Thunder Valley Casino Resort

ANTE UP NORCAL CLASSIC

October 16-22, 2017
Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Lincoln, California

About the Property

Thunder Valley Casino Resort, owned by the United Auburn Indian Community, is a AAA Four-Diamond resort just north of Sacramento, California's capital city. The resort features a 408-room luxury hotel, full casino, spa, seasonal pool, bar and entertainment area, golf course and nine restaurants, including High Steaks Steakhouse.

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Accommodations

  • Deluxe rooms measure 535 square feet with lavishly oversized marble bathrooms with European spa showers, separate soaking tub, makeup mirror, hair dryer, plush terrycloth robes, pillowtop mattress, 320-thread count linens, T1 wireless Internet, safe, iron/ironing board, coffee maker, refrigerator, large writing desk, three telephones, Sony stereo alarm clock with MP3 connection and 40-inch LCD flat-screen TV. One- and two-bedroom suites also available.
    Use code 1711016ANTE for discounted room rates

Amenities

  • Casino: Slots, table games and 24-table poker room (33 tables during tournaments). Gambling age is 21.
  • Golf: Whitney Oaks Golf Club is an 18-hole course 15 minutes from Thunder Valley
  • Dining: Feast Buffet, Thunder Cafe, Red Lantern (Asian), High Steaks Steakhouse and a food court
  • Other: Spa, seasonal pool, health club and entertainment venue on site.

Airport
Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is 36 miles from Thunder Valley. Also consider airports in nearby Reno, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.

Event Overview

By Scott Long

Come Oct. 16, Thunder Valley Casino Resort and the Ante Up Poker Tour will celebrate an annual anniversary of the first major tournament series for both brands - the Ante Up NorCal Classic.

“The Ante Up NorCal Classic was our first tour event back in 2012 and our first $1,000 buy-in,” said Ben Erwin, director of poker operations for Thunder Valley, near Sacramento, Calif. “We have definitely come a long way since then. The NorCal is a great reminder of how far poker has come in this region.”

And evidence of just how far it has come is easy to find, as the sixth Ante Up NorCal Classic, which runs Oct. 16-22, comes on the heels of the most successful Ante Up World Championship at Thunder Valley ever, which will be quickly followed by the first World Series of Poker Circuit event at Thunder Valley.

“This has been a remarkable year for events. It started back in March during WPT Rolling Thunder, then record-setting turnouts continued throughout the Ante Up Worlds and we expect the same for the WSOP Circuit,” Erwin said. “I’m sure it will continue during the NorCal and then the WPT Deepstacks Championship at the end of the year. It’s definitely a privilege to bring these events to the Northern California region and see so many people visit and play.”

While the Ante Up World Championship has expanded to three weeks of play, the NorCal is specifically designed to be a shorter and more accessible series, though still featuring the highlight of any Ante Up Poker Tour series - the Main Event champion appearing on the cover of Ante Up Magazine.

“The NorCal is a one-week series and includes some of our most popular events, like the Action 8 and the Change Up,” Erwin said. “I have offered the Main Event at $500 and $1,000 buy-ins. This year, it will be a one-flight, $1,100 event with a structure that will only be offered in this event during 2017. Some of the antes are different from what is considered standard and we are trying to play to the money in Day 1. One conversation that seem pretty consistent is that players would like to get to the money in Day 1 in events at the $1,000 price point and below. Some of the tweaks that have been made should allow us to do exactly that.”

The Change Up, which debuted during the Ante Up World Championship, switches to a six-handed shootout format when 24 players remain, with the winners of each table facing off in a heads-up bracket. The Action 8 has proved to be popular as well, as players start with 20,000 units in an eight-handed format with antes starting right away. Six other no-limit hold’em events are on the schedule, including two bounty events, and also a limit Omaha/8 event.

And as always, Thunder Valley Casino Resort proves to be a tremendous backdrop to a poker series, with AAA Four Diamond luxury that makes it an attractive stop for traveling players, especially those in the Bay Area and Reno. Thunder Valley features a Las Vegas-style casino, 408 oversized and well-appointed guest rooms, a spa with complimentary steam room and sauna access for hotel guests, seasonal pool and a wide variety of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, including the signature High Steaks Steakhouse, to keep players entertained when away from the poker table, as well as plenty of cash game action in the poker room.

“The partnership with Ante Up has simply been amazing,” Erwin said. “It’s wonderful to have a national publication that brings so much attention to our events and has helps us build our following long before we knew what we are doing today was even possible.”

Schedule

  • Monday, Oct. 16, 5 p.m. - EVENT #1: $160 No-Limit Hold’em @TVPokerRoom Kickoff ($20,000 guaranteed)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m. - EVENT #2: $125 No-Limit Hold’em no antes ($7,500 guaranteed)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5 p.m. - EVENT #3: $160 No-Limit Hold’em Changeup ($10,000 guaranteed)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. - EVENT #4: $125 No-Limit Hold’em Knockout ($7,500 guaranteed)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 5 p.m. - EVENT #5: $160 Limit Omaha/8 ($10,000 guaranteed)
  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. - EVENT #6: $125 No-Limit Hold’em ($7,500 guaranteed)
  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m. - EVENT #7: $235 No-Limit Hold’em Stacked ($20,000 guaranteed)
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em ($150,000 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, noon - MAIN EVENT DAY 2: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em ($150,000 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. - EVENT #9: $260 No-Limit Hold’em Action 8 ($10,000 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. - EVENT #10: $160 No-Limit Hold’em Knockout

Structures

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Satellites

  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. - $130 (1 in 10 win Main Event seat, three seats guaranteed)
  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. - $65 (1 in 5 win $250 Main Event step seat, five seats guaranteed)
  • Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. - $65 (1 in 5 win $250 Main Event step seat, five seats guaranteed)
  • Saturday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m. - $65 (1 in 5 win $250 Main Event step seat, five seats guaranteed)
  • Saturday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m. - $250 (1 in 5 win Main Event seat, 10 seats guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. - $130 (1 in 10 win Main Event seat, three seats guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. - $130 (1 in 10 win Main Event seat, three seats guaranteed)
  • Monday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. - $65 (1 in 5 win $250 Main Event step seat, five seats guaranteed)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m. - $65 (1 in 5 win $250 Main Event step seat, five seats guaranteed)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m. - $65 (1 in 5 win $250 Main Event step seat, five seats guaranteed)
  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m. - $65 (1 in 5 win $250 Main Event step seat, five seats guaranteed)
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. - $130 (1 in 10 win Main Event seat, three seats guaranteed)
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 3 p.m. - $65 (1 in 5 win $250 Main Event step seat, five seats guaranteed)
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m. - $250 (1 in 5 win Main Event seat, 20 seats guaranteed)
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 8:30 p.m. - $250 turbo (1 in 5 win Main Event seat, five seats guaranteed)
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m. - $250 turbo (1 in 5 win Main Event seat, five seats guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. - $65 (1 in 5 win Event #9 seat, eight seats guaranteed)

History

This will be the 10th Ante Up Poker Tour event at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, counting the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Ante Up World Championships.

Ante Up NorCal Classic, Nov. 22-27, 2016

    Event #1 - Champion: Bill Watchman
    Event #2 - Champion: Brendan Thomson
    Event #3 - Champion: Matthew Boddorf
    Main Event - Champion: Michael Loncar
    Event #5 - Champion: Edmund Castles
    Event #6 - Champion: Bienvinedo Rosal

Ante Up NorCal Classic, Nov. 22-29, 2015

    Event #1 - Champion: Moshn Said
    Event #2 - Champion: Jeffrey Spiesman
    Event #3 - Champion: Greg Alaways
    Event #4 - Champion: Jeffrey Roy
    Event #5 - Champion: Michael Postle
    Event #6 - Champion: Jonathan Willis
    Event #7 - Champion: Casey Cornilson
    Event #8 - Champion: Prabkahar Thonduru
    Event #9 - Champion: Rasul Shevchenko
    Event #10 (Main Event) - Champion: Andy Pham
    Event #11 - Champion: Chet Sickle
    Event #12 - Champion: Michael Durzan

Ante Up NorCal Classic, Nov. 25-30, 2014

  • Event #1 - Champion: Rasul Shevchenko
  • Event #2 - Champion: Claiborne Carter
  • Event #3 - Champion: Sue Xiong
  • Event #4 - Champion: Thomas Riggs
  • Event #5 (Main Event) - Champion: Michael Loncar
  • Event #6 - Champion: John Sheehan

Ante Up NorCal Classic, Nov. 7-17, 2013

  • Event #1 - Champion: Edward Feldman
  • Event #2 - Champion: Jeremy Moore
  • Event #3 - Champion: Peter Truong
  • Event #4 - Champion: Rudy Puente
  • Event #5 - Champion: Jed Nelson
  • Event #6 - Champion: Tam Doung
  • Event #7 - Champion: Scott Long
  • Event #8 - Champion: Matthew Boddorf
  • Event #9 - Champion: Scott Long
  • Event #10 - Champion: Amber Chatwin
  • Event #11 - Champion: Stuart Crooks
  • Event #12 - Main Event - Champion: Daniel Evans
  • Event #13 - Champion: Zack Fleury

Ante Up NorCal Classic, Nov. 19-30, 2012

  • Event #1 - Champion: Shannon Kahahane
  • Event #2 - Champion: Andrew Grove
  • Event #3 - Champion: Nasrullah Afridi
  • Event #4 - Champion: Samuel Hudson
  • Event #5 - Champion: Shawn Roberts
  • Event #6 - Champion: Scott Long
  • Event #7 - Champion: Aaron Perkins
  • Event #8 - Champion: Ryan Ordonez
  • Event #9 - Main Event - Champion: Huan Cung