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San Jose

Shooting Star tournament

by Todd Brunson |  Published: Jun 11, 2009


As I say every year, the Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament in San Jose is my favorite tournament of the season. They send a jet to pick us up, they have multiple bounties, they have a friendly and knowledgeable staff, they actually pay the “stars” an appearance fee, they have the most enthusiastic poker fans in the country, and they let a mentally challenged man (Matt Savage) run the whole show! (Although his wife, Mary Ann, keeps him on a tight leash.) I’ve always played hard and tried to win there, but I’m not sure that I’ve always played my best. Sometimes I decide to gamble when I probably should wait. Sometimes I put on the brakes when my table calls for uber-aggression. And sometimes I’ll say something to myself like, “Well, I don’t want to come back tomorrow as a short stack, so I’m going to either get chips ...

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