2021 World Series of Poker Europe 888poker WPTDS London Online
$1,700 Main Event
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in $1,700
Prize Pool $737,805
Players 487

Level Info

Level 29
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 80,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 9
$1,700 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Jaime Haletky Wins WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley Main Event for $147,706

Chad_Holloway • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Jaime Haletky
Jaime Haletky

The World Series of Poker Circuit Thunder Valley wrapped up its stop Monday night with the conclusion of the $1,700 Main Event, a tournament that attracted 487 runners and offered up a prize pool of $737,805.

After just five hours of play, the final table was whittled down from nine to a winner when 42-year-old Jaime Haletky emerged victorious to capture the gold ring, a $147,706 top prize, and a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship.

“I feel amazing, really good,” Haletky said right after the win. “I’ll just save towards a house, really that’s about it. Maybe I can do a little bit bigger buy-ins now, we’ll see.

Haletky, who lives near San Jose, works as a mathematician doing cryptography programming but enjoys playing poker, a game he picked up in grad school at UC Berkley, in his free time. That often includes trips to Thunder Valley where he’s actually put together an impressive résumé that now includes two wins and a runner-up finisher in three final table appearances.

In October 2017, he won the Ante Up Norcal Classic $1,100 Main Event for $49,865, and a year before that finisher runner-up in the Ante Up World Championship for a previous career-bet $87,636.

“The other tournaments I felt were a lot of luck, in this one I’ve really studied a lot the last two years, really tried to improve my game,” said Haletky, who originally hails from Massachusetts. “I still had great luck, obviously you can’t win without great luck, but I’m really happy with how I played.”

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Jaime HaletkyWalnut Creek, California$147,706
2Dapo AjayiLittleton, Colorado$91,099
3Marko PantelicBellevue, Washington$66,663
4Scott StewartLakewood, California$49,418
5Marcus LaffenCupertino, California$37,117
6Dann TurnerCleveland, Ohio$28,251
7Peter PapSan Francisco, California$21,795
8Bin DuanCupertino, California$17,045
9Bryan PiccioloAllegany, New York$13,516

Others to cash the Main Event were Jonathan Ingalls (11th - $10,870), Paul Richardson (20th - $6,162), WSOP bracelet winner Scott Bohlman (24th - $5,252), Andreas Kniep (36th - $3,232), Jarod Minghini (50th - $2,789), Bicycle Casino poker manager Mo Fathipour (56th - $2,656), and Matt Livingston (70th - $2,572).

Final Table Action

The final table got off to a quick start with a trio of eliminations in the first hour of play. The two short stacks at the start of the day were the first to go with Bryan Picciolo’s deuces failing to hold against two players, while Bin Duan followed him out the door in eighth place when his Big Slick went down in flames to the queen-nine of Scott Stewart.

Peter Pap then busted in seventh place after check-raising all in on a six-high flop with top pair only to see Stewart snap-call with pocket nines. The overpair held and Pap headed to the payout desk.

Dann Turner would take his leave in sixth place after getting his short stack all in preflop against two players. Turner wound up making aces and eights but the Dead Man’s Hand was no good as Haletky, who began the final table as the chip leader, took it down with trip fives.

Marcus Laffen then lost a race holding pocket nines to Marko Pantelic’s ace-ten suited to exit in fifth place, and Stewart was next to go as a result of a bad beat. Stewart got his healthy stack all in with pocket aces and was in prime shape to double through Haletky, who held ace-queen. However, the board ran out in such a way that Haletky made Broadway on the turn to score the knockout.

Dapo Ajayi
Dapo Ajayi

Dapo Ajayi, who had nursed a short stack for a long time before hitting his stride to rebuild, then dispatched Pantelic in third place holding jacks to the latter’s queen-jack. That resulted in a heads-up match with the two players nearly even in chips, but it still didn’t take long for things to come to a head.

Haletky pulled out to a 2.5:1 lead before the two flipped for it. Ajayi was at risk with ace-jack while Heltky was looking to hold with pocket threes. The pocket pair held strong and Ajayi had to settle for second place and $91,099 in prize money.

Valdez Wins Casino Championship

David Valdez finished as the Thunder Valley Casino Champion after cashing in five events including wins in Event #3: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha and Event #13: $400 Last Call for a total of 117.5 points. As a result, he too receives a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship.

The second to last event of the Circuit stop turned in to a Casino Championship tiebreaker, with four players at the Final Table competing for the Casino Championship title.

"It was really tough, but I just kept playing my game and didn't change anything. Of course, I wanted to outlast [Jimmy Wester], but I was also going for the win so I had to keep playing aggressively," said Valdez.

David Valdez
Casino Champ David Valdez

WSOPC Thunder Valley Ring Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $400 Opener1,319$435,270Michael Lin$70,181
Event #2: $400 Knockout195$44,850Jesse Lonis$11,062
Event #3: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha67$22,110David Valdez$7,021
Event #4: $400 NLH Double Stack125$41,250Jimmy Wester$11,241
Event #5: $400 HORSE68$22,440David Diiorio$7,125
Event #6: $400 NLH 6-Handed129$42,570Josh Prager$11,440
Event #7: $400 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better97$32,010Chris Brandin$8,310
Event #8: $400 Monster Stack620$204,600Jorge Postigo$39,649
Event #9: $400 NLH214$70,620Jasthi Kumar$16,976
Event #10: $3,250 High Roller47$141,000JC Tran$49,035
Event #11: $250 Seniors179$36,200John Valadao$9,095
Event #12: $1,700 Main Event487$737,805Jaime Haletky$147,706
Event #13: $400 Last Call388$128,040David Valdez$26,787
Event #14: $250 Series Finale188$37,600James Colson$9,359

The next WSOP Circuit stop is already underway at Mississippi’s Horseshoe Tunica. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there this weekend to bring you updates from that stop’s $1,700 Main Event.

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Dapo Ajayi Eliminated in 2nd Place ($91,099)

GeoffFisk • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Dapo Ajayi
Dapo Ajayi

Dapo Ajayi opened to 180,000, Jaime Haletky three-bet to 600,000, Ajayi four-bet all in for 3,950,000, and Haletky tanked for about a minute, then called.

Dapo Ajayi: {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}
Jaime Haletky: {3-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}

Board: {8-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{4-Spades}

Haleky's pocket threes held, and he's the Main Event champion. Ajayi takes home $91,099 for the runner up finish.

Jaime Haletky us
Jaime Haletky
us 14,610,000 6,010,000
Dapo Ajayi us
Dapo Ajayi
us Busted

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Haletky Gets Distance

GeoffFisk • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Dapo Ajayi opened to 180,000, and Jaime Haletky called.

Both players checked the {q-Spades}{k-Spades}{q-Hearts} flop. Ajayi bet 200,000 on the {6-Spades} turn, Haletky raised to 600,000, Ajayi three-bet to 1,200,000, and Haletky called.

Both players checked the {6-Clubs} river, and Haletky's {8-Spades}{7-Spades} was the winner, with Ajayi mucking when he saw Haletky's spade flush.

Jaime Haletky us
Jaime Haletky
us 8,600,000 100,000
Dapo Ajayi us
Dapo Ajayi
us 400,000 -5,750,000

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Haletky Gets River Raise Paid

GeoffFisk • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Jaime Haletky opened to 160,000, and Dapo Ajayi called.

Ajayi check-called a 125,000 bet from Haletky on the {2-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{10-Spades} flop, and both players checked the {5-Clubs} turn.

Ajayi bet 200,000 on the {7-Hearts} river, Haletky raises to 700,000, and AJayi called. Haletky tabled {9-Spades}{6-Spades} for the rivered straight, and Ajayi mucked.

Jaime Haletky us
Jaime Haletky
us 8,500,000 1,450,000
Dapo Ajayi us
Dapo Ajayi
us 6,150,000 -1,450,000

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Raises Working for Ajayi

GeoffFisk • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Jaime Haletky opened to 160,000, and Dapo Ajayi called.

The flop came {6-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{7-Spades}, Ajayi checked, Haletky bet 125,000, Ajayi check-raised to 800,000, and Haletky folded.

Two hands later, Haletky opened to 180,000, Ajayi three-bet to 500,000, and Haletky folded.

Dapo Ajayi us
Dapo Ajayi
us 7,600,000 600,000
Jaime Haletky us
Jaime Haletky
us 7,050,000 -550,000

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Marko Pantelic Eliminated in 3rd Place ($66,663)

Chad_Holloway • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Marko Pantelic
Marko Pantelic

Jaime Haletky opened for 180,000 on the button only to have Dapo Ajayi three-bet to 580,000 from the small blind. Marko Pantelic was in the big and four-bet jammed for roughly 700,000, Haletky folded, and Ajayi made a quick call.

Dapo Ajayi: {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}
Marko Pantelic: {q-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

Pantelic's best shot at staying alive was to catch a queen but he was left wanting as the board ran out a dry {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}.

Jaime Haletky us
Jaime Haletky
us 7,600,000 1,600,000
Dapo Ajayi us
Dapo Ajayi
us 7,000,000 1,000,000
Marko Pantelic us
Marko Pantelic
us Busted

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Ajayi Doubles Up and Then Some

GeoffFisk • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Jaime Haletky opened to 180,000 from the button, Dapo Ajayi called in the small blind, and Marko Pantelic called in the big blind.

All three players checked the {7-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} flop.

Ajayi checked the {j-Clubs} turn, Pantelic bet 260,000, Haletky folded, and Ajayi put in the check-raise to 700,000.

Pantelic reraised all in, having Ajayi covered, and Ajayi called off for 2,100,000 total.

Dapo Ajayi: {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}
Marko Pantelic: {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

The {7-Diamonds} fell on the river, and Ajayi's two pair was the winner. Ajayi and Haletky are now neck-and-neck for the chip lead as three-handed play continues.

Dapo Ajayi us
Dapo Ajayi
us 6,000,000 3,560,000
Jaime Haletky us
Jaime Haletky
us 6,000,000 -760,000
Marko Pantelic us
Marko Pantelic
us 2,640,000 -2,860,000

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Level:
29
Blinds:
40,000/80,000
Ante:
80,000

Break Time

GeoffFisk • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Players are on a 15-minute break.