Truly one of the most star studded events of the World Poker Tour circuit, the Bay 101 Shooting Star in San Jose, California is entering Day 3. Poker celebrities from around the world have flocked in to fill the Shooting Star roster of players having a $5,000 bounty on their head for getting knocked out. The initial starting field of 384 is down to 20 players competing for the lion’s share of the $3,458,000 prize pool.
Here is a look at the Shooting Star players from Days 1A & 1B:
The Shooting Stars for Day 1A are (front row, left to right): Mike Matusow, Gavin Smith, Kathy Liebert, Will Failla, Sam Stein, Jonathan Duhamel, Liv Boeree, Maria Ho, Joe Hachem, Daniel Negreanu, (back row, left to right): Christian Harder, Joe Tehan, Erik Seidel, Andy Frankenberger, Vanessa Selbst, Phil Hellmuth, Dwyte Pilgrim, Faraz Jaka, and Tournament Director Matt Savage.
There were 28 Shooting Stars on Day 1B, and all but two gathered together for a group photo during the first break. (Erick Lindgren and Marvin Rettenmaier missed the photo op.) Seated in the front row, left to right: Scotty Nguyen, Nam Le, Chau Giang, Barry Greenstein, Mike Sexton, Antonio Esfandiari, Jennifer Harman, Jason Mercier, Ben Lamb, and Scott Seiver. Standing in the back row, left to right: Men Nguyen, Elky Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov, J.C. Tran, Fabrice Soulier, Linda Johnson, Todd Brunson, Alan Sternberg, Freddy Deeb, Allen Cunningham, Michael Mizrachi, Chino Rheem, Matt Giannetti, David Williams, Chris Moorman, Allen Bari, and Tournament Director Matt Savage.
Three Canadians count amount the last 20 competitors entering day three of the tournament behind American chip leader Scott Baumstein who has 1,301,000 chips with the average chip stack sitting at 546,000. Erik Cajelais and the last standing Shooting Star of the tournament, Jonathan Duhamel, both from Quebec are sitting in 5th and 6th position respectively in chips with 807,000 and 751,000 chips.
Michael Mywrot from from Brampton, Ontario is in 13th spot with 336,000 chips.
All men are guaranteed to walk away with at least $22,420 but the prize for shipping the tournament sits at $960,900.