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Lon McEachern takes home his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring

He’s been one of the World Series of Poker’s key speakers for the past two decades, and now he’s earned a spot on the felt.

Lon McEachern won the WSOP Circuit in his own poker club, Thunder Valley Casino. He received $15,500 and a ring for finishing last of 181 in yesterday’s $400 Senior tournament, which was designed for players 50 and older.

McEachern, 68, spends hundreds of hours a year in front of the microphone as part of the long-running WSOP announcing duo, but this is his first WSOP victory.

Ben Erwin, Thunder Valley’s director of Poker Operations, met with McEachern after his victory (by the way, a Happy Birthday to Erwin).

“You know, Norman Chad doesn’t have one of these,” he said, needling his bedraggled broadcast colleague. “That’s all I have to say.”

McEachern started the final table sixth in chips, with a nice 25 large blind stack, and informed Erwin that the whole day had gone his way. Despite the fact that his stack was threatened multiple times, he never had to “come from behind.”

“It was nearly effortless,” he remarked. “The tables were excellent. The Senior tournament had a fantastic vibe throughout the day. Everyone was laughing at every table.”

The top eight:

Lon McEachern, $15,008
Calvin Norman, $9,276
Michael Peters, $6,485
Anthony Banuelos, $4,633
Nathan Fitzgerald, $3,835
Gregory Agren, $2,530
Jena Venturini, $1,935
Paul Richardson, $1,516
Thunder Valley has some nice figures.
The Thunder Valley WSOP Circuit stop started yesterday with the Seniors event and continues today with a $400 buy-in no-limit event with a $250K guarantee.

Prior to the Circuit series, Thunder Valley’s poker facility hosted the Champagne Series, which included six tournaments that drew large audiences.

Last weekend’s $600 main event exceeded its $200K guarantee on the first day, with 586 participants pushing the prize pool over $300K. Sue Xiong took home the top prize of $57,000.

Located north of Sacramento, California, the 24-table poker club has been a frequent destination for the WSOP in recent years.

It’s also a stop on the World Poker Tour, which returns to Thunder Valley with the WPT Rolling Thunder, a $3,200 tournament from March 31 to April 4.

A “kick-off” series begins on March 14, although the entire schedule has not yet been revealed.

It’s also a stop on the Run Good Poker Series (RGPS), which concluded its 2022 season in Thunder Valley in December with a $2,500 $1 million guaranteed tournament.

With 417 entries, Brett Murray won $172K.

The poker room also has a respectable daily poker schedule, with tournaments taking place on Fridays through Tuesdays. Purchases begin at $75. Satellites to its higher buy-in events are also held.

The Thunder Valley WSOP Circuit tournament continues till January 23. A total of 13 rings will be awarded in Northern California, with the $1,700 $500K guaranteed Main Event beginning on January 20th. The day prior, a $3,250 high-roller tournament is set to begin.

The Series starts off a very hectic year for the WSOP Circuit.

Lon, congratulations!


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