WSOP Circuit series returns to California's Central Valley 

September 4, 2017 (Lincoln, CA) - The third US-based stop of the 2018-19 World Series of Poker Circuit season begins Thursday at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California, northeast of Sacramento.

Included among the stop's packed 12 days are a $400 buy-in, multi-flight event with a $300,000 guarantee, a $400 Monster Stack event, a $2,200 No-Limit High Roller tourney, and, of course, the Circuit Thunder Valley $1,700 main event with its own $500,000 prizepool guarantee.

Action begins on Thursday with two separate starting flights in Event #1, $400 No-Limit Hold'em $300,000 Guarantee. Starting flight 1A gets underway at 11 am, with starting flight 1B kicking off at 4 pm. Opening flights 1C and 1D follow a similar schedule on Friday, with the fifth and final opening flight starting play Saturday morning. The popular Monster Stack event begins at 11 am on Wednesday, September 12 and offers a $75,000 guaranteed prizepool, while Event #13: $2,200 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller, begins on Sunday, September 16 at 3 pm. The high-roller event also features the new big-blind-ante format.

All that action serves to frame the WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley main event; Event #11, $1,700 No-Limit Hold'em, offers two separate starting flights. Flight 11A starts at noon on Friday, September 14, while Flight 11B begins at noon on Saturday, September 15. Last year, Gilbert, AZ's Nicholas Pupillo topped a 528-player field to win the main-event ring, along with $170,286.

WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley will offer 13 ring events over its 12 total days of play, including 12 open events plus the $250 Seniors NLHE (Thursday, September 13). Three non-hold'em events are on this Circuit stop's slate: Event #4: $400 H.O.R.S.E. begins on Monday, September 10; Event #5, $400 Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better begins on Tuesday, September 11; and Event #8, $400 Pot-Limit Omaha, starts on Wednesday, September 12.

The winner of this year's main event and the series' overall Casino Champion both earn free seats into next year’s Global Casino Championship. That Casino Champion honor is awarded to the player who earns the most overall points in the stop's 12 points-earning ring events.

Here's the full schedule of ring events for WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley:

  • Event #1A: $400 No-Limit Hold'em / Flight 1 of 5 (Thursday, Sep. 6, 11 am) - 2-Day Event* - $300K Guarantee
  • Event #1B: $400 No-Limit Hold'em / Flight 2 of 5 (Thursday, Sep. 6, 4 pm) - 2-Day Event* - $300K Guarantee
  • Event #1C: $400 No-Limit Hold'em / Flight 3 of 5 (Friday, Sep. 7, 11 am) - 2-Day Event* - $300K Guarantee
  • Event #1D: $400 No-Limit Hold'em / Flight 4 of 5 (Friday, Sep. 7, 4 pm) - 2-Day Event* - $300K Guarantee
  • Event #1E: $400 No-Limit Hold'em / Flight 5 of 5 (Saturday, Sep. 8, 11 a.m.) - 2-Day Event* - $300K Guarantee
  • Event #2: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty (Sunday, Sep. 9, 1 pm) - 1-Day Event - $50K Guarantee
  • Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold’em (Monday, Sep. 10, 11 am) - 1 Day Event - $30K Guarantee
  • Event #4: $400 H.O.R.S.E. (Monday, Sep. 10, 3 pm) - 1 Day Event
  • Event #5: $400 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (Tuesday, Sep. 11, 11 am) - 1-Day Event - $30K Guarantee
  • Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold’em – Unlimited Re-Entry (Tuesday, Sep. 11, 3 pm) - 1-Day Event
  • Event #7: $400 No-Limit Holdem MONSTER STACK (Wednesday, Sep. 12, 11 am) - 2-Day Event - $75K Guarantee
  • Event #8: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha – (Wednesday, Sep. 12, 3 pm) - 1-Day Event
  • Event #9: $250 No-Limit Hold’em SENIORS (Thursday, Sep. 13, 10 am) - 1-Day Event
  • Event #10: $400 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Turbo (Thursday, Sep. 13, 1 pm) - 1-Day Event - $50K Guarantee
  • Event #11A: $1,700 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT / Flight 1 of 2 (Friday, Sep. 14, 12 pm) - 3 Day Event** - $500K Guarantee
  • Event #11B: $1,700 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT / Flight 2 of 2 (Saturday, Sep. 15, 5 pm) - 3-Day Event** - $500K Guarantee
  • Event #12: $400 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed (Sunday, Sep. 16, 11 am) - 1-Day Event - $30K Guarantee
  • Event #13: $2,200 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller (Sunday, Sep. 16, 3 pm) - 2-Day Event

* Day 2 of Event #1, when survivors of all starting flights are combined, takes place on Sunday, September 9.

** Day 2 of Event #11 is Sunday, September 16. Day 3 is Monday, September 17.

Click here for the complete schedule of events at WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley.

  • Event #3: $250 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo (Sat. August 18, 5 p.m.) - 1 Day Event - $25k Guarantee
  • Event #3: $250 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo (Sat. August 18, 5 p.m.) - 1 Day Event - $25k Guarantee
  • Event #3: $250 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo (Sat. August 18, 5 p.m.) - 1 Day Event - $25k Guarantee