Saturday, March 25, 2017

RESULTS: Friday @ 6PM Deep Stack

Total Entries: 45          Total Prize Pool: $5,888

PLACE
PRIZE
NAME
LOCATION
1
 $   736 JONATHAN GONZALESMERCED, CA
2
 $   736 MAI XIONGMERCED, CA
3
 $   736 JOHN HUEYSACRAMENTO, CA
4
 $   736 GILDO TOURNOUREL DORADO HILLS, CA
5
 $   736 EDWARD SCOTTMARYSVILLE, CA
6
 $   736 GUISEPPE CIGNARELLAROSEVILLE, CA
7
 $   736 DAVID SHELLELK GROVE, CA
8
 $   736 DARREL CAINFAIR OAKS, CA

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Del Vecchio Wins @WPT Rolling Thunder


@3kingme3 - Mike Del Vecchio took the overall chiplead last night with 4 tables left in the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event, and but for a very few hands he maintained that chiplead through to the end.

Del Vecchio is the 2017 Rolling Thunder Main Event Champ, earning $284,638 for the win. This includes a $15,000 entry in to the WPT Tournament of Champions at the end of the season.

Del Vecchio navigated a final table that included four other pro's - Sorel Mizzi, Steven Tabb, Connor Drinan and Olivier Busquet - along with amateur player John Hadley who won his way in via a Livemore Caasino freeroll.

At the end, it was Del Vecchio's trip 4's holding up against the open-ended straight flush draw of Mizzi on the final hand of the tournament.

Here is the overall results from the event.

3/11-15/17
$3500 Main Event
421 Entries
$1,347,200 Prize Pool
53 Places Paid.


1 Mike Del Vecchio Las Vegas, NV $284,638
2 Sorel Mizzi Toronto, Canada $190,105
3 Steven Tabb San Mateo, CA $122,296
4 John Hadley Brentwood, CA $81,930
5 Olivier Busquet Edgewater, NJ $63,013
6 Connor Drinan Arlington Heights, IL $52,222
7 Ankush  Mandivia Richmond, TX $43,829
8 Pat Lyons Hillsboro, CA $35,437
9 Dana Harmetz Sacramento, CA $27,177
10 David Valdez Vacaville, CA $22,914
11 Denzel Suntay Newark, CA $22,914
12 jaroslaw Marowiak Ukiah, CA $22,914
13 Paul Saso Milpitas, CA $19,050
14 Dean Baranowski Lewisville, TX $19,050
15 Dana Jones Shingle Springs, CA $19,050
16 Tho Tran Las Vegas, NV $15,720
17 Charles Maddalena Chowchilla, CA $15,720
18 C. Thomas Sego Palo Alto, CA $15,720
19 Niall Farrell n/a $13,056
20 Charles Carrell UK $13,056
21 Brett Apter Arlington, VA $13,056
22 Moshin Charania Chicago, IL $11,057
23 Brian Altman Boston, MA $11,057
24 Anthoiny DeLuca Coarsegold, CA $11,057
25 Kao Vang Pleasant Gorve, CA $9,059
26 Derek Wolters Tempe, AZ $9,059
27 Chuck Nguyen San Lorenzo, CA $8,259
28 Kevin Eyster Lafayette, LA $8,260
29 Joshua Morrow Chico, CA $7,460
30 Aaron Frei Denver, CO $7,460
31 Ekrem Bozkurt n/a $7,460
32 Mimi Luu San Jose, CA $7,460
33 William Foxen Cold Sp. Hbr, NY $7,460
34 Gerald Feinerman Roseville, CA $7,460
35 Anthony Winters Livermore, CA $7,460
36 Justo Avalos Elk Grove, CA $7,460
37 Michael Tureniac Sweden $6,661
38 Phia Xiong Sacramento, CA $6,661
39 Ajay Gnanasambanthan Phoenix, AZ $6,661
40 Larry Green Houston, TX $6,661
41 Kevin MacPhee Coeur D'Alene, ID $6,661
42 Ricky Vance Fresno, CA $6,661
43 Shawn Roberts Lincoln, CA $6,661
44 Jasthi Kumar San Ramon, CA $6,661
45 Joshua Reichard Jamesville, WI $6,661
46 Glen Miller Mukilteo, WA $5,862
47 Gregory Wagner Redding, CA $5,862
48 John Bettencourt Stockton, CA $5,862
49 Tuan Mai San Jose, CA $5,862
50 Alan Engel Las Vegas, NV $5,862
51 Ping Liu Irvine, CA $5,862
52 Michael Ruter Temecula, CA $5,862
53 Michael Lancaster SF, CA $5,862

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Sorel Mizzi - 2nd Place - $190,105


A snap-call all in on the turn to the all-in from Mike Del Vecchio, Sorel Mizzi is holding an open-ended straight flush draw against trip 4's.

Mizzi needs help on the river to keep his heads-up match going against Del Vecchio.

Mizzi misses on the river - Del Vecchio has Mizzi covered and Mizzi is the 2017 WPT Rolling Thunder runner-up. He takes home $190,105


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Steven Tabb - 3rd Place - $122,296


Steven Tabb doubled once through Mike Del Vecchio and tried a second time, but Del Vecchio holds A8>KQ and Tabb is out in 3rd place, a $122,296 cash.

Del Vecchio moves to heads-up play against Sorel Mizzi for $284,638 - runner-up takes home$190,105


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Hadley's Freeroll Becomes $81,930


John Hadley won a @WPT Main Event seat through a freeroll at his local Livermore Casino in the Bay Area. He turned that in to a three-day run and a third-place finish for a $81,930 cash.

"This was awesome, what a great event," Hadley said to Ben Erwin, @TVPokerRoom Director of Operations, a few minutes after his final table appearance ended. "I was encouraged by all the great staff at Thunder Valley, the people around talking with me about what to expect and I got a little advice on how to play certain people."

Hadley build a solid stack early in his opening day's play, slipping back to 54,000 by the end of Day 1. He moved that stack up more than 9x as Day 2 progressed, bagging more than 470,000 and the 4th biggest stack of the 53 who came back for Day 3. Making the 6-handed final table last night, though, left Hadley a bit distracted as well as happy.

"I drove home last night after play ended, got lost a little bit on the way there, and ended up only being able to sleep about four hours," Hadley said to Erwin. "I was thinking .. about today."

Hadley's last hand was a preflop four-bet all-in with AQ. Mike Del Vecchio snap-called with 66, a hand that Hadley went 1-for-3 with throughout the final table. Hadley ran 66 in to AA twice in the first few orbits of the day, then he doubled-up with 66 later on.

This time, there was a 6 on the river to give Del Vecchio a set, marking the conclusion of the WPT for Hadley.

"I was happy I survived. This was a tough field and I went in hoping to play the best I could."

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5th Place - @OlivierBusquet - $63,013


All in preflop for his last, Olivier Busquet is called by the new chipleader, Steven Tabb. As the 5-handed shortstack, Busquet moved in with Kc Kc and Tabb called from the BB with Kc Kc.

The Kc Kc Kc gives Busquet a pair, but Tabb has the flush draw, and he rivers the Kc to score the knockout and extend his chiplead.

Busquet takes 5th place, cashing for $63,013

Blinds - 20k/40k
Antes - 5k
Players Left - 4

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Sixes Finally Hold for Hadley


Twice in the first two orbits, John Hadley found himself with 66 and each time he ran in to AA. He folded preflop once and he lost a hand once that played down to the river.

He just called off his stack preflop and raced with chipleader Mike Del Vecchio, 66 v AQ. No ace nor Queen came and Hadley is back to 2.5 million

Blinds - 20k/40k
Antes - 5k
Players Left - 5

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Busquet Triples Up, Drinan Out


Olivier Busquet moves all in preflop, Connor Drinan goes over-the-top all-in and John Hadley snap-calls to put both players at risk, with Busquet the shortest stack.

Busquet has QT
Drinan has KJ
Hadley has JJ

Busquet crushes the Q-T-3 flop, but Drinan picks up an open-ended draw. The turn and river blank for everyone, Busquet triples up to about 1.4 million, Drinan is eliminated in 6th, cashing for $52,222
and Hadley picks up 100k in chips total via winning the side pot against Drinan.

Blinds - 15k/30k
Antes - 5k
Players Left - 5

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Hadley Doubles Through Drinan


Connor Drinan opens, John Hadley 3-bets, Drinan 4-bets all-in and Hadley (above) undershoves for his Final Table life.

Drinan has TT
Hadley has AJ

There's an Ace on the flop, no Ten come on the flop, turn or river and Hadley doubles through Drinan to move to about 2.5 million, with Drinan sliding to 1 million.

Blinds - 12k/24k
Antes - 4k
Players Left - 6

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What Are the Final 6 Playing For?


@WPT Rolling Thunder $3500 Main Event is at the final table, with Las Vegaas-based poker pro Mike Del Vecchio (above) atop the leaderboard. LiveStream starts about 1230pm at twitch.tv/worldpokertour. Here are the remaining payouts for the final 6, with first place including a $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions entry.


1-$284,638
2-$190,105
3-$122,296
4- $81,930
5- $63,013
6- $52,222



Level - 24
Blinds - 12k/24k
Antes - 4k
Players Left - 6

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Loera Takes @WPT Action8 to the Bank


The final WPT Rolling Thunder series tournament goes to Frank The Bank Loera, winner of the $550 Action8. Here are the full results from the tournament that wrapped up early this morning.

3/14/17
$550 Action8
129 Entries
$64,500 Prize Pool
16 Places Paid

1 Francisco Loera San Lorenzo, CA $15,004
2 Lucian Cappello New Rochelle, NY $13,218
3 Jeremy Extein Lincoln, CA $11,330
4 Steven Tada Santa Clara, CA $5,330
5 Ferenc Szuchopa Pleasant Hill, CA $4,095
6 Jose DelValle Salinas, CA $3,153
7 Michael Loncar Roseville, CA $2,470
8 Ashkun Lajevardi Fresno, CA $1,820
9 Chris Hinchcliffe Olympia, WA $1,235
10 Nikolay Maslovtsov Sacramento, CA $1,235
11 James Cummings Santa Rosa, CA $1,235
12 Joe Nguyen Sunnyvale, CA $1,235
13 Minh Nguyen Castro Valley, CA $910
14 Peter Xiong Sacramento, CA $910
15 Loc Tran Fresno, CA $910
16 Kao Saevang Sacramento, CA $910

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The @WPT Rolling Thunder Final Table


Tomorrow at twitch.tv/worldpokertour is the LiveStream final table of the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event. Cards go in the air at noon, with LiveStream on a 30-minute delay starting at 1230pm. Here are your final 6 players, in seat position order, with chipcounts, starting with Livermore Casino's John Hadley in the 1 seat with 2,978,000. Hadley is in this on a freeroll.


Sorel Mizzi - Seat 2 - 2,283,000


Mike Del Vecchio - Seat 3 - 4,270,000


Steven Tabb - Seat 4 - 1,075,000


Olivier Busquet - Seat 5 - 676,000


Connor Drinan - Seat 6 - 1,349,000

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LiveStream Bubble is @AnkushMandivia


The final 6 is set as Ankush Mandivia bubbles the final table, knocked out by Sorel Mizzi, cashing for $43,829. We'll have the final 6 with chipcoutns in a few moments.

Level - 24
Blinds - 12k/24k
Antes - 4k
Players Left - 6

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8th for @FlyinLyons


A day-long roller-coaster comes to an end for WPT Champions Club member Pat Lyons, all in for 508,000 with A8 against the TT of former WSOP Circuit Foxwoods main event champ Steven Tabb, who has 514,000.

There is a race for equal stacks,

The board runs out 7 high and Lyons is out on the unofficial final table bubble, cashing for $35,437

Redraw for the final 7 seats now.

Level - 24
Blinds - 12k/24k
Antes - 4k
Players Left - 7

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4+4 = 2 2 Go


Former WSOP Circuit Lake Tahoe champ Dan Harmetz is out in 9th place ($27,177), Pat Lyons moves to Table 2 and 4-max play takes over for a bit. Players move to a single 7-handed table with the next elimination.

Level - 24
Blinds - 12k/24k
Antes - 4k
Players Left - 8

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Down to 9


@WPT Rolling Thunder $3500 Main Event is down to 9 players, but not down to the final table.

Why?

This is a WPT, 6-handed play starts at 36 players, and stays 6-max 'til the end. The 'unofficial,' final table is once we're down to 7 tonight, and play ends when the LiveStream 6 is reached.

Here are the payouts for 10-15th place.


10 David Valdez Vacaville, CA $22,914
11 Denzel Suntay Newark, CA $22,914
12 Jaroslaw Marowiak Ukiah, CA $22,914
13 Paul Saso Milpitas, CA $19,050
14 Dean Baranowski Lewisville, TX $19,050
15 Dana Jones Shingle Springs, CA $19,050
Level - 24
Blinds - 12k/24k
Antes - 4k
Players Left - 9

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Clash of the Locals


David @DVal17 Lopez flops bottom two on a J-9-T flop, but John Hadley (above) is holding KQ for the straight. No 9 or Ten comes on the turn or river, Hadley has Valdez covered and 'Beast,' is out in 10th, cashing for $22,914. Hadley - who freerolled way to the WPT Rolling Thunder $3500 Main Event from the Bay Area's Livermore Casino - is up to 2.4 million.


Level - 23
Blinds - 10k/20k
Antes - 3k
Players Left - 9

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The Long, Slow Grind to the End of Day


Who puts their name of @WPT Champions Cup for the first (or second, in the case of Pat Lyons or Olivier Busquet) time?

11 remain, playing tonight until down to the final 6, with tomorrow's LiveStream beginning at 1230pm on twitch.tv/worldpokertour.

Tony Dunst and TVPokerRoom Ambassador Tyler Patterson on the commentary.

We'll have no-spoilers-updates here on the blog.

Check WPT Live Updates now for up-to-the-hand chipcounts for the final 11

Level - 23
Blinds - 10k/20k
Antes - 3k
Players Left - 11

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Main Event on Dinner Break


Pat Lyons leads 12 players off to dinner for an hour in the WPT Main Event. We'll be back in an hour with more. Check out WPT Live Updates for dinner break chipcounts and more.

Level - 23
Blinds - 10k/20k
Antes - 3k
Players Left - 12

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$19,993 to Action8 Champ


Registration has closed on @WPT $550 Action8, the final event in the 2017 Rolling Thunder series. The board shows 129 entries, with $19,993 FTW. That's David Beast Valdez, the defending Action8 champ, in the photo. he can't defend his title because he's made the final two tables in the $1,347,200 prize pool WPT Main Event.

3/14/17
$550 Action8
129 Entries
$$64,500 Prize Pool
16 Places Paid.


1 $19,993
2 $11,610
3 $7,643
4 $5,289
5 $4,064
6 $3,128
7 $2,451
8 $1,806
9-12 $1,226
13-16 $903

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1.2 Milly for Hadley


The @WPT Main Event mincash today was 2x the biggest listed cash in John Hadley's poker career. He's blown through that mark and has more than doubled his total career earnings with the next player to be eliminated.

Hadley is among the final 12 here in the Main Event, the next payout is $22,914 to the next 3 out. His career earnings sit at a little more than $10,000 ... well make that they WERE at $10k.

First place in the Rolling Thunder Main Event is $284,638 - including a $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions entry.

Level - 22
Blinds - 8k/16k
Antes - 2k
Players Left - 12

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Beast Keeps Rolling


@DVal17, David 'Beast,' Valdez, has been on a 6-month-long poker heater.

He made the final 3 tables in the $2500 HPT Season Championships here last October, followed it up with a 5th here at the $550 Ante Up NorCal Classic in November, won the $250 Action8 opening event for the WPT California Swing Kickoff series in January, took down the Monster Stack down the road at Stones last month and down is among the final 13 in the $2500 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event.

Valdez was a dealer at the 2016 WSOP - he may very well be a player this year.

Level - 22
Blinds - 8k/16k
Antes - 2k
Players Left - 13

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16-26th @WPT Payouts


15 remain in the WPT Main Event, playing down to the final 6. There's a dinner break scheduled for the end of this level (6:35pm).

The final 6 is LiveStreamed tomorrow with play beginning at noon and the LiveStream (30-minute delay) starting at 12:30pm on twitch.tv/worldpokertour and simulcast on this blog.

Here are the players who cashed in 16-26th place today.


16 Tho Tran Las Vegas, NV $15,720
17 Charles Maddalena Chowchilla, CA $15,720
18 C. Thomas Sego Palo Alto, CA $15,720
19 Niall Farrell n/a $13,056
20 Charles Carrell UK $13,056
21 Brett Apter Arlington, VA $13,056
22 Moshin Charania Chicago, IL $11,057
23 Brian Altman Boston, MA $11,057
24 Anthoiny DeLuca Coarsegold, CA $11,057
25 Kao Vang Pleasant Gorve, CA $9,059
26 Derek Wolters Tempe, AZ $9,059

Level - 22
Blinds - 8k/16k
Antes - 2k
Players Left - 15

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All in Dark, @FlyinLyons Wins


@WPT Main Event is at 20 players, Pat Lyons opens for 34,000 and Charlie Carrell makes it 137,000. Lyons leans back, laughs, and moves all in, saying he has not looked at his hand .. and everyone at the table confirms.

Lyons is all in dark and has Carrell covered.

Carrell makes the call with AJ and Lyons shows 87.

The flop is 5-3-2, no help, but the 6 turn and Lyons is open-ended.


River 8 ... Lyons pairs up ... Carrell is out in 20th place, for $13,056.

Pay Lyons, 2,000,000 ...

I, I, I, I have no words

Level - 22
Blinds - 8k/16k
Antes - 2k
Players Left - 19

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Next Batch O'Payouts


Almost $60,000 in @WPT cashes this week for Mimi Luu as she took second in the opening $250,000 guarantee and added a 32nd place finish in the main event. Here are the payouts 27-36th place.

27 Chuck Nguyen San Lorenzo, CA $8,259
28 Kevin Eyster Lafayette, LA $8,260
29 Joshua Morrow Chico, CA $7,460
30 Aaron Frei Denver, CO $7,460
31 Ekrem Bozkurt n/a $7,460
32 Mimi Luu San Jose, CA $7,460
33 William Foxen Cold Sp. Hbr, NY $7,460
34 Gerald Feinerman Roseville, CA $7,460
35 Anthony Winters Livermore, CA $7,460
36 Justo Avalos Elk Grove, CA $7,460

Level - 21
Blinds - 6k/12k
Antes - 2k
Players Left - 21

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A Milly to 0, @FlyinLyons KO's Nguyen


Chuck Nguyen was crushing @WPT Main Event on the money bubble, nearly doubling his stack as he and Niall Farrell battled through the 27-hand bubble. Nguyen took down a number of big pots and became the first player to 1,000,000 chips.

Then Pat Lyons came to his table.

"World Famous Pat Lyons," who backed up his moniker by taking down the Arizona State Championships and turning around a month later to earn his first WPT title with the Legends of Poker victory - chipped away at Nguyen, doubled through him, took more big pots and soon it was Nguyen heading to the rail in 27th place.

Lyons, meanwhile, not just surpassed the MillyMark, he's all the way up to 1,835,000 and a big chiplead with 24 remaining.

Level - 21
Blinds - 6k/12k
Antes - 2k
Players Left - 24

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37-45th place @WPT Payouts


Redraw at 36 players and moving to 90-minute levels now for 6-max play all the way to the end of the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event. Here's the next batch of payouts, including reigning WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley champ Jasthi Kumar (above)


37 Michael Tureniac Sweden $6,661
38 Phia Xiong Sacramento, CA $6,661
39 Ajay Gnanasambanthan Phoenix, AZ $6,661
40 Larry Green Houston, TX $6,661
41 Kevin MacPhee Coeur D'Alene, ID $6,661
42 Ricky Vance Fresno, CA $6,661
43 Shawn Roberts Lincoln, CA $6,661
44 Jasthi Kumar San Ramon, CA $6,661
45 Joshua Reichard Jamesville, WI $6,661

Level - 21
Blinds - 6k/12k
Antes - 2k
Players Left - 34

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He's Good, No, @ChicagoCards1 Out, No, He's Good


2016 @WPT Rolling Thunder runner-up Moshin Charania calls off his 300,000 stack from the button to a push from Tom Sego.

Charania has AK, ahead of Sego's AQ until there's a Queen in the window, and Charania starts to push his chips. The river, however, is a King and Charania is up to 50BB. Sego slips to 15BB.

Level - 21
Blinds - 6k/12k
Antes - 2k
Players Left - 34

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Main Event Mincashes


Back-to-Back @WPT Main Event cashes for San Jose's Tuan Mai. Here are the mincashes from the 2017 Rolling Thunder Main Event.

46 Glen Miller Mukilteo, WA $5,862
47 Gregory Wagner Redding, CA $5,862
48 John Bettencourt Stockton, CA $5,862
49 Tuan Mai San Jose, CA $5,862
50 Alan Engel Las Vegas, NV $5,862
51 Ping Liu Irvine, CA $5,862
52 Michael Ruter Temecula, CA $5,862
53 Michael Lancaster SF, CA $5,862

Level - 20
Blinds - 5k/10k
Antes - 1k
Players Left - 45

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Getting Action Going


@WPT $550 Action8, the final Rolling Thunder series tournament, is in to the second level of play and the board shows 52 entries. Among those already here is Lon McEachern, TVPokerRoom Ambassador Tyler Patterson (above), Kevin O'Donnell, Kelly Douglas, Jae Pak, Toan Nguyen, Sean Drake, Kyle Kitagawa, Lynda Hernandez, Joe Nguyen, Babe Prescott, Lay Saekee, Cy Williams, Al Sanchez, Phil Phongsaiphonh, Kao Saechao, David Olson, Gary Pisarek, Chris Hinchcliffe, Rian Mullins, Nabil Z, Mike Harvey and Brandon Boatman.

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Wired to Play


Ricky Vance has had little to talk about during the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event - not because he was doing poorly, but because his jaw is broken and wired shut.

Maybe this is a new trend in poker ... stay quiet and make the money.

Then again, Pat Lyons and Mimi Luu also made the money, so there's the opposite end of the spectrum!

Level - 20
Blinds - 5k/10k
Antes - 1k
Players Left - 45

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2 Antes = $5,862 @WPT Cash


@MimiLuu2000 moved all in on the money bubble and drew a call. Tom Riley also moved in and was called. Luu held, Riley was knocked out and the happiest player in the field had to be Mike Lancaster from San Francisco.

Lancaster was down to his last two 1k yellow chips for antes. He's turned those chips in to the first cash of the day as he moves in the very next hand, flops top pair but falls to an overpair, earning a $5,862 cash.

Level - 20
Blinds - 5k/10k
Antes - 1k
Players Left - 52

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In For $90, @Sac_Poker is in @WPT Money


Shawn Roberts parlayed a $90 Thunder Valley Step Satellite in to a $385 multi-table satellite, then in to a WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event seat - and he just made the money here, guaranteeing the biggest pay jump of any of the remaining 53 players.

Roberts is now looking towards steps up the pay ladder to Wednesday's final table and the $284,638 up top. He's already guaranteed $5,772 more than he spent to play. Roberts has more than $140k in career earnings and a WSOP Circuit ring on his resume.

Mimi Luu picked up Aces the first hand back from break, doubled through the AK of Paul Saso, but it was Tom Riley who was knocked out on the bubble.

Level - 20
Blinds - 5k/10k
Antes - 1k
Players Left - 53

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$550 Action8 Just Started


The final @WPT Rolling Thunder series tournament is now underway. The $550 Action8 - featuring 8-handed play, antes from the very first hand, unlimited re-entries, 40-minute levels and registration open to 6:25pm.

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2 Hours, No $$


@WPT Main Event made the money bubble in just 9 minutes of Day 3 play. The next 1 hour, 51 minutes produced just 3 all-ins-and-calls, and the short stack held each time.

Other than onetime-chipleader Niall Farrell, players have been moving at a pretty decent pace. Even with Farrell's pretty-slow play each hand - and he's playing almost every hand - there's been at least 25 bubble-hands played. Chuck Nguyen (above) just took a 300k pot from Farrell and now is the first player to a milly in chips.

Players are on a 15-minute break now, when play resumes the action is at

Level - 20
Blinds - 5k/10k
Antes - 1k
Players Left - 54

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Anti-Sweating @WPT Bubble


Tom Riley from Oregon is down to his last 1k ante in the BB and ends up with only one caller. Riley woke up with 77, his challenger 76 and this was the anti-sweat as people gathered around hoping Riley would hold. The board paired twice, but it was Kings and 2's so the 7's played and Riley is still in. His wife Janet, below, was far more nervous during the hand than Tom.


Level - 19
Blinds - 4k/8k
Antes - 1k
Players Left - 54

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