2022 888poker XL Winter Series WSOPC Rozvadov
$1,700 Main Event
$1,700 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Noel Rodriguez Bags the Day 1a Chip Lead in the WSOPC Thunder Valley Main Event

GeoffFisk • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Noel Rodriguez
Noel Rodriguez

The opening flight of the WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley $1,700 is complete. A total of 141 entries registered for the first of two Day 1 flights, with 31 players making it through to Day 2. Day 1a saw the field play through 15 40-minute levels, and at the end of the night, it was Noel Rodriguez bagging the chip lead with 315,500 chips.

Rodriguez entered the Main Event immediately after a sixth-place finish in the $3,250 High Roller event, and the well-accomplished tournament grinder will be looking to add a deep Main Event run to his list of accomplishments.

Closely following behind on the chip leaderboard are Travis Fujisaka (287,500), Alex Condon (285,500), Warren Kashiwagi (255,000), and Landen Lucas (229,500)

Plenty of big name players came through for the Day 1a flight, and some of the notable players advancing to Day 2 include Adam Demersseman (213,500), Eli Ross (205,500), Daniel Hendriks (171,000), Allen Kessler (160,000), Jasthi Kumar (72,500) and Lee Markholt (53,000).

Some of the notables that appeared in the Day 1a field, but didn’t make it through, include Ian Steinman, Kelly Minkin, Brett Murray,JC Tran,Amir Lehavot, Jarod Minghini, Craig Varnell and Josh Prager.

That group of players could take another shot at the Main Event Saturday, as all players are eligible for up to two entries per each of the Day 1 flights. Day 1b registration is expected to exceed the Day 1a numbers, and with a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool up for grabs, the Thunder Valley Poker Room is certain to be busy.

Day 1b starts Saturday at noon, with players starting with 30,000 chips and once again playing through 15 40-minute levels.

Follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team as the WSOPC Thunder Valley Main Event continues.

Tags: Alex CondonAllen KesslerAmir LehavotBrett MurrayCraig VarnellDaniel HendriksIan SteinmanJasthi KumarJosh PragerKelly MinkinNoel RodriguezWarren Kashiwagi

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

GeoffFisk • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Noel Rodriguez us
Noel Rodriguez
us 315,500 2,500
Travis Fujisaka us
Travis Fujisaka
us 287,500 54,500
Alex Condon us
Alex Condon
us 285,500 103,500
Warren Kashiwagi us
Warren Kashiwagi
us 255,000 159,000
Landen Lucas us
Landen Lucas
us 229,500 4,500
Adam Demersseman us
Adam Demersseman
us 213,500
Mike Harvey us
Mike Harvey
us 210,500 210,500
Eli Ross us
Eli Ross
us 205,500 -27,000
Michael Lin us
Michael Lin
us 177,000 177,000
Daniel Hendriks us
Daniel Hendriks
us 171,000 -64,000
Paul Richardson us
Paul Richardson
us 167,000 32,000
Allen Kessler us
Allen Kessler
us 160,000 -23,000
Robby Pham us
Robby Pham
us 147,000 147,000
Arish Nat us
Arish Nat
us 140,000 500
Peter Xiong US
Peter Xiong
US 137,000 137,000
Peter Park us
Peter Park
us 135,500 -29,500
Eric Wong us
Eric Wong
us 115,000 -80,000
Steven Grybas us
Steven Grybas
us 102,500 -32,500
Marty Wong us
Marty Wong
us 85,000 -2,500
Andy Witek US
Andy Witek
US 79,000 79,000
Kyle Kitagawa us
Kyle Kitagawa
us 78,500 -28,500
Karapet Galstyan us
Karapet Galstyan
us 74,000 74,000
Jasthi Kumar us
Jasthi Kumar
us 72,500 -10,000
Eyyal Altar us
Eyyal Altar
us 69,000 19,000
Michael Capener us
Michael Capener
us 56,500 56,500

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Three More Hands

HillKerby • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

The tournament clock has reached the 10-minute mark and the number three has been drawn, meaning three more hands will be played at each of the remaining four tables before play concludes with chips being bagged and tagged for the evening.

Rodriguez Earns Knockout in Frigid Fashion

HillKerby • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

A player raised to 8,000 from under the gun and was called by Noel Rodriguez in middle position. All players left to act folded and action went heads up to a flop of {10-Clubs}{q-Spades}{j-Clubs}. The under-the-gun player continued, firing 12,000 forward. Rodriguez raised to 37,000 and his opponent postured for a few moments before pushing the rest of his chips forward. Rodriguez dropped chips into the pot before his opponent finished doing the same.

Noel Rodriguez: {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Opponent: {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}

Rodriguez's nut flush draw was up against his opponent's top pair with what would be an open-ended straight/royal flush draw if Rodriguez didn't block both outs. Nonetheless, Rodriguez did not have a live ace in the deck and due to his opponent's two clubs, only had seven outs left to the nut flush in addition to non-club eights and queens to make a straight. Much to Rodriguez's favor, two more of those seven remaining clubs would come as the turn {2-Clubs} and river {6-Clubs} fell, leaving him with the nuts to knock out his opponent whose second nuts proved to be second best.

Noel Rodriguez us
Noel Rodriguez
us 313,000 130,000

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Ross Pushes Out Kumar

HillKerby • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Jasthi Kumar raised to 8,000 from the hijack and was three-bet to 22,000 by Eli Ross, who was on the button. Kumar thought for close to a minute and put in chips to call.

The dealer fanned a flop of {7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} and Kumar checked. Ross fired a continuation-bet of 30,000, sending Kumar back into the tank. He thought for about a minute again before ending on a different conclusion than the previous street, sending his cards into the muck and giving up contention of the pot that was shipped Ross' way.

Eli Ross us
Eli Ross
us 232,500 52,500
Jasthi Kumar us
Jasthi Kumar
us 82,500 -77,500

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Richardson Gets a Knockout

HillKerby • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Paul Richardson was in the process of shaking the player to his right's hand and wishing him a good game as a pot was being sent his way.

Richardson's hand of {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} was tabled, as was his opponent's {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}. The two had gotten stacks in before the flop and when all was said and done, Richardson had improved to make the best hand and send his opponent to the rail.

Paul Richardson us
Paul Richardson
us 183,000 47,000

Tags: Paul Richardson