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Taylor Paur Wins 2015 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event

26-Year-Old Poker Pro Wins $1,214,200 and First WPT Title

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Taylor Paur has emerged victorious from a field of 708 entries to win the 2015 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star $7,500 no-limit hold’em main event. For the win the 26-year-old poker pro from El Dorado Hills, CA earned his first WPT main event title and $1,214,200.

Paur was also awarded 1,824 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. Paur, who won the 2010 Card Player Online Player of the Year award, had already made a big final table finish this year when he placed fifth in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Latin American Poker Tour $3,000 main event for $94,920 and 570 points. With that score and his win in San Jose Paur has been catapulted into second place in the overall POY standings with 2,394 points and year-to-date earnings of $1,309,120.

Paur had a tough road to the winner’s circle in this event, having to overcome a stacked final table that featured a number of other top young pros, including the likes of Isaac Baron, Jacob Bazeley, Faraz Jaka and Sorel Mizzi. In fact, the final six had combined live tournament earnings in excess of $35 million between them, but not a one had one a WPT main event. Heading into the final day Baron, who like Paur is a former Card Player Online Player of the Year (2007), was the chip leader with Paur in second chip position.

It took 170 hands to lose four players, leaving the two chip leaders from the start of the day to battle it out heads-up for the title and the top prize. Paur held just over a 2-to-1 chip advantage over Baron after the elimination of Jacob Bazeley in third place ($461,470). It then took only nine more hands for Paur to seal the deal.

On the final hand Paur min-raised to 400,000 from the button and Baron made it 1,050,000 to go. Paur called and the flop came down 9Spade Suit7Heart Suit2Heart Suit. baron bet 1,050,000 and Paur made the call. The 3Diamond Suit hit the turn and Baron fired out 1,650,000 of his roughly 4.6 million stack. Paur again made the call and the 5Heart Suit rolled off on the river. Baron moved all-in and Paur quickly called with the 10Heart Suit9Heart Suit for a flopped pair and flush draw that came in on the river. Baron’s AClub Suit9Diamond Suit had been outrun and hit the muck while Paur was pushed the title-securing pot.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Taylor Paur $1,214,200 1824
2 Isaac Baron $704,200 1520
3 Jacob Bazeley $461,470 1216
4 Sorel Mizzi $310,060 912
5 Faraz Jaka $216,320 760
6 Ravee Mathi $168,260 608

Photo courtesy of WPT / Joe Giron.