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2016 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event Kicks Off Monday

Unique WPT Tournament Runs From March 7 - 11 In The Heart Of Silicon Valley


The World Poker Tour has wrapped up with the L.A. Poker Classic and will now continue it’s California Swing in San Jose at the Bay 101 Casino. The series is highlighted by the unique $7,500 World Poker Tour Shooting Star no-limit hold’em main event begins on March 7th and runs until the 11th, with days 1A and 1B beginning at 11:00 AM local time on the 7th and 8th.

“For more than a decade, the world’s top poker players have traveled from far and near to compete against one another and interact with the tremendous fans at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star,” said WPT President Adam Pliska.

There are a number of things that set this WPT main event apart from the rest of the tour’s marquee events. It is the only one to have bounties, but is not a bounty tournament in the typical sense. Each table starts with at least one “Shooting Star,” a famous professional poker player with a bounty on their head. If someone busts a Shooting Star, they are rewarded with $2,500 and an autographed bounty t-shirt. Also unique to this event is the $10,000 bonus paid to the end-of-day chip leaders on the first two starting days.

In addition to this unusual prize pool distribution, the structure is also noteworthy. Play begins with one-hour levels on Day 1 and then increases to 90-minute levels deeper in the tournament. When only 36 players remain, play switches from the standard nine-handed play to six-handed, and remains that way for the duration of the event.

With these distinct features, and the enthusiastic crowd of local poker fans that attend, the event is undoubtedly one of the most colorful on the World Poker Tour.

2015 champion Taylor Paur“I always say that Bay 101 has the best fans in poker,” said WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage. “It’s amazing to see. I feel like it gives poker a little boost and I wish more places were like that.”

In 2015 this event drew a field of 708 entries, with the top 72 finishers making the money. In the end Taylor Paur emerged victorious, capturing his first WPT title, the $1,214,200 first-place prize and a whopping 1,824 Card Player Player of the Year points. Paur ended up finishing inside the top ten in the POY race, thanks in large part to his win in this exciting event.

In addition to the main event the Bay 101 will also play host to a $25,000 no-limit hold’em high roller event that kicks off at 4:00 PM local time on Mar. 9th and continue until a champion is decided the following day.