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2017/18 WSOP Circuit - THUNDER VALLEY (Sacramento area)

Friday, January 19, 2018 to Monday, January 22, 2018

Event #11A: $1,675 MAIN EVENT

EVENT IN PROGRESS:    Level: 12  |  Blinds: 600/1,200  |  Ante: 200
  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $500,000
  • Entries: 206
  • Remaining: 104
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01/19/18 09:11:38 PM PST (about 20 minutes ago)
Level 12 Started
Level:12  Blinds:600/1,200  Ante:200
01/19/18 09:11:25 PM PST (about 20 minutes ago)
Erick Lindgren's Bluff Doesn't Get Through

There is about 30,000 in the pot on the river with a completed board of       and Erick Lindgren bets enough to put his opponent all in for his last 18,000.

After about a minute of contemplation, the button calls and is all in. He shows    and wins the pot with bottom set against Lindgren's   . Lindgren loses most of his stack with his river bluff and the two-time bracelet winner is left with about half of a starting stack.

Erick Lindgren - 10,500

01/19/18 09:06:29 PM PST (about 25 minutes ago)
LaVonne Joyce Hangs On With Aces

LaVonne Joyce raises to 2,500 from under the gun and Kao Saechao calls from middle position. The flop comes     and Joyce opts to check. Saechao bets 3,000 and Joyce quickly moves all-in for 10,000 total. Saechao asks the dealer to pull in the initial bet and eventually decides to call for the remaining 7,000.

Joyce tables   , ahead of Saechao's   . Saechao is the only one with a club, and the turn is the   while the river is the  , giving Joyce a much-needed double-up.

LaVonne Joyce - 28,000
Kao Saechao - 105,000

01/19/18 09:03:26 PM PST (about 28 minutes ago)
Allen Kessler Gets His Aces Cracked


Allen Kessler was last seen with around 45,000 in chips but appears to be gone from his seat. Kao Saechao explained how he scooped most of his chips in a big pot.

Saechao raised to 2,200 and Kessler three-bet to 6,000. Saechao called. The flop came ten-high with two diamonds and Saechao checked. Kessler bet 6,000 again and Saechao check-raised to 21,000. Kessler moved all-in for about 35,000 total and Saechao called for slightly less.

Kessler tabled two aces, in great shape against Saechao's kings. The turn was a brick, but the river was one of two remaining kings and Kessler was left with crumbs before losing the rest of his stack soon after.

Kao Saechao - 100,000
Allen Kessler - Eliminated


01/19/18 08:59:31 PM PST (about 32 minutes ago)
More Chips for Valentin Vornicu

The player in the hijack raises to 3,000 and the cutoff moves all in for 4,300. Valentin Vornicu calls out of the big blind and the original raiser calls as well.

The flop is     and Vornicu leads out for 3,000. The hijack raises to 6,000 and Vornicu makes it 33,000, which would put his opponent all in. The hijack folds    face-up, leaving Vornicu and the all in player battling for the main pot.

The cutoff shows    and needs a king, an ace or a jack to stay alive against Vornicu's   . The turn is the   and the river is the  . Vornicu wins the pot with two pair and has chipped up nicely during this level.

Valentin Vornicu - 78,000

01/19/18 08:41:31 PM PST (about 50 minutes ago)
Ben Keeline Gets There on the River

The player under the gun moves all-in for 7,000 and action folds to World Series of Poker Colossus champion Ben Keeline. He wastes no time and tosses in some chips to call, while the blinds get out of the way.

The under-the-gun player tables   , well ahead of Keeline's   .

The flop comes     and it looks pretty safe for the under-the-gun player. Keeline pairs his seven when the   hits the turn, and improves to aces up when the   comes on the river. Keeline rakes in the pot and his opponent makes a beeline for the rail.

Ben Keeline - 103,000

01/19/18 08:36:16 PM PST (about 56 minutes ago)
Level 11 Started
Level:11  Blinds:500/1,000  Ante:100
01/19/18 08:30:16 PM PST (about 1 hour and 2 minutes ago)
Valentin Vornicu Rivers a Straight

Erick Lindgren raises to 2,000 from under the gun and is called by two players in middle position, along with Valentin Vornicu out of the big blind.

Action is checked to the river as the board runs out      . Vornicu leads out for 2,500, Lindgren folds, the next player calls and the fourth player folds.

Vornicu shows   , giving him a queen-high straight, and his opponent mucks his hand.

Valentin Vornicu - 22,000

01/19/18 08:28:18 PM PST (about 1 hour and 4 minutes ago)
Ron Brown Hits Six Figures

The player in the hijack opens the pot and Ron Brown is in the big blind. He takes a look at his cards and moves all-in for 20,000 effective. His opponent quickly calls.

Brown tables   , racing against   .

The board runs out       and Brown takes down the pot.

Brown has now hit six figures, sitting on 100,000 chips.

Ron Brown - 100,000

01/19/18 08:10:24 PM PST (about 1 hour and 21 minutes ago)
Jed Hoffman Gets River Value

There is about 16,000 in the pot on the river with a completed board of      . Jed Hoffman bets 6,500 from the hijack and the player on the button calls.

Hoffman shows    and his opponent mucks his hand. Hoffman, one of top ranked players in Nevada on WSOP.com, wins the pot with tens and deuces. .

Jed Hoffman - 36,500

01/19/18 07:54:02 PM PST (about 2 hours and 38 minutes ago)
William Higgins Fills Up


On a board reading     , with about 8,000 in the pot, the player in the small blind checks. A player in middle position bets 3,200, William Higgins calls from the cutoff and the small blind tank-folds.

The river is the  . The middle-position player bets 6,000 this time. Higgins thinks for a moment before raising to 13,800. His opponent calls.

Higgins tables    for fours full of queens, and his opponent flashes    for fours full of eights before sending his cards into the muck.

William Higgins - 45,000

01/19/18 07:47:37 PM PST (about 2 hours and 44 minutes ago)
Cards in the Air
Just three levels remain before registration closes at 10:00 p.m. Cards are back in the air on Day 1A of the Main Event.
01/19/18 07:46:55 PM PST (about 2 hours and 45 minutes ago)
Level 10 Started
Level:10  Blinds:400/800  Ante:100
01/19/18 06:31:25 PM PST (about 3 hours and 0 minute ago)
Dinner Break
Players are on a 75-minute dinner break. Play will resume at ~7:45 p.m.
01/19/18 06:30:43 PM PST (about 3 hours and 1 minute ago)
Brett Murray Flops Well to Double

Brett Murray raises to 1,400 from middle position and a player in late position three-bets to 2,900. Murray smiles slyly and moves all-in for 11,100 and his opponent calls.

Murray tables   , well behind his opponent's   .

The flop comes     and Murray pairs his ace to take the lead. The turn is the   and the river is the   to give Murray a double.

Brett Murray - 23,000

01/19/18 06:27:56 PM PST (about 3 hours and 4 minutes ago)
Lee Markholt Bets the Turn

Lee Markholt raises to 1,700 from early position and the player in the cutoff three-bets to 3,600 from the cutoff. Action folds back to Markholt, who calls, and the flop is    .

Markholt checks and the cutoff bets 4,700. Markholt calls and the turn is the  . Markholt leads out for 5,200 and the cutoff doesn't waste much time before folding. Markholt mucks his hand and wins a pot just before the end of the level.

Lee Markholt - 47,000
01/19/18 06:13:49 PM PST (about 3 hours and 18 minutes ago)
Ben Keeline Takes One

Ben Keeline

The player under the gun raises and Ben Keeline calls from the cutoff. They are heads-up to a flop of     and the under the gun player bets 2,100. Keeline calls.

The turn is the   and under the gun checks. Keeline bets 4,400 and his opponent calls. The river is the   and both players check.

Ben Keeline - 47,000
01/19/18 05:56:48 PM PST (about 4 hours and 35 minutes ago)
Level 9 Started
Level:9  Blinds:300/600   Ante:100
01/19/18 05:56:28 PM PST (about 4 hours and 35 minutes ago)
Allen Kessler Scores a Knockout

Allen Kessler is in the hijack and gets into a preflop battle against the player in the small blind. The small blind gets all in for about 11,000 and gets action from Kessler.

Kessler shows    and is in great shape against the small blind's   . The flop is     and Kessler leaves his opponent drawing to runners. The turn is the  , leaving the small blind drawing dead to the   river. Kessler wins the pot with a bigger set and now is over double his starting stack.

Allen Kessler - 41,000

01/19/18 05:52:55 PM PST (about 4 hours and 39 minutes ago)
Mimi Luu Runs Into the Nuts

There is about 7,000 in the pot on the river with the board reading      . Mimi Luu leads out from the big blind for 5,000 and the player in the cutoff raises to 14,000, which puts Luu all in for about the same amount.

Luu spends several minutes in the tank before calling. The cutoff shows   , giving him the nut straight, and wins the pot against Luu's   .

Luu has one more bullet to fire in this flight if she chooses to use it, but makes a comment to the table that alludes to the fact that she won't try again until tomorrow.

Mimi Luu - Eliminated

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