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2023/24 WSOP Circuit - Thunder Valley Casino (Northern California)

Friday, January 19, 2024 to Sunday, January 21, 2024

WSOPC Event #12: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $1,124,130
  • Entries: 742
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, January 22, 2024 3:28 PM Local Time

The final 6 players have headed out on their second 15-minute break of the day with Denis Lee well in the chip lead.

Complete counts will be available once play resumes.

Monday, January 22, 2024 3:25 PM Local Time

Randy Gil moved all in under the gun for just over a million and got called by Denis Lee on the button.

Randy Gil:   
Denis Lee:   

Lee appeared set to add to his growing chip lead but there were five cards still to come.

The flop came     bringing Gil no help. The turn brought the   was no help either, but the   certainly was, bailing Gil out with quad threes with each player's ace kicker to chop the pot.

Denis Lee - 10,350,000
Randy Gil - 1,425,000

Monday, January 22, 2024 3:18 PM Local Time


Dan Sarasin moved his last 1,200,000 in from the hijack and Denis Lee jammed over top from the button with Sarasin well covered.

Sarasin was on the wrong end of the ultimate preflop cooler.

Dan Sarasin:   
Denis Lee:   

The board came       failing to bring Sarasin a miracle two-outer, ending his day in 7th place.

Meanwhile, Lee added to his chip lead after starting the day on the short stack of the 12 returnees.

Denis Lee - 10,400,000
Dan Sarasin - eliminated in 7th place

Monday, January 22, 2024 3:03 PM Local Time

Randy Gil moved all in for 725,000 from the hijack and Dan Sarasin did likewise from the button, covering Gil. The rest of the table folded and Gil was at risk.

Randy Gil:   
Dan Sarasin:   

Gill called for a ten on the flop and got it as the dealer fanned a flop of    . The board completed   , giving Gil a winning two pair to double while putting Sarasin on the short stack.

Randy Gil - 1,875,000
Dan Sarasin - 1,200,000

Monday, January 22, 2024 2:54 PM Local Time


After Dan Sarasin limped in the hijack, Denis Lee raised to 400,000 from the cutoff. Joseph Spanne then moved all in from the button for 1,750,000.

Sarasin went deep into the tank for several minutes before folding. Lee snap-called to put Spanne at risk.

Joseph Spanne:   
Denis Lee:   

Sarasin patted himself on the back and claimed he folded pocket eights as the dealer prepared to run out the board.

It came       as Lee's kings held to eliminate the dangerous Spanne, who also final tabled the High Roller event last week.

Denis Lee - 5,100,000
Joseph Spanne - eliminated in 8th place


Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, January 22, 2024 2:30 PM Local Time
Level: 29
Blinds: 75,000/150,000
Ante: 150,000
Monday, January 22, 2024 2:18 PM Local Time


Action folded to Vijay Ramani in the small blind who moved all in and Dann Turner called in the big blind for his last 1,775,000.

Dann Turner:   
Vijay Ramani:   

The flop came    , cracking Turner's kings and putting the start of day chip leader on the brink of elimination.

The turn   changed nothing, nor did the   river, ending Turner's day in a disappointing 9th place.

Vijay Ramani - 6,200,000
Dann Turner - eliminated in 9th place

Monday, January 22, 2024 2:02 PM Local Time

With about 1,000,000 in the pot on a three-way flop of    , Mark Bekalu checked his small blind to Kaylen Lebaron who bet 275,000. Joseph Spanne called on the button and Bekalu folded.

The turn was the   and the players checked to the   river where Lebaron bet 650,000, sending Spanne into the tank.

Spanne took a couple of minutes, alternating between sipping water and coffee, before placing a chip forward to call.

Lebaron showed    for a flopped pair of jacks which were good, to take a pot that sees him take over the chip lead.

Kaylen Lebaron - 7,200,000
Joseph Spanne - 2,000,000

Monday, January 22, 2024 1:57 PM Local Time

Joseph Spanne raised to 350,000 in the small blind and after a bit of thought, Mark Bekalu moved all in from the big blind for 2,400,000. Spanne made the call to put Bekalu at risk.

Mark Bekalu:   
Joseph Spanne:   

The flop came    , pairing Bekalu's ace. The board completed   , giving Bekalu a sizable double-up 

Mark Bekalu - 5,100,000
Joseph Spanne - 3,000,000

Monday, January 22, 2024 1:38 PM Local Time

A pot of 1,800,000 had been built with a completed board of       where Dann Turner checked his small blind to Denis Lee who moved all in for 1,100,000.

Turner went into the tank, politely apologizing to his tablemates for what was actually a much shorter tank than several other thus far Monday.

After a couple of minutes, he call and rolled over   . Unfortunately for Tuner, Lee had    for trip fours. Turner sent his bluff catcher into the muck and the sizeable pot was pushed to Lee.

Denis Lee - 5,100,000
Dann Turner - 4,200,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, January 22, 2024 1:34 PM Local Time
Level: 28
Blinds: 75,000/125,000
Ante: 125,000
Monday, January 22, 2024 1:23 PM Local Time

Hung Vo rasied to 225,000 in early position and got three-bet by Kaylen Lebaron in the hijack. Vo called and the duo saw a flop of    .

Vo checked and Lebaron continued for 525,000 which Vo called.

On the   turn, Vo moved all in, just covering Lebaron's remaining 1,465,000 and Lebaron called.

Kaylen Lebaron:   
Hung Vo:   

Vo called foe a 'one time' for his flush draw and gutshot, but the   fell on the river instead, giving Lebaron two pair and the win.

Vo was left with 265,000 which went in under the gun on the next hand. Adam Dunkle three-bet to 600,000 and the rest of the table folded.

Hung Vo:   
Adam Dunkle:   

the board came      , bringing no help to Vo who takes 10th place on the final hand before break.

Kalyen Lebaron - 6,000,000
Adam Dunkle - 2,700,000
Hung Vo - eliminated in 10th place

Monday, January 22, 2024 1:03 PM Local Time

Dan Sarasin has returned to the table much quieter verbally, but making noise with his play.

In a four way limped pot, started by Sarasin under the gun, he, Randy Gil, on the button, Hung Vo in the small blind, and Adam Dunkle in the big blind ended up all checking to the river on a       board.

On the river, Sarasin bet 475 and got folds from his three opponents.

The next hand, after a raise to 225,000 from Vo on the button, Sarasin three-bet out of the big blind to 850,000.

Vo thought briefly then folded his hand to send another pot to Sarasin.

Hung Vo - 2,600,000
Adam Dunkle - 2,300,000
Dan Sarasin - 1,800,000
Randy Gil - 1,500,000

Monday, January 22, 2024 12:47 PM Local Time

Hung Vo raised to 200,000 in middle position and got called by Denis Lee on the button.

The players checked the       board down to the river before Vo bet 225,000 and got called by Lee.

Vo showed    and Lee mucked his hand, leaving Vo potentially wishing he'd made more with his cowboys.

Hung Vo - 2,600,000
Denis Lee - 1,900,000

Monday, January 22, 2024 12:40 PM Local Time

After Mark Bekalu moved all in for 1,490,000 from early position, Vijay Ramani did likewise for just under 5,000,000 from his immediate left. The rest of the table folded and Bekalu was at risk.

Mark Bekalu:   
Vijay Ramani: [ac,kd

The flop came     pairing Ramani's ace and putting Bekalu on the verge of elimination.

The turn was the  , changing nothing, but the river brought the  , saving Bekalu on the river with trip fours.

Dan Sarasin said he folded a four, making Bekalu's win a one-outer to survive.

Vijay Ramani - 3,600,000
Mark Bekalu - 3,300,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, January 22, 2024 12:17 PM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 50,000/100,000
Ante: 100,000
Monday, January 22, 2024 12:17 PM Local Time

Seat 1: Hung Vo - 1,800,000
Seat 2: Adam Dunkle - 1,520,000
Seat 3: Dan Sarasin - 1,430,000
Seat 4: Kaylen Lebaron - 2,700,000
Seat 5: Denis Lee - 2,865,000
Seat 6: Joseph Spanne - 5,450,000
Seat 7: Mark Bekalu - 1,700,000
Seat 8: Vijay Ramani - 4,700,000
Seat 9: Dann Turner - 4,475,000
Seat 10: Randy Gil - 1,400,000

Monday, January 22, 2024 12:03 PM Local Time


Travis Egbert raised to 160,000 on the button and got three-bet by Vijay Ramani in the big blind.

After a bit of thought, Egbert slid a four-bet of 2,060,000 forward, leaving himself just under 300,000.

Ramani then moved all in, covering Egbert, and after a quick peek at the other table, Egbert called.

Travis Egbert:   
Vijay Ramani:   

The board ran out      , ending Egbert's run at a third WSOP Circuit ring this week.

The players are now redrawing for seats at the final table of ten.

Vijay Ramani - 5,400,000
Travis Egbert - eliminated in 11th place

Monday, January 22, 2024 11:55 AM Local Time

Dan Sarasin's Empty Seat 

This is the empty seat and unattended stack of Dan Sarasin who has been given an unprecedented 30-minute penalty for abusive verbal behavior.

Sarasin has 1,6000,000 chips of which he'll lose a significant portion for the hands he will miss.

Dan Sarasin

Monday, January 22, 2024 11:40 AM Local Time


Scott Sanders called his last 175,000 from the big blind against Adam Dunkle who jammed for about 800,000 in early position.

Scott Sanders:   
Adam Dunkle:   

The board came       bringing no help to Sanders and making him the first elimination of the day.

Adam Dunkle - 1,000,000
Scott Sanders - eliminated in 12th place

Playtika - Jason Alexander