The Bay 101 Shooting Star is a unique event every year on the World Poker Tour, with a $2,500 bounty on each table to liven up the action. It can be a benefit when you’re running hot or a giant target on your back if things are going awry.
Andrew Lichtenberger has certainly done enough over the past few years to qualify as a bounty, but Will Failla got the nod at his starting table. It worked out far better for Lichtenberger on Day 1A at Bay 101 as he bagged 341,100 for the overnight chiplead. Lichtenberger collected the $10,000 prize as one of the Day 1 chipleaders, finishing atop a group of 93 survivors who made it through the day.
Lichtenberger has a nice head start towards a deep run after finishing fifth at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic earlier this season, and he’s not the only one trying to add on to an already successful year on tour. Andy Hwang, who won over $730,000 and his first major title at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, finished play Monday night in third place, with James Calderaro and Faraz Jaka among the top ten as well.
Jaka made the most of his re-entry opportunity, going on an impressive run late and eliminating the likes of Vanessa Selbst, among others, on his way to a big stack. Players had the ability to re-enter one time during the first seven levels of either Day 1A or 1B, but would not be allowed to re-enter more than once. Among the players who made early exits but retain the ability to re-enter on Day 1B include Selbst, Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel, Phil Hellmuth, Michael Mizrachi, JC Tran, Scotty Nguyen and Shannon Shorr.
Chris Klodnicki, Tim West, Erik Seidel, David Chiu, Soi Nguyen, Jon Aguiar, Tommy Vedes, David Tuthill, Toby Lewis, Mike Sexton, Mohsin Charnia, Matt Salsberg and Noah Schwartz will each get a day off Tuesday as they made it through to Day 2 on Wednesday. The two finalists at the LA Poker Classic had very different days, with champion Paul Klann going out first on Day 1A and Paul Volpe sitting in 12th by the end of play. There were a total of 270 entries on Day 1A.
Day 1B of the Bay 101 Shooting Star will begin at 11 am local time, with a new set of bounties at every table. If a bounty player chooses to re-enter after being eliminated, they will not be a bounty again. Registration is open until the close of Level 7 on Tuesday, with the $7,500 buy-in event expecting a big turnout from satellite winners, re-entries and other players still rolling into town. The total field in 2012, when the buy-in was $10,000, was 364 players, a number that should be easily eclipsed.
Here are the top ten chip counts after Day 1A of the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star.
- Andrew Lichtenberger – 341,100
- Stephen Boker – 274,200
- Andy Hwang – 242,000
- Phaly Nou – 232,800
- James Calderaro – 205,200
- Greg White – 183,000
- Brendon Rubie – 180,300
- Faraz Jaka – 177,300
- Joe Barry – 176,000
- Isaac Busan – 174,500