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2019/20 WSOP Circuit - THUNDER VALLEY (Sacramento area) The Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, September 12, 2019 to Friday, September 13, 2019

Event #10: $3,250 High Roller

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  • Buy-in: $3,250
  • Prizepool: $123,000
  • Entries: 41
  • Remaining: tbd


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Friday, September 13, 2019 3:04 PM Local Time
Miller Doubles Through Rodriguez

Bryant Miller

Ryan Awwad opened to 11,500 from the button and Noel Rodriguez went all in over the top of him from the small blind, effectively putting both Awwad and big blind Bryant Miller to decisions for their tournament lives.

Miller decided his hand was good enough to go for the double and called, prompting a fold from Awwad.

Bryant Miller:   
Noel Rodriguez:   

The flop came     to give Rodriguez a flush draw as well as backdoor outs to Broadway. The turn   took away those backdoor outs and the river   left him with zero percent equity in the hand, securing the double for Miller along the way.

Noel Rodriguez256,000-70,500
Bryant Miller192,500152,500
Ryan Awwad80,000-57,000
Friday, September 13, 2019 2:56 PM Local Time
Level 17 started
Level: 17
Blinds: 2,500/5,000
Ante: 5,000
Friday, September 13, 2019 2:55 PM Local Time
Garrett Forces River Fold

There was 22,000 in the pot on the river with a board of       and Ian Steinman had bet 12,000 from the small blind into Russell Garrett, who was in the big blind. Garrett shoved all in over the top for about 65,000 and Steinman was in the tank. He eventually motioned to fold.

Upon doing so, he knocked over a stack of chips and in order to remove all doubt, quickly verbalized a fold long before any falling chip hit the felt. The table paused for a moment, and the dealer calmly reached over around the pile of chips to take Steinman's cards from in front of him in the one-seat and slide them over to the muck.

The chaotic verbalized fold sounded somewhat like a "whoa!" and Kelly Minkin stated she thought that's what Steinman had said, asking what transpired in the situation as she didn't hear the word fold but knew he hadn't called. The dealer and Steinman both confirmed the word "fold" was said as some laughter ensued.

"I had two kings. I probably should've called," said Steinman as Garrett raked in the pot and the dealer began to pitch the cards for the next hand.

Ian Steinman350,00016,500
Russell Garrett99,00048,000
Friday, September 13, 2019 2:45 PM Local Time
Murray's Tourney Shot Down By Steinman's Bullets

Brett Murray

"All in," said the dealer as Brett Murray shoved his last 60,000 or so in from the button. Moments later, Ian Steinman was sliding a stack of T5,000 chips forward to reraise. The two tabled their hands upon a fold out of the big blind.

Brett Murray:   
Ian Steinman:   

Murray's shove had run into Steinman's aces and he now found himself in need of significant improvement in order to stay alive. The flop     was of little help, but the turn   did give Murray some life. Unfortunately for him, the river   would be the last card of his tournament life as his jacks were no good to Steinman's aces, resulting in his elimination from the tournament.

"Nice hand, dirtbag!" Murray said to Steinman with a smile on his face, having already stood up from his eight-seat at the table to walk behind the dealer over to Steinman in the one-seat in order to give him a fist bump.

Steinman reciprocated the smile and the fist bump.

"Did I play it well?" he asked Murray as the two shared a laugh. Meanwhile, Steinman had lost some chips since the break and has now gained them back, finding himself as the chip leader with 10 players left in the tournament.

Ian Steinman333,500-4,000
Brett Murray0-93,000
Friday, September 13, 2019 2:41 PM Local Time
WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley Gold Ring Winners Thus Far

By the time the World Series of Poker (WSOP) stop at Thunder Valley comes to an end, 14 gold rings will have been awarded. In fact, right now more than half of them have already found ring bearers.

Here's a look at all those who've captured rings thus far:

EventEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $250 Series Kickoff290$58,000Michael Narlesky$13,278
Event #2: $400 NLH Re-Entry1,166$384,780Nick Shkolnik$63,335
Event #3: $400 NLH Knockout142$32,660Randy Gil$8,762
Event #4: $400 NLH (One-Day)85$30,000Dennis Arciosa$9,084
Event #5: $400 HORSE65$21,450Frankie O'Dell$6,994
Event #6: $400 NLH Six-Handed101$33,330Jed Hoffman$9,522
Event #7: $400 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better82$30,000David Brookshire$9,084
Event #8: $400 Monster Stack500$165,000Thomas Morris$32,846
Event #9: $400 No-Limit Hold'em (One-Day)116$38,280Jimmy Zeledon$10,582
Friday, September 13, 2019 2:32 PM Local Time
Lancaster Finds a Double

Mike Lancaster

Mike Lancaster was under the gun and shoved all in for 52,000, receiving action from Ryan Awwad who was in the cutoff.

Mike Lancaster:   
Ryan Awwad:   

Lancaster was able to fade an ace as well as any other fatal runouts as the board came       to bring his stack over six figures at the expense of Awwad.

Ryan Awwad137,000-44,000
Mike Lancaster114,00060,000
Friday, September 13, 2019 2:23 PM Local Time
Heshmati Sends Markholt To the Rail

Lee Markholt

Lee Markholt's seat was seen having been vacated and Brett Murray, who recently moved tables, confirmed that Markholt had three-bet all in from the small blind over Mike Heshmati's raise from the button. Heshmati called.

Lee Markholt:   -suited
Mike Heshmati:   

Markholt found himself needing to hit in a coin flip situation to stay alive and was unable to do so on what was a clean runout for Heshmati, sending Markholt to the rail in 12th place.

Mike Heshmati151,00028,000
Lee Markholt0-70,000
Friday, September 13, 2019 2:22 PM Local Time
Chip Counts After Break
Ian Steinman337,500132,500
Noel Rodriguez248,5000
Ryan Awwad181,00041,000
Niv Decalo153,00048,500
Bryant Miller133,00093,000
Mike Heshmati123,000-42,000
Mrityunjay Jha103,500-46,500
Brett Murray93,0004,000
Kelly Minkin90,00053,000
Lee Markholt70,00033,000
Mike Lancaster54,000-30,000
Russell Garrett51,000-59,000
Jarod Minghini0-58,000
Glenn Miller0-35,000
Friday, September 13, 2019 2:01 PM Local Time
Take 15

Players are on their first 15-minute break of the day.

Friday, September 13, 2019 1:56 PM Local Time
Jha Takes One Down

Mrityunjay Jha

Noel Rodriguez was under the gun and opened to 7,000. Bryant Miller called from his direct left and action folded around from there to Mrityunjay Jha, who was on the button and called.

Action went three ways to a flop of     where both Rodriguez and Miller checked. Jha then bet 9,000, getting a fold from Rodriguez and a call from Miller.

The turn came   and Miller checked to Jha again. Jha fired a down-bet of 7,500, which Miller confirmed before tossing in chips to call. Both players checked the river   to take the hand to showdown.

Miller showed    for a pair of sevens, bested by Jha's pair of nines as he tabled    and saw the pot shipped his way.

Noel Rodriguez215,000-10,000
Mrityunjay Jha150,00027,000
Bryant Miller81,50041,500
Gorillla Gaming
Friday, September 13, 2019 1:39 PM Local Time
Rodriguez Increases Stack; Tran Eliminated

Niv Decalo saw action folded to him in the small blind and completed, putting action onto Noel Rodriguez who raised to 14,000. Decalo called to see a flop of     and proceeded to check to Rodriguez, who made a continuation-bet of 9,500. Decalo called.

Action proceeded to check through the turn   and river   to take the hand to showdown.

Decalo tabled    and proceeded to tap the felt to wish Rodriguez a nice hand as he turned over    to take down the pot with two pair, kings and nines.

Moments earlier, JC Tran was eliminated by Bryant Miller. Rodriguez shared the details, saying that Tran shoved his last 37,500 and was called by Miller.

JC Tran:   -offsuit
Bryant Miller:   

Tran hit a ten on the flop but was unable to improve further, sending him to the rail in 15th place.

Noel Rodriguez225,00014,500
Bryant Miller126,00036,000
Niv Decalo104,500-33,500
JC Tran0-36,000
Friday, September 13, 2019 1:27 PM Local Time
Murray Wins Flip To Double

Brett Murray

Brett Murray ripped in his last 41,500 from under the gun and Mrityunjay Jha asked for a count from his direct left. After over a minute of thought, Jha called. All remaining players folded and hands were tabled for the runout.

Brett Murray:   
Mrityunjay Jha:   

The two were in a coin flip situation with Murray slightly out in front. The board ran out       to keep the situation unchanged and score him the double, bringing him back close to where he started the day.

Mrityunjay Jha123,000-54,000
Brett Murray89,00020,500
Friday, September 13, 2019 1:22 PM Local Time
Chip Counts from Table 2
Ian Steinman205,00017,000
Mike Heshmati165,0001,000
Russell Garrett110,000-20,000
Jarod Minghini58,00017,000
Kelly Minkin37,000-4,000
Lee Markholt37,000-44,000
Glenn Miller35,0000
Friday, September 13, 2019 1:20 PM Local Time
Rodriguez Doubles Through Tran

Noel Rodriguez

There was about 30,000 in the pot on a board of       and action was heads up between Noel Rodriguez in the small blind and JC Tran in the cutoff. Rodriguez bet 20,500 and Tran went into the tank for a bit before pushing forward a stack of red T5,000 chips.

Rodriguez thought for a bit with his headphones hung around his neck. Eventually, he said that if Tran had a better full house, so be it as he dropped his remaining 88,500 into the pot.

Tran tabled    for a rivered flush but it proved to be no good as Rodriguez had simultaneously turned over    for a boat, having flopped fours full. The dealer confirmed the amounts and paid off Rodriguez, making him the likely chip leader at present time while Tran finds himself among the shortest stacks in the room.

Noel Rodriguez210,500102,500
JC Tran36,000-96,500
Friday, September 13, 2019 1:13 PM Local Time
Condon Eliminated by Heshmati

"We've got 15 in the high roller," said one member of the staff to the other as Alex Condon was getting up from the table. The dealer was in the process of pushing the pot to Mike Heshmati, who found himself on the right side of the coin flip according to another player at the table.

Condon had gotten down to about 35,000 and shoved all in from middle position. Heshmati was on the button and gave him action.

Alex Condon:   
Mike Heshmati:   

The runout came in Heshmati's favor, resulting in him having the best hand at showdown to secure the elimination and bring the field down to 15.

Mike Heshmati164,00029,000
Alex Condon0-73,500
Velo 690x150
Friday, September 13, 2019 1:05 PM Local Time
Chip Counts from Table 1
Mrityunjay Jha177,00013,500
Ryan Awwad140,000100,000
Niv Decalo138,00085,000
JC Tran132,5002,000
Noel Rodriguez108,000-1,000
Bryant Miller90,00050,000
Mike Lancaster84,000-27,000
Brett Murray68,500-32,500
Friday, September 13, 2019 1:03 PM Local Time
Suited Ace Good To Steinman

Ian Steinman on Day 1

Russell Garrett opened the action with a raise to 6,000 from middle position and was called by Lee Markholt on the button. Ian Steinman was in the big blind and defended to take action three ways to the flop    . Both Steinman and Garrett checked to put action on Markholt, who bet 5,500. Steinman thought for a bit and called, prompting Garrett to get out of their way.

The turn came   and both players checked. The river   saw both players check again to take the hand to showdown.

Steinman tabled   , getting a muck from Markholt and the pot from the Dealer after doing so.

Ian Steinman188,00023,500
Russell Garrett130,00041,000
Lee Markholt81,0006,500
Friday, September 13, 2019 12:55 PM Local Time
Final Two Tables Seating Assignments

The field is down to 16 players after a few eliminations in short succession. Here's an updated seat draw for the final two tables.

11JC Tran
12Niv Decalo
13Noel Rodriguez
14Bryant Miller
15Mike Lancaster
16Brett Murray
17Mrityunjay Jha
18Ryan Awwad
21Ian Steinman
22Glenn Miller
23Alex Condon
24Russell Garrett
25Kelly Minkin
26Mike Heshmati
27Lee Markholt
28Jarod Minghini
Eric Wong0-40,000
Peter Park0-54,000
Tony Hoang0-46,000
William Powell0-40,000
Friday, September 13, 2019 12:44 PM Local Time
Prize Pool Released!

The official prize pool has been released, with seven players set to make it into the money. The seventh-place finisher will earn a first-level payout of $5,141 with payouts increasing until the winner's share of $44,413 has been earned. Full details are available on the Payouts Tab

Friday, September 13, 2019 12:36 PM Local Time
Heshmati Wins On River

Mike Heshmati saw action folded to him in the hijack and opened to 4,500. He received calls from Lee Markholt in the cutoff, Ian Steinman in the small blind, and Glenn Miller, who defended his big blind. The four saw a flop of     and action checked to Heshmati, who continued for 11,000. Markholt folded, Steinman called, and Miller folded.

Action went heads up to the turn   and both players checked. The river fell   and Steinman checked to Heshmati, who put out a bet of 17,000. Steinman thought for about 30 seconds and sent his cards to the muck.

Additionally, Russell Garrett now has a stack of around 89,000 at the table after finding what appears to be a recent double.

Ian Steinman164,500-18,500
Mike Heshmati161,000-11,500
Russell Garrett89,00045,000
Lee Markholt74,500-30,000
Glenn Miller35,000-45,000