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Bay 101 Shooting Star -- Day 1A

Shawn Buchanan Eliminates Three Shooting Stars on Day 1A But Falls on the Final Hand


Shawn BuchananDay 1A at the 2009 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star $10,000 no-limit hold’em championship event featured 23 professional players with $5,000 bounties on their heads. Shawn Buchanan was not one of the bounty players today, but that didn’t stop him from becoming the first player in the tournament to profit from his trip to San Jose, California. Buchanan eliminated David Singer, Jamie Gold, and Marco Traniello on day 1A to make $15,000 in bounties. On the very last hand of the night, Buchanan was all in with 10 9. Chad Brown called him down with K 10. The board fell Q J J 8 A, and Buchanan was eliminated on the final hand of play.

The size of the field at the start of the early day (10:45 a.m.) was 136 players, and many more are expected tomorrow (over 200 are registered at press time). The field shrunk down to 50 players during the 10, 60-minute levels of poker on Monday, and those survivors will return on Wednesday, Mar. 18 to join the survivors from day 1B to play down to the final 36 players on day 2.

The chip leader at the end of the night also received some extra prize money at this incentive-infused tournament. Hoang "Michael" Nguyen led the field with 193,800, and he took home $10,000 for the accomplishment. Here is a look at the top of the leader board at the end of day 1A:

Hoang Nguyen: 193,800
David Pham: 160,600
Conner Stockett: 124,500
Jonathan Little: 121,300
Matt Lessinger: 107,700
Faraz Jaka: 95,600
Vikaly Yarkow: 87,400
Jeff Mince: 80,200
Chad Brown: 77,900
Glen Cabana: 75,800

Check back in tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. when the day 1B field will feature 27 additional shooting star professionals. Card Player will bring you all of the action in live updates, chip counts, and photos.

Here is a list of the shooting stars that were in action on day 1A, 10 of which survived:

Phil HellmuthAndy Bloch - out
Todd Brunson - out
Hoyt Corkins: 57,200
Freddy Deeb: 68,300
Annie Duke: 73,800
Layne Flack - out
Jamie Gold - out
Phil Hellmuth - out
John Juanda - out

Erick Lindgren: 27,400
Jonathan Little: 121,300
Mike Matusow - out
David Pham: 160,600
Joe Sebok: 65,200
Erik Seidel - out
David Singer - out

Gavin Smith: 7,100
Kenny Tran: 63,700
Marco Traniello - out
Paul Wasicka: 27,300
Lee Watkinson - out

Robert Williamson III - out
Jerry Yang – out