Bay 101 Casino, “Silicon Valley’s place to play,” has announced that it is hosting the World Poker Tour Shooting Star Tournament for the 21st time. The buy-in will remain at $7,500 with one optional re-entry. The 2017 edition of the Shooting Star will take place March 6 to 10.
The WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star had their biggest turnout ever last year, with a total of 753 entries creating a prize pool of over $5 million. First place winner Stefan Schillhabel took home $1,298,000 and a $15,400 seat into the WPT Championship at Seminole Hard Rock in Florida. Maria Ho was the last bounty standing, finishing in sixth place for $179,000.
Bay 101 will also be bringing back their $25,000 High Roller Event. Last year WSOP Main Event champion Joseph McKeehen beat a field of tough pros to take the title and $156,966.
On Sunday, March 5, Bay101 will be running a $2,100 event as well. This event is limited to 300 players and sells out every year. Make sure to purchase your ticket in advance. The winner of the event last year was well known local player Mike Harvey, winning $121,710 and a seat into the $7,500 Shooting Star.
On Wednesday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m., they have added a new event—a $2,100 double stack turbo with one optional $2,000 add-on.
WPT Executive Tour Director and Bay 101 Tournament Director Matt Savage really wanted to change up the Shooting Star lineup this year, so he instituted what he calls the “Three Ps”:
- Personality—No one wants to sit down with a Shooting Star that doesn’t have a personality.
- Personable—These Shooting Stars aren’t hoodie-headphone wearing robots that won’t say hello. Local players want to interact and have conversation with their table’s star.
- Popular—If you wouldn’t want to take a picture with your Shooting Star, get an autograph or even recognize them walking past you, then chances are that they aren’t very popular.
Bay 101 believes that this is their best group of Shooting Stars ever assembled, and that the locals and satellite winners will also agree and have a great time while trying to win life-changing money.
In addition to the all time greats that you have come to expect, like Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth, they have added former NFL player and three time Super Bowl Champion Richard Seymour, 2016 WSOP Main Event Champion Qui Nguyen, and Chris Moneymaker.
“One of the reasons that this event is so successful is due to our satellite program. We had close to 200 satellite winners last year,” said Bay 101 Tournament Director Brian Gudim. Satellites for the 2017 Shooting Star have already started at Bay 101, with the first $275 satellite producing six $7,500 seats. Bay 101 is expecting large turnouts for all of their satellite tournaments, so check out their satellite schedule at www.bay101.com.