Thunder Valley hosts Heartland Poker Tour in January

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Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s Up the Ante Poker Room continues to bring some of the best tournament series to Northern California. Thunder Valley is teaming with the Heartland Poker Tour again with a series that will run Jan. 17-26, capped off by a $1,650 nationally televised main-event final table.

The World Poker Tour also will be heading to Thunder Valley for the first time in its history from March 15-19 with a $3,500 main event, which will be nationally televised and hosted by poker legends Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten. WPT executive tour director Matt Savage will join Thunder Valley’s director of poker Ben Erwin in overseeing the event. Check back here next month for an in-depth story on Savage.

Thunder Valley is cementing itself as the top spot in Northern California for tournament poker with its pristine 21-table poker room run by some of the most knowledgeable and player-friendly staff in the industry.

If you plan on coming to Thunder Valley Casino Resort, you will be pleasantly surprised in not only the gaming but the culinary options, which include an amazing four-diamond steakhouse (High Steaks) and the Red Lantern Asian restaurant, both of which add to the allure of the Lincoln, Calif., property.

AVIATOR CASINO: World Series of Poker satellites begin this month at the Delano, Calif., cardroom. The events boast fine structures and a guaranteed prize pool of $12K, plus a private jet ride to Las Vegas. Call 661-721-7770 for details. Also, on Feb. 7, there will be a H.E.A.R.T.S Connection charity tournament. Start time is 6:30 p.m. and buy-in is $60 with $20 rebuys and add-ons. Call 661-328-9055 ext. 222 for more info.

BAY 101: On Jan. 4 at 9 a.m., there will be a $250 mega satellite to win a $7,500 World Poker Tour Shooting Star seat plus cash. Kai Chang won the last Shooting Star main event in 2013, pocketing nearly $1.14 million after beating nearly 645 players. This year’s event runs March 10-14.

500 CLUB CASINO: The poker room is offering a new $40 ante-only NLHE event on Mondays at 10 a.m. You start with 6K chips and 20-minute rounds. There will be $20 rebuys for 6K chips, but you must be out of chips to rebut.

— Email Garrett Roth at roth@anteupmagazine.com.