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World Poker Tour -- Bay 101 Shooting Star Day 1A

Kara Scott, Layne Flack, Mike Matusow, and Brandon Cantu are all at the top of the Leader Board

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Layne Flack is near the Top of the Leader Board after Day 1ADay 1A of the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event welcomed 142 runners into the fold in San Jose, California on Monday. There were 19 Shooting Stars among them and nine survived the day. The group of those star survivors includes a few players who are at the top of the leader board to end the night.

Kara Scott holds 137,100 chips heading into day 2, which will take place on Wednesday, March 16. Joining her will be notable contenders Layne Flack (131,100), Mike Matusow (127,200), and Brandon Cantu (117,000). The top spot on the leader board goes to Brian Schmidt with 187,700, which means he is the winner of the $10,000 prize as Day 1A chip leader.

Day 1B will take place on Tuesday and there will be 26 Shooting Stars in action tomorrow. In addition to those star players a larger field is expected and those who survive will join the 57 players who successfully waded through the minefield on Day 1A. Card Player will bring you news stories throughout the tournament day tomorrow. Read on below to see the tournament statistics from Day 1A, as well as some of the biggest hands from the felt:

Day 1A Notable Chip Counts:

Brian Schmidt: 187,700
Eric Moore: 160,100
Kara Scott: 137,100
Mehrdad Nouralishani: 136,000
Layne Flack: 131,100
Danny Smith: 128,000
Mike Matusow: 127,200
Richard Toth: 126,200
Brandon Cantu: 117,000
Brandon Crawford: 110,000

Day 1A Notable Eliminations:

Erik Seidel, Dan Shak, Frank Kassela, Freddy Deeb, Ali Eslami, Justin Smith, Scott Seiver, Victor Ramdin, Tony Dunst, Jeff Madsen, Gabe Thaler, Joe Sebok, Joe Tehan, Jonathan Aguiar, and Dan Harrington.

Notable Hands:

Shooting Star Erik Seidel Eliminated

Erik Seidel moved all in preflop and John Pries made the call. Their cards:

Seidel: JHeart Suit JSpade Suit
Pries: QClub Suit QHeart Suit

Board: 10Club Suit 8Spade Suit 4Club Suit KSpade Suit KDiamond Suit

Seidel was eliminated on the hand and as he left the tournament field Layne Flack remarked, “I guess this proves that you can’t win ’em all.”

Shooting Star Freddy Deeb Triples Up only to be eliminated a Short Time Later

Freddy Deeb was all in on an 8Diamond Suit 6Spade Suit 2Heart Suit ASpade Suit JHeart Suit board. Two opponents were in the pot against him and when the three players flipped over their cards here is how things stood:

Deeb: AClub Suit KDiamond Suit
Opponent 1: 9Heart Suit 9Diamond Suit
Opponent 2: KSpade Suit 10Spade Suit

Deeb tripled up with top pair and his stack stood at 42,000. A short time later Deeb was all in again, this time on a board that read AClub Suit QSpade Suit 4Spade Suit JHeart Suit 7Diamond Suit. When his opponent flipped over the KDiamond Suit and the 10Spade Suit Deeb mucked and he busted just before the last level of the night began.