First time champion Mike Del Vecchio wins WPT Rolling Thunder. Cate Hall/Mike Dentale grudge match set for this Sunday. Check out these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

Del Vecchio Takes Down WPT Rolling Thunder

Mike Del Vecchio was victorious in the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event on Wednesday night with a prize $284,638 first place prize plus a spot in the WPT Tournament of Champions at the Seminole Hard Rock next month. De Vechio bested another 420 entrants to complete the California leg of the World Poker Tour.

The win on Wednesday was not only Vecchio’s first WPT title, but also his largest live cash. His previous best was a $51,377 score in May 2012 at the Grand Challenge Tournament Series in Las Vegas.

Here’s a look at the how the rest of the final table finished up:

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

The World Poker Tour now moves on to Seminole Hard Rock in Fort Launderdale, FL. The Showdown will be held on March 31st, which will be followed by the Hard Rock Poker Finale on April 2nd and the Tournament of Champions on April 7th.

Quick Hitters

– The highly anticipated Cate Hall vs Mike Dentale grudge match is set to take place this Sunday. You can catch the action live on the Poker Night in America Twitch channel beginning at 3 PM ET.

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– Bryn Kenney holds his lead on the GPI 2017 Player of the Year rankings while David Peters continues to hold his lead in the GPI 300. Notable movers and shakesr include Sergio Aido up to 2nd (in increase of 3 spots) in the POY standings and Samuel Panzica soaring from 25th to 5th in the GPI 300.

– Alex Weldon has a dissenting opinion on PokerStars All Stars promotion, the new cash-game league that rewards PokerStars most successful players.

– Watch the final table of the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event Day 2 below:

– Part 2 of 2 free poker training video on “How to Master PLO” series has been posted. The video covers starting hand examples, 3-betting and blind play.

Main photo from Joe Giron of the World Poker Tour