Paur Swings for Back-to-Back at WPT Rolling Thunder, Leads Again

Taylor Paur
Taylor Paur: Remembers how to run deep.

As the old saying goes, "the cards have no memory" in poker.

Every hand is a new beginning and just because you got hit with the deck 15 minutes ago doesn't mean you'll get anything playable for the next three hours.

Players definitely have memories, though, and Taylor Paur has clearly kept a few at the front of his mind on how to win a WPT main event.

Coming off a huge $1.2m win at WPT Bay 101 last week Paur is right back in contention to win another after Day 2 at WPT Rolling Thunder in Sacramento.

Paur is the chip leader with just 18 players left, putting him position to not just make another WPT final table but collect another WPT trophy, Hublot watch and, this time, a $266k payday.

Elias, Gimbel, Cristos Make It Interesting

Paur's path to a second consecutive WPT title is still blocked by a few seasoned pros more interested in winning it all themselves.

Darren Elias
Darren Elias: Also remembers how to win a WPT title.

Just behind Paur's 1.4m chips are Phillip Hui with 1.067m and fellow WPT Bay 101 final tablist Ravee Mathi at 1.058m.

2015 PCA High Roller runner-up Joe Kuether, former PCA Main Event champ Harrison Gimbel and veteran pro JJ Liu are also still around as are tanking "villain" Jordan Cristos, Ari Engel and Darren Elias - himself a back-to-back WPT champion.

The Top 6 and chip counts:


  • 1. Taylor Paur 1,400,000
  • 2. Phillip Hui 1,067,000
  • 3. Ravee Mathi 1,058,000
  • 4. Joe Kuether 978,000
  • 5. Jeff Griffiths 958,000
  • 6. Rex Clinkscales 807,000

Action picks up again at 12 pm PT and will play down to a final six; follow along live with the WPT Live Updates.

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