The 2012 Players Championship series at Thunder Valley Casino Resort concluded last month and was a huge success. The Championship event attracted participants from all over Northern California and Nevada, resulting in nearly 500 entries with a total prize pool of $184,500.
“The Players Championship was our most successful tournament to date,” said Ben Erwin, poker room director at Thunder Valley. “Our goal at Thunder Valley is to continually provide our loyal poker players with prizes and tournaments that no one else in the region can match and we certainly accomplished our goal. I would like to thank each participant for making the trip out to Thunder Valley and send big congratulations to our winner, Candida Ross Powers of Sacramento.”
The annual Players Championship features guaranteed winnings and low buy-ins rarely seen in Northern California. The series offered a variety of games, including bounty tournaments, Omaha, H.O.R.S.E and a six-handed event.
Back by popular demand, the Five Diamond World Poker Classic satellite events are up and running now through Oct. 18 at Thunder Valley, totaling $59,300 in cash and prizes and awarding 80 winners.
This year, Thunder Valley will be sending three lucky guests to Las Vegas to play in the $10,000 buy-in Five Diamond World Poker Classic. Each of the three guests will also win $2,500 in cash.
Guests can qualify now through Oct. 5. One hundred hours are required to play in the level one satellite and 200 hours are required to play in the level two satellite. The 200 satellite will award two seats to the Five Diamond event. Players can earn double hours from 2:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Thunder Valley is also announcing its “On the Clock Four of a Kind Bonus.” Starting Sept. 4, guests can win $200 to $500 for a lucky four of a kind every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Football season also brings the new Monday Night Blitz promotion. During Monday Night Football games from Sept. 10 to Dec. 17 guests can win their share of $2,500. At opening kickoff and at the end of regulation, four tables will each be randomly selected and guests play for a bonus $100 in chips. Also, at the start of the second, third, and fourth quarters, two winners will be randomly selected and at 10:00 p.m. one winner selected. They will instantly win $100 to $500.
Every day throughout the year, guests can experience live poker in Thunder Valley’s Poker Room which features 21 tables with 210 seats, plasma screens on the walls, and cocktail service. Thunder Valley offers a full spread of Omaha and Texas Hold’em, with a variety of limit and no-limit games, along with daily tournaments and special events.
Thunder Valley Casino 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.thunder valleyresort. com or call 916-408-7777 ext. 8910.