Lincoln, California (January 18, 2023) What’s been an amazing start to the WSOP Circuit stop at Thunder Valley full of huge fields, smashed guarantees, and marquee ring winners reaches its crescendo this weekend with the start of the $1,700 Main Event on Friday.
Thunder Valley is known as one of the premier venues on the World Series of Poker Circuit, consistently drawing huge and star-studded fields eager for their chance at WSOP glory and this week has been no different thus far.
The 13-ring series kicked off with a bang as the man known as “the voice of the WSOP”, Lon McEachern won his first-ever WSOP jewelry, earning the champions ring plus a career-best $15,008 first prize in the $400 Seniors event.
Next up on the schedule was the $400 Opener which came with a $250,000 guarantee. That number was easily crushed, as 1,530 entries created a prize pool of more than double the guarantee, with Gregory Simon taking home $77,159 for first place from the final prize pool of $504,900.
The incredible results kept on coming, as at the end of Event #3: $600 No-Limit Hold‘em, it was 2022 WSOP Housewarming bracelet winner Henrieto Acain besting a 209-player field to add $25,938 and a Circuit ring to his WSOP jewelry collection.
The mixed game events were also well represented, with big names creating some of the toughest fields all week. Event #5: $600 Omaha 8 or Better saw west coast mixed game star Shirley Rosario topping a final table that included WSOP Omaha 8 or better bracelet holder Calen McNeil before knocking off Circuit ring holder Scott Fitzhugh heads up to claim $14,524 and her first Circuit ring.
Then in Event #7: $600 HORSE, It was three-time WSOP bracelet winner and now five-time Circuit ring winner Frankie O'Dell taking the title and its $11,083 first prize.
Here is a list of the winners thus far, who have also earned themselves a seat in the 2023 WSOP Tournament of Champions, a $1 million freeroll to be held at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this summer.
Event #1: $400 Seniors Event – Lon McEachern
Event #2: $400 The Opener – Gregory Simon
Event #3: $600 No-Limit Hold ‘em – Henrieto Acain
Event #4: $400 No-Limit Hold ‘em – Ramzi Zumout
Event #5: $600 Omaha 8 or Better – Shirley Rosario
Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold ‘em 8-Handed – Roberto Valdez
Event #7: $600 H.O.R.S.E. - Frankie O'Dell
With six rings already awarded and seven more to come before the series wraps up next Monday (click here for the remaining schedule), the focus begins to grow on that $1,700 Main Event which promises a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. The first of two opening flights goes Friday at 11 a.m. in the Thunder Valley poker room, with a second flight Saturday before the survivors of those days combine Sunday for Day 2, where they’ll play down to the final table which takes place on Monday, January 23rd.
In the 2022 edition of the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Thunder Valley in October a $500,000 guarantee was also attached to the Main Event and it was crushed, with more than double that number for a $1,099,890 prize pool.
When the smoke cleared, it was Elk Grove, California’s Robert Grossglauser topping the 726-player field for a $205,203 first prize and his first WSOP Circuit ring.
Another huge field Main Event with a massive prize pool is just a couple of days away and WSOP.com will be there the whole way with live updates until a champion is crowned on Monday.