2015 WPT Rolling Thunder Day 1a: Erik Cajelais Carries the Flag

WPT Rolling Thunder

The third and final leg of the California Swing has begun with World Poker Tour (WPT) Rolling Thunder in Sacramento. Last year, hometown pro JC Tran won the $3,500 event for a little over $300,000 after proving to be the best of 456 entries.

Saturday saw 181 players buy a starting stack for Day 1a, and only about 69 of those players survived to guarantee their spot on Day 2. Of those who bagged a stack, Erik Cajelais was the sole notable Canadian with 54,100 chips to his name. Mike Leah, who currently leads the California Swing points leaderboard for his second- and 64th-place finishes in the two previous events, was also in the field, but was eliminated before the day concluded.

Leading the pack is Daniel Strelitz with 231,200 chips, followed by Eric Matulis (218,900) and Jordan Cristos (190,200). Darren Elias, David Miscikowski, JJ Liu, and Lily Kiletto can also be found within the top 10.

Others to have a successful Day 1a include David Sands, WPT Bay 101 Champion Taylor Paur, Shawn Cunix, Scotty Nguyen, Garrett Greer, Galen Hall, Anthony Zinno, and Mike Sexton, while those who will have to return for another shot on Day 1b include Marvin Rettenmaier, Mark Dube, defending champion JC Tran, Joe Kuether, Keven Stammen, Mukul Pahuja, Ryan Riess, Zo Karim, Paul Volpe, Dan Heimiller, Aaron Mermelstein, Allen Kessler, James Calderaro, Jared Jaffee, Jeff Madsen, and Dylan Wilkerson.

The second starting flight begins on Sunday at noon PT and PokerNews Canada will have another end-of-day recap for you with a focus on the Canadians in the field.

Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.

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