The World Poker Tour continues its California segment of the tour making its way from Los Angeles where the LAPC just took place, over to Bay 101 Casino in San Jose for the 2013 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star. The $7,500 Championship Event takes the stage from March 4 and runs through to March 8. Players will play 10 one-hour levels on Day 1, and on Day 2 the field will play down to 18 players followed by Day 3 that will play down to decide the 6-person final TV table.
What makes the Bay 101 Shooting Star truly unique and hence the name is that each table will feature a “Star”player and a $2,500 bounty will be rewarded to anyone who knocks out one of the Stars during the tournament. Last year’s buy-in was $10,000 which included $5,000 bounties.
The bounties for the Bay 101 will have a $2500 price tag on their heads and the players. Tentatively scheduled to play on Day 1A are such names as poker’s all-time money leader Antonio Esfandiari, Dan Smith, David ‘Doc’ Sands, WPT champions Dominik Nitsche and Dwyte Pilgrim, Erik Seidel, Jonathan Duhamel, Phil Hellmuth, Michael Mizrachi, Scotty Nguyen Jennifer Harman and more. A total of 49 bounties are expected this year.
An estimated prize pool of $3 million is expected based on 400 players and the winner of the event will receive $750,000 including a $25,500 seat to the WPT Championship Event. Last year’s event drew 364 participants at a higher buy-in amount.
This is surely one of the more exciting events in the WPT thanks to the bounty concept which has players shooting for the stars.
Good luck to all!