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   Friday, July 12 2024 
WPT Rolling Thunder: Joe Serock, chipleader at the start of the Day 2

After the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, California has been the host of two other poker events of the World Poker Tour circuit since last week: the Bay 101 Shooting Star and the Rolling Thunder. The WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star ended by the victory of James Carroll, for a gain of more than $1.25M, while the Rolling Thunder continues its progress with the Day 2 of the Main Event. Hostilities started on last Friday at Thunder Valley Casino. 450 players came in the poker room of the gambling facility to participate in the Main Event with a buy-in of $3,500, such as Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari and Ludovic Lacay, eliminated by the opening of the tournament. The field is clearly lower than those registered by the WPT L.A. Poker Classic (534) and the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star (718), but the WPT Rolling Thunder has widely surpassed itself for a first edition.

At the end of the two first departure days, 190 players survived, with Joe Serock as chipleader. Joe Serock counts 261,800 chips at the start of the Day 2, followed by Benjamin Zamani (238,000) and David Forster (231,500). The rest of the field counts less than 200,000 chips but the tournament risks to be raised with the presence of several notable players, following the example of Scotty Nguyen, Jason Koon, Andy Frankenberger, Brandon Cantu, Faraz Jaka, Allen Kessler, Jeff Madsen, Amir Lehavot, Randy Lew, Scott Clements and Mohsin Charania. Andy Wilkerson is also a player to be watched carefully this week after his two places of runner-up in the WPT Fallsview and in the WPT Bay 101. The tournament guarantees 54 paid places for a minimum of $6,770, against $302,750 for the winner.

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