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Busted by the Bay!

A-K vs. A-10

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: May 06, 2011


The World Poker Tour rolled into the Bay Area in the middle of March. Last year, I made the final table of the Bay 101 event, only to fall short of my ultimate goal of winning the whole enchilada when I finished in sixth place. My Q-Q fell to my opponent’s A-J when an ace hit on the river; and although I managed to shake everyone’s hand afterward and smile, I collapsed in a heap after I walked off the stage. Five days of playing great poker went down the tubes in an instant! Well, at least my collapse made for good television. The Bay 101 WPT Shooting Star event is unique, in that there are bounties on the poker stars. The buy-in is $10,000, and if you knock out a “shooting star,” you collect a $5,000 bounty. The bounty changes the way that people play hands, as well it ...

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