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Yilmaz, a former Sacramento-area resident who now lives near Philadelphia, defeated a 280-entry field to take home the $303,920 first-place prize. Yilmaz moves in to the top spot on the season-long WPT Player of the Year leaderboard with this win, combined with his WPT Borgata win earlier in the season.
He defeated Jim Collopy heads-up for the win, Collopy earning $200,780 as runner-up.
The win pushes Murray past JC Tran in to 1st Place on the All-Time TVPokerRoom money list, winning more than $500,000 just at that poker room.
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TVPokerRoom at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California plays host once again to the WSOP Circuit Series Jan. 10-21. We’re on site the entire series as Hold’em live Updates is the in-house updates team for all TVPokerRoom Series tournaments.
We kick off coverage Jan. 10 with the five-starting-flight $300,000 Guaranteed The Opener, a $400 buy-in Circuit Ring event, continue through the $100,000 GTD Monster Stack and on to the $500,000 GTD Main Event.
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From a New Years Day $30k to the closing $460 with a $100,000 Guarantee – and $100 bankroll builders in between, there’s a tournament for everyone.
Greenblatt – winner of the HPT Black Hawk Main Event earlier this year – defeated James Brown heads-up to earn the $122,500 first prize in the 446-entry main event.
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Opening weekend features the OneDay$100k Guarantee $460 buy-in on November 9.
THe middle weekend features the $250,000 Guarantee $460 Monolith, and the Man Event is a $500,000 Guarantee $1,500 WPTDeepStacks Main Event.
Brett Murray won his way to the WSOP Global Championship in the 2017/18 season by being the WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley Casino Champion.
Monday afternoon, Murray won his way to the 2018/19 WSOP Global Championship by winning the WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley Main Event.
A dominating performance by a player who practically owns big events at TVPokerRoom, Murray claimed his first-ever Main Event title by owning the chiplead for most of the last 10 hours of play.
Dubbed ‘God of Thunder’ by staff for his performances, Murray now has the WSOPC Main Event title at TVPokerRoom, along with a WPTDeepStacks High Roller, two TVP Monoliths and more to pile up just shy of $400,000 in that house alone.
Check out coverage of his performance here.
Aaron Messmer defeated Michael Giardina heads-up to win the $2,200 High Roller in the WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley Series at TVPokerRoom.
Messmer took home $42,750 for the win.
The entire final table took little more than two hours to go through 8 players. Here’s the final results.
Tran held off Charlie Lai heads-up for the win in the five-starting-fight tournament.
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Lahham earned $91,421 for his victory. The final four players in the 506-entry event that set single-day and total-entry records for the tournament did an ICM chop, then played for the final $11,000, the trophy and the cover of the September edition of Ante Up Magazine.
Michael Monaghan collected the largest dollar amount with his $107,015 and finished as runner-up. Total prize pool was $739,772.
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There’s two main events we’re at or part of this weekend, the $500,000 Guarantee Ante Up World Championship $1,650 at TVPokerRoom at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California and the Heartland Poker Tour $1650 Main Event at Ameristar Kansas City.
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Brett Murray battled with Paul McCaffrey much of Sunday as the two traded the chiplead throughout the day, with Murray ending atop the field in the $250,000 Guarantee Monolith, Event 14 in the Ante Up Worlds at TVPokerRoom at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California.
Murray earned $52,540 for the win – including an entry in this weekend’s $500,000 Guarantee $1650 Ante Up World Championship.
McCaffrey took home $40,500 as runner-up.
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This year the series expanded to four weekends of play – covering 24 total days – combining for more than $1,000,000 in guarantees.
There’s the $500,000 Guarantee World Championship $1650 at the end of the month, the series kicking off with a midweek $100,000 Catapult for just a $160 buy-in, and much more
Adam Curchack made his way through a Thunder Valley-record crowd for a $1,100 Main Event, earning $82,153 by taking down the WPTDeepStacks $500,000 Guarantee.
Curchack defeated Sean Marshall heads-up to claim the crown, a $3,000 package to the WPTDeepStacks Season Championships in December in Canada, and probably the heaviest single-event poker trophy I’ve ever picked up …
The 724-entry field created a prize pool of more than $700,000, the biggest TVPokerRoom has ever has for a $1,100. This was the official Grand Opening Main Event for the new poker room inside Thunder Valley’s casino,.
We are back at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California through April 9 for the two-week-long WPTDeepStacks Series – featuring at $500,000 Guarantee Main Event, the Grand Opening of the new TVPokerRoom and much more.
The series kicks off with The Catapult – a $160 buy-in with a $100,000 Guarantee that’s expected to draw well more than 1,000 total entries for its 5 flights.
Our Hold’em Live Updates team is the in-house reporting team for all poker tournaments at TVPokerRoom, with Dan Ross at the keyboard this series.
I was there, standing off-camera right next to Ian Steinman as he struggled to deal with the all-in from Joe McKeehen, 5-handed in the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event at Thunder Valley.
Watch for yourself at the fold of the year, decade or more.
While Ian struggles, all I could think was, “How can he put Joe on Queen_Ten here?” The betting didn’t make sense for Joe to have Aces, and if Ian felt Joe has a set of Fives or Sevens, he was making the call.
David Larson – the short stack when final table play began – wins the 2018 World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California, defeating ‘Fold of the Decade‘ candidate Ian Steinman heads-up.
Larson was one of the short stacks from 3 tables left, all the way to the start of final table play in the brand-new TVPokerRoom at Thunder Valley.
Larson doubled up on the second hand at the final table, then mostly stayed out of the way until 3-handed with Steinman and Joe McKeehen. Larson was on an amazing heater from that point forward, almost every combination of cards working for him as he captured the title.
Check out the full recap and results here that we wrote for the TVPokerBlog. Hold’em Live Updates is the in-house updates team for TVPokerRoom.
Our Hold’em Live Updates team returns to TVPokerRoom at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California this weekend for the kickoff of the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder series, culminating in the $3500 Main Event starting March 3.
This Saturday is a $460 buy-in OneDay $100,000 Guarantee, followed on Sunday with $440 buy-in that promises 20 seats guaranteed in to the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event.
The full WPT series kicks off a week from today with a full slate of tournaments and satellites.
Khan earned $188,686 by defeating Roland Shen in the more than three-hour-long heads-up match. Shen collected $116,706 as runner up in the 599-entry field that created a $898,500 prize pool.
Khan also finished third in Event 1 in the circuit series at Thunder Valley, earning an additional $35,543 in the 1,511-entry $300k guaranteed $365.
Our Hold’em Live Updates team does full coverage of all series tournaments at TVPokerRoom – starting our fifth year on property as the in-house Live Updates team.
Follow along here on the TVPokerBlog for updates on the $300,000 Guaranteed $365 Event 1 – all the way through the Monster Stack, HORSE, PLO, Omaha8 and to the Main Event.
One double, another double, a knockout, another double and soon Valdez found himself with the top stack at the final table.
The player second in chips was the one who knocked him to 1BB – Chris Hinchcliffe – and those two took the top two place in one of Thunder Valley’s most popular tournament each year.
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Jeff Fielder outlasted a 501-entry field – and a tough final table – to capture the Season 4 WPTDeepStacks Championship in the Million Dollar Guarantee at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California.
Fielder defeated Cord Garcia heads-up to win just shy of $200,000 and an entry in the March 2018 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event at Thunder Valley.
The final table has a Colossus feel with Garcia, the inaugural WSOP Colossus champ and Ben Keeline – 2016 Colossus Champ- finishing 3rd.
Here’s the full payouts from the 2017 Million Dollar Guaranteed WPTDeepStacks Championship.
The $1,000,000 Guarantee Championship takes place Dec. 2-5, and there’s a number of $100k guarantees and other top events on the tournament schedule.
2018 marks our fifth season of providing all the Live Updates for every tournament series at TVPokerRoom.
Jaime Haletky was runner-up in the 2016 Ante Up World Championships at Thunder Valley Resort. Sunday night he moved one step up the ladder and claimed the 2017 Ante Up Poker Tour NorCal Classic title at Thunder Valley.
Haletky held off James Mackey to claim the title in the 204-entry $1650 single-flight Main Event, joining Michael Loncar as the only players with multiple Ante Up Poker Tour titles at Thunder Valley.
He had quite the celebration, as the tournament win came on his birthday.
Our Poker Partner TVPokerRoom at Thunder Valley Resort plays host this entire week to the annual Ante Up Poker Tour NorCal Classic, highlighted by a one-entry-day $150,000 Guaranteed $1100 Main Event.
Our Hold’em Live Updates team is the in-house reporting team for all TVPokerRoom series tournaments … and we’ll be back there in 2018 for our 4th year of tournament coverage.
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Pupillo earned $170 while defeated a field of 528 entries to take home the inaugural WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley Main Event title, just a few days after racking up $217k in the WPT Borgata $600 kickoff (yeah, $217k in a $600 buyin, and that was for 2nd, whoa).
I called the win for Pupillo with 35 players left, taking Cleveland Dann Turner as my other potential champ with Jed Hoffman my 3-slot pick. Pupillo took the title, defeating Turner heads-up, while Hoffman grabbed 5th place. I may need a new job title as official poker handicapper, but that’s another story.
Having ‘Home Field Advantage,’ helped as well, being the in-house live updates reporter for Thunder Valley, Peppermill and HPT, I’ve seen these players compete often the last 5 years.
Catch up with all the reporting from the Thunder Valley Main Event here, starting with the overall results.
We are on site providing all the Live Updates all weekend long – just as we have for the entire series – yep, we did full Circuit series coverage for the players and the house.
11 Circuit Rings have already been awarded.
Daniel Evans won his first WSOP Circuit ring in last year’s Monster Stack in Lake Tahoe.
He added Ring #2 today by defeating Brett Murray heads-up for the Monster Stack title at Thunder Valley.
Evans, a TVPokerRoom tourney regular – started the day 15/19 in chips, was down to fewer than 10BB in the first level of Day 2, then went on a multi-level heater to where he had 70 percent of the chips in play 4-handed.
Alex Greenblatt took down the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event in at Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk Monday afternoon. Watching on the LiveStream while playing a WSOP Circuit event at Thunder Valley was his buddy Brett Murray.
About 7 hours later, Murray won his circuit ring in the 8-Max.
Greenblatt – twice a HPT Runner-up (2013 Commerce, 2014 Black Hawk) – took home $179,274 for the win at Gates Poker Room.
Murray – with 23 previous WSOP Circuit cashes for slightly more than $100,000 – earned his first Circuit Ring last night.
The victory was worth more than 200x the buy-in for taking down the five-starting-flight event.
We provided full coverage of the event, and we are doing so for every WSOP Circuit event in the series at Thunder Valley.
Al Sanchez bagged 346,000 to lead all players in the 1,406-entry opening event at the first-ever WSOP Circuit event at TVPokerRoom at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California. The prize pool for this $365 buy-in event ins more than $420,000 with more than $72,000 to the winner.
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Included is the opening weekend $250,000 guarantee with 5 $365 starting flights and the $500,000 guaranteed $1675 Main Event Sept. 22-25.
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Jonathan George outlasted James Hoytko and Ian Kalman in a lengthy three-handed battle to claim top honors in the 2017 Ante Up World Championship at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California.
George earned $60,248 for the event that drew 489 entries and created a $715,407 prize pool. The poker room drew its single-day record 342 entries for the final starting flight, that day on its own covered the $500,000 tournament guarantee.
The final 10 players in the tournament agreed to modify the payouts, with each player receiving at least $35,000. The players left $10,000 to play out at the final table for the champion, along with the cover of next month’s Ante Up magazine.
Hafiz Khan held the chiplead most of the first flight in the $500,000 guaranteed Ante Up World Championships at TVPokerRoom. He bagged 400,000, the top stack of the night, followed close behind by JC Tran’s 364,000.
More than 250 entries are expected for Saturday’s final flight of the World Championships – the featured event in the 18-event Ante Up Worlds Series.
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Event 9 in the 2017 Ante Up Worlds – the $455 Monoilth with a $250,000 Guarantee – drew 855 entries and a $342,000 prize pool, one of the largest fields at that price point ever in northern California.
Patrick Ng began Day 2 as the overwhelming chipleader, and despite giving up the lead on numerous occasions, he took home the top prize of more than $40,000 after the final 6 player in the event agreed to bring the tournament to a close.
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Four starting flights in northern California and the $455 Monolith with a $250k Guarantee came is with a total of 855 entries and a $342,000 prize pool.
TVPokerRoom’s signature event once again drew a huge field and demolished its guarantee.
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A $160 buy-in with a $100,000 guarantee – the number of entries was huge and the guarantee shattered.
1,585 Entries, a $206,000-plus prize pool and at the end it was Chris Stevens from Turlock Poker room along with Vincent Amayun who took home $29,000 each as champs.
Here are all the payouts for the 160 who cashed in the tournament.
There’s a $100,000 guarantee on this 5-starting-flight tournament.
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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.
Yep, he went all in dark … check out the Live Update from our Hold’em Live Updates team to see what happened,
The short-stack with just 700,000 chips at one point in 5-handed play, Rob Anderson battled back and eventually found his way to $65,780 and the 2017 Poker Night in America Main Event title.
Anderson powered to a lead with strong play, almost had 3rd place finisher Ubaid Habib’s full stack when both rivered trip 5’s with Anderson’s Ace able to play. Habib, however, found a fold but busted 5 hands later.
The major event was the next-to-last hand, Anderson 3-betting with AK and James Phamsopha 4-betting all-in with AT. Anderson held, leaving Phamsopha with just 7BB. One hand later and Anderson – with a career-best $3,155 cash to his name – went 20x by winning the title.
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Michael_Loncar has been here before. For the second time in three years, the Ante Up Poker Tour NorCal Classic Main Event title is his.
Loncar made his way through the largest 2-flight Main Event field @TVPokerRoom has ever held, a 630-entry field playing for a total of $315,000.
I’d say Loncar was pretty comfortable about his chances, so much so that he showed up for his Day 1 flight wearing a bathrobe, and stayed in that robe all day and night.
Day 2 was quite a bit from the norm, as only one of the top-30 in chips to start the day – 5th place David Valdez – made the final table. Loncar started right in the middle 49/100 with 140,000 chips. He built throughout the day, and took the chiplead right after the 27-player redraw.
At the final table it was Loncar and James Starr who traded the chiplead back-and-forth for the better part of three hours. These two made it heads-up, with Loncar’s top pair holding against the second pair of Starr on the final hand.
Blair Hinkle began dominating HPT Season Championship Main Event final table play 5-handed at TVPokerRoom, chipping down opponents without often playing big pots against them. He kept that same strategy going once heads-up against Novato’s John Sheehan.
Heads-up play began with Hinkle holding almost a 3-1 chiplead, and while Sheehan occasionally pulled to within 2-1, he rarely came closer for the first 3 levels, but stacks evened and one hand made the difference.
Some 9 hours after final table play began, Hinkle moved in for 6.8 million and Sheehan called off his 6 milly stack. Hinkle’s 8-7 outdrew Sheehan’s A-T – Hinkle hit trips against Johnny Trips and took the title. Hinkle wins the $223,411 top prize and a $3600 2017 HPT Championship Event package.
Derrick Geliberte, Saurabh Patel, Daniel Maor, Lance Donnell, Marty Verdegaal, Hoang Vang and Ian Kalman rounded out the final table cashes.
The Season XII Player of the Year race was also decided here at Thunder Valley, with Kansas City champ Ryan Gregor holding off Cord Garcia for the POY title and entries into six HPT Main Events next season.
Garcia took 14th in the Championship Event held at Thunder Valley. Other notables cashing were Roger Campbell (10th) Julie Cornelius (13th) Aaron Thomas (18th) Jay Friedman (19th) Duke Lee (20th) Tyler Patterson (26th) Casey Carroll (27th) and Jermaine Gerlin (30th).
Players who came for the Championship Event and made Day 2 but did not cash included JC Tran, Mark Newhouse, Greg Raymer, Aditya Prasetyo, Allen Kessler, Neil Blumenfield, Amir Lehavot, Kathy Liebert, Ryan D’Angelo, Craig Casino, Stan Jablonski, Loren Klein, Lee Markholt, Chan Pelton and Darren Rabinowitz.
Day 1A goes at 4pm tomorrow, players starting with 15,000 chips and playing 30-minute levels for Day 1 flights. Late registration and a single re-entry per player, per starting flight, ends at the beginning of Level 5.
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Christman and Rafael Gonzalez agreed before heads-up play began to divide first and second place money with Gonzalez taking the larger share of $45,000 and Christman $40,200. They played heads-up for the title, the $1650 AnteUpWorlds Main Event seat and Player of the Series Points.
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