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

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

Event #11: $1,675 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $898,500
  • Entries: 599
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:13 AM Local Time


Hafiz Khan

Both starting flights of the World Series of Poker Circuit Thunder Valley $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event are complete and Hafiz Khan leads the way as the field heads to Day 2.

Day 1A drew 207 entries on Friday and Saturday attracted another 392 to bring the total field size to 599 and generate a prizepool of $898,500, which crushed the $500,000... READ MORE

Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:07 AM Local Time
Every table has finished their five hands and play has wrapped up for the night. A complete recap of the day's action will be posted shortly.
Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:04 AM Local Time

As the tables were dealing their final hands, Thomas Zanot and Greg Pincombe played a four-way pot. Two of the players had pocket aces and hit the rail shortly before bagging.

According to a player at the table, Pincombe was all in with    and made a flush on the river. The river card was the  , which gave Zanot a set of queens. He had both players with aces covered. Pincombe quadrupled up as the short stack and Zanot took the rest.

Greg Pincombe - 63,000
Thomas Zanot - 186,000

Saturday, January 20, 2018 11:55 PM Local Time
The clock has been paused and the remaining players are playing five more hands before bagging for Day 2.
Saturday, January 20, 2018 11:36 PM Local Time

Craig Gold

Action folds to Craig Gold on the button and he raises it up to 5,500. Rafael Gonzalez is in the big blind and decides to defend.

The flop comes     and Gonzalez checks. Gold pauses for a moment and checks back. The turn is the  . Gonzalez checks, Gold bets 6,100 and Gonzalez snap-calls.

The river is the   and Gonzalez checks for a third time. Gold bets 11,000 and Gonzalez quickly calls before standing up to see Gold table    for two pair aces and queens. Gonzalez slams his fist on the table and mucks his cards as the dealer sends the pot to Gold.

Craig Gold - 70,000
Rafael Gonzalez - 55,000

Saturday, January 20, 2018 11:25 PM Local Time
Level: 15
Blinds: 1,200/2,400
Ante: 400
Saturday, January 20, 2018 11:24 PM Local Time

It's a battle of the blinds between Greg White in the small blind and Thomas Zanot in the big blind. On a flop of    , White bets 6,000 and Zanot calls.

The turn is the   and White bets 10,000. Zanot takes a few moments and then tosses his hand into the muck. White mucks his hand and takes the pot.

Greg White - 83,000
Thomas Zanot - 196,000

Saturday, January 20, 2018 11:08 PM Local Time


Neil Scott is in late position and moves all-in for 60,000 over top of a three-bet of 16,000 from Hafiz Khan in the hijack. Khan  is in the tank and after about a minute, he calls.


The flop comes     and Khan extends his lead with a pair of aces. The turn is the   to give Scott some outs, but the river is the   and he is sent to the rail.

Hafiz Khan - 340,000
Neil Scott - Eliminated

Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:59 PM Local Time

Jason Gooch

Jason Gooch raises to 4,400 from the cutoff and the player in the big blind calls. The flop is     and the big blind checks. Gooch bets 3,500 and the big blind calls.

The turn is the  . Both players check and the   comes on the river. The big blind leads out for 5,600 and Gooch moves all in for 36,100. The big blind tanks for several minutes before another player at the table calls the clock. When the clock gets to about 10 seconds remaining, the big blind folds. Gooch mucks his hand and takes the pot.

Jason Gooch - 60,300

Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:59 PM Local Time

Four players see the     flop. Ryan Leung is the first to bet and makes it 15,500 to go. Charles "Woody" Moore glances at Leung's remaining stack quickly, then raises -- setting a large stack of 5,000 chips in front of him. Leung is the lone caller and calls for less showing   .

Moore has    for a flush draw. The turn is the   and the river is the   and Leung doubles up with a full house.

Ryan Leung - 114,000
Charles "Woody" Moore - 124,000

Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:47 PM Local Time
Level: 14
Blinds: 1,000/2,000
Ante: 300
Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:45 PM Local Time

Hafiz Khan

With about 20,000 in the middle, on a board reading    , Hafiz Khan checks from the hijack. Patrick Perry is in the cutoff and bets 10,100. Khan calls.

The turn is the   and Khan checks yet again. Perry wastes no time and shoves all-in for 40,000. Khan tosses in a single chip to call and quickly turns over    for a full house. Perry tables    for two pair nines and fives, and the river is the   to send Perry to the rail.

Khan, also known as 'hafizzle' in the online poker world, now sits on a massive stack.

Hafiz Khan - 300,000
Patrick Perry - Eliminated

Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:37 PM Local Time

Richard Osborne is facing an all in for 42,000 with the board reading [kd,th,8s] and he calls with [ah,kc]. He is ahead of the    held by his opponent.

The turn is the   and the river is the  , leaving Osborne ahead.

Richard Osborne - 105,000

Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:25 PM Local Time

Allen Kessler

Allen Kessler moves all in on the button for 23,300 and Mike Nelson calls out of the big blind.

"This is my usual bustout hand," says Kessler as the hands are turned over. "A big hand against a huge stack."

Kessler shows    and has the best of it against Nelson's   . The flop is     and Kessler flops a boat to leave Nelson drawing to the last two sixes in the deck. The turn is the   and the river is the  . Kessler doubles up with a full house.

Allen Kessler - 48,800
Mike Nelson - 291,000

Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:19 PM Local Time

Dan O'Brien sees a flop three ways. The board reads     and after Blake Boris-Schacter bets 8,000 and O'Brien calls, the two are heads up to the turn.

The   hits the turn and Boris-Schacter shoves all in for 51,000. O'Brien has only 22,200 behind and thinks for about a minute before calling with [ax,tx]. Boris-Schacter shows   .

The river is the   and Boris-Schacter comes from behind to eliminate O'Brien.

Earlier in day, O'Brien called for his tournament life on the river and was good. In this instance, he was good when he made the call, but the river sent him to the rail.

Blake Boris-Schacter - 93,000
Dan O'Brien - Eliminated

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Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:15 PM Local Time

The tournament staff at Thunder Valley has put together the prize pool now that registration is closed, and the total comes to $898,500. The guarantee on this event was $500,000 and that was smashed for a new record in this room. 

A total of 599 entries came through the cage in this event across two starting flights, paying out 63 spots.

First place is taking home $188,686 along with a Circuit ring with a min-cash worth $2,938.

A full breakdown of payouts is available under the Prizepool Tab.


Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:02 PM Local Time

Players are back in their seats and registration is officially closed in the $1,675 Main Event with $500,000 guaranteed.

Prize pool information will be posted later tonight as soon as it becomes available.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:01 PM Local Time
Level: 13
Blinds: 800/1,600
Ante: 200
Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:45 PM Local Time
The remaining players are taking their final 15-minute break of the night. When they return, registration will close and they will play three more levels before bagging up for the night.
Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:45 PM Local Time

Action folds to Woody Moore in the hijack and he raises it up to 1,500. The player in the cutoff three-bets to 4,200 and the button four-bet shoves for 6,700. Moore and the cutoff both call.

The flop comes     and Moore quickly leads out for 25,000. The cutoff goes into the tank for about a minute and eventually open-folds a queen.

Moore tables    for two pair fives and fours, while the button shows    for a pair of queens. The turn is the   and the river is the  . Moore holds to chip up some more and send his opponent to the rail.

Woody Moore - 190,000