EVENTPREVIEWS&RECAPS
BY MARKANDERSON
2010 Bay 101 Shooting Stars Final Table Recap
March 15, 2022
The 2010 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star, after four days of intense play, found itself with a final table more than worthy of its reputation.  Along with respected tournament pros like Matt Keikoan and Hasan Habib - each of whom already had tournament winnings in the millions before this final table even began - there was also Phil Hellmuth, perhaps the most lauded tournament poker pro of all time, sitting with the second largest stack and on the verge of winning his first WPT title of his legendary career.  Yet somehow, despite all the talent assembled in San Jose, it was arguably the least known player at the start of the day who would eventually end up with all the chips, as well as the WPT Bay 101 title and an amazing top prize worth nearly $900,000.

That player was Mclean Karr, a satellite qualifier with most of his significant wins thus far purely from the online world, who took down the event after a shocking final table that saw all of the big names crash early, and the lesser known pros rise up - perhaps to begin to create legends of their own. 

Unfortunately, in order for these newer pros to succeed it meant the established ones had to fail, and none failed as dramatically as Phil Hellmuth - though by no fault of his own.  He went out in a shocking sixth place, after a huge all-in hand, where his pocket Queens got crushed by Ace-Jack, thanks to an Ace that fell on the river.  After the hand, Hellmuth - possibly overwhelmed with emotion - literally walked away from the table and collapsed in a lump on the floor, where he laid for more than a few moments composing himself, before rising up and showing his true quality, thanking fans, conducting his interiews, and signing the final “Shooting Star” bounty T-shirt of the event.

That T-shirt went to the chip leader at the start of the day, Andy Seth, who with it claimed the record for the most bounties collected during the event, at four, worth approximately $20,000.  Along with that money, Seth, who before yesterday was known primarily as an online pro, also collected the second largest piece of a total prize pool worth more than $3.3 million, when he finally got eliminated in second place.

The final table finish positions for the 2010 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star were as follows:

1st.  Mclean Karr - $878,500

2nd.  Andy Seth - $521,500

3rd.  Dan O’Brien -  $292,800

4th.  Hasan Habib - $234,300

5th.  Matt Keikoan - $175,700

6th.  Phil Hellmuth - $117,000

For more information on the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament visit www.worldpokertour.com.
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