2022 888poker XL Winter Series WSOPC Rozvadov
$1,700 Main Event
Days:
1a1b23
$1,700 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Roman Shainiuk, Paul Chai Bag Big on Day 1b of the WSOPC Thunder Valley Main Event

GeoffFisk • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Paul Chai
Paul Chai

The second of two opening flights is complete in the World Series of Poker Circuit Thunder Valley $1,700 Main Event. Day 1b drew 273 total entrants, with 68 surviving to come back for Day 2. Those 68 players will join the 31 survivors of the Day 1a flight, and the combined field of 99 will return for a noon restart on Sunday.

Plenty of big names came through the Thunder Valley Poker Room in Lincoln, California, to take a shot at advancing in the tournament. At the end of the night, it was Roman Shainiuk bagging the biggest stack with 421,500 chips.

Closely following on the chip leaderboard are Paul Chai (408,000), Kelly Minkin (293,000), Ian Chan (280,500), and Dinh Le (278,000).

Notable players also bagging Day 1b included Brett Murray (200,500), Jimmy Zeledon (118,000), Pat Lyons (56,000), David Brookshire (50,500) and Rickey Evans (116,000).

The Thunder Valley Poker Room was filled with some of poker’s best tournament players Saturday, and some of the notable players who failed to make it through to Day 2 included Ian Steinman, Craig Varnell, Jarod Minghini, JC Tran, Joe Elpayaa, Josh Prager, Scott Sanders and Kenny Tran.

The 273 Day 1b entrants brought the total number of entries for the Main Event to 414. The total prize pool is $627,210, with $130,667 going to the eventual winner. The tournament will pay 63 places, and with 99 totals players coming back for Day 2, the money bubble should burst fairly quickly on Sunday.

Play will resume at Level 16, with the blinds at 2000/4000 and a 4,000 big blind ante. The tournament is scheduled to play down to the final nine Sunday, with those nine coming back for the final table Monday.

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

Tags: Ian ChanIan SteinmanJarod MinghiniJimmy ZeledonPat LyonsScott Sanders

Day 1a and 1b Combined Chip Counts

GeoffFisk • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Roman Shainiuk us
Roman Shainiuk
us 421,500
Paul Chai US
Paul Chai
US 408,000
Noel Rodriguez us
Noel Rodriguez
us 315,500
Kelly Minkin us
Kelly Minkin
us 293,000
Travis Fujisaka us
Travis Fujisaka
us 287,500
Alex Condon us
Alex Condon
us 285,500
Ian Chan ca
Ian Chan
ca 280,000
Dinh Le vn
Dinh Le
vn 278,000
Warren Kashiwagi us
Warren Kashiwagi
us 255,000
Landen Lucas us
Landen Lucas
us 229,500
Jeff Dewitt US
Jeff Dewitt
US 214,000
Adam Demersseman us
Adam Demersseman
us 213,500
Mike Harvey us
Mike Harvey
us 210,500
Anthony Hugenberg us
Anthony Hugenberg
us 207,500
Phillip Harvey us
Phillip Harvey
us 205,500
Eli Ross us
Eli Ross
us 205,500
Terence Reardon US
Terence Reardon
US 205,000
Brett Murray us
Brett Murray
us 200,500
Sok Chean us
Sok Chean
us 199,500
Stuart Tuvey us
Stuart Tuvey
us 198,000
Kelsey Hendricks US
Kelsey Hendricks
US 190,500
Calvin Liu US
Calvin Liu
US 188,000
Dustin Crump US
Dustin Crump
US 178,500
Michael Lin us
Michael Lin
us 177,000
Daniel Hendriks us
Daniel Hendriks
us 171,000

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End of Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

GeoffFisk • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Roman Shainiuk us
Roman Shainiuk
us 421,500
Paul Chai US
Paul Chai
US 408,000
Kelly Minkin us
Kelly Minkin
us 293,000 -2,000
Ian Chan ca
Ian Chan
ca 280,000
Dinh Le vn
Dinh Le
vn 278,000
Jeff Dewitt US
Jeff Dewitt
US 214,000 57,500
Anthony Hugenberg us
Anthony Hugenberg
us 207,500 39,500
Phillip Harvey us
Phillip Harvey
us 205,500 166,500
Terence Reardon US
Terence Reardon
US 205,000
Brett Murray us
Brett Murray
us 200,500 109,500
Sok Chean us
Sok Chean
us 199,500 199,500
Stuart Tuvey us
Stuart Tuvey
us 198,000 198,000
Kelsey Hendricks US
Kelsey Hendricks
US 190,500 190,500
Calvin Liu US
Calvin Liu
US 188,000 188,000
Dustin Crump US
Dustin Crump
US 178,500 75,300
Chet Sickle us
Chet Sickle
us 160,000 64,000
Thu Tran us
Thu Tran
us 160,000 51,000
Bao Leung US
Bao Leung
US 157,000 157,000
Simon Leung US
Simon Leung
US 155,000 155,000
Jeff Farnes us
Jeff Farnes
us 155,000 28,000
Jeffrey Griffiths us
Jeffrey Griffiths
us 150,500 150,500
Imad Lahham US
Imad Lahham
US 150,000 134,500
William Wendling us
William Wendling
us 142,500 94,500
Soumitra Nagar us
Soumitra Nagar
us 135,000 135,000
Russell Garrett us
Russell Garrett
us 131,500 38,500

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Assorted End of Day 1b Chip Counts

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

Play has concluded for Day 1b and the remaining 68 players are finished putting chips into bags. An assortment of chip counts has been provided, with a full list and a recap of the day's action soon to come.

Roman Shainiuk us
Roman Shainiuk
us 421,500 185,500
Paul Chai US
Paul Chai
US 408,000 11,000
Kelly Minkin us
Kelly Minkin
us 295,000 -49,500
Ian Chan ca
Ian Chan
ca 280,000 29,000
Dinh Le vn
Dinh Le
vn 278,000
Terence Reardon US
Terence Reardon
US 205,000 50,000
Billy Le US
Billy Le
US 157,000 -13,000
Jimmy Zeledon us
Jimmy Zeledon
us 118,000
Shahin Shojaeyan us
Shahin Shojaeyan
us 109,500 -47,500
Alan Mulleady us
Alan Mulleady
us 62,500 -5,500
Pat Lyons us
Pat Lyons
us 56,000 -24,000
Jesse Cohen us
Jesse Cohen
us 38,500 -12,500

Four More Hands

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

Dealers will deal four more hands before Day 1b play ends for the night.

Givens Doubles Through Lyons

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

Pat Lyons had Rickey Givens well covered, when the two went all in for all of Given's chips preflop.

Rickey Givens: {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}
Pat Lyons: {7-Hearts}{7-Spades}

Board: {2-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{3-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}

Lyons' stack took a hit, while Givens is up to 117,000 in the last level of the day.

Rickey Givens US
Rickey Givens
US 117,000
Pat Lyons us
Pat Lyons
us 80,000 17,000

Szuchopa Wins Flip Versus Minkin

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

Frank Szuchopa raised to 8,000 from under the gun and was three-bet to 20,000 by Kelly Minkin, who was two to his left. Action folded back around to him and he committed the remainder of his chips. Minkin called.

Frank Szuchopa: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Kelly Minkin: {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}

An ace in the window was immediately visible as the dealer fanned a flop of {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}{a-Clubs}. The turn {3-Hearts} and river {8-Clubs} kept Szuchopa ahead to earn the double. His stack was counted out to be 50,000 on the dot and Minkin sent the remaining 30,000 his way.

"Nice hand," Minkin said softly with a smile.

Szuchopa reciprocated the sentiment with a heartfelt, "Thank you," as he scooped and stacked his newly-earned chips.

Kelly Minkin us
Kelly Minkin
us 344,500 9,000
Frank Szuchopa US
Frank Szuchopa
US 107,500 107,500

Tags: Kelly MinkinFrank Szuchopa

Chan Hooks Two

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

Fireworks had just flown on Table 6 as a slew of chips were in the process of being sent Ian Chan's way. According to both Chan and Billy Le in a team effort, Le opened to 7,000 from early position and was three-bet to 11,500 from JC Tran out of the cutoff. The player on the button then went all in for 29,500.

After Amir Turkzadeh folded his small blind, action was on Ian Chan in the big blind. He called, prompting a fold from Le. Tran then called to take future action heads up between Chan and Tran for a side pot.

The flop fell {5-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and Chan shoved for the effective 30,000 or so left in Tran's stack. Tran called.

JC Tran: {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Ian Chan: {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Third Player: {a-}{k-}

The turn came {4-Clubs} to give Chan a sweat at wheel outs, but he faded them as the river {9-Hearts} secured the double knockout for him, bringing him to the quarter-million chip mark with less than a half-hour of play left in the night.

Ian Chan ca
Ian Chan
ca 251,000 101,000
Billy Le US
Billy Le
US 170,000 34,000
JC Tran us
JC Tran
us Busted

Tags: Amir TurkzadehBilly LeIan ChanJC Tran