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World Poker Tour -- Bay 101 Shooting Star Day 1

Many Shooting Stars Fall on Day 1 but Multiple $5,000 Bounty Players Remain at the Fan-Friendly Tournament


Greg MuellerBoth day 1A and 1B at the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event have come to a close and the official size of the field is 333 players. The additional exciting stipulation of 50 bounty players was once again a feature at this year’s event and while many of them survived to day 2, a lot of them fell as well, awarding $5,000 to the player that busted them. The eventual winner of the tournament that will be crowned on Friday, Mar. 12 will walk away with a top prize worth $878,500. The top 36 players will all walk away with prize money. Here is a look at the full payout structure:

1st: $878,500
2nd: $521,500
3rd: $292,800
4th: $234,300
5th: $175,700
6th: $117,000
7th-8th: $58,600
9th-10th: $38,000
11th-12th: $29,300
13th-18th: $23,400
19th-24th: $20,500
25th-30th: $17,600
31th-36th: $14,700

There were 126 players that survived from both day 1A and 1B. The chip leader at the end of both flights was Vanna Tea, who ended play with 143,900. Tea was the chip leader on day 1A and she was awarded $10,000 for the achievement. The chip leader from day 1B was Eugene Katchalov, who finished the night with 131,500 and he was also awarded a $10,000 prize, giving him a freeroll in the event the rest of the way.

Rounding out the top 10 in chips were Greg Mueller (132,800) pictured right, David Sands (106,900), Osmin Dardon (105,500), Scotty Nguyen (99,900), Sorel Mizzi (97,600) and Yevgeniy Timoshenko (97,600). Other notables who made it to the second day of play from day 1 were Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, Jonathan Little, J.C. Tran, Nick Schulman, Phil Laak, Phil Hellmuth, Scott Seiver, Steve Gross, Jerry Yang, Mike Sexton, Steve Sung, Howard Lederer, Barry Greenstein, Adam Levy, Chau Giang and defending champion Steve Brecher. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Day 1:

Day 1 Top Chip Counts:

Vanna Tea — 143,900
Greg Mueller — 132,800
Eugene Katchalov — 131,500
Tim McDermott — 118,100
Grant Hillman — 115,100
David Sands — 106,900
Osmin Dardon — 105,500
Scotty Nguyen — 99,900
Sorel Mizzi — 97,600
Yevgeniy Timoshenko — 97,600

Notable Day 1 Eliminations:

Daniel Alaei, Erick Lindgren, David Williams, Joe Sebok, Joe Hachem, Jeff Madsen, Antonio Esfandiari, Annie Duke, Allen Cunningham, Brock Parker, Carlos Mortensen, Todd Brunson, Vivek Rajkumar, John Phan, John Juanda, Paul Wasicka, Men Nguyen, Michael Binger, Isaac Baron, Hoyt Corkins, Jason Mercier, Gus Hansen, Gavin Smith, Gavin Griffin, Chris Ferguson, Eric Baldwin, Bertrand Grospellier, T.J. Cloutier, Kathy Liebert, J.J. Liu, and Jennifer Harman.

Hand of the Day:

Vanna Tea Eliminates Isaac Baron with Kings

Jason Somerville raised to 1,050 from middle position and Vanna Tea reraised to 3,600 from the cutoff. Isaac Baron then moved all in from the small blind to 21,150. Somerville mucked and Tea went into the tank for more than two minutes. She eventually made the call and to everyone’s surprise she flipped over pocket kings after the lengthy deliberation.

Baron turned over 6Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit and the board fell JClub Suit 7Club Suit 2Spade Suit JDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit. Tea won the hand with her kings and Baron was eliminated from the tournament.