David Larson Wins WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event

Posted On 07 Mar, 2018 0

Season XVI of the WPT (World Poker Tour) Main Tour is currently underway and its latest stop was the WPT Rolling Thunder at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort, California. Just a few days back, we reported news of Dennis Blieden winning the 2018 WPT LA Poker Classic Championship, the previous WPT Main Tour stop, for $1 million.

The Rolling Thunder tournament was scheduled between 2nd to 6th March and the $3,500 buy-in Main Event saw a total of 440 entries, taking the total prizepool to $1,408,000. The event was ultimately taken down by San Jose's David Larson, who bagged $295,128 for the first place!

David Larson first played a live poker tournament over 20 years back but has never won a major live tournament in all those years, making this his career best live cash and taking his overall career earnings to $325,268. His highest live cash before this was just $11,500.

The biggest achievement for Larson would've been beating 2015 WSOP Main Event champion Joseph McKeehen, who won $7,683,346 in that single event and has over $14 million in live career earnings. Larson doubled up through him in three handed play a couple of times and sent him packing at third place for $131,081.

He was then up against Ian Steinman in heads up, who rose up to a 2:1 chip advantage at one stage. However, it was just 6 hands later that Larson had a 3:1 lead. In what turned out to be the final hand, the board opened A-J-6-A-Q and both players had gone all in. Steinman held pocket Kings but Larson's A-6 gave him aces full of sixes and made him richer by almost $300k.

Final results:

  1. David Larson - $295,128
  2. Ian Steinman - $201,428
  3. Joseph McKeehen - $131,081
  4. Ping Liu - $97,510
  5. Andreas Kniep - $69,650
  6. J. Alexander - $56,417
  7. Paul McCaffrey - $43,322
  8. Glenn Larson - $43,322
  9. Pat Lyons - $30,228

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Event Dates Buy In
Aussie Millions 2020 4 Jan - 24 Jan AUD 10,600
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WPT Philippines 2020 6 Feb - 17 Feb PHP 80,000
Asian Poker Tour (APT) Taiwan 2020 4 Mar - 15 Mar TBD