2021 WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley


The exciting conclusion to the 2020-2021 WPTDeepStacks season is this December 4-7 when the luxurious Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA welcomes the $2,500 WPTDeepStacks Championship.

This event features 30K in starting chips with hour levels plus a massive $1 Million Guaranteed prize pool and is sure to deliver an unparalleled player experience. The friendly and skilled staff at TV Poker Room are no strangers to hosting prestigious events with the World Poker Tour and you can be assured that the WPTDeepStacks Championship will be no exception.

This event not only gives players the chance to score a share of the $1 Million Guaranteed prize pool and experience the first class poker room at Thunder Valley, it also provides the opportunity to be featured LIVE on stream. The final 9 players in the $2500 WPTDeepStacks Championship will play to a winner on Monday December 7th and be featured live on twitch.tv/worldpokertour.

Team LearnWPT is here to help get your game in shape to take down this event with some strategy and tips below!

Get In On The Action...


The TV Poker Room at Thunder Valley in Lincoln, CA is welcoming players to their amazing resort and tournament venue with a full Championship festival of poker action starting on November 15th where players can satellite into the Main Event for as low as $100!

This action packed series is capped off with Day 1A of the WPTDeepStacks Championship Main Tour Event on December 4th. Re-entry Format - Day 1B on December 4th - Click for more info

📅 Main Event Schedule:

Day 1A: Saturday, December 4, 2021 starting at 12 p.m. PT
Day 1B: Sunday, December 5, 2021 starting at 12 p.m. PT
Day 2: Monday, December 6, 2021 starting at 12 p.m. PT
Final Day: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 starting at 12 p.m. PT (final table will be live streamed with a delay)

Prepare for The WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley


The Team of world-class professionals at LearnWPT are here to help you get ready for the $2,500 WPTDeepStacks Championship with some in-depth strategies for dealing with the pressure of big money and bright lights.

We’ll kick things off with one of the most talked about hands in poker history, featuring Joe McKeehan and Ian Steinman from the $5,000 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event at TV Poker Room. Check out the amazing hand below then watch the detailed analysis of this play from LearnWPT Instructor Nick Binger.

Ask Yourself... Can You Fold a Set of Kings?

Picture yourself in this scenario: You’ve been grinding for 4 days and are deep in the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event at TV Poker Room. You’ve reached the live stream final table and have a good chip stack.

You pick up pocket kings in the Cutoff and open raise. The Big Blind calls and bingo, you hit top set.

Time to double up and find a way to get it all-in! Wait, not so fast ...

Watch this Strategy Episode from Instructor Nick Binger as he breaks down this infamous hand between Ian Steinman and Joe McKeehan to show you the strategy Pros use to make these crucial folds.

Tour Term: What is a Hero Fold?


Hero Fold: verb
he·​ro fold \ˈhir-(ˌ)ō ˈfōld \

1) To fold your hand correctly in a spot where on the surface it appears you are highly likely to have the best hand.

LearnWPT and the World Poker Tour are excited to bring players Tour Terms, where we break down key strategy terms from the pages of WPT Live Updates to give you helpful tips to use in your next WPT tournament. Learn more about Tour Terms 3-Bet, Continuation Bet, and Check-Raise!

Need Help Making a Big Fold?

During any one hand of No-Limit Hold’em poker the advantage can change on the turn of a card. While you might be a huge favorite to start the hand holding pocket aces for example, after the board is dealt and all the bets are in the best starting hand in poker may often be reduced to the worst hand.

Every poker player has experienced the feeling that the momentum has shifted in a hand and that “something is up” when the opponent suddenly bets or raises. The skill that separates winning professionals from the rest of the field is knowing precisely when the advantage has shifted in the hand, and when to save chips for future spots.

Learn to make big folds while not being exploited by your aggressive opponents in this Strategy Episode from LearnWPT. Tune in as Nick Binger answers questions submitted by members with the Ask A Pro Feature and learn about how to play top set, what to do when your opponents don’t respect steal attempts, and the key factors you need to consider when deciding to fold a big hand.

The Other Side of The Coin - Hero Calling

Battling against tough players with the WPTDeepStacks Championship on the line also requires the ability to sniff out bluffs and stop aggressive opponents from stealing pots.

The most successful tournament players are constantly looking for opportunities to win uncontested pots without showdown and trying to run you over with aggression.

Poker legend and LearnWPT instructor Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger is no stranger to high profile final tables with massive prize pools on the line.

Tune in as the $100K Buy-in WPT Alpha 8 Champion shows you his thought process to narrow opponent hand ranges and sort through the noise to make the correct call when it matters most.

Your Practice Partner? - The Best Poker Player in The World

Now that you have some expert strategies from the world’s best poker players in your toolbox, it’s time to train you new skills vs the perfect opponent.

Get ready to make a deep run in the WPTDeepStacks Championship by playing these 5 hands from the WPT GTO Trainer. Practice this spot where you are in the steal position as the chip leader vs a tough Big Blind and prepare for your time to shine LIVE on stream.

Your goal is to get as close to ZERO EV loss with each decision.


At the WPTDeepStacks final table you minraise from the Cutoff as the chip leader with a 70BB stack & the Big Blind with 50BBs calls

As you play, remember these tips:

  • The Big Blind will likely call with a fairly wide range in this spot given direct pot odds
  • The Big Blind will flat call with some big hands preflop due to ICM pressure, even as strong as pocket Kings
  • You will be c-betting almost 100% when checked to using a smaller sizing
  • The Big Blind will lead the flop with a portion of their range to counter your small c-betting strategy - be prepared to continue vs most leads
  • Be cautious about building big pots with some stronger hands as the Big Blind’s range narrows significantly on later streets when they continue

P.S. After playing the hands get YOUR SCORE and learn the "why" behind the correct plays.

Need Some Final Table Tips?


Final Table Strategy can differ dramatically from the early stages of a tournament, especially with huge pay-jumps and the prestige that only comes with winning a World Poker Tour title. Often players are unprepared for the pressure that comes with playing in front of an audience and for potentially life-changing money at stake.

When you are facing the pressure of big pay jumps and the studio lights seem just a little too bright, it’s important to stay focused and make objective decisions.

Here are a few tips to help sharpen up your game for showtime!

  • Be aware of stack sizes and pay jumps at all times, even the slightest changes in stack sizes can shift strategy dramatically
  • When short stacks exist, there is extra pressure on the bigger stacks to avoid busting out
  • The chip leaders can use this extra pressure to win many pots while the short stack is in play
  • As a medium stack vs larger stacks be cautious with any bets and raises and try to take marginal hands to showdown passively
  • Preflop ranges shift quite a bit at final tables due to this effect with big stacks playing much wider ranges and medium stacks much narrower ranges
  • Do not be afraid to ramp up your aggression against players that are playing tight in the hopes of laddering up

The WPTDeepStacks Championship will feature a cards up live streamed final table on twitch.tv/worldpokertour,

Good Luck and Have FUN!

We hope you enjoyed these free strategies to prepare for the $2,500 WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley Casino this December 4-7, 2021!


Be sure to let us know if you use these strategies to make a big score and don’t be afraid to share your success on twitter @WPTDeepStacks, @learnwpt and @wpt. and use the hashtag #WPTDEEPSTACKS.

We’ll see you on the stream, live from Thunder Valley Casino at twitch.tv/worldpokertour!

Good luck and good playing,

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