Nick Colvin and Sly Sylvester are northern California poker players, Veterans, and businessmen running a poker apparel company. Their Deeg Poker clothing line attracts players from all over the country, and their love of OFC definitely draws players here to play poker.
"Nick is as experienced as anyone when it comes to OFC," said Ben Erwin, director of poker operations at Thunder Valley, explaining the partnership with offering OFC tournaments.
Today's $235 OFC Pineapple is Event 19 of the Ante Up World Championships Series - part of the 5-tourney closeout to the series.
"There's nowhere else around that hosts OFC live, but for Las Vegas in the summer (at the WSOP)," said Colvin. "And there's a Sacramento-area niche too that likes to play live."
Many players see OFC taking place live and ask what's going on, how to play, but hesitate about jumping in. There's plenty of players on their phones while in other live events, grinding away with their OFC matches, and now Colvin and Erwin both are talking about bringing more OFC tournaments for Thunder Valley for both sets of players.
"Prague has a $10,000 buyin and gets 100 people to show up," said Colvin.
"Just think what a $125 OFC would do here," said Erwin.
There were 22 entries for today's event, paying out four places for the $4,400 prize pool, with $1,760 to the winner, $1,232 for second, $792 for third and $616 for fourth.