Mimi Luu (pictured) topped a record field of 425 players to win the WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley Main Event on Monday at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California. Luu was awarded $82,900 in prize money and a $3,000 WPTDS Championship package after winning a quick final table that clocked in at just under five hours of play. “Baby! Baby! I’m very blessed, I can’t believe I made it, this is just amazing. Baby, lately I’ve been running hot, and I’m very blessed,” said an excited Luu after the victory.
Cards got into the air at Noon between the final nine players, and the early stretch of play saw three quick eliminations. Prasad Inamdar (ninth place), Mario Sequeira (eighth place), and TJ Eisenmann (seventh place) fell in quick succession, but then a prolonged stretch of six-handed play took over as the remaining players blinded down to short stacks all around the table.
After the elimination of Dann Turner in sixth place, the final five players decided to a five-way chop, and played it out for the $3,000 WPTDS Championship package, WPTDS Player of the Year points, and an extra $2,500 on top to the winner. Here is the breakdown of the chop.
Wilson Tolon – $55,930
Mimi Luu – $44,024
Kenny Lee – $42,639
Niv Decalo – $40,679
James Maxey – $37,133
Action picked up again after that, and we lost Kenny Lee (fifth place) and Niv Decalo (fourth place) on the same hand, and then Wilson Tolon followed them to the rail in third place.
James Maxey took 2.8 million into heads-up play against the 7.85 million of Mimi Luu, and the heads-up final was a short one. Their was only one all-in confrontation, and it started when Maxey moved all in preflop on the button with Kc5c in the hole. Luu called with 9c9s, and the board was dealt QcTd2s4h8c. Maxey was eliminated in second place after a deep run in the tournament.
Luu won the tournament and took home $82,900 in prize money along with the WPTDS trophy, and a $3,000 WPTDS Championship package for the WPTDS Championship event that will take place right here at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in December. Congratulations to our newest WPTDS champion – Mimi Luu!