BAY 101 SHOOTING STAR

March 10-14 | Bay 101 | San Jose, California
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Bounty Hunter Brandon Cantu "Wins" Day 1a

Level 28: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, Day 1a Recap By BJ Nemeth There's an old saying in multi-day tournaments: "It's impossible to win on day one." That's true, because most major tournaments don't award any prizes until the field busts the money bubble, which usually occurs with about 10% of the entrants remaining. But the Shooting Star tournament at Bay 101 is different, offering bounties and bonuses that can add up to more than a money finish. Even though the money bubble won't burst for another two or three days, Day 1a chipleader Brandon Cantu has already cashed for $20,000 -- double the $10,000 entry fee. This is possible because each table starts with at least one "Shooting Star" -- a notable pro that carries a bounty. Anyone who busts a Shooting Star receives $5,000 (the bounty) and a unique t-shirt with the busted player's picture (the trophy). If a Shooting Star never busts (that is, they win the tournament), then they collect their own $5,000 bounty and keep the t-shirt. In addition to the bounties, there are $10,000 bonuses for the players with the most chips after Day 1a, Day 1b, and Day 2. Brandon Cantu gained momentum in the middle of the day by eliminating Bill Edler, claiming his chips and the $5,000 bounty. Edler's empty seat was filled with early chipleader John Juanda, who still had a big stack. But it wasn't big enough to withstand an unsuccessful race against Cantu -- Juanda's ace-king never improved, and Cantu picked up his second bounty of the day. In the final level of the day, tournament director Matt Savage gave chip count updates on the big stacks as they vied for the additional $10,000 prize for the Day 1a chipleader. In the final half hour, only Thanh Che and Cantu had more than 200,000 in chips. Thanh Che is a name we aren't familiar with (yet), but he collected the $5,000 bounty on Chad Brown on his way to the chip lead, about 10,000 more than Cantu. With less than five minutes remaining, Cantu busted one more player. The player wasn't a Shooting Star, so there was no bounty. But the pot was more than enough to give Cantu the chip lead at the end of the day, finishing with 242,300 to receive the $10,000 chipleader bonus. Thanh Che had to settle for second place on the leaderboard (no prize for that) with 215,700. Day 1 chipleaders often fail to finish in the money, much less reach the final table. But Brandon Cantu has already had a profitable trip, likely cashing for more than some players who will finish in the money. (Details on the prizepool will be released tomorrow after registration closes.) Of the 146 players who started Day 1a, only 47 survived with an average chip stack around 62,000. Of the 24 Shooting Stars who started on Day 1a, only five survived (see the list below). There will be a fresh batch of Shooting Stars on Day 1b, including Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari, and Mike Matusow. Here are the top five chipleaders, along with the remaining Shooting Stars: 1. Brandon Cantu - 242,300 2. Thanh Che - 215,700 3. Paul Britto - 188,500 4. Chanh Pham - 159,900 5. Zack Felder - 150,500 Shooting Stars 8. J.C. Tran - 115,600 16. Layne Flack - 63,100 30. Miami John Cernuto - 34,600 40. Kathy Liebert - 18,500 46. Men "The Master" Nguyen - 6,200 Day 1b begins tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10:30 am PT. Return to WorldPokerTour.com for complete live coverage with chip counts, photos, and video interviews with Kimberly Lansing.

Sorted In: Bay 101 Shooting Star, Bay 101, Season VI
03:01 AM, 03/11/08

Official Day 1a Chip Counts

Level 28: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Here are the official chip counts for the 47 players who survived Day 1a. (Action started with 146 players.) The day started with 24 "Shooting Stars" with $5,000 bounties on their heads. Only five remain, and they are highlighted in bold. For finishing as the Day 1a chipleader, Brandon Cantu received a $10,000 bonus. He was trailing Thanh Che late in the last level, but Cantu busted a player with two minutes remaining to clinch the win. Cantu also collected two bounties, so he has already converted his $10,000 buy in into $20,000. 1. Brandon Cantu - 242,300 2. Thanh Che - 215,700 3. Paul Britto - 188,500 4. Chanh Pham - 159,900 5. Zack Felder - 150,500 6. Joe Graziano - 143,600 7. Ed Fernandez - 131,200 8. J.C. Tran (Shooting Star) - 115,600 9. Mel Nicholson - 88,500 10. Serena Liu - 88,100 11. David Tran - 84,200 12. Andrew Robl - 74,800 13. Quinn Do - 73,800 14. Lee Watkinson - 70,100 15. Matt Holtzclaw - 69,600 16. Layne Flack (Shooting Star) - 63,100 AVERAGE - 62,128 17. George Panagakis - 51,200 18. Bruce Hoffman - 50,800 19. Dean Sherrell - 50,000 20. Eric Nickelson - 49,600 21. Kevin Croy - 48,100 22. Peng Cheng - 47,700 23. Paul Niemela - 46,500 24. Danny Le - 41,800 25. Danny Radditz - 40,300 26. Clyde Hinton - 39,000 27. Justin Bonomo - 38,400 28. Lu Wang - 37,900 29. Patri Friedman - 37,100 30. Miami John Cernuto (Shooting Star) - 34,600 31. Thuan Nguyen - 34,500 32. Chris McCormack - 33,300 33. David Chau - 31,200 34. Taylor Raines - 30,900 35. Wil Wilkerson - 30,200 36. Russ Lake - 26,600 37. Bobby Suer - 23,000 38. Dao Nguyen - 22,400 39. Cris Ramayrat - 21,000 40. Kathy Liebert (Shooting Star) - 18,500 41. Sovann Sin - 16,400 42. Joshua Wurzer - 15,400 43. Michael McClain - 9,000 44. Allen Kessler - 7,000 45. Howard Andrew - 6,800 46. Men "The Master" Nguyen (Shooting Star) - 6,200 47. Grant Marlow - 2,300 Day 1b begins tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10:30 am PT. Return to WorldPokerTour.com for complete live coverage with chip counts, photos, and video interviews with Kimberly Lansing.

Sorted In: Bay 101 Shooting Star, Bay 101, Season VI
12:00 AM, 03/11/08

Day 1A of the Bay 101 Shooting Star

Level 28: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

The Stars Fall as the Droves of Fans Sweat the Rail A shooting star is considered to be a rare occurrence, but in San Jose's Bay 101 Casino the hundreds of fans who lined the rail were treated to 24 of the world's best poker professionals, which all represented an official shooting star in the tournament. Perhaps even more rare of a sight is a falling star, but the fans got plenty of that as well, as pro after pro busted at a rapid rate. It is safe to say that the residents of San Jose are some of the most excitable and knowledgeable fans on the World Poker Tour. They packed the rail, squeezing in shoulder to shoulder, all hoping to catch a glimpse or perhaps get an autograph from players they had previously only seen on TV. The big-name stars had no where to run or hide. The bathrooms, the parking lot, and everywhere in between lines formed around professionals for a variety of requests. Regardless of celebrity-status, each player that put up the $10,000 entry fee was treated with awe and respect from the fans that were truly grateful for the visit. It didn't take very long to lose the first two shooting stars. David Williams and Jerry Yang were both quickly eliminated with big pocket pairs against their opponents' pocket aces. After their $5,000 bounties were distributed, the bustouts kept coming and some of poker's most well-known players failed to survive until the dinner break. Gus Hansen, Gavin Griffin, Vanessa Rousso, Hoyt Corkins, Chad Brown, David Pham and Erik Seidel all left the tournament prematurely, leaving behind cash for their conquerors and a personalized bounty T-shirt. After dinner the action failed to slow down as Michael Mizrachi, Nam Le, Chau Giang and last year's runner up J.J. Liu all fell victim to the minefield of amateurs. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Brandon Cantu certainly wasn't complaining, as he took out both Bill Edler and John Juanda when his pair held against A-K in two very large coin flips. After collecting the $10,000 for their eliminations, Cantu is now freerolling in this event and he finished the day with 242,300, good for the chip lead. The chip lead came with the award of an additional $10,000, so Cantu has already doubled his money here in San Jose. Playing as a shooting star himself, JC Tran got in on the bounty fun by taking on his longtime nemesis, Joe Sebok. Sebok was all in with A-K against Tran's pocket jacks but the board brought no help for him and sent him to the rail yet again at the hands of Tran. As the players bagged and tagged their chips at the end of the night, only 5 bounties remained. Tran, Men Nguyen, Kathy Liebert, Layne Flack and Miami John Cernuto all held on to advance to day 2, which will combine both starting days and resume on Wednesday. Day 1B will begin tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. PST and the estimated field size is roughly 225 entrants. They will also play 10 one-hour long levels and the prize pool will be available after registration closes early tomorrow afternoon.

Sorted In: Bay 101 Shooting Star, Bay 101, Season VI
11:13 PM, 03/10/08

Day 1A Ends

Level 28: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Thanh Che held a solid lead in the chip count as the final minutes of the day ticked away, but Brandon Cantu was able to eliminate one final player with two minutes left. Play has ended and he holds 245,000, which should be enough to win the $10,000. Matt Savage is verifying this right now as the rest of the field bags up their chips for the night. Final chip counts and recap coming soon. This just in: Cantu is the day 1A chip leader and he will take home $10,000.

Sorted In: Bay 101 Shooting Star, Bay 101, Season VI
10:52 PM, 03/10/08

Bonomo Takes a Hit

Level 28: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Justin Bonomo raises 2,200 from middle position and Men Nguyen makes the call from the cutoff. Seat 5 also makes the call from the big blind after originally checking, and the flop rolls out KclubQheart5diamond. All three players check and the 5club falls on the turn. Seat 5 moves all in for 11,000 and Bonomo makes the call. Nguyen folds and the final two players turn up their hands: Bonomo: KheartQdiamond Seat 5: QspadeQclub River: Jspade Bonomo loses the pot and is knocked down about 13,500.

Sorted In: Bay 101 Shooting Star, Bay 101, Season VI
10:48 PM, 03/10/08

Shooting Stars: Kathy Liebert Doubles Up Through Brandon Cantu

Level 28: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Kathy Liebert moves all in for 12,900 from the small blind preflop and Brandon Cantu makes the call from the big blind. They then open up their hands: Cantu: KspadeJdiamond Liebert: Aheart8spade Board: Qclub9heart2diamond4spade9club Liebert doubles up to 28,700 on the hand and Cantu takes a hit down to 197,000.

Sorted In: Bay 101 Shooting Star, Bay 101, Season VI
10:35 PM, 03/10/08

Field Update

Level 28: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

There are currently six tables playing nine-handed poker. Approximately 52 players are left in the late stages of day 1A.

Sorted In: Bay 101 Shooting Star, Bay 101, Season VI
10:27 PM, 03/10/08

Shooting Stars: Joe Sebok Eliminated by J.C. Tran

Level 28: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Joe Sebok moves all in from the cutoff preflop for 14,500, and J.C.Tran calls him down in middle position. They then open up their hands: Sebok: AclubKspade Tran: JclubJclub Board: 6diamond5diamond5heart10diamond7club Sebok is eliminated on the hand and Tran collects the $5,000 bounty on his head. This is Tran's second bounty claim of the day and he now has 98,000.

Sorted In: Bay 101 Shooting Star, Bay 101, Season VI
10:22 PM, 03/10/08

Remaining Bounties

Level 28: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Only 5 Shooting Stars remain. Here are their chip counts: Layne Flack: 75,000 J.C. Tran: 74,000 John Cernuto: 23,400 Men Nguyen: 17,000 Kathy Liebert: 28,000

Sorted In: Bay 101 Shooting Star, Bay 101, Season VI
10:19 PM, 03/10/08

Chip Count Update

Level 28: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

The chip counts have been full updated. Here are the top five stacks: Thanh Che: 212,000 Brandon Cantu: 208,000 Chanh Pham: 149,200 Joe Graziano: 121,000 Ed Fernandez: 118,000

Sorted In: Bay 101 Shooting Star, Bay 101, Season VI
10:11 PM, 03/10/08

 

RANKING

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

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Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $1,000,000
2 $585,000
3 $330,000
4 $265,000
5 $200,000
6 $135,000
7 - 8 $68,000
9 - 10 $44,000
11 - 12 $33,000
13 - 18 $24,000
19 - 24 $20,000
25 - 30 $16,000
31 - 36 $13,500
37 - 45 $10,000

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 25-50 0
2 50-100 0
3 75-150 0
4 100-200 0
5 100-200 25
6 150-300 50
7 200-400 50
8 250-500 50
9 300-600 75
10 400-800 100
11 500-1,000 100
12 600-1,200 200
13 800-1,600 200
14 1,000-2,000 300
15 1,200-2,400 400
16 1,500-3,000 500
17 2,000-4,000 500
18 2,500-5,000 500
19 3,000-6,000 1,000
20 4,000-8,000 1,000
21 5,000-10,000 1,000
22 6,000-12,000 2,000
23 8,000-16,000 2,000
24 10,000-20,000 3,000
25 12,000-24,000 4,000
26 15,000-30,000 5,000
27 20,000-40,000 5,000
28 25,000-50,000 5,000
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