On the heels of James Carroll’s Bay 101 Shooting Star $1.25 million victory, the World Poker Tour party bus continues into the third leg of the WPT’s newly minted “California Swing.” The first ever WPT Rolling Thunder event attracted 465 runners to Sacramento’s Thunder Valley Casino just outside of Sacramento for their $3200 + $300 event.
With an almost $1.5 million dollar prize pool, the winner of the inaugural Rolling Thunder event will take home just over $302k while those who sneak into the cash (54 players paid) will roughly double their cash at $6770 for a mincash.
While some of the top tier players like Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Will “The Thrill” Failla and Jonathan Little have gone busto, there are still plenty of notable players headed into Day 2 with healthy chip stacks.
Joe Serock leads the way, but is followed closely by WPT Champions Andy Frankenberger, Mohsin Charania, Scott Clements, Scotty Nguyen, Nam Le and Brandon Cantu. Big names like Jason Koon, Jeff Madsen, Allen Kessler, Pat Lyons, Amir Lehavot, Candice Collins, and LAPC Final Tablist Michael Rocco are still in the hunt.
No word on if this nice lady is still in.
Action picks back up today at 12:00pm PST when the two days combine and it’s expect that the 190 returning players (combined fields) will play down into the money. For all the action, check out the World Poker Tour Live Updates page.