Sorel Mizzi is Runner-Up at WPT Rolling Thunder

Sorel Mizzi

World Poker Tour’s (WPT) three-leg California Swing has concluded with WPT Rolling Thunder in Sacramento. Mike Del Vecchio from New York was the winner, pocketing $284,638.

The $3,500 event kicked off on March 11 with Day 1a and Sorel Mizzi (86,600) was the only Canadian WPT recorded as bagging chips at the end of play.

The following day, Ari Engel (105,600) finished with chips and registration closed with a total of 421 entries, creating a prize pool of $1,347,200.

Ari Engel managed to slip into the money, earning a min-cash of $5,862 for finishing in 49th place, leaving Canada’s hopes on Sorel Mizzi.

Mizzi delivered. He was still holding chips when the final table of six players was set. Mike Del Vecchio started the final day as the chip leader with 4,270,000 chips while Sorel Mizzi was in third with 2,283,000. Connor Drinan was still in the running with 1,349,000, and the one previous WPT Champion, Olivier Busquet, was the short stack with 676,000.

As the play got going on the final day, Sorel Mizzi kept Canadian hopes alive all the way down to heads-up play which began with Mike Del Vecchio holding nearly a two-to-one chip lead. Mizzi pulled up to even by Del Vecchio took back the lead before all the chips went in for the final time.

Mizzi quickly called all in on the turn after check-raising with {7-Spades}{4-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{4-Spades} on the table. He held {6-Spades}{5-Spades} for a combo draw while Del Vecchio had {5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} for trips. The river of {j-Hearts} wasn’t one of the cards Mizzi needed, and he was eliminated in second place for $190,105.

2017 WPT Rolling Thunder Final-Table Results

1Mike Del Vecchio$284,638
2Sorel Mizzi$190,105
3Steve Tabb$122,296
4John Hadley$81,930
5Olivier Busquet$63,013
6Connor Drinan$52,222

Next up on the WPT circuit is the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Florida. It runs March 31 to April 5 and also has a buy-in of $3,500. We’ll have a report of the event when it concludes, focusing on the Canadian contingent.

Photos courtesy of WPT.

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