The final table is upon us in the World Series of Poker Circuit Thunder Valley $1,700 Main Event. The tournament played down to the final nine on Day 2, and those nine players battled at the final table for about 45 minutes until Sunday's play was ended at the end of Level 24.
The trio of Roman Shainiuk (2,315,000), Paul Chai (2,275,000) and Arish Nat (2,080,000) will return as the biggest stacks when play restarts today at noon.
Terence Reardon (1,560,000) and Travis Fujisaka (1,540,000) are right behind the leaders, and the WSOPC ring and $130,667 first prize are truly up for grabs. Following those deep-stacked players are the shorter stacks like Paul Richardson (855,000), Soumitra Nagar (750,000), Bobby Pham (745,000) and Landen Lucas (300,000).
Today's restart begins with Level 25 and the blinds at 15000/30000, with a 30,000 big blind ante. The final nine will play 60-minute levels, with 15-minute breaks after every two levels, and a 60-minute dinner break scheduled for after Level 30. With five of the remaining nine players coming into today's play with 50 big blinds or more, the eventual winner of the Main Event will have a tough road to the championship at the Thunder Valley Poker Room in Lincoln, CA.
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Richardson is the most accomplished of the final nine, with $540,348 in career earnings. This marks Richardson's fourth final table appearance in the WSOPC Thunder Valley Main Event, as he's finished fourth twice (in 2017 and 2018), and eighth in the January 2019 Thunder Valley stop for the WSOPC.
Arish Nat also has a six-figure total in career tournament earnings, and he'll be trying to add a deep final table run to his $183,150 career total. Nash is no stranger to success at Thunder Valley, with multiple cashes across several series.
Fujisaka is another player with a long list of accomplishments at Thunder Valley, and the Main Event final table will certainly have a local feel for these players.
The winner of the Main Event is guaranteed to be a first-time WSOP Circuit ring winner. All remaining players have already earned at least a ninth-place payday of $11,634, but they're no doubt looking to cash in on the six-figure first prize and prestige of a WSOPC ring event championship.
Follow along with PokerNews as the WSOPC Thunder Valley Main Event plays to it's conclusion today.