeledon San Jose, CA 383,000
7 Lance Donnell Reno, NV 260,000
8 Murugiah Dhanushkumar Livermore, CA 150,000
9 Andy Pham Elk Grove, CA 779,000

Redraw

We're down to 18 players now, we know we lost Justo @AvalosJust Avalos in 20th, we see Barry Kay being paid out in 19th, and we'll have chipcounts and seat assignments for the final 18 here in just a few moments

Payouts 21-27

- Here are the payouts for 21-27th place in the $1,100 Main Event with a $150,000 Guarantee



Place Name City Cash
21 Dorothea Timmons Lathrop, CA $2,426
22 Michael Harvey San Francisco, CA $2,171
23 Kristofferson Nunez Lincoln, CA $2,171
24 Petru Tantos Fair Oaks, CA $2,171
25 Asa Martinez Sacramento, CA $1,917
26 Alan Skriel Roseville, CA $1,917
27 Surinder Singh Hercules, CA $1,917

You Do Know the Name Sequeira


Many people following the @AnteUpMagazine NorCal Classic Main Event the past two days have been wondering "Where do I know the name Mario Sequeira from?"

Sequeira is the 2011 Thunder Valley Players Champion, taking the title and $75,000, but he's better known for recent play on a bigger stage. Those who watched this year's WSOP Main Event know where they saw him. 

Sequeira started Day 6 of the WSOP Main Event 64th of the 69 players in chips and went on a massive run, going in to the final day (before the November Nine) 4th in chips with more than 11 million.

Early in the day he enticed Pierre Neuville into an all-in move while Sequeira was holding QQ. Neuville was holding K6 and was caught making a move .... until the K hit and eliminated Sequeira, chipping Neuville up to the point he made the November Nine.

Sequeira cashed for $262,574 and now is sitting 3rd in chips here with 20 players remaining. 

Chipleaders

-with 21 players remaining, here are some VERy unofficial chipcounts in the main event.

1,068,000 - Joshua Shaw
700,000 - Andy Pham
675,000 - Mario Sequeira
510,000 - Joe Fernandez
440,000 - Barry Birdwell
400,000 - Bill Wendling
360,000 - C. Magaaoay
360,000 - Steven Tada
300,000 - Anton Dimagiba

Shaw Gets Harvey

Joshua Shaw just eliminated Mike Harvey in 21st place, Harvey cashing for $2,426 and Shaw moving up to be the first player to crack 1 million in chips.

Postle Takes Over POY Lead

Mike Postle is the new overall leader for the @AnteUpMagazine Player of the Year race, but he doesn't have the title locked up just yet.

Darrel Dier is playing the 4235 Marathon today, and there's also a $100 with $25 bounties at 7pm where players can earn POY points, so people like Dier, Sean Drake and Hieu Le can overtake Postle with a win (based on how deep Postle runs in the Main Event, that is)

Early Eliminations

We have lost Surinder Singh, Petru Tantos, Kristofferson Nunez, Asa Martinez and Alan Skriel from the Main Event

Level 20
Blinds 5000/10000
Antes 1000
Avg Stack 31BB
Players 22

33 v JJ v QQ, Oh My

There's a 3-way all in with Dee @Dor8888 Timmons, Dinh Le and Petru Tantos.

Tantos - 33
Timmons - JJ
Le - QQ

The board goes 4-K-T-9 so Timmons is drawing dead and Tantos needs a 3. The J river gives Timmons a set but it completes the K-high straight for Le.

Dinh Le - 290,000
Dee Timmons - 71,000
Petru Tantos - 26th Place $1,917

Fernandez Gets Singh



Joe Fernandez, owner of @TurlockPoker, leads out for 35,000 and Surinder Singh moves in for more than 200,000. It looks like the stacks are very close, and Fernandez is clearly frustrated at the position he is in, but he decides to make the call.

Fernandez - TT
Singh - AK, and we're off to the races.

The board runs out 2-J-9-J-9, the tens hold, and once the chips are counted down, Fernandez had Singh covered by 3BB.

Joe Fernandez - 560,000

Last 3 Tables

Here's the draw for the final three tables in the Main Event.

Table 1
1. Dinh Le
2. Barry Kay
3. Jimmy Zeledon
4. Murugiah Dhanushkumar
5. Anton Dimagiba
6. Joshua Shaw
7. Dee Timmons
8. Petru Tantos
9. Mike harvey

Table 2
1. Bill Wendling
2. Andy Pham
3. Justo Avalos
4. Mario Sequeira
5. Kristofferson Nunez
6. Alan Skriel
7. Gerg Pincombe
8. Phaly Nou
9. Lance Donnell

Table 3
1. C. Magaaoay
2. Mike Postle
3. Steven Tada
4. Jose Cervantes
5. Joe Fernandez
6. Surinder Singh
7. Asa Martinez
8. Francisco Santana
9. Barry Birdwell


What are They Playing for?

- Here is the PayTable for Event 10 of the Nor Cal Classic - $1,100 Main Event with a $150,000 Guarantee

11/28/15
231 Entries
$231,000 Prize Pool
Pays 27 Places
First Place payout includes entry in August 2016 Ante Up World Championships


Place Payout
1 $54,356
2 $38,138
3 $24,532
4 $18,157
5 $13,629
6 $10,903
7 $9,055
8 $7,253
9 $5,429
10-12 $3,973
13-15 $3,257
16-18 $2,772
19-21 $2,426
22-24 $2,171
25-27 $1,917

Des Pois Bubbles

The AQ of Jon des Pois falls during hand for hand play and he is the bubble today, with Andy Pham getting that last of the stack of des Pois. Everyone is now in the money.

Big Hands

First hand in hand-for-hand play, and while they did not get called, Steven Tada showed AA and Mario Sequeira showed QQ at their tables.

Hand-for-Hand

The elimination of shortstack Tony Le in a 4-way all in where his 44 fell to the set of 7's of Dinh Le and we are now hand-for-hand, 28 remain and 27 cash in the Main Event.

Testing Postle

C. Magaaoay pushes all in for his last 118,000, putting Mike Postle and his remaining 161,000 to the test on a board of 5♥️A♣️Q♥️2♦️4♣️.

After about 45 seconds, Postle folds AJ face up, and Magaaoay shows a Q.

Magaaoay - 200,000
Postle - 161,000

Top Stacks

- 30 players remain and here are the top stacks in the Main Event


540,000 - Francisco Santana
525,000 - Joshua Shaw
510,000 - Bill Wendling
420,000 - Kristofferson Nunez
340,000 - Jose Cervantes
335,000 - Phaly Nou
325,000 - Barry Birdwell

Shortstack's End Time

Francis Witek ran the day's short stack as far as he could, busting out in 31st place. Taking his spot at table 3 is Mike Postle, who looks like he could use a table change after his QQ couldn't dodge two AK's in the same hand.

Postle Busts Two ...WAIT

Both Jimmy Zeledon and Asa Martinez are all in preflop, called by Mike Postle, and Postle has both players covered.

Zeledon - AK
Martinez - AK
Postle - QQ

The board runs out J 6-6-5, but that's an ace on the river and Postle does NOT get a double knockout and the chiplead.

Zeledon and Martinez chop it up, while Postle, who was up to more than 400k, is back down to 210,000, and taking a walk to try and calm down.

Marathon Time

20,000 stacks, 40 minute levels and NO BREAKS today in the 1pm $235 Marathon just starting. Late registration is open until 3pm, the start of Level 7.

Biggest Move

While many of the stacks are staying fairly close to what they were to start the day, Joshua Shaw has made the day's biggest move so far. Starting with 127,000, he is now up to 480,000 over at table 1. WIlliam Wendling is at 520,000 and Francisco Santana at table 3 has slightly more than doubled from 261,000 to the chiplead at 545,000

Trips Not Enough

Right after taking a big hit to his stack, Andrew @Abarber1 Barber is all in for his tournament life against Dinh Le.

Barber - AQ
Le - A♦️K♦️

The flop x♦️- Q♥️- Q♦️ gives Barber trips and gives Le a flush draw. Le catches his kicker with the K on the turn, but teh river is a 6♦️ and barber is eliminated in 34rd place.

We lost Noel Laxamana a few hands before that in 35th place.

Barber Takes Big Hit

All in preflop, Andrew @ABarber1 Barber has QQ and has Phaly Nou covered, but Nou has AA and the stacks are pretty close.

The aces hold and Barber is down to fewer than 4BB, while Nou moves to 295,000

Out So Far

- With 35 remaining, here is who has been eliminated

Cy Williams
Dean Freedlander
Dan Stir
David Lucchesi
Steve Kujubu
Hieu Le
Michael Larrick

Short Stack Survival

Francis Witek started today 42/42 with just 4.5BB. He is up to 90,000 - 11.5BB and holing on.

Level Up

One level played and 20 percent of the field is gone. We're down to 35, 8 from the money in the Main Event.

Level 19
Blinds 4000/8000
Antes 1000
Avg Stack 25BB
Players 35

Kings Good Again

Michael Larricm is all in preflop with 66 against the KK of @Mike_Postle. The kings hold and Postle eliminated Larrick in 37th place.

Mike Postle - 294,000

Tada Gets Some Back

Right after doubling Jimmy Zeladon, Steven Tada is all in for his tournament life against Tony Le.

Tada - KK
Le - JJ

The kings hold and Tada is back to 174,000
Le - 85,000

Z Double

Jimmy Zeledon is all in for his tournament life against Steven Tada.

Zeledon - TT
Tada - AQ

The x-Q-J flop gives Tada top pair, but there's a T on the turn. While the Q on the river gives Tada trips, it gives Zeledon a boat.

Zeledon - 101,000
Tada - 74,000

Not Another

UCDavis golf coach Cy Williams is not going to pick up his second @AnteUpMagazine title here this year. Williams, the reigning Ante Up World Champion, is out a few places before we get down to 4 tables.

Quads Not Enough

He picked up quad nines but was a very short stack and Steve @Kepano808 Kujubu has been eliminated short of the money.

He's Here, He's Gone

- Call off the search party, @DanStir2001 did make it .. .and just as fast as he arrived he's headed to the rail, having busted in 41st place.

AA Not Good So Far

Dee @Dor8888 Timmons is all in preflop against Steve @Kepano808 Kujubu and has Steve covered.

Timmons - AA
Kujubu - 99

Not one, but two nines come .. quads for Kujubu.

Postle Running for POY

a 26th place finish or better today moves @Mike_Postle into the lead for the @AnteUpMagazine Player of the Year.

Hieu Le could have overtaken both Postle and current leader Christian Francia with a 3rd place finish, but Le was eliminated on the first hand today, finishing 42nd.

Choi Doubles Early

2nd hand of the day and Ben Choi hits a set of jacks and doubles through Jose Cervantes.

Choi - 98,000
Cervantes - 477,000

Paging Dan Stir

- Hey @DanStir2001, cards are in the air for Day 2 of the Main Event, your chips are in play but you're not here yet ....

And They're Off

42 players, led by @kinderschwein Bill Wendling, with 27 making the money and $54k up top - it is Day 2 of the Ante Up Poker Tour NorCal Classic Main Event. 40-minute blinds until down to 36 players, hour-long levels to the finish line.

Follow all the day's action right here, brought to you by the HoldemRadio LiveUpdates team.

Sunday Marathon


Breaks? Players don't need no stinking breaks tomorrow in the $235 Marathon starting at 1pm. Players start with 20,000 chips and play 40-minute levels wihtout a break in between any level.
Registration is open until the start of level 7, about 3pm. Players are limited to One (1) re-entry. Any player that has not used their re-entry may forfeit their stack at the end of level 6 and re-enter for $235. Levels will last 40 minutes. This event is a 9 handed event. Redraw will be at the 10 handed final table.

Sunday Night Bounties


The 2015 @AnteUpMagazine NorCal Classic draws to a close tonight with Event 12, a $100 with $25 bounties. This is the standard Sunday night tournament here at Thunder Valley - always drawing a good crowd. Rather than replace this popular event during a tournament series, Ben Erwin incorporates it into the series lineups now.

Players start at 7pm with 6000 chips and play 20-minute levels, with no antes in the tournament. Registration is open until the start of level 5, about 8:35pm. Players are limited to One (1) re-entry. Any player that has not used their re-entry may forfeit their stack at the end of level 4 and re-enter for $100. Levels will be 20 minutes. This is a 10 handed event. Redraw at the 10 handed Final Table.

Day 2 Seat Assignments

Here are the Seat Assignments for Day 2 of the 2015 @AnteUpMagazine NorCal Classic Main Event

Table 1


Seat Name City Chipcount
1 Steve Kujubu Sacramento, CA 77,000
2 Dan Stir Sacramento, CA 75,000
3 Anthony Winters Livermore, CA 59,000
4 Murugiah Dhanushkumar Livermore, CA 101,000
5 Open x x
6 Joshua Shaw Sacramento, CA 127,000
7 Dee Timmons Manteca, CA 125,000
8 Petru Tantos Fairfield, CA 495,000
9 Mike Harvey SF, CA 222,000

Table 2


Seat Name City Chipcount
1 William Wendling San Jose, CA 571,000
2 Andy Pham Elk Grove, CA 156,000
3 Paul Kossluk Ashland, OR 161,000
4 Mario Sequeira Hanford, CA 91,000
5 Kristofferson Nunez Lincoln, CA 273,000
6 Alan Skriel Roseville, CA 103,000
7 Gregory Pincombe Redwood City, CA 196,000
8 Noel Laxamana Hercules, CA 62,000
9 Dean Freedlander SF, CA 71,000

Table 3


Seat Name City Chipcount
1 Calixto Magaoay Vallejo, CA 84,000
2 Cy Williams Davis, CA 68,000
3 David Lucchesi Walnut Creek, CA 77,000
4 Hieu Le Elk Grove, CA 88,000
5 Joe Fernandez Turlock, CA 235,000
6 Surinder Singh Hercules, CA 144,000
7 Francis Witek Nevada City, CA 28,000
8 Francisco Santana San Jose, CA 261,000
9 Barry Birdwwell Marysville, CA 271,000

Table 4


Seat Name City Chipcount
1 Barry Kay Incline Village, NV 75,000
2 Open x x
3 Steven Tada Santa Clara, CA 136,000
4 Dinh Le Suisun City, CA 157,000
5 Jimmy Zeladon San Jose, CA 59,000
6 Andrew Barber Santa Cruz, CA 187,000
7 Michael Larrick Fairfield, CA 92,000
8 Mike Postle Rancho Cordova, CA 194,000
9 Tony Le Modesto, CA 194,000

Table 5


Seat Name City Chipcount
1 Ben Choi San Jose, CA 42,000
2 Jose Cervantes San Jose, CA 524,000
3 Asa Martinez Sacramento, CA 135,000
4 Lance Donnell Reno, NV 158,000
5 Phaly Nou San Jose, CA 125,000
6 Open x x
7 Jon des Pois Auburn, CA 121,000
8 Justo Avalos Elk Grove, CA 263,000
9 Anton Dimagiba Sacramento, CA 205,000

Day 2 Chipcounts

Here are the chipcounts for all 42 players returning at noon Sunday for Day 2 of the 2015 @AnteUpMagazine NorCal Classic Main Event.

William Wendling         San Jose         571,000
Jose Cervantes        San Jose          524,000
Petru Tantos                 Fairfield         495,000
Kristofferson Nunez       Lincoln         273,000
Barry Birdwwell        Marysville        271,000
Justo Avalos                Elk Grove         263,000
Francisco Santana        San Jose         261,000
Joe Fernandez          Turlock         235,000
Mike Harvey                SF                 222,000
Anton Dimagiba       Sacramento       205,000
Greg Pincombe       Redwood City 196,000
Tony Le                       Modesto         194,000
Mike Postle               R. Cordova 194,000
Andrew Barber       Santa Cruz 187,000
Paul Kossluk               Ashland         161,000
Lance Donnell               Reno                 158,000
Dinh Le                       Suisun City 157,000
Andy Pham               Elk Grove         156,000
Surinder Singh               Hercules         144,000
Steven Tada               Santa Clara 136,000
Asa Martinez               Sacramento 135,000
Joshua Shaw               Sacramento 127,000
Phaly Nou               San Jose         125,000
Dee Timmons               Manteca         125,000
Jon des Pois               Auburn         121,000
Alan Skriel               Roseville         103,000
M. Dhanushkumar       Livermore         101,000
Michael Larrick       Fairfield         92,000
Mario Sequeira       Hanford             91,000
Hieu Le                       Elk Grove         88,000
Calixto Magaoay             Vallejo         84,000
Steve Kujubu               Sacramento 77,000
David Lucchesi       Walnut Creek 77,000
Barry Kay                 Incline Village        75,000
Dan Stir                       Sacramento 75,000
Dean Freedlander       SF                 71,000
Cy Williams               Davis                 68,000
Noel Laxamana       Hercules         62,000
Anthony Winters       Livermore         59,000
Jimmy Zeladon       San Jose         59,000
Ben Choi                       San Jose         42,000
Francis Witek               Nevada City 28,000


Wrap it Up

We're done for Day 1 here at the @AnteUpMagazine NorCal Classic Main Event, 42 players moving on to the noon Sunday Day 2 restart. We'll have chipcounts and table assignments posted right here in about 45 minutes.

Four More Hands

Tournament Director Sean Hegstrom and Director of Poker Operations Ben Erwin have called for 4 more hands for the night. The clock is stopped, here we go.

AA 3rd Best for Cy

Cy Williams, Anton Dimagiba and a 3rd player are all in preflop, Williams having both covered with Dimagiba the shortstack.

Williams - A♦️A♥️
Dimagiba - A♠️Q♠️
3rd Player - 77

The flop of 9♠️7♦️5♠️ hit both short stacks, a set for one and a flush draw for the other. The 3♣️ helps no one but the 4♠️ is a triple-up for Dimagiba as his flush connects.

Dimagiba - 250,000
Williams - 80,000
3rd player - 31,000

Saturday, November 28, 2015

They Gone

Daniel Hatch, Robert McCormack and Phuoc 'Paul' Nguyen have recently been eliminated from the Main Event,

1 2 Go

Last 40-minute level of the night, there's 46 players remaining, so we're not sure whether we'll have 4 or five tables coming back tomorrow ... outside chance to be at 36 by bag-n-tag, that's be four 9-handed tables and one full table from the money as 27 cash.

Level 17
Blinds 2500/5000
Antes 500
Avg Stack 30BB
Players 46

New Chipleader



We heard about a 400,000 pot at an outer table, but by the time we arrived the entire table had broken. Once the dust had settled and the players moved, William Wendling was over at table 5 with 575,000 in front of him.

Level Up

Two more levels and we're putting a bow on the night and packing it away.

Level 16
Blinds 2000/4000
Antes 500
Players 59

How They Busted

- in 140 characters, some of the eliminated players tell us how their Main Event came to a close.








The Rich Get ...

We show up to see a flop of 2♠️J♣️6♠️, one player leading out for 4000, another calling, and chipleader Jon des Pois making it 20,000.

The original bettor gets out of the way, the short stack moves all in for an additional 23,000 and des Pois has this deer-in-the-headlights look that he's been caught bluffing and doesn't want to show his hand despite having more than 200,000 behind him.

He eventually finds a call and shows A2 for bottom pair, while the shortstack shows Q♠️7♠️ for a flush draw.

"I can't believe you two," says the original bettor who states he had a pair better than 2nd pair on the board.

The turn and river fail to be a spade, and des Pois eliminates a player, moving to 318,000.


The Long Grind Home

Down to the final two hours of play before baggin-n-taggin tonight in the @AnteUpMagazine NorCal Classic. Play resumes tomorrow at Noon, with the HoldemRadio LiveUpdates team bringing you all the action, down to the final hand. No LiveStream, text=updates only for this event.

Day 2 Seat assignments are going to be posted here within about 45 minutes of bag-N-Tag time (we're just THAT good).

Level 15
Blinds 1500/3000
Antes 500
Players 68
Avg Stack 34BB


Last Break Chipcounts

Here are some chipcounts as players return from their final break of the night.

225,500 - Mike Harvey
223,000 - Jon des Pois
158,000 - Phuoc Nguyen
153,000 - Kristofferson Nunez
151,500 - David Carey
139,500 - Dan Stir
117,500 - Mike Postle
114,000 - Mario Sequeira
110,500 - Andrew Barber
109,000 - Joe Fernandez
105,500 - Tony Le
98,500 - Pat Lyons
97,700 - Dean Freedlander
93,500 - Steve Kepano
93,000 - Justo Avalos
80,000 - Erik Watkins
75,000 - Lance Donnell
72,500 - Dee Timmons
63,500 - Robert McCormack
57,000 - Daniel Hatch
53,500 - Cy Williams
52,000 - Duke Lee
50,500 - Hieu Le



Outside Looking In

Minh Nguyen, Jamie Rosas and Zeev Malkin are among the recent eliminations in the main event.

Out Ugly

Damion Underwood and Phuoc Nguyen are all in preflop, and Nguyen has Underwood covered.

Underwood - 8♣️8♠️
Nguyen - 4♠️4♥️

4♦️8♥️3♥️, set over set
The T♥️ comes on the turn and suddenly Nguyen has a flush draw.
The K♥️ gives Nguyen the come from behind runner runner 4-flush and Underwood is eliminated just before the end of Level 13.

Phuoc Nguyen - 240,000

Shoving With Ducks

We've seen Pat Lyons all in at l ast 8 times this level. He just moved in and was called by @BlueSharkOptics tem pro Greg White for White's last 15BB.

Lyons - 22
White - AQ

Th ducks hold and White is out in Level 13. Lyons is no up to 100,000 and he's been all in 3 more times as we write this post.

To The Rail

James Sarge Glenn, Amir Lehavot, Greg @zarrdogg White and Prab Thonduru have been eliminated here in Level 13

More Bustouts

Amir Lehavot, Christine Wallace, Matthew Dillon (set over set sent Dillon to the rail) and Moshn Said are among the players who have been eliminated as we start a new level.
Level 13
Blinds 1000/2000
Antes 300
Players 96
Avg Stack 36BB

Outer Challenges

The five outer tournament tables are loaded with talent. They'll be breaking in to the main room as players are eliminated tonight.

7 - Jon des Pois, Hieu Le, Jamie Rosas, Joseph Arent
8 - Cy Williams, David Carey, Lance Donnell, Minh Nguyen
9 - Andrew Barber, Mike Postle
10- Jimmy Zeladon, Moshn Said, Tony Le
11 - Dee Timmons, Anton Dimgiba, Randy Smith

More Down

Both Amber @bonechick Chatwin and @CraigPGold have been eliminated from table 6. Phuoc Nguyen, Steve Kepano, Dan Stir, Damion Underwood, James Sarge Glenn and Matthew Dillon are still battling at that fully-loaded table.

Recent Eliminations

Cary @Moe_Rawn Marshall, Chris @rukidingme44 Hinchcliffe and Kathy @Stahly44 Stahl are among the recent eliminations here as play works down tonight in the Main Event.

Here's Stahl describing in 140 characters how her night came to an end.


Level 12
Blinds 800/1600
Antes 200
Players 98

Chipcounts on Break

Players are escaping for a 15-minute break, while the HoldemRadio LiveUpdates team kicks in to gear to gather chipcounts #ForTheFans.
Hey now, that was only a 10-minute break, we only had time to get to some of the tables, missing tables 1-4 entirely.

290,800 - Jon Des Pois
175,300 - David Carey
148,000 - Daniel Hatch
138,200 - Mike Postle
127,500 - Jimmy Zeladon
108,000 - Andrew Barber
99,400 - Dee Timmons
99,200 - Steve Kepano
95,000 - Minh Nguyen
87,000 - Phuoc Nguyen
86,200 - Lance Donnell
84,500 - Kathy Stahl
83,600 - Dan Stir
82,700 - Erik Watkins
62,300 - Cy Williams
60,000 - James Sarge Glenn
59,700 - Greg White
59,400 - Jamie Rosas
57,500 - Damion Underwood
47,000 - Bill Wendling
45,200 - Pat Lyons
44,400 - Joseph Arent
43,800 - Anton Dimagiba
41,100 - Hieu Le
36,000 - Christine Wallace
34,900 - Randy Smith
26,100 - Tony Le
23,700 - Craig Gold
22,800 - Tony Yuke
21,300 - Amber Chatwin
19,000 - Mathew Dillon
15,700 - Dana Muse

AA Hold

Mike Harvey bets to almost put Chris Hinchcliffe all in on a board of 4♠️K♥️8♥️5♦️. The two players get all their chips in and let's see what they have

Hinchcliffe - KT
Harvey - AA

The J turn doesn't help Hinchcliffe and he is left with 2BB

Relax, Folks

With 114 players remaining, it is time for another 15-minute break. We'll bring you updated chipcounts when the break ends.,

Stahl Stacks Some



Kathy @Stahly44 Stahl took down one of the monster-sized $425's here earlier this year, taking home $60,000 for her win. She's had trouble gaining any traction today, and we just watched her deal with a 3-way pot from her BB.

Randy Smith made it 2500 from the cutoff, Anton Dimagiba made the call from the SB as did Stahl from the BB. All three players checked the Q♦️5♦️Q♠️.

Dimagiba checks the 9♥️ on the turn. Stahl makes it 3100, with both Smith and Dimagiba calling.

The J♦️ on the river completes a possible flush draw. Dimagiba checks, Stahl makes it 5000 (leaving 15300 behind). Smith snap-calls and Dimagiba hesitates, then also flips out an orange 5k chip.

Stahl tables Q♥️4♥️ for flopped trips.

Smith pauses, stares at the board for a few moments and eventually mucks, and Dimagiba flings his into the muck as well.

Kathy Stahl - 43,700
Randy Smith - 50,000
Anton Dimagiba - 18,000


Lots of Chips

125 players remaining and the average stack a 55BB of 55,440, nobody is heading home in a hurry, although we did just lose 2007 WSOP Main Event Champ Jerry Yang a few hands ago.

Yang, his left foot in a walking cast, slowly made his way out of the tournament room. 

Carey Crushing it

David Carey was 7th the last the the @HPTPoker came to town, cashing for $20,500. When he sat down in today's AnteUp Magazine NorCal Classic, the two players to his left not only both had 85,000 in chips, but both had recent cashes here for far more than Carey's $20k.

On Carey's immediate left is Cy Williams - UCDavis Gold Coach and the reigning Ante Up World Champion, taking the title here in August for $78,800.

Left of Williams is Minh Nguyen, who won $48,000 taking down the HPT opening weekend $425 for $48,000 and added $43k for 5th place at the same HPT final table where Carey was 7th.

Today, however, Carey has used the stacks of Williams and Nguyen as his personal ATM's, as well as everyone else at the table. Carey is up to 230,000 while both Williams and Nguyen are down to 30k each.


Event 10 - $1,100 Main Event with $150,000 Guarantee - PayTable

- Here is the PayTable for Event 10 of the Nor Cal Classic - $1,100 Main Event with a $150,000 Guarantee

11/28/15
231 Entries
$231,000 Prize Pool
Pays 27 Places
First Place payout includes entry in August 2016 Ante Up World Championships


Place Payout
1 $54,356
2 $38,138
3 $24,532
4 $18,157
5 $13,629
6 $10,903
7 $9,055
8 $7,253
9 $5,429
10-12 $3,973
13-15 $3,257
16-18 $2,772
19-21 $2,426
22-24 $2,171
25-27 $1,917

231 for Main Event

- Registration is closed for the @AnteUpMagazine NorCal Classic Main Event and the board shows a total of 231 entries on this holiday weekend. We'll have the payouts in just a few moments.

Level 9
Blinds 400/800
Antes 100
Players 153

Dinner Break Chipcounts

Here are chipcounts from many in the field as they head off on a 75-minute dinner break. Late registration closes when cards go back in the air at about 6:05pm.


233,100 - Jon des Pois
229,300 - David Carey
133,000 - Barry Birdwell
130,500 - Mike Postle
107,100 - Steve Kepano
103,300 - Dean Freedlander

99,200 - James Sarge Glenn
87,900 - Lance Donnell
86,700 - Jerry Yang
78,900 - Mario Sequeira
77,900 - Josh Shaw
77,300 - Ou Saefong
76,800 - John Song
72,700 - Bill Wendling

69,100 - Joe Fernandez
62,800 - Daniel Hatch
62,500 - Jamie Rosas
62,000 - Herman Lee
61,500 - Arish Nat
60,800 - Exequiel Allan Fernando
59,000 - Dee Timmons
57,600 - Brian Vu
55,800 - Minh Nguyen
55,700 - Mike Harvey
55,200 - Justo Avalos
52,200 - Anton Dimagiba

49,600 - Pat Lyons
48,400 - Andrew Barber
47,100 - Art Tanimoto
47,000 - Greg White
46,900 - Robert McCormack
44,500 - Dan Stir
43,700 - Cherie Wallace
41,500 - Moshn Said
40,200 - Tony Yuke
39,400 - Cy Williams
39,000 - Randy Smith
38,600 - Chris Hinchcliffe
37,400 - Amir Lehavot
37,300 - Duke Lee
32,300 - Prab Thonduru
32,100 - Phuoc Nguyen
32,000 - Thai Nguyen
31,800 - Kathy Stahl
30,600 - Matthew Dillon
30,300 - Craig Gold
30,300 - Cary Marshall

27,700 - Kelly Douglas
27,400 - Tony Le
27,400 - Amber Chatwin
25,800 - Joseph Arent
24,500 - Paul McCaffrey
24,000 - Dana Muse
23,000 - Joe Nguyen
17,200 - Sean Drake
15,000 - Bill Watchman
9,100 - Jashti Kumar
5,500 - Damion Underwood
2,200 - George Saca

Don't Limp with AA

4 players limp into the big blind of Dee @dor88 Timmons, and she checks her option.

The flop comes out 3-4-8 and the UTG player bets 4000. Two players call and Timmons moves all in for her last 20,000. The original raiser moves all in over the top and everyone else gets out of the way.

Timmons - 34
UTG - AA

There is a 4 on the turn, giving Timmons a full house and leaving the other player drawing to one of the two remaining Aces (maybe) in the deck. He misses and Timmons moves to 59,000 on the final hand before break.

Hey Sean, I'm Hungry

- Time for the field in the NorCal Classic Main Event to head off on a 75-minute dinner break. The LiveUpdates team is staying behind to gather updated chipcounts on 60 or so of the players before running off to Subway, High Steaks Steakhouse, Red Lantern, The Buffet, Thunder Cafe ... and definitely Peets Coffee afterwards.

Chipcounts coming soon.

Amir Gone and Back

We showed up just as Amir @PokerWit Lehavot's chips were being pushed over to Dean Freedlander. Before w could record the hand we saw Lehavot stand, walk over to the registration podium, buy back in and be returned to the very seat he's just been knocked out of (it was the only open seat in the tourney, and yep, we asked Tournament Director Sean Hegstrom to confirm).

Last Level to Buy In

Starting Level 8, late registration closes after this level (and the 75-minute dinner break, about 6:05pm) for players in the $1,100 @AnteUpMagazine NorCal Classic Main Event.

Level 8
Blinds 300/600
Antes 100
Entries 213

Sunday Night Bounty


The 2015 @AnteUpMagazine NorCal Classic draws to a close Sunday night with Event 12, a $100 with $25 bounties. This is the standard Sunday night tournament here at Thunder Valley - always drawing a good crowd. Rather than replace this popular event during a tournament series, Ben Erwin incorporates it into the series lineups now.

Players start at 7pm with 600 chips and play 20-minute levels, with no antes in the tournament. Registration is open until the start of level 5, about 8:35pm. Players are limited to One (1) re-entry. Any player that has not used their re-entry may forfeit their stack at the end of level 4 and re-enter for $100. Levels will be 20 minutes. This is a 10 handed event. Redraw at the 10 handed Final Table.

Sunday Marathon


Breaks? Players don't need no stinking breaks tomorrow in the $235 Marathon starting at 1pm. Players start with 20,000 chips and play 40-minute levels wihtout a break in between any level.
Registration is open until the start of level 7, about 3pm. Players are limited to One (1) re-entry. Any player that has not used their re-entry may forfeit their stack at the end of level 6 and re-enter for $235. Levels will last 40 minutes. This event is a 9 handed event. Redraw will be at the 10 handed final table.

Latest Arrivals

Art Tanimoto and Pat Lyons ar among the latest to get their first 30,000 stack in action today.

New Level

Players are back from their second break of the day.

Level 7
Blinds 250/500 (@AllenKessler approves)
Antes 75
Entries 208

2nd Break Chipcounts

Here are some chipcounts from across the room as players make their way back to play Level 7 in the NorCal Classic Main Event. The 75-minute dinner break is after Level 8 and registration closes when cards go back in the air after dinner break at 6:05pm.

164,500 - Jon des Pois
101,075 - Mike Postle
84,575 - Minh Nguyen
79,900 - Jerry Yang
69,800 - Joe Fernandez
66,200 - Lance Donnell
60,475 - Cy Williams
57,400 - Anton Dimagiba
56,400 - Steve Kepano
55,300 - Sean Drake
53,100 - Jamie Rosas
48,600 - Tony Yuke
48,000 - Thai Nguyen
46,750 - Matt Boddorf
46,700 - Damion Underwood
46,000 - Phuoc Nguyen
45,500 - Randy Gil
43,250 - Craig Gold
42,000 - Randy Smith
39,800 - Moshn Said
39,400 - Robert McCormack
39,075 - Bill Wendling
38,350 - Kathy Stahl
37,400 - Bill Watchman
37,400 - Prab Thonduru
35,725 - Justo Avalos
34,400 - Greg White
33,825 - Tony Le
33,500 - Mike Harvey
33,300 - Matthew Dillon
33,300 - Paul McCaffrey
30,000 - Hieu Le
29,400 - Amir Lehavot
28,650 - Andrew Barber
28,625 - Dana Muse
27,300 - Dee Timmons
26,500 - Erik Watkins
22,300 - James Sarg Glenn
21,750 - Chris Hinchcliffe
20,600 - Jeff Day
17,700 - Amber Chatwin
15,700 - George Saca
13,300 - Jimmy Zeladon
11,800 - Kelly Douglas
11,425 - Mario Sequeira
6,375 - Joe Nguyen
5,800 - Dan Stir

Level Up

The board shows 193 entries so far in the @AnteUpMagazine NorCal Classic $1,100 Main Event, pushing the prize pool to near $200,000 at this point. Late registration is open until the start of Level 9, after the 75-minute dinner break.

Level 6
Blinds 200/400
Antes 50
Entries 193

Fully Loaded Tables

There are some incredibly tough tables across the room today, while others are merely very tough. Here's an example of the table layout

6 -- Joe Nguyen, Craig Gold, Damion Underwood, Sarge, Glenn, Matthew Dillon, Dan Stir
13 -- Jerry Yang, Andrew Barber, Bill Wendling
2 -- Amir Lehavot, Robert McCormack, Joe Fernandez
8 -- Cary Marshall, Cy Williams, Minh Nguyen
7 -- Daniel Evans, Kelly Douglas, George Saca, Jamie Rosas
11 -- Kathy Stahl, Anton Dimagiba, Randy Smith
20 -- Sean Drake, Thai Nguyen, Matt Boddorf, Joseph Arent
8 -- Moshn Said, Steve Kepano, Justo Avalos, Jimmy Zeladon
18 -- Bill Watchman, Phuoc Nguyen, Dana Muse
19 -- Dee Timmons, Lance Donnell, Hieu Le, Erik Watkins
10 -- Mario Sequeira, Tony Le
3 -- Mike Harvey, Prab Thonduru,
15 -- Jon des Pois, Randy Gil
16 -- Jeff Day, Amber Chatwin

Level 6
Blinds 200/400
Antes 50
Entries 193


Drake Chips Up


Though his first entry came and went fast, Sean Drake is rapidly gathering chips here as we move in to Level 5 of the Main Event.

We showed with 4500 already in the pot and the A♣️2♦️J♣️ flop and saw Drake's opponent in the hand check-call Drake's 2500 bet. His opponent made it 3200 on the J♥️ turn and Drake called.

The river 5♠️ brought a bet of 4400 and Drake hesitated then repopped to 10,000, getting a call. Drake tabled J♠️7♠️ to win the pot.

Sean Drake - 60,200

Level 5
Blinds 150/300
Ante 50
Entries 189

Postle Pulls 'em In



We show to see a pot of 11,000 and the flop, turn and river already exposed, with @Mike_Postle all in for his remaining 22,900.

The board shows 8♣️3♠️T♠️Q♣️9♦️.

Postle's opponent tanks for about 90 seconds, then makes the call, and Postle shows KJ for the absolute nuts.

His opponent flings his cards at the dealer, exposing a J for a smaller straight, then begins smacking together some of the few chips he still has and mumbling about his bad fortune.


Mike Postle - 57,200
Opponent - 5,100

Postle and Sean Drake are the favorites now to take down the Ante Up Poker Tour Player of the Year as they sit in 2nd and 4th place with this Main Event and tomorrow's two tournaments as the last events of the year. Darrel Dier, 3rd in the standings, used both of his available entries today and has been eliminated from the Main Event.

Turlock Connection


For a small central California poker room, there's been a big @Turlock Poker presence throughout the NorCal Classic, and today's Main Event is no different. Minh Nguyen (above) won last September's HPT $425 here for $48,000 and the next weekend final tabled the HPT Main Event here, finishing 4th for an additional $43,000.

Joe Fernandez (below) is the owner of Turlock Poker Room. he final tabled the very first HPT Main Event held here at Thunder Valley some three years ago. Damion Underwood (bottom) is the defending Turlock Poker Room Series Champion.



Arrivals and Departures

Dana @shaynamouse Muse, Joseph @Run_It_Twice Arent, Amber @bonechick Chatwin,  Phuoc 'Paul' Nguyen, Dan Stir, Tony Yuke and Jon des Pois are among the later arrivals here in the $150,000 guaranteed Main Event.

Darrel Dier (x2) and Kyle Kitagawa are among the players eliminated so far today.

First Break Chipcounts

Here are some counts from across the room with 179 entries on first break in the $150,000 guaranteed Ante Up norCal Classic Main Event.

71,300 Cary Marshall
62,350 Justo Avalos
62,300 Joe Fernandez
61,150 Jerry Yang
56,800 Minh Nguyen
52,300 Cy Williams
47,725 Sean Drake
46,525 Erik Watkins
46,300 Andrew Barber
44,050 Dee Timmons
40,800 Damion Underwood
38,000 Thai Nguyen
37,700 Amir Lehavot
36,000 Randy Smith
35,400 Matthew Dillon
33,700 Greg White
32,100 Phuoc Paul Nguyen
31,800 Amber Chatwin
31,100 Kelly Douglas
29,900 Robert McCormack
29,700 Lance Donnell
26,300 Jashti Kumar
23,300 Bill Watchman
23,700 Jeff Day
21,200 Joseph Arent
20,900 Hieu Le
10,100 James Sarge Glenn
4,100 Kyle Kitagawa

Sign Up Until 6

Registration for today's $150,000 guaranteed @AnteUpMagazine $1,100 Main Event is open until cards go back in the air after the dinner break at the end of Level 8 - about 6:05pm today.

The board shows 170 entries right now.

$14 Million Looks Like This


2007 WSOP Main Event Champ Jerry Yang (right) and 2013 3rd place finisher Amir Lehavot (left) have combined for $14.3 million in career earnings.

Add to this 2015 WSOP $10k HORSE Champ Andrew Barber, circuit ring winners Craig Gold, Bill Watchman, WPT Shooting Star runner-up Joe Nguyen, WPT DeepStacks Redding Champ Darrel Dier and more, and this field of now 170 entries is one of the toughest this room has seen in quite a while.

Is 25o Good Here?



Justo  @AvalosJust Avalos (right) leads out preflop for 1100 and Marty Gorenc comes along. The flop is 34T, (according to tablemate Moshn Said who relayed all the info on this hand to us) and the two players end up getting all their chips in the middle after a series of raises.

Gorenc - 25
Avalos - KK

Gorenc pairs his 5 but cant complete his draw, Avalos rakes in a massive pot and Gornc is off to reload.


Faces in the Main Event Crowd, Part Deux


Joe Fernanadez, owner of @TurlockPoker, is among the large crowd of players here today for the $150,000 Guaranteed Ante Up Magazine Poker Tour NorCal Classic $1,100 Main Event. Joining Fernandez is ... 

Aaron Iqbal

Jeff Day

Dee Timmons

Bill Watchman

Matt Boddorf and Thai Nguyen

Darrel Dier

Kathy Stahl

Prab Thonduru

Craig Gold

The men who make this happen: Ante UP Magazine publisher Scott Long and Thunder Valley Director of Poker Operations, Ben Erwin

Mike Postle

Jerry Yang


George Saca

Kelly Douglas

Minh Nguyen

Joe Nguyen

Sean Drake