WPT ROLLING THUNDER

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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04:53 PM, 03/15/15

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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

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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

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03:11 PM, 03/14/15

WPT Flashback: Rolling Thunder Season XII

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WPT Rolling Thunder About to Begin

11:47 AM, 03/14/15

Live Tournament Updates

Day 3: Official Seating & Chip Counts

Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

There were less than five minutes remaining in Level 17 when John DiBella busted on the money bubble in 37th place, so Day 3 action will effectively begin in Level 18, with blinds at 3,000-6,000 and a 1,000 ante.

Here are the official chip counts and seating positions for the final 36 players, already guaranteed to earn at least $7,795:

TABLE 37
Seat 1.  Fillip Khavin  -  177,000  (35 bb)
Seat 2.  Darryll Fish  -  122,500  (24 bb)
Seat 3.  Victor Cianelli  -  51,500  (10 bb)
Seat 4.  Sean Posner  -  175,000  (35 bb)
Seat 5.  Joe Serock  -  456,500  (91 bb)
Seat 6.  Stephen Bokor  -  229,500  (45 bb)
Seat 7.  Mohammed Siddiqui  -  128,500  (25 bb)
Seat 8.  Chris Bolek  -  783,000  (156 bb)
Seat 9.  David To  -  359,500  (71 bb)

TABLE 39
Seat 1.  Gordon Battle  -  101,500  (20 bb)
Seat 2.  Danny Shiff  -  319,500  (63 bb)
Seat 3.  Evlys Gutierrez  -  451,000  (90 bb)
Seat 4.  Jerri Thomas  -  36,000  (7 bb)
Seat 5.  Justin Zaki  -  104,000  (20 bb)
Seat 6.  Vincent Spadavecchia  -  261,000  (52 bb)
Seat 7.  Mohammed Jaafar  -  137,000  (27 bb)
Seat 8.  Mark Darner  -  581,500  (116 bb)
Seat 9.  Larry Sharp  -  143,000  (28 bb)

TABLE 40
Seat 1.  Todd Jacobson  -  158,500  (31 bb)
Seat 2.  Tony Ruberto  -  835,000  (167 bb)
Seat 3.  Matt Giannetti  -  496,500  (99 bb)
Seat 4.  Lily Kiletto  -  250,000  (50 bb)
Seat 5.  Antonio Sozinho  -  39,000  (7 bb)
Seat 6.  Evan Teitelbaum  -  814,500  (162 bb)
Seat 7.  Matthew Salsberg  -  121,500  (24 bb)
Seat 8.  Dana Kellstrom  -  29,000  (5 bb)
Seat 9.  Leif Oskarsson  -  299,000  (59 bb)

TABLE 41
Seat 1.  Hayden Fortini  -  946,000  (189 bb)
Seat 2.  Mike Beasley  -  146,000  (29 bb)
Seat 3.  Marsha Wolak  -  248,000  (49 bb)
Seat 4.  Danny Schechter  -  117,000  (23 bb)
Seat 5.  Scott Zakheim  -  98,000  (19 bb)
Seat 6.  Youssef Bejjani  -  131,000  (26 bb)
Seat 7.  Ronald Sullivan  -  224,000  (44 bb)
Seat 8.  Elan Branas  -  729,500  (145 bb)
Seat 9.  Ben Tarzia  -  780,000  (156 bb)

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
04:43 AM, 02/11/13

Day 2 ClubWPT Player of the Day - Ben Tarzia

Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Sorted In: Ben Tarzia, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
02:49 AM, 02/11/13

Day 2 Ends after Two Hours of Play on the Money Bubble

Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Playing down from 143 to the final 36 players seemed like a tall order at the start of Day 2 at the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open, but the speed of play was brisk and we played down to hand-for-hand play on the money bubble before midnight. The toughest elimination proved to be the bubble once again though, and after nearly two hours of play the bubble finally burst when John DiBella left the field in 37th place around 2 a.m. Every player remaining will now take home at least $7,795 in prize money tomorrow when play begins at 1 p.m. ET.

The chip leader when cards get back into the air will be Hayden Fortini with 946,000. Other huge stacks are Tony Ruberto (835,000), and Evan Teitelbaum (814,500). Notables still in the hunt include Matt Giannetti, Joe Serock, Danny Shiff, Vinny Spadavecchia, Lily Kiletto, Marsha Wolak, Mike Beasley, Larry Sharp, Darryll Fish, Matt Salsberg, and Justin Zaki.

Notables that missed the money today include Champions Club members Noah Schwartz, Matt Waxman, Tommy Vedes, Victor Ramdin, Steve Brecher, Ravi Raghavan, Jonathan Roy, Jonathan Little, and Dwyte Pilgrim. Other big names that made an exit on Day 2 were Kathy Liebert, Amanda Musumeci, Dan O’Brien, Allen Kessler, Adam Levy, Leo Margets, Tony Cousineau, and Matt Stout.

Tune back in tomorrow to follow the poker action as the field plays from the final 36 all the way down to the WPT final table of six here at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in South Florida.

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
02:42 AM, 02/11/13

The Money Bubble Finally Busts

Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

On a board reading Kspade9heart7heart5spade John DiBella is all in for 47,000 on the big blind and Hayden Fortini calls on the cutoff. DiBella holds 8diamond6spade and Fortini flips over 9spade8spade.

The 2spade falls on the river and another very long money bubble is brought to a merciful end. The players began to bag and tag their chips after the hand and Fortini is the overnight chip leader after busting DiBella on the money bubble.

Hayden Fortini - 946,000 (189 bb)
John DiBella - Out in 37th Place 

Sorted In: Hayden Fortini, John DiBella, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
02:28 AM, 02/11/13

Matthew Salsberg Wins a Small Pot With Queens

Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Matthew Salsberg raises under the gun to 15,000, and the big blind calls. The flop comes Adiamond4spade3heart, the big blind checks, Salsberg bets 15,000, and the big blind calls.

The turn is the 9heart, and both players check. The river is the 5diamond, and they check again.

The big blind shows 7club7spade, but Salsberg turns over QdiamondQspade to win the pot.

Matthew Salsberg  -  140,000  (28 bb)
Opponent  -  125,000  (25 bb)

Sorted In: Matt Salsberg, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
01:34 AM, 02/11/13

Short Stack Avoids a Trap With Pocket Jacks

Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Mark Darner raises under the gun to 11,000, the short-stacked button calls, and Chris Bolek reraises from the small blind to 36,500. Darner folds, and the short stack calls.

The flop comes Kheart10club7diamond, and both players check. The turn is the 8heart, and they check again.

The river is the 3heart, and Bolek bets 27,000. The short stack calls quickly, and Bolek shows QdiamondQspade. The short stack pauses a moment before turning over JclubJspade. The short-stacked player loses the pot, but stayed alive in a spot where a lot of players would have gotten it all in preflop and gone broke.

Chris Bolek  -  745,000  (149 bb)
Unknown Short Stack  -  77,000  (15 bb)

Sorted In: Chris Bolek, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
01:20 AM, 02/11/13

Matthew Salsberg Doubles Thru Tony Ruberto

Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

WPT Champions Club member Tony Ruberto raises UTG+1 to 12,500, Matthew Salsberg moves all in for 53,500, and Ruberto calls with Aspade10diamond. Salsberg turns over AdiamondKclub, and he's a dominant favorite to double up.

A floorperson quickly reminds the players to keep their hands concealed, because there is still action commencing at another table. (Knowing the short-stack is ahead or behind preflop could affect decisions at other tables.)

Eventually, the other action comes to an end, and Ruberto and Salsberg turn over their hands officially. Just as before, Salsberg's AdiamondKclub dominates Ruberto's Aspade10diamond. Ruberto tells the table that he is rooting for a spade flush rather than a ten.

The board comes Jdiamond9club6spade2heart6heart, and Salsberg wins the pot with his king kicker to double up in chips.

Matthew Salsberg  -  117,500  (23 bb)
Tony Ruberto  -  788,000  (157 bb)

Sorted In: Matt Salsberg, Tony Ruberto, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
01:05 AM, 02/11/13

Larry Sharp Triples Up

Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Evan Teitelbaum raises to 12,000 from the hi-jack preflop and Mohammed Jaafar calls from the cutoff. Larry Sharp then shoves all in for 33,000 (6 bb). Both of his opponents call and then they check down a board reading Qheart4club2heart9club10club. Jaafar (AspadeQclub) is ahead of Teitelbaum (Jheart3heart), but they are both behind Sharp. He holds pocket kings and triples up to 110,000 to survive.

Larry Sharp - 110,000 (22 bb) 

Sorted In: Larry Sharp, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
12:57 AM, 02/11/13

Level 17 Begins (37 Players Left on the Money Bubble)

Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

The players return from break to begin Level 17, with increased blinds of 2,500-5,000 and a 500 ante. With 37 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 300,000.

The field is still on the money bubble. The next player to bust will receive nothing, while the other 36 will be guaranteed at least $7,795.

As soon as the money bubble bursts, action will end for this evening.

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
12:29 AM, 02/11/13

Mohammed Jaafar Busts the 38th-Place Finisher

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

The cutoff moves all in preflop for 35,500 and both Ben Tarzia (big blind) and Mohammed Jaafar (hi-jack) call. The flop rolls out Qdiamond10heart5club and Jaafar bets Tarzia off the hand. "I hope you get a big piece of it," says Tarzia as he tosses his cards into the muck.

Jaafar: Qclub10club
Cutoff: AclubQspade

Turn and River: 6heart8heart

Jaafar indeed got a piece of the flop with two pair, and it was enough to eliminate his opponent in 38th place to take play in this tournament down to hand-for-hand action on the money bubble.

Sorted In: Mohammed Jaafar, Ben Tarzia, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
12:05 AM, 02/11/13

 

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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