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Ravee Mathi Sundar Wins WPT Rolling Thunder

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 15,000 ante

Champion Ravee Mathi Sundar Ravee Mathi Sundar made two WPT final tables on the California Swing and won his first WPT title at the second one tonight at WPT Rolling Thunder.

By Ryan Lucchesi (@Luccrazy)

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Ravee Mathi Sundar took that phrase to heart tonight at the final table of the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder $3,500 Main Event. Just five days after he was eliminated from the final table at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event in sixth place, Ravee topped a field of 379 players to win his first tournament title and $266,857. He beat a tough final table that included recent Bay 101 Shooting Star champion and Season XIII California Swing champion Taylor Paur, and poker professional Harrison Gimbel. Mathi had a good run here in California and earned $435,117 - not bad for a week’s work.

Seat 1. Harrison Gimbel - 3,135,000 (156 bb)
Seat 2. Ravee Mathi Sundar - 2,373,000 (118 bb)
Seat 3. Jeff Griffiths - 1,318,000 (65 bb)
Seat 4. Jesse Rockowitz - 727,000 (36 bb)
Seat 5. Rex Clinkscales - 1,508,000 (75 bb)
Seat 6. Taylor Paur - 2,293,000 (114 bb)

Action was fast and furious at the start of the final table with four double ups taking place in the span of just five hands. Hand 13 then proved to be an unlucky one for Jeff Griffiths, who shoved with 7diamond7club. Taylor Paur had him covered with KheartJheart in the hole and the board was dealt Jdiamond5club4diamondJspadeAspade. Griffiths was eliminated in sixth place and took home $50,291 in prize money.

Just two hands later Rex Clinkscales was all in preflop with Aheart8spade in the hole. Paur was once again the adversary of the all-in player, and he took a dominant AspadeQclub into battle. The board fell 10heart9diamond2clubKspade9spade and Clinkscales fell in fifth place, good for $62,864.

The next major action came when Jesse Rockowitz doubled up on Hand 37, and then Harrison Gimbel was all in on the 43rd hand at the final table. He got the last of his chips in on a board reading Kclub4spade4heart6heart with 8heart5heart in the hole. Ravee tanked for seven minutes before he called holding QheartQdiamond. The river delivered the 9club and that was is for Gimbel, who cashed in fourth place for $83,818.

Rockowitz doubled up again a short time after that and Paur joined the fun as well when he doubled up on Hand 56. Sundar and Rockowitz both took turns with the chip lead during a long period of play without a bustout. Rockowitz doubled up again on Hand 82 and the three-handed battle became the predominant skirmish at the final table.

It wasn't until Hand 141 that we lost another player. Paur was all in with Adiamond10heart and Ravee had him covered holding AspadeQheart. The board was dealt Qclub5heart4club9spade6heart and Paur was eliminated in third place, good for $113,154. Paur had already won the title of WPT California Swing champion before tonight's final table, and his impressive run saw him fall two places shy of becoming the third back-to-back champion of Season XIII (He would have joined Anthony Zinno and Darren Elias).

Ravee had a big chip lead at the start of the final match with 9,305,000 against the 2,050,000 of Rockowitz. It didn't take long for the players to get all of their chips into the middle. On the fourth hand of heads-up play (Hand 145), Rockowitz limped for 100,000 to open the pot, Ravee raised to 260,000, Rockowitz moved all in for 1,920,000, and Sundar snap-called with JheartJdiamond.

Rockowitz turned over Kclub9spade, and he needed to improve to stay alive. The board came 10diamond3diamond3heart6spade6heart, and Sundar won the pot — and the WPT title — with two pair, jacks and sixes. Jesse Rockowitz finished as the runner-up, earning $176,018.

Ravee won WPT Rolling Thunder, earning $266,857. That amount includes his $15,400 entry into the season-ending WPT World Championship this April at Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sundar also received a pair of Monster DNA Headphones and a WPT Champions Trophy. Sundar’s name will also be engraved on the one-and-only WPT Champions Cup, alongside all previous champions in WPT history. Congratulations to Ravee Mathi Sundar!

Final Table Results:

1: Ravee Mathi Sundar - $268,857
2: Jesse Rockowitz - $176,018
3: Taylor Paur - $113,154
4: Harrison Gimbel - $83,818
5: Rex Clinkscales - $62,864
6: Jeff Griffiths - $50,291

That concludes our coverage from the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event. Thanks to Thunder Valley Casino for hosting a great event. Thanks also to Joe Giron for tonight’s amazing photography. You can see more of his work on his website: pokerphotoarchive.com. The next stop on the World Poker Tour takes us to South Florida for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. You can catch live coverage of the event from the WPT Live Updates team April 16-22. 

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Ravee Mathi Sundar, Jesse Rockowitz, Taylor Paur, Harrison Gimbel, Jeff Griffiths, Rex Clinkscales, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, WPT Thunder Valley, Season XIII, Season XI, Mazagan Casino, WPT Mazagan
09:23 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #145: Ravee "Om" Mathi Sundar Wins WPT Rolling Thunder! ($266,857)

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 15,000 ante

Champion Ravee Mathi Sundar Jesse Rockowitz limps for 100,000, Ravee Mathi Sundar raises to 260,000, Rockowitz moves all in for 1,920,000, and Sundar snap-calls with JheartJdiamond.

Rockowitz turns over Kclub9spade, and he needs to improve to stay alive.

The board comes 10diamond3diamond3heart6spade6heart, and Sundar wins the pot — and the WPT title — with two pair, jacks and sixes.

Jesse Rockowitz finishes as the runner-up, earning $176,018.

Ravee "Om" Mathi Sundar wins WPT Rolling Thunder, earning $266,857. That amount includes his $15,400 entry into the season-ending WPT World Championship this April at Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sundar also receives a pair of Monster DNA Headphones and a WPT Champions Trophy. Sundar’s name will also be engraved on the one-and-only WPT Champions Cup, alongside all previous champions in WPT history.

Congratulations to Ravee "Om" Mathi Sundar!

1st:  Ravee "Om" Mathi Sundar  -  $266,857
2nd:  Jesse Rockowitz  -  $176,018
3rd:  Taylor Paur  -  $113,154
4th:  Harrison Gimbel  -  $83,818
5th:  Rex Clinkscales  -  $62,864
6th:  Jeff Griffiths  -  $50,291

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Ravee Mathi Sundar, Jesse Rockowitz, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, WPT Thunder Valley, Season XIII
08:16 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #144: Ravee Mathi Sundar

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 15,000 ante

Ravee Mathi Sundar raises to 260,000, and Jesse Rockowitz calls.

Both players check to the turn on a board of AheartAclub7club3heart, Rockowitz checks, Sundar bets 400,000, and Rockowitz folds. Sundar takes the pot.

Ravee Mathi Sundar  -  9,415,000
Jesse Rockowitz  -  1,940,000

Sorted In: Thunder Valley Casino Resort, WPT Thunder Valley, Season XIII
08:09 PM, 03/18/15

Final Table Stats Thru 140 Hands

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 15,000 ante

Three Handed Final Table Seat 2: Ravee Mathi
Opening Percentage: 43.33%
Pots Won: 59

Seat 4: Jesse Rockowitz
Opening Percentage: 17.14%
Pots Won: 27

Seat 6: Taylor Paur
Opening Percentage: 28.57%
Pots Won: 40

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, WPT Thunder Valley, Season XIII
08:09 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #143: Ravee Mathi Sundar

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 15,000 ante

Jesse Rockowitz min-raises to 200,000, and Ravee Mathi Sundar calls.

Both players check to the turn on a board of Adiamond6diamond5club7heart, Sundar bets 400,000, and Rockowitz folds. Sundar takes the pot.

Ravee Mathi Sundar  -  9,305,000
Jesse Rockowitz  -  2,050,000

Sorted In: Thunder Valley Casino Resort, WPT Thunder Valley, Season XIII
08:08 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #142: Ravee Mathi Sundar

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 15,000 ante

Ravee Mathi Sundar raises to 260,000, and Jesse Rockowitz folds.

Ravee Mathi Sundar  -  9,090,000
Jesse Rockowitz  -  2,265,000

Sorted In: Thunder Valley Casino Resort, WPT Thunder Valley, Season XIII
08:08 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #141: Taylor Paur Out in 3rd Place ($113,154)

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 15,000 ante

Taylor Paur
Taylor Paur completes the small blind to 100,000, Ravee Mathi Sundar raises from the big blind to 260,000, and Paur reraises all in for 3,225,000.

Sundar calls with AspadeQheart, and Paur turns over Adiamond10heart. Paur needs to improve to stay alive.

The board comes Qclub5heart4club9spade6heart, and Sundar wins the pot with a pair of queens to eliminate Taylor Paur from the tournament in third place.

Seat 2.  Ravee Mathi Sundar  -   8,975,000
Seat 4.  Jesse Rockowitz  -   2,380,000
Seat 6.  Taylor Paur  -  Eliminated in 3rd Place ($113,154) Taylor Paur

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Ravee Mathi Sundar, Taylor Paur, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, WPT Thunder Valley, Season XIII
08:05 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #140: Jesse Rockowitz

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 15,000 ante

Jesse Rockowitz completes the small blind to 100,000, and Taylor Paur checks his option in the big blind.

Both players check to the turn on a board of KheartQdiamond2heart8heart, Rockowitz bets 100,000, and Paur folds. Rockowitz takes the pot.

Seat 2.  Ravee Mathi Sundar  -  5,720,000
Seat 4.  Jesse Rockowitz  -  2,395,000
Seat 6.  Taylor Paur  -  3,240,000

Sorted In: Thunder Valley Casino Resort, WPT Thunder Valley, Season XIII
08:02 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #139: Ravee Mathi Sundar

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 15,000 ante

Ravee Mathi Sundar min-raises from the small blind to 200,000, and Jesse Rockowitz calls from the big blind.

The flop comes AheartKclub6heart, Sundar bets 275,000, and Rockowitz folds. Sundar takes the pot.

Seat 2.  Ravee Mathi Sundar  -  5,735,000
Seat 4.  Jesse Rockowitz  -  2,265,000
Seat 6.  Taylor Paur  -  3,355,000

Sorted In: Thunder Valley Casino Resort, WPT Thunder Valley, Season XIII
07:59 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #138: Ravee Mathi Sundar

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 15,000 ante

Jesse Rockowitz limps from the button for 100,000, and Ravee Mathi Sundar raises from the big blind to 360,000, and Rockowitz folds. Sundar takes the pot.

Seat 2.  Ravee Mathi Sundar  -  5,505,000
Seat 4.  Jesse Rockowitz  -  2,480,000
Seat 6.  Taylor Paur  -  3,370,000

Sorted In: Thunder Valley Casino Resort, WPT Thunder Valley, Season XIII
07:57 PM, 03/18/15
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