Returning to Thunder Valley Casino Resort for the fourth consecutive year is the NorCal Classic. The series will run from Nov. 21 to 29 and offer 12 events with over $300,000 in guaranteed payouts.
The event was first held back in 2012 as the first $1K tournament at Thunder Valley and had over 340 entries. This year, the very popular $400 buy-in, one day $100,000 guaranteed prize pool will be held on Nov. 21. The NorCal Classic is a $1,100 buy-in with a $150,000 guarantee.
“This is one of the deepest $1K events around,” said Ben Erwin, poker director at Thunder Valley. “Players will start with 30,000 in chips and 40 minute levels. Then the levels increase to 60 minutes when we are one table away from the money.”
World Poker Tour
California Swing Kickoff
Also returning to Thunder Valley Casino Resort is the World Poker Tour California Swing Satellite Kickoff promotion. The series will take place Jan. 1, 2, and 3. A full schedule of $100 satellites are offered through the month of December, allowing players to earn entry into the $400 buy-in, One Day $100K event on Jan. 2 and the $400 WPT Rolling Thunder Super Mega Satellite on Jan. 3. These satellites give players the rare chance to “win them before you can buy them”; with direct buy-in registration not opening until Dec. 31.
“The WPT Rolling Thunder Super Mega is the most lucrative satellite we have ever offered with 20 $3,500 entries guaranteed,” said Erwin. “The $100 satellites give players the unique opportunity to win an entry to both the very popular One Day $100K and the WPT Rolling Thunder Super Mega.”
First Saturday Guaranteed Deep Stack and Mega Satellites
Thunder Valley hosts their First Saturday $40,000 Guaranteed Deep Stack on Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. The $300 buy-in event begins at 11:00 a.m. with 15,000 in chips to start, and 30 minute levels. Registration opens at 1:00 p.m. the day prior to each event. First Saturday Mega Satellites take place the Friday prior to each event at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. There is a $60 buy-in with 4,000 chips to start and every six entries generates a $300 seat.
Special Holiday Tournaments
The next special holiday tournament will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11:00 a.m. in celebration of Veterans Day. Thunder Valley will celebrate with a no-limit Hold’em $15,000 guarantee. Buy-in is $125 and players receive 10,000 chips to start. Registration opens at 1:00 p.m. the day prior.
Thunder Valley Casino Resort is located just off I-80 in Lincoln at the Highway 65 exit. For more information about the casino and specifics regarding upcoming poker tournaments, please visit their website at www.thundervalleyresort.com or call 916-408-7777 x8910.