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Ravee Mathi claimed his first ever WPT title - WPT Rolling Thunder event

Ravee Mathi stole the show at the Thunder Valley Casino (Dublin, CA) by finishing first-place at the WPT Rolling Thunder event. About a week earlier, he had sixth-placed the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Stars event. Hence, he deprived Taylor Paur from a second straight title win. The latter had a great chance to join Anthony Zinno, Darren Elias and Marvin Rettenmaier in the closed circle of two-time straight WPT title holders. However, he was kicked to 3rd place. Held in the Thunder Valley Casino’s poker room, the $ 3,500 buy-in WPT Rolling Thunder event saw 379 players in the hunt for the title. And only six would make it through the final table.



Jeff Griffiths found his own run cut after playing a bunch of hands at the final battle. He went home with $ 50,291. Rex Clinkscales was the next player to be sent to the rail. Fallen to 5th place, his first WPT final table appearance would allow him to earn $ 62,864. This is also the first WPT event for Harrison Gimbel. He finished 4th place for $ 83,818. It was an outstanding achievement for this poker enthusiast. With his freshly acquired WPT Bay 101 event win, Taylor Paur had his heart set on a second straight WPT victory. Against his will, it was a bad day as he was sent to 3rd place for $ 113,154 by the eventual winner of this poker tournament, Ravee Mathi. Mathi entered the face-to-face clash with confidence. Facing Jesse Rockowitz, Mathi’s impressive 4.5-1 chip lead was great enough to secure his WPT title. Ravee Mathi cashed the first prize of $ 268,857 while runner-up Rockowitz consoled himself with $ 176,018.

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