WPT Rolling Thunder Championship Takes Place March 23-26 in NorCal

WPT Rolling Thunder Championship Takes Place March 23-26 in NorCal

Thunder Valley Casino Resort is a popular World Poker Tour (WPT) destination, and it will play host to the $3,500 buy-in WPT Rolling Thunder Championship from March 23-26.

The event in Lincoln, California, a town near Sacramento, always attracts large fields. Prior to the Main Tour championship event, the WPT Rolling Thunder series, which begins March 7, features 21 events with buy ins ranging from $200 to $3,500.

Can Scott Eskenazi Defend Title?

The 2023 WPT Rolling Thunder attracted 590 entrants, with Scott Eskenazi winning it for $361,600 to join the WPT Champions Club. He defeated Jeremy Joseph ($234,000) heads up to finish it off. World Poker Tour commentator Tony Dunst also reached the final table, but was eliminated in sixth place for $73,400.

2023 WPT Rolling Thunder Final Table Results

1Scott Eskenazi$361,600
2Jeremy Joseph$234,000
3Alejandro Jauregui$172,000
4Albert Tapia$128,000
5Victor Paredes$97,000
6Tony Dunst$73,400

Day 1 will begin at 11 a.m. on March 23, and it will be the only starting flight available. At the same time on March 24, Day 2 kicks off for those who bagged chips the previous night. Days 3 and 4 are set to follow also at 11 a.m. each day, with the final table scheduled for March 26.

Players will begin the tournament with 50,000 chips and play 60-minute blind levels all the way up until heads up play starts. The blinds will switch to 30 minutes once the tournament has reached its final two players. On Day 1, eight levels will take place before bagging chips, and there isn't a planned dinner break scheduled.

The WPT Rolling Thunder series kicks off March 7 with a $300 buy in no-limit hold'em tournament that has a $50,000 minimum guaranteed prize pool. Other series highlights include an $1,100 no-limit hold'em deepstack event (March 14), which promises at least $1 million in the pot. On March 22, the one-day $1,100 pot-limit Omaha tournament should bring out plenty of PLO lovers to Thunder Valley. You can view the full series schedule below.

WPT Rolling Thunder Series Schedule

Start DateEventDays
7-Mar$300 No-Limit Hold'em $50K GTD1
8-Mar$300 No-Limit Hold'em1
9-Mar$500 No-Limit Hold'em $100K GTD1
10-Mar$300 No-Limit Hold'em 30/30/30 $30K GTD1
10-Mar$300 No-Limit Hold'em $100K GTD*4
11-Mar$200 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout $10K GTD1
12-Mar$200 Omaha 81
13-Mar$200 No-Limit Hold'em 20/20/20 $20K GTD1
14-Mar$200 No-Limit Hold'em Seniors1
14-Mar$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack $1 Million GTD*4
17-Mar$570 No-Limit Hold'em $50K GTD2
18-Mar$500 H.E.R.O.S.1
18-Mar$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Jacked Stack $250K GTD*4
19-Mar$500 Omaha 81
20-Mar$500 Big O1
21-Mar$500 T.O.E.1
21-Mar$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em $100K GTD2
22-Mar$1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha1
23-Mar$3,500 WPT Rolling Thunder Championship4
24-Mar$1,500 WPT Bounty Confidential $100K GTD2
25-Mar$500 No-Limit Hold'em Eight Max1
26-Mar$300 No-Limit Hold'em1


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