This Sunday at 8pm and 11pm on FSN, two amateurs will take on a table full of poker professionals as the final table of WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star continues on its march toward etching a new name on the WPT Champions Cup.
Those two amateurs – Moon Kim and Ubaid Habib – are currently holding their own against the poker pros – Erik Cajelais, Joe Elpayaa, Joe Serock and Andrew Badecker – and hold the top two spots in the chip counts heading into Sunday night’s episode. Here are the full chip counts for when play resumes:
Moon Kim – 3,140,000
Ubaid Habib – 2,875,000
Erik Cajelais – 2,005,000
Joe Elpayaa – 1,275,000
Joe Serock – 955,000
Andrew Badecker – 670,000
Every year this event has played, there has been a least one Shooting Star – well-known players with a $5,000 bounty on their heads – at the final table, except for this event. For the first time ever, the final table does not contain a single Shooting Star and that means next year’s field will contain a newly-minted Star as the champion automatically becomes one for the next year. The argument over who should, and should not, be included as a Shooting Star is one that happens every year in the poker community and the WPT Season X Ones to Watch took some time to chime in with their thoughts on who is deserving of the “Shooting Star” moniker.
Viewers will also see a recap of the Silicon Valley Poker Challenge that took place during WPT Bay 101 and pitted titans of the tech world against poker pros to raise money for charity. Then Tony Dunst steps up on his soapbox in the newest WPT Raw Deal segment to address making poker more palatable for mainstream sponsorship by requiring a dress code at the final table of major poker tournaments.
All in all, there’s a lot in this episode for poker fans and casual viewers alike. So, make sure to tune in, or set your DVR for, FSN on Sunday night at 8pm and 11pm local time to catch all of the action from the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, California.