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William Wolf Leads After Day 1A of 2018 CPPT Bike Main Event

The $500,000 guaranteed Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Casino $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event kicked off on Wednesday, October 17 as part of the Bike’s 2018 Big Poker Oktober series. Day 1A was the ...


 
 
Buy-In: $9,600 + $400
Prize Pool: $3,336,000
Entrants: 376

WPT Shooting Star Championship Event 2

  • Mar 10, '08 - Mar 14, '08
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Updates on Final Day (Mar 14, 08)

 
 

Brandon Cantu Wins the Bay 101 Shooting Star

Cantu Leads Wire-To-Wire From Day 1 to Take the Title

Brandon Cantu entered the final table of the Bay 101 Shooting Star with a monster chip lead, and when it was all over, he had collected $40,000 in bounties and bonuses and took home the $1 million first-place prize. Nearly everything went Cantu’s way and despite the extremely low blinds, Cantu was able to dictate a pace of play that had everything wrapped up in just under eight hours. Here’s how the chip counts looked heading in the final table:

Seat 1 - Noah Jefferson - 842,000
Seat 2 - John Phan - 347,000
Seat 3 - Brandon Cantu - 3,323,000
Seat 4 - Steve Sung - 474,000
Seat 5 - Jennifer Harman - 541,000
Seat 6 - Mike Baker - 1,964,000

Cantu came into the final table with five bounties to his credit and the temptation to score his sixth cost him a bit to start the final table. He raised from middle position to 30,000 and Harman made the call on the button. Baker also called from the small blind and the flop came 964. Cantu continued with a bet of 100,000 and Harman thought for a bit before announcing all in for her last 448,000. Baker got out of the way and Cantu went into the tank. He thought out loud, and eventually decided to gamble to collect her $5,000 bounty, showing 102. Harman showed 66 for a set, and as she had done all tournament, she moved away from the table so she wouldn’t have to look. The turn and river were the safe 109 and she doubled up to an even million in chips.

Phan came into the final table relatively short stacked and never really picked up a hand to fight back with. Eventually, he moved all in under the gun for his last 70,000 and Jefferson looked him up from the big blind. Phan turned over Q8 and was relieved to be racing as he saw Jefferson’s 66. The board ran out K3263 and Phan was sent to the rail in sixth place. Phan earned $135,000 for his finish.

After Phan’s elimination the play of Baker turned bizarre, and his elimination hand had the whole room wondering what he was thinking. Baker raised under the gun to 25,000 and Cantu made it 75,000 to go. Baker reraised to 200,000 and Cantu tanked for two minutes before deciding to raise once more to 500,000. Baker made the call and the flop came Q102. Baker checked and Cantu put Baker all in. Baker asked the dealer to spread the pot, and finally said, 'Alright, let’s gamble. I call.' Cantu showed what he had been representing with the AA but his jaw dropped when Baker revealed his K3 for a flush draw. The turn and river came 55 and just like that Cantu’s biggest threat chip-wise was gone, not to mention he now held nearly 75 percent of the chips in play. Baker took home $200,000 for his efforts.

As a result of the unusually low blinds the final four players then traded chips back and forth for nearly 100 hands before the action picked up again. Jefferson had been blinded down a bit and decided to put it all on the line against Sung. Jefferson raised to 110,000 on the button and Sung moved him all in. Jefferson instantly called showing AK and Sung revealed his 77. The board bricked out and Jefferson was eliminated in fourth place taking home $265,000.

Three-handed play belonged to the guys and Harman was desperate for a double up to get back into contention. After a few hands she pushed all in from the button and Cantu moved all in from the small blind to isolate. Sung folded and Cantu showed down pocket nines. Harman turned over AK and needed to connect with the board to stay alive. The flop came KJ9 and for a brief moment it looked like Harman got her wish, unfortunately the nine on the flop meant that she was drawing slim and the turn and river failed to produce a miracle. Cantu collected his sixth and final bounty of the tournament and Harman walked away with $330,000.

A dragon led the way for the money presentation and the two remaining players sat down for what could have been a long and grueling match. Here were the chip counts when heads-up play began:

Brandon Cantu - 6,133,000
Steve Sung - 1,385,000

After taking a big pot off of Sung with a rivered set of jacks, Cantu had him on the ropes and it was just a matter of time before it was all over. On the final hand, Cantu called Sung’s all in with pocket fours and was more than relieved to see pocket threes across the table. The board rolled out safely and Cantu celebrated his new title and $1 million with friend Jeff Madsen in the crowd.

Sung earned $585,000 for his second place finish, putting him just shy of $1 million in lifetime earnings. Here are the final results:

1. Brandon Cantu - $1,000,000
2. Steve Sung - $585,000
3. Jennifer Harman - $330,000
4. Noah Jefferson - $265,000
5. Mike Baker - $200,000
6. John Phan - $135,000

 

Hand #161: Brandon Cantu Wins the 2008 Bay 101 Shooting Star ($1,000,000)

Brandon Cantu WinsHand #161 - Cantu raises to 80,000, Sung moves all in, and Cantu immediately calls with 44. Sung winces in pain as he flips off the hood of his sweatshirt. He flips over -- 33.

Cantu goes into the crowd to wait for the results with his friends. The flop comes A97, and Cantu retains his lead. The turn card is the 6, and Sung has two outs to keep this tournament going.

The river card is the 8. Steve Sung is eliminated in second place, earning $585,000.

Brandon "Bounty Hunter" Cantu wins the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, earning $1,000,000, plus $30,000 in bounties for busting six Shooting Stars and a $10,000 bonus for finishing Day 1a with the chip lead. Brandon Cantu was the story of this tournament from the beginning to the end. And now he is a WPT champion, and a WPT Poker-Made Millionaire.

Player Tags: Steve Sung,   Brandon Cantu
 

Hand #160: Steve Sung Doubles Up

Hand #160 - Sung raises to 60,000, and Cantu calls. The flop comes KQ9, Cantu checks, Sung bets 100,000, and Cantu immediately says, "I'm all in." Sung has about 316,000 remaining, and he says, "Alright, I call."

Cantu shows J9 for a pair of jacks and a gutshot straight draw. Sung shows K5 for a pair of kings, and he needs this hand to hold to stay alive.

The turn card is the 8, giving Cantu a flush draw as well. He will win the tournament with a jack, a ten, a nine, or any club.

The river card is the 6, and Steve Sung wins the pot with his pair of kings, doubling up to about 900,000.

Player Tags: Steve Sung,   Brandon Cantu
 

Hand #161: Brandon Cantu Wins WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star ($1,000,000)

Hand #161 - Cantu raises to 80,000, Sung moves all in, and Cantu immediately calls with 44. Sung winces in pain as he flips off the hood of his sweatshirt. He flips over -- 33.

Cantu goes into the crowd to wait for the results with his friends. The flop comes A97, and Cantu retains his lead. The turn card is the 6, and Sung has two outs to keep this tournament going.

The river card is the 8. Steve Sung is eliminated in second place, earning $585,000.

Brandon "Bounty Hunter" Cantu wins the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, earning $1,000,000, plus $30,000 in bounties for busting six Shooting Stars and a $10,000 bonus for finishing Day 1a with the chip lead. Brandon Cantu was the story of this tournament from the beginning to the end. And now he is a WPT champion, and a WPT Poker-Made Millionaire.

 

Hand #159: Sixth Walk in a Row

Hand #159 - Cantu folds from the button.
 

Player Tags: Steve Sung,   Brandon Cantu
 

Hand #160: Steve Sung Doubles Through Brandon Cantu

Hand #160 - Sung raises to 60,000, and Cantu calls. The flop comes KQ9, Cantu checks, Sung bets 100,000, and Cantu immediately says, "I'm all in." Sung has about 316,000 remaining, and he says, "Alright, I call."

Cantu shows J9 for a pair of jacks and a gutshot straight draw. Sung shows K5 for a pair of kings, and he needs this hand to hold to stay alive.

The turn card is the 8, giving Cantu a flush draw as well. He will win the tournament with a jack, a ten, a nine, or any club.

The river card is the 6, and Steve Sung wins the pot with his pair of kings, doubling up to about 900,000.

 

Hand #159: Fifth Walk in a Row

Hand #159 - Sung folds from the button.

Player Tags: Steve Sung,   Brandon Cantu
 

Hand #157: Fourth Walk in a Row

Hand #157 - Cantu folds from the button.

Player Tags: Steve Sung,   Brandon Cantu
 

Hands #154-156: Back-to-Back-to-Back Walks

Hand #154 - Sung folds from the button.

Hand #155 - Cantu folds from the button.

Hand #156 - Sung folds from the button.

Player Tags: Steve Sung,   Brandon Cantu
 

Hand #153: Brandon Cantu

Hand #153 - Cantu completes to 20,000, Sung min-raises to 40,000, and Cantu calls. The flop comes 1032, Sung bets 30,000, Cantu raises to 250,000, and Sung folds.

Player Tags: Steve Sung,   Brandon Cantu
 
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