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2007 WSOP Champ Jerry Yang Finishes 4th in Thunder Valley Circuit Main Event

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California wrapped up this week with Victor Paredes of Modesto, California taking down the $1,700 Main Event to earn his first career Circuit ring and a six-figure score of $169,294.

The tournament had two starting flights to attract a field of 587 total entries and generate a prize pool of $889,305, smashing the guaranteed half a million.

The latest WSOP stop in California lasted for nearly two weeks and consisted of 12 events, within buy-ins ranging from $250 to $3,250 to generate just under $2.1 million in prize pool money.

WSOP Thunder Valley Circuit Main Event Final Table Results

  PLACE PLAYER HOMETOWN PRIZE (in USD)
  1 Victor Paredes Modesto, California $169,294
  2 Garrett Anaya N/A $104,629
  3 Feiyue Wu California $77,294
  4 Jerry Yang Madera, California $57,772
  5 Lian Liu Pittsburg, California $43,694
  6 Salas Alam Hayward, California $33,445
  7 Vishnu Chada Santa Clara, California $25,912
  8 Dong Meng N/A $20,324
  9 Brian Foley Poulsbo, Washington $16,140

Home Court Win for Paredes

Victor Paredes
Victor Paredes

Paredes, who now has $317,102 in WSOP earnings to his name, secured the victory by defeating heads-up opponent Garrett Anaya, who earned a $104,629 payday for his runner-up finish and first live tournament poker result.

It’s been a good few months for Paredes, who in October finished second Event #50: Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack 8-Handed at the 2021 World Series of Poker after being denied his maiden bracelet by Chicago’s Darrin Wright. Instead, Paredes earned a payday of $78,604.

“I have won a lot of tournaments but I have never won one here,” the Californian said after his Thunder Valley victory. “Vegas, Reno, everywhere, except here, which doesn’t make any sense because it’s only an hour and a half away. So it’s been frustrating. But to finally get it done at the Main Event is a huge relief and excitement.”

Paredes added that he is happy to “get the monkey off of his back” by winning his first WSOP ring at his home casino.

Paredes and Anaya were joined at the final table by 2007 WSOP Main Event champion Jerry Yang, who entered the final day of play as chip leader but ultimately fell in fourth place. For his deep run, Yang earned $57,772 to pad his $8.3 million in lifetime earnings.

Other notable grinders who made deep runs in the Thunder Valley Main Event include Lian Liu (5th – $43,694), Jessica Vierling (13th – $10,572), Robert Angeleri (19th – $7,291) and seven-time ring winner Vincent Moscati (12th – $12,980).

Stewart, Nguyen Among Other Winners

Scott Stewart
Scott Stewart won his sixth ring at Thunder Valley

The Thunder Valley Circuit stop kicked off with Event #1: No-Limit Hold’em Seniors Event, which Bill Stephenson took down for his first-ever WSOP cash of $16,622. Next, China’s Chun Hai Teng earned his first WSOP cash and $70,359 by winning, Event #2: The Opener, which had the largest field of the series with 1,338 entries.

Scott Stewart of Lakewood, California earned his sixth Circuit ring by taking down Event #9: No-Limit Hold’em High Roller for $65,733. The Californian grinder also made a deep run in the Main Event, finishing in 15th place for $10,572.

Other players who earned rings at Thunder Valley this month include Kristi Nguyen of San Jose California, who took down Event #7: No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty for $9,326, as well as Turlock, California’s Damion Underwood, who won Event #8: No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack for $26,751.

A full table of ring winners at the 2021 World Series of Poker Circuit at Thunder Valley can be found below.

WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley Ring Winners

  DATE TOURNAMENT ENTRIES PRIZE POOL WINNER PRIZE
  January 13, 2022 Event #1: No-Limit Hold’em Seniors Event 206 $67,980 Bill Stephenson $16,622
  January 13, 2022 Event #2: The Opener 1,338 $441,540 Chun Hai Teng $70,359
  January 16, 2022 Event #3: No-Limit Hold’em 230 $75,900 Farzan Rahman $17,965
  January 17, 2022 Event #4: Omaha 8 150 $49,500 Terry Giles $13,125
  January 17, 2022 Event #5: No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed 174 $47,420 Romeo Velasquez $14,566
  January 18, 2022 Event #6: H.O.R.S.E. 78 $25,740 Jason Mayer $7,965
  January 18, 2022 Event #7: No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty 153 $50,290 Kristi Nguyen $9,326
  January 19, 2022 Event #8: No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack 379 $125,070 Damion Underwood $26,751
  January 20, 2022 #9: No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 69 $207,000 Scott Stewart $65,733
  January 21, 2022 Event #10: No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT 587 $889,305 Victor Paredes $169,294
  January 23, 2022 Event #11: 8-Handed Knockout 131 $65,500 William Northey $17,599
  January 24, 2022 Event #12: Series Finale 173 $34,600 Nicolas Garcia $8,874

*Images courtesy of WSOP.

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