World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Event Through Day 1’sWednesday, March 7th, 2012 by Ryan
With Day 1B coming to an end on Tuesday night, we are now set for the combined fields from Day 1A to pair with Day 1B to come together for an excellent finish. A total of 222 players entered the event for Day 1B, but only 96 made it through the day. If you remember in this event, the player who is sitting at the top of the leader board after both opening days will receive a $10k bonus, and the winner on Tuesday was Christ Summers, who was holding a chip stack of 188,200 chips. Taylor von Kriegenbergh, who won the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown was close on his heels with 181,300 chips though. The leader at the end of Day 1A was Bryce Yockey, who had an incredibly impressive chip stack of 245,300 chips. In total, there were 364 players who bought into the opening round of the event, which makes for a prize pool of $3,458,000. This also means that the top 36 players will make the cash, and anyone who is able to get into the top six will win over $100k.
An additional part of this tournament that is incredibly appealing to players is the fact that there are different professional poker players that have bounties put on them. What this means is that if you are able to knock out one of these players you’ll get a $5k bonus as well. Day 1B featured 28 different players that had these bounties on them, and the Shooting Stars for the day were Scott Nguyen, Barry Greenstein, Antonio Esfandiari, Nam Le, Chau Giang, Jennifer Harman, Jason Mercier, Mike Sexton, Ben Lamb, Men Nguyen, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Scott Seiver, J.C. Tran, Eugene Katchalov, Todd Brunson, Fabrice Soulier, Alan Sternberg, Linda Johnson, Michael Mizrachi, Freddy Deeb, Matt Giannetti, Chino Rheem, Allen Cunningham, Chris Moorman, David Williams, Erick Lindgren, Allen Bari, and Marvin Rettenmaier. As you can tell from this list, there were quite a few big names who could be sent home.
Out of all of those names above, Mercier, Cunningham, Grospellier, Johnson, Tran, Rettenmaeir, Williams, Soulier, Seiver, Men Nguyen, Le, Giang, and Esfandiari made it through the day.
The levels are done a bit differently throughout this event as well, as the opening days feature only 60-minute levels, while the levels jump up to 90 minutes starting on Day 2. Then when the players get to Day 3 the levels are 120 minutes long. One other thing that is different about this event is the fact that once the players make it into the money (top 36), they will switch from nine handed play to six handed play for the remainder of the event.
Day 2 of the Shooting Stars event will play until they go through seven levels, or there are 18 players remaining in the event. Currently, there are 149 players left, so it will be interesting to see which of these two end up occurring first. Day 3 will then play down to the final table, and that final table will be set to play on Friday afternoon.