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March 14-18 | Thunder Valley Casino | Lincoln, California
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Ravee Mathi Sundar Wins WPT Rolling Thunder

09:23 PM, 03/18/15

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

08:16 PM, 03/18/15

Final Table Stats Thru 140 Hands

08:09 PM, 03/18/15

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

08:05 PM, 03/18/15

The Twitternet: Former WPT Rolling Thunder Champ JC Tran at the Sacramento Kings Game

07:33 PM, 03/18/15

Final Table Stats Thru 120 Hands

07:22 PM, 03/18/15

Final Table Stats Thru 100 Hands

06:20 PM, 03/18/15

Hublot WPT Player of the Year Race Update

05:56 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #82: Jesse Rockowitz Doubles Thru Ravee Mathi Sundar

05:18 PM, 03/18/15

Final Table Stats Thru 80 Hands

05:13 PM, 03/18/15

Final Table Stats Thru 60 Hands

03:41 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #56: Taylor Paur Doubles Thru Ravee Mathi Sundar

03:21 PM, 03/18/15

Coming Soon: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

02:59 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #51: Jesse Rockowitz Doubles Thru Ravee Mathi Sundar

02:59 PM, 03/18/15

Final Table Stats Thru 40 Hands

02:51 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #43: Harrison Gimbel Out in 4th Place ($83,818)

02:36 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #37: Jesse Rockowitz Doubles Thru Taylor Paur

02:09 PM, 03/18/15

Skrill Last Longer Promotion at Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

01:55 PM, 03/18/15

Final Table Stats Thru 20 Hands

01:15 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #13: Jeff Griffiths Out in 6th Place ($50,291)

12:47 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #11: Jeff Griffiths Doubles Thru Harrison Gimbel

12:42 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #10: Ravee Mathi Sundar Doubles Thru Jeff Griffiths

12:39 PM, 03/18/15

WPT Live Stream Sponsored by DraftKings

12:32 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #8: Rex Clinkscales Doubles Thru Ravee Mathi Sundar

12:31 PM, 03/18/15

Hand #7: Jeff Griffiths Doubles Thru Rex Clinkscales

12:29 PM, 03/18/15

WPT Flashback: Rolling Thunder Season XII FT

12:20 PM, 03/18/15

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12:12 PM, 03/18/15

Meet the WPT Rolling Thunder Final Table

06:20 PM, 03/17/15

Taylor Paur & Ravee Mathi Make Back-to-Back FTs

05:42 PM, 03/17/15

Hand #4: Jordan Cristos Out in 7th Place ($41,909)

05:31 PM, 03/17/15

Updated Chip Counts: Final Seven Players

05:19 PM, 03/17/15

Sam Panzica Out in 8th Place ($33,527)

05:15 PM, 03/17/15

Joe Kuether Out in Ninth Place ($25,145)

05:07 PM, 03/17/15

J.J. Liu Out in 10th Place ($18,320)

04:39 PM, 03/17/15

Coming Soon: WPT World Championship

04:39 PM, 03/17/15

Official Chip Counts: Final 10 Players

04:16 PM, 03/17/15

Phillip Hui Out in 12th Place ($18,320)

03:31 PM, 03/17/15

WPT Live Stream Sponsored by DraftKings

03:00 PM, 03/17/15

Official Seating & Chip Counts: Final 12 Players

02:10 PM, 03/17/15

Ari Engel Out in 13th Place ($14,968)

01:54 PM, 03/17/15

Coming Soon: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

01:00 PM, 03/17/15

Darren Elias out in 15th Place ($14,968)

12:47 PM, 03/17/15

Taylor Paur Wins the WPT California Swing!

12:22 PM, 03/17/15

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12:09 PM, 03/17/15

Taylor Paur Leads Final 18 Players with 1.4 Million

11:32 PM, 03/16/15

Day 3: Official Seating & Chip Counts

11:32 PM, 03/16/15

Candace Collins Out in 20th Place ($11,256)

10:59 PM, 03/16/15

Mukul Pahuja Out in 22nd Place ($10,058)

10:45 PM, 03/16/15

Roberto Coral (25th) and Raymond Chan (24th) Eliminated by Jesse Rockowitz

10:44 PM, 03/16/15

Sang Yi (36th) and Chuck Nguyen (35th) Both Eliminated by Rex Clinkscales

09:44 PM, 03/16/15

George Wolfe Wins WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville

09:38 PM, 03/16/15

Daniel Strelitz Out in 39th Place ($6,705)

09:22 PM, 03/16/15

Julie Le (43rd) and Exequiel Fernando (42nd) Both Eliminated by Joe Kuether

09:09 PM, 03/16/15

Sundar Doubles Thru Engel on the Bubble

08:40 PM, 03/16/15

Coming Soon: WPTDeepStacks Mississippi

08:05 PM, 03/16/15

Consolation Prize for Eliminated Players: NBA Game

07:52 PM, 03/16/15

Battle Between Chipleaders: Phillip Hui vs. Ari Engel

05:03 PM, 03/16/15

Skrill Last Longer Promotion at Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

04:43 PM, 03/16/15

WPT California Swing: Final Seven Contenders

04:41 PM, 03/16/15

Galen Hall Eliminated by Joe Kuether

04:17 PM, 03/16/15

Jeff Madsen Eliminated By Phillip Hui

04:16 PM, 03/16/15

#WPTRollingThunder FT Live Stream on TwitchPoker

03:42 PM, 03/16/15

Win a DraftKings Seminole Hard Rock Prize Package

02:50 PM, 03/16/15

The 15 Contenders for the WPT California Swing Title

12:25 PM, 03/16/15

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12:09 PM, 03/16/15

Day 2: Official Seating & Chip Counts

02:00 AM, 03/16/15

Ryan D'Angelo Eliminated By Ari Engel

11:56 PM, 03/15/15

Official Prizepool Released: $1,212,800

09:28 PM, 03/15/15

WPT Champions Club Dinner at High Steaks

09:22 PM, 03/15/15

J.C. Tran Eliminated by Quad Kings

09:07 PM, 03/15/15

Coming Soon: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

04:53 PM, 03/15/15

Check Out the WPT Photo Gallery on Flickr

03:35 PM, 03/15/15

Final Stop for the WPT California Swing (Leaderboard)

03:17 PM, 03/15/15

Aaron Mermelstein Suffers a Setback

03:07 PM, 03/15/15

Win a DraftKings Seminole Hard Rock Prize Package

02:29 PM, 03/15/15

Candace Collins Rocking Monster Headphones

01:05 PM, 03/15/15

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12:25 PM, 03/15/15

Daniel Strelitz Leads 69 Survivors after Day 1A

12:30 AM, 03/15/15

Skrill Last Longer Promotion at Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

09:35 PM, 03/14/15

The Top 50 Leaderboard for the WPT California Swing

09:07 PM, 03/14/15

Chane Kampanatsanyakorn Doubles Thru David Sands

06:17 PM, 03/14/15

Don't Miss WPT Cocktail Hour at Mingle Bar on Dinner

05:02 PM, 03/14/15

Coming Soon: WPTDeepStacks Mississippi

04:25 PM, 03/14/15

Win a DraftKings Seminole Hard Rock Prize Package

03:11 PM, 03/14/15

WPT Flashback: Rolling Thunder Season XII

01:41 PM, 03/14/15

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01:34 PM, 03/14/15

Cocktail Hour Tonight at Mingle Bar

01:04 PM, 03/14/15

WPT Rolling Thunder About to Begin

11:47 AM, 03/14/15

Live Tournament Updates

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open, Day 1A Recap

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

By BJ Nemeth


2590 Hard Rock Poker Room
The poker room at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino is split into two levels, and the tournament is starting out on the upper level while cash games continue below. There were 125 players who started on Day 1A. =


2558 Tony Dunst RFGs Brittany Bell Jeannie Duffy
WPT Raw Deal analyst Tony Dunst is flanked by Royal Flush Girls Brittany Bell and Jeannie Duffy, along with TD Jessica Hudson, as he welcomes the players to the event.


2726 Tough Table - Matt Waxman Noah Schwartz Christian Harder Matt Stout
Matt Stout (seat 10, far right) arrived near the end of the first level, and found himself seated at the toughest table in the room with players like Corey Burbick (seat 2, not pictured), Matt Waxman (seat 4, far left), Jesse Cohen (seat 5), Noah Schwartz (seat 6), and Christian Harder (seat 7). They called it the late-reg table, filled with the types of top players who don't show up early for WPT events.


2661 Rhynie Campbell
WPT Champions Club member Rhynie Campbell played his first WPT tournament since last season's event here at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, probably because the south Florida location is a short flight away from his home country of Turks & Caicos, in the Caribbean.


2583 Tony Dunst and Jonathan Little
WPT Raw Deal analyst Tony Dunst (left) also provides live commentary on the WPT Final Table Live Stream. On Day 1A, he was seated next to Season VI WPT Player of the Year, Jonathan Little. In addition to two WPT titles and more than $4.7 million in career earnings, Little won the Seminole Hard Rock's $1,100 prelim event the night before.


2707 Will Failla
Will Failla, the current points leader in the WPT Player of the Year race, took his seat during Level 3. His arrival prompted Matt Stout to say, "Will Failla walks in and the room instantly becomes 100 decibels louder. Not just his voice, but everyone else talking louder to compensate."


2838 Matt ODonnell
Matt O'Donnell was the early chipleader on Day 1A, tripling his starting chip stack in the first four levels to 91,000.


2910 Shaun Deeb Grandmother Ellen Deeb
Last summer, Shaun Deeb (center left) backed his grandmother Ellen Deeb (center) into the WSOP Main Event. She was 91 years old, and had been playing poker since she was a child. Ellen came down to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino to sweat her poker-playing grandson on Day 1A.

When Shaun introduced his grandmother to the players at his table, he told them he backed her into the WSOP Main Event. Somebody asked her how well she did, and she just soured her face and shook her head to indicate she didn't do too well.

Shaun smiled and said, "She plays like I do in live tournaments."


2760 Jeff Forrest and Lucky Hearts Logo
WPT Champions Club member Jeff Forrest can be seen above the logo for the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open.


2968 Vitor Coelho and Jason Mercier
Vitor Coelho (left) lives in Tampa, and final tabled the most recent WPT event here in Florida when he finished second at WPT Jacksonville in November. Jason Mercier (right) is frequently named as one of the best poker players in the world, and is from this part of south Florida.

Mercier finished the day third in chips, with 176,400, while Coelho survived with 50,100.


2875 Will Failla RFGs Jeannie Duffy Brittany Bell
Will Failla (seated, left) is more interested in Royal Flush Girls Jeannie Duffy (center) and Brittany Bell (right) than the action at his table.


2957 Chipleaders Eli Levy and Uri Kadosh
At the end of the day, there were only two players with more than 200,000 in chips, and they were seated right next to each other. Ely Levy (left) finished with 218,500, while Uri Kadosh eliminated a player on the second-to-last hand to finish with 275,500.



Day 1A came to an end after 10 levels with 48 players. Here's a look at the top of the leaderboard:

1.  Uri Kadosh  -   275,500
2.  Ely Levy  -   218,550
3.  Jason Mercier   -   176,400
4.  Omar Sider  -   170,600
5.  Nick Avera  -   133,200

Day 1B begins Saturday at 12:00 noon ET, when some players take their first shot (and others their second) at making Tuesday's WPT Final Table. Return to WPT.com for continuing live coverage throughout the day.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Tony Dunst, Royal Flush Girls, Jeannie Duffy, Brittany Bell, Jessica Hudson, Matt Stout, Matt Waxman, Jesse Cohen, Noah Schwartz, Christian Harder, Rhynie Campbell, Jonathan Little, Will Failla, Matt ODonnell, Shaun Deeb, Ellen Deeb, Jeff Forrest, Vitor Coelho, Jason Mercier, Ely Levy, Uri Kadosh, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:08 AM, 02/11/12

Lucky Hearts with Jess and BJ

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

On this episode of the Jess and BJ Show, Jessica Welman and BJ Nemeth bet the Bookie's Over/Under on total players in the field, recap Day 1A of the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open, check out the new WPT Magazine iPad app, and answer the question, "What is your favorite Heart song?"

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Jess and BJ Show, Jessica Welman, BJ Nemeth, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
03:59 AM, 02/11/12

ClubWPT Player of the Day - Jason Mercier

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Jason Mercier, Jessica Welman, ClubWPT Player of the Day, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
02:27 AM, 02/11/12

Day 1A Ends With About 50 Players

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

It's an unofficial count, but Day 1A comes to an end with 50 players remaining, and an average chip stack of 75,000. These players will return to action on Sunday for Day 2.

Any players who busted today have the option of re-entering tomorrow on Day 1B. 

In addition, any players who survived today but are unhappy with their chip stack can forfeit their remaining chips and try again tomorrow. However, if they bust out tomorrow, they can't reclaim their forfeited Day 1A stack.

Return to WPT.com tomorrow morning for official chip counts and a new episode of The Jess & BJ Show.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
12:24 AM, 02/11/12

Chipleader Uri Kadosh Busts a Player on 2nd-to-Last Hand

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

On the second-to-last hand of the night, a short-stacked player (a little less than 10,000) is all in preflop with 4spade2spade against chipleader Uri Kadosh, who has AclubKdiamond.

The board comes Kclub6spade4heart9heartAheart, and Kadosh wins the pot with two pair, aces and kings, to eliminate the last player of the night.

Uri Kadosh  -  275,500

Sorted In: Uri Kadosh, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
12:16 AM, 02/11/12

Shannon Shorr vs. Fred Goldberg

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Shannon Shorr raises to 2,300 from under the gun and Fred Goldberg reraises to 6,300 from the hijack.  Shorr calls and they go heads-up to a flop of KclubQheartJspade.  Shorr checks, Goldberg bets 6,500, and Shorr calls.

The turn brings the 5heart and both players check.  The river is the 6heart and Shorr checks again.  Goldberg bets 10,000 ad Shorr gives it quite a bit of thought before folding.

Fred Goldberg - 65,000
Shannon Shorr - 55,500

Sorted In: Fres Goldberg, Shannon Shorr, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
11:37 PM, 02/10/12

Shaun Deeb Busts a Player

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Shaun Deeb raises to 2,200 from under the gun and gets two callers.  A player in middle position reraises to 6,700 and the player behind him moves all-in for his last 1,700.  

Action folds back around to Deeb, who makes it 16,700 to go. Everyone else folds and Deeb picks up the side pot.

Deeb turns over 9heart10heart and he is up against Adiamond5spade.  Deeb flops two pair on the 10spade9diamond3heart board and stays out front as the turn comes Qclub and the river the 2diamond.  The other player is eliminated and Deeb takes the main pot.

Shaun Deeb - 135,000

Sorted In: Shaun Deeb, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
11:21 PM, 02/10/12

Shannon Shorr Takes a Hit By Doubling a Short Stack

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

A player moves all in from early position for 7,300, and Shannon Shorr calls from middle position with AheartJclub. His opponent turns over AspadeQclub, and he's a favorite to double up.

The board comes 10spade9heart5spade7club5diamond, and the A-Q holds up to double thru Shannon Shorr.

Shannon Shorr  -  64,000

Sorted In: Shannon Shorr, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
11:13 PM, 02/10/12

Giannetti Staying Aggressive

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Matt Giannetti raises to 2,100 in late position and Mohsin Charania reraises to 4,800 out of the small blind. Giannetti fires back, reraising to 10,100 total. Charania folds and Giannetti takes the pot.

Matt Giannetti - 49,000
Mohsin Charania - 77,000

Sorted In: Matt Giannetti, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
11:03 PM, 02/10/12

Level 10 Begins

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Level 9 comes to an end, and Level 10 begins with increased blinds of 500-1,000 and a 100 ante. Play continues without a break. 

This is the last level of the night. Any players who bust out today have the option of re-entering tomorrow for Day 1B.

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
10:47 PM, 02/10/12

 

RANKING

Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $266,857
2 $176,018
3 $113,154
4 $83,818
5 $62,864
6 $50,291
7 $41,909
8 $33,527
9 $25,145
10 - 12 $18,320
13 - 15 $14,968
16 - 18 $12,812
19 - 21 $11,256
22 - 24 $10,058
25 - 27 $8,861
28 - 36 $7,783
37 - 45 $6,705

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 50-100 0
2 75-150 0
3 75-150 25
4 100-200 25
5 150-300 50
6 200-400 50
7 250-500 75
8 300-600 75
9 400-800 100
10 500-1,000 100
11 600-1,200 200
12 800-1,600 200
13 1,000-2,000 300
14 1,200-2,400 400
15 1,500-3,000 500
16 2,000-4,000 500
17 2,500-5,000 500
18 3,000-6,000 1,000
19 4,000-8,000 1,000
20 5,000-10,000 1,000
21 6,000-12,000 2,000
22 8,000-16,000 2,000
23 10,000-20,000 3,000
24 12,000-24,000 4,000
25 15,000-30,000 5,000
26 20,000-40,000 5,000
27 25,000-50,000 5,000
28 30,000-60,000 10,000
29 40,000-80,000 10,000
30 50,000-100,000 15,000
31 60,000-120,000 20,000
32 75,000-150,000 25,000
33 100,000-200,000 25,000
34 125,000-250,000 25,000
35 150,000-300,000 50,000
36 200,000-400,000 50,000
37 250,000-500,000 75,000
38 300,000-600,000 75,000
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