Abraham Meyers Wins WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley $400 No-Limit Hold’em Big-Blind Ante

SacramentoplayerAbrahamMeyersscoopedthe$400No-LimitHold’emBig-BlindAntetitleintheongoingWSOPCircuitThunderValleypokerfestivalforhisfirstcashintheseriesaswellashisfirstgoldring。

Thebrand-newWSOPCircuitchampcollected$14,969forhisruninthetournament。

Meyers’participationintheeventwasmarkedbygreatupsanddownsandsuccessfulnavigationthroughastackedfinaltable。

TheBig-BlindAnteeventdrew168entriestocreateaprizepoolof$55,440andbeatthe$50,000guarantee。

Therewerepayoutsforthetop18placesandminimumcasheswereworth$743。

Thetournamentwasplayedoverasingleday。

Itfeatured30-minutelevelsandregistrationremainedopenuntilthestartofthethirteenthlevelofplay。

Theunofficialten-handedfinaltableoftheeventwasreachedlateintothenight。

JordanMeltzerwasleadingthepackoftensurvivorswith614,000inchips。

BobMatherwastrailingnotfarbehindwith596,000。

BohaoZhuheldthethirdlargeststackatthetimewith352,000。

ItshouldbenotedthatMeltzermaintainedhischipleadthroughoutthefinaltableandallthewaydowntotheheads-upmatch。

Meyers’RunintheTournament

Meyersdidnotenjoyagoodstarttothefinaltable。

Theplayerwasamongtheshortstacksanddroppedevenfurtherdownthechipcountschartoverthecourseofplay。

Despitethat,hemanagedtoavoideliminationandtosuccessfullynavigatethroughastackedfinaltable。

Asmentionedearlier,itwasMeltzerwhodominatedactionduringthefinalstageofthetournament。

AnditwashimwhoMeyershadtofaceforafinalheads-upmatch。

Eventhoughhestartedatagreatdisadvantage,theeventualchampionwonakeypottodoubleupandtaketheleadshortlyafter。

Theplayerquicklyextendedhisleadandfinishedoffhisopponentwithinthecourseofseveralhands。

Meltzercollected$9,251forrunningdeepintothetournament。

Inhispost-victoryinterview,Meyerssaidthathegotlucky。

Luckwasindeedinvolved,butitshouldalsobenotedthatthebrand-newWSOPCircuitchampionwastheonlyonetoavoideliminationandtosurviveMeltzer’saggressiveapproaches,whichcertainlyrequiresagreatamountofskill,aswell。

OfhischoicetoentertheBig-BlindAntetournament,Meyerssaidthathelovedtheformatandthathewashappyithadgainedsomuchpopularityinrecentyears。

The$400Big-BlindAntewasmarkedasEvent#6onthescheduleoftheThunderValleyCasinostopoftheWSOPCircuit。

Therearesevenmoretournamentssettobeplayedaspartofthefestival,includingthe$1,700MainEventwithaguaranteedprizepoolof$500,000。

ThetournamentisscheduledtotakeplacefromSeptember15throughSeptember17。

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