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WSOPC Event #12: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

Denis Lee emerges as the Thunder Valley WSOP Circuit Main Event Champion. Last fall's WSOP Circuit in Lake Tahoe witnessed Denis Lee's remarkable performance. With three final tables, a WSOP Circuit ring, and approximately $20,000...

Thunder Valley WSOP Circuit Main Event Champion Denis Lee Denis Lee emerges as the Thunder Valley WSOP Circuit Main Event Champion.

Last fall's WSOP Circuit in Lake Tahoe witnessed Denis Lee's remarkable performance. With three final tables, a WSOP Circuit ring, and approximately $20,000 in tournament earnings, Lee had an impressive run. But it seems that was just the beginning.

On Monday at Thunder Valley, Lee surpassed all expectations by winning his second ring in just a few months. Not only did he claim victory, but he also took home a staggering $207,020 as the first prize. This win solidified his position as a formidable force in the poker world.

Lee's triumph is made even more impressive when considering his journey to the final table. On Day 1, he faced a decision that would shape his entire tournament experience. Despite being the first player at an under-filled table, he contemplated unregistering and returning for Day 1B instead. However, the Tournament Director convinced him to stay, assuring him that his stack of 80 big blinds would be valuable at the final table.

With that reassurance, Lee persevered and finished Day 1 with 322,000 chips, ranking 14th for the day. Little did he know that this decision would set the stage for his remarkable comeback.

Although Lee returned to Day 2 as the shortest stack, with only 7 big blinds, he refused to back down. His determination and skill propelled him forward. Within the first few minutes of play, he doubled his stack and never looked back. Lee steadily amassed chips, eventually making his way to the final table, where he found himself in an advantageous position as the fourth-largest stack.

Throughout the final table, Lee showcased his prowess. He doubled through his opponents, including Dann Turner, whose stack declined while Lee's soared. With pocket kings eliminating Joseph Spanne and pocket aces defeating Dan Sarasin's kings, Lee secured a stack of over ten million chips. From there, he effortlessly cruised towards victory.

Lee's win not only marked his highest-ever score but also concluded a record-breaking series at Thunder Valley. The popular Northern California casino witnessed numerous records shattered, including a staggering $1,124,130 prize pool, the largest ever for a WSOP Circuit Main Event held at the venue.

We hope you enjoyed our coverage of the Main Event and the thrilling WSOP Circuit Series at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. Stay tuned to instant.poker.org for continuous coverage of the WSOP Circuit throughout the season.

Caption: Thunder Valley WSOP Circuit Main Event Champion Denis Lee

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