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2018/19 WSOP Circuit - THUNDER VALLEY (Sacramento area)

Friday, September 14, 2018 to Monday, September 17, 2018

Event #11: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $702,960
  • Entries: 464
  • Remaining: 0
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Friday, September 14, 2018 9:20 PM Local Time

All the money is in the middle before the flop between Brett Murray and Noel Rodriguez. Rodriguez has a slightly larger stack so Murray is at risk for his tournament life. 

Brett Murray:   
Noel Rodriguez:    

The board runs out       with that, Rodriguez rivers a straight, but it doesn't matter as Murray was unable to connect to the flop turn or river anyways. With that, Rodriguez collects the pot to move to almost 100,000 while Murray hits the rail. 

Noel Rodriguez - 97,000
Brett Murray - Eliminated

Friday, September 14, 2018 9:14 PM Local Time
Level:12  Blinds:800/1,600  Ante:200
Friday, September 14, 2018 9:13 PM Local Time

Two middle-position players limp, and Viet Tran limps from the button. The small blind folds and the big blind checks his option.

The flop is     and everyone folds aroudn to Tran. He bets 4,000. The big blind folds, and the first limper calls. The other player folds and they head to the turn heads up.

The turn is the   and the middle-position player checks again. Tran continues for 8,000 and his opponent folds.

Viet Tran - 116,000

Friday, September 14, 2018 9:06 PM Local Time

From middle position, Sam Srinivasan moves all in for 15,400. Action folds to Brett Murray who calls in the hijack seat and Craig Buchmiller calls as well in the cutoff while everyone else folds. 

The flop is     and Murray checks. Buchmiller then moves all in with a covering stack. Murray quickly folds flashing what looks like ace-queen and it's on to a showdown.

Craig Buchmiller:   
Sam Srinivasan:    

Srinivasan flopped a flush and he's well in the lead which he maintains on the   turn and the   river allowing him to take down the pot to triple up. 

Sam Srinivasan - 48,000
Brett Murray - 40,200
Craig Buchmiller - 67,000

Friday, September 14, 2018 8:58 PM Local Time

There looks to be about 7,000 in the pot heading to the flop. Francis Zhang checks dark from the big blind before the dealer spreads    . The cutoff bets 4,000 and Zhang calls.

The turn is the  . Zhang looks to see how many chips his opponent has left, then he moves all in. The cutoff quickly folds, and Zhang takes the chips.

Francis Zhang - 97,000

Friday, September 14, 2018 8:51 PM Local Time

Action is on the flop with a pot of roughly 13,000 in the middle and the board showing    . The first player to act in early position moves all in for right around 15,500 before Kindah Sakkal moves all in over the top for 37,200. Bob Zeidman is on the button with both players covered and he drops into the tank, deciding whether to call and put both players at risk. After a bit, he does decide to call so it's on to a showdown. 

Bob Zeidman:   
Kindah Sakkal:   
Early Position Player:    

Zeidman and the early position player both flopped top pair while Sakkal was holding an open ended straight draw. The turn is the   which gives a few extra outs to Sakkal for the side pot, but the river is the   and that gives Zeidman two pair. With that, he is able to collect the pot sending both players to the rail and bolstering his stack to nearly 150,000. 

Bob Zeidman - 145,000
Kindah Sakkal - Eliminated

Friday, September 14, 2018 8:50 PM Local Time

Action folds around to the small blind, who moves all in. JC Tran, who is severely short-stacked with only 2,300, calls from the big blind.

Small Blind:   

The board runs out      , and Train makes a ten-high straight to double up.

JC Tran - 6,200

Friday, September 14, 2018 8:42 PM Local Time

Action is on the turn and Marlon Nonales puts out a bet of 16,500 with the board showing     . Billy Saelee is the other player in the hand and he thinks for a little bit before moving all in for 69,900. Nonales has Saelee covered and he thinks for a bit himself before he decides to call so both hands are turned up. 

Billy Saelee:   
Marlon Nonales:   

Nonales was already drawing dead on the turn with his top pair as Saelee flopped him nearly dead with top set. The river iss the   and that secures the double up for Saelee who moves to right around 165,000 while Nonaless is left with around 60,000 after the hand. 

Billy Saelee - 165,000
Marlon Nonales - 60,000

Friday, September 14, 2018 8:35 PM Local Time
Level:11  Blinds:600/1,200  Ante:200
Friday, September 14, 2018 8:23 PM Local Time

A player raises in early position, making it 2,500. The player on the button calls as well before Alex Greenblatt makes it 8,000 from the small blind. Back on the player in early position and he four-bets, making it 18,700. The button folds and Greenblatt moves all in. The early position player calls for what's left of his stack and it's off to a showdown. 

Alex Greenblatt:   

The flop comes     leaving the player nearly drawing dead and the   on the turn seals it. The river is the   which changes nothing so Greenblatt is able to take down the pot knocking out his opponent and chipping up to nearly 90,000.

Alex Greenblatt - 87,500

Friday, September 14, 2018 8:21 PM Local Time

Jasthi Kumar raises to 2,500, and David Feinstein calls. Tony Bracy then moves all in for 13,500. Kumar reraises all in over the top and Feinstein folds.


The flop is      , and Kumar pairs his ace to win the pot and eliminate Bracy.

Jasthi Kumar - 70,000
Tony Bracy - Eliminated

Friday, September 14, 2018 8:15 PM Local Time

Sean Drake raises in the cutoff, making it 2,500. Lee Markholt defends his big blind by calling. 

The flop is     and both players check to see the   on the turn. There, Markholt leads with a bet of 3,500. Drake calls. 

On the   river, Markholt bets again, making it 7,000. Drake doesn't waste any time calling. Markholt shows down his    for a straight and it's good as Drake nods and mucks. 

With that, Markholt is now back over the starting stack while Drake is cut down to under 60,000. 

Lee Markholt - 41,500
Sean Drake - 57,500

Friday, September 14, 2018 8:04 PM Local Time

The player in the big blind is absent from the table when the hand starts, so his hand is dealt out. Action folds to the button where Lee Markholt opens with a raise to 2,500. The player in the small blind calls to defend. 

The flop is     and the small blind checks to Markholt who continues with a bet of 2,500. The small blind calls. 

On the   turn, both players check to see the  . There, the small blind leads out with a bet of 5,100 and Markholt tanks for a bit before letting go of his hand. With that, the small blind takes down the pot while Markholt drops to under the starting stack amount. 

Lee Markholt - 27,500

Friday, September 14, 2018 7:58 PM Local Time
Level:10  Blinds:500/1,000  Ante:100
Friday, September 14, 2018 6:41 PM Local Time
Players are now on a 75-minute dinner break and will return at roughly 7:55 p.m.
Friday, September 14, 2018 6:36 PM Local Time

The player in the hijack seat opens with a raise to 1,600 and from the cutoff, Marlon Nonles three-bets, making it 3,700. The player in the hijack calls so it's heads up to a flop. 

The flop is     and the hijack player leads out with a bet of 7,500. Nonales calls. 

On the   turn, the hijack leads out again, betting 13,200. Nonales thinks for a second, then calls. 

The   comes on the river, pairing the board and the hijack bets a third time, making it 15,000. Nonales instantly calls. The hijack shows his    which is good for only half the pot as Nonales is holding   . The board pair on the river means that Nonales will only earn half the pot, as his kicker no longer player. 

Despite that, Nonales is still one of the largest stacks in the room with over 100,000.

Marlon Nonales - 110,000

Friday, September 14, 2018 6:33 PM Local Time

David Feinstein limps from middle position. Tony Bracy is on his left in the hijack, and he limps as well. Imad Allahham limps from the cutoff and the big blind checks his option.

The four players see the flop come     and they all check. They check again on the   turn and the river is the  . The big blind checks a third time, and Feinstein then bets 1,000. All three other players fold, and Feinstein takes the pot.

David Feinstein - 60,000
Tony Bracy - 11,000
Imad Allahham - 83,000

Friday, September 14, 2018 6:11 PM Local Time

Kindah Sakkal raises to 1,700 from the cutoff, and only the button calls.

The flop is     and Sakkal checks. The button bets 1,200 and Sakkal calls.

Both players check the   on the turn and the river is the  . Sakkal now leads out for 4,200 and her opponent quickly folds.

Kindah Sakkal - 27,000

Friday, September 14, 2018 6:09 PM Local Time

After a raise to 2,000 from Brett Murray from early position, Imad Allahham three-bets, making it 6,000 from the hijack seat. Viet Tran calls on the button while Murray folds and its on to a flop with heads-up action. 

The flop is     and Allahham continues with a bet of 6,000. Tran calls. 

Both players check on the   turn as well as the   river and Tran shows down his   . Allahham has that beat though, holding   . With his two pair he is able to take down the pot and move to over 80,000 chips while Tran, who had a hot start to the day, drops back to to around 40,000. 

Imad Allahham - 81,000
Viet Tran - 40,000

Friday, September 14, 2018 6:01 PM Local Time
Level:9  Blinds:400/800  Ante:100