Thunder Valley in NorCal hosts $100K guarantee Jan. 4

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Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s One Day $100K Series features the $460 buy-in $100K guarantee ‪Jan. 4.‬

Also, the WSOPC makes its second stop of the season at TVPokerRoom ‪Jan. 6-20‬, featuring a $500K guarantee $1,700 main event.

TURLOCK POKER ROOM: David Covarrubias became the first person to repeat as Player of the Series, earning the title in November’s 15th anniversary Semi-Annual Championship Series.

Covarrubias won by just one point over Ken Kajioka to earn entry into every Turlock tournament ‪until May 31‬.

Brent Parise held off Rick Peterson to win the $550 main event for $24,831. Other winners included Pradip Singh ($1,851, Event 1; $1,123 Event 7); Lucas Hinde ($3K, Event 2); Cris Dingle ($2,006, Event 3); Charles Schlinger ($2,631, Veterans Day), and Frank Coehlo ($651, Event 5).

Covarrubias won two tournaments in the same day: $125 Omaha/8 ($1,065, Event 8) and $125 Mexican Poker ($480).

LUCKY CHANCES CASINO: The Colma property paid more than $1M in the Lucky Chances Gold Rush series. Alex Greenblatt ($64,310) won the 612-entry $250K guarantee opener ($610 buy-in). Kulwant Singh ($29,760) held off a 468-entry field in winning Event 2 ($355), which had a $100K guarantee.

Jan. 26 is a $150K guarantee for $630 and 15K starting stacks.

LIMELIGHT CARDROOM: Every ‪Sunday at 3‬, players can win their way into a quarterly tournament via the Sunday cash qualifier. Winners of each qualifier earn a $175 entry into the quarterly event. The qualifier has an $85 buy-in with 12K starting stacks.

— Dan Ross, the northern California Ante Up Ambassador, is owner of Hold’em Media, including Hold’em Radio Podcast Network and the Hold’em Live Updates tournament reporting team.