World Poker Tour’s Bay 101 Shooting Stars BeginsMonday, March 5th, 2012 by Ryan
The World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic was a hit as usual, and it drew in a first place prize of over $1.3 million, which definitely drew the attention of the poker world. While the event just came to an end this past week, the players won’t get much of a rest as they’ll move up the coast of California for the next big time event on the schedule for the World Poker Tour. This event is none other than the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Stars Event, which definitely is right up there with the likes of the LA Poker Classic and a few others at the top in terms of popularity.
The event features two Day One’s because of the large number of entrants that it will typically draw, and the first of those Day 1’s began on Monday afternoon. The format of the tournament is part of what makes it so popular, as the event features specific players that have bounties on them if you are able to knock them out of the event. The bounties for these players are $5k. On top of that though, the player who leads in chips at the end of each of the two Day One’s will also receive a nice $10k bonus for being at the top of the leader board at the end of the day. This means that these players who end the opening days in first will be playing for free, while if you are able to knock off two “Shooting Stars” then you’ll be playing for free as well!
As far as players who’ll have the bounties on them, it’ll include many different ones on each of the opening Day One’s. For the opening day, Phil Hellmuth, Joe Hachem, and Jonathan Duhamel will headline the players, while it’ll also include players like Mike Matusow, Liv Boeree, Kathy Liebert, Mario Ho, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Vanessa Selbst, and Christian Harder. As you can tell from this list, there are quite a few big names and players who players will definitely be looking to send home early in the day to get their $5k prize.
Day 1B will feature players like Scotty Nguyen, Allen Cunningham, Barry Greenstein, Men “The Master” Nguyen, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, and Alan Sternberg as the headlining players. Mike Sexton is another interesting player who’ll have a bounty on him, as he’s currently a World Poker Tour commentator, and also a part of the current Poker Hall of Fame. Sexton made the final tabel of this event last year as well.
Another difference to this tournament in comparison to many others is the fact that once the action reaches 36 players remaining, it will switch over to six handed actoin all the way to the finish. The standard way that the World Poker Tour does these events is by playing nine handed down to the final table, which will only include six players as well. The event last year drew in 415 total players, and it looks like we should be poised to have an even higher number than that this year.