NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
Bay 101 Day 1b
March 10, 2022
The second starting day of the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star event began yesterday, with nearly 200 players sitting down to play- about 60 more than Day 1a.  The two day ones this week together drew enough entrants to create a total field of 333  players for this year’s tournament, about 60 players shy of last year’s total, but still enough to create a total prize pool worth more than $3.3 million, and to offer a top prize worth $878,500.

Day 1a saw the elimination of an incredible 83 players, which was another number that was bested by yesterday’s  Day 1b, when nearly 125 players were sent to the rail. 

Over 15 of those eliminated players were “shooting star” bounties including David Williams, Erik Seidel, Annie Duke, Nam Le, Chris Moore, Carlos Mortensen, Todd Brunson, Joe Hachem, Men Nguyen, John Phan, Allen Cunningham, Antonio Esfandiari, Vivek “FLOG” Rajkumar, John Juanda, and PokerRoad’s President Mr. Joe Sebok, meaning less than 20, $5,000 bountied players, still remain for Day 2.

Of corse as always, it wasn’t all bad news, 73 players did survive to see their chips bagged at the end of the day, including numerous top pros with full enough bags to be considered a real threat as things move forward.  Some of the recognizable pros with bulging bags include J.C. Tran, Phil Laak, Jerry Yang, Scotty Nguyen, Sorel Mizzi, Faraz Jaka and Eugene Katchalov, who ended the day earning the $10,000, Day 1b chip leader bonus, thanks to a stack worth 131,500.  PokerRoad’s Barry Greenstein is also still in the hunt, but with only one-tenth the chips of Katchalov, he has some serious work to do before he’s once again considered one of those threats.

Day 2 of the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star is set to begin today (3/10) before noon, when all those aforementioned threats once again combine with the other 118 survivors, to continue to play down to the 36 player payout money bubble. 

To rail Day 2’s action online, or for more information on the two starting days, visit www.worldpokertour.com for updates, chip counts and videos, from San Jose.
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