Arap wins Bay 101 Open Main

Next up: Fall Poker Classic

By Arnold Warner

The six-event Bay 101 Open concluded Aug. 19 at San Jose’s Bay 101 Casino with Mirsad Arap claiming first place in the Main Event. In addition to the champion’s trophy, his share of the prize pool was $66,250 after a three-way chop with Jimmy Zeledon ($59,785) and Ricardo Gonzalez ($47,090).

The $1,100 buy-in no-limit Hold’em event had 390 entries for a total prize pool of $390,000. The remainder of the final table, in order of finish, was: Jasthi Kumar ($24,045), Baltazar Villa ($18,505), Simon Santiago ($15,325), Triet Nguyen ($12,850), Paul Richardson ($10,450), and Mrityunjay Jha ($8,050).

The series opener, Event #1, was a $350 buy-in no-limit Hold’em tournament with 146 players and a $44,700 prize pool. First place went to Alexander Greenblatt ($12,340) followed by Jeffrey Spruitenburg ($7,820), Geoffrey Batuyong ($4,600), Yingshi An ($2,800), and Kenneth Bailey ($2,170).

Event #2 was Omaha Hi-Lo with a $355 buy-in. There were 78 players and a prize pool of $23,400. The top prizes went to Sichao Xu ($4,780), Gustavo Valdez ($4,200), Alexis Lakes ($4,010), and Steve Toll ($3,910).

The prize pool for Event #3, $560 no-limit Hold’em “Monster Stack,” was $103,000 with 206 entries. Ricardo Gonzalez took first place and $20,200. The others in the top spots were: Elisa Nakagawa ($14,480), Jason Maat ($13,230), and Nicholas Lawson ($11,970).

Event #4 was another $350 no-limit Hold’em tournament. The 128-player field created a $38,400 prize pool, and Sridhar Prathivadi ($5,220), Sarwat Fahmy ($4,650), Abdulkadir Bulle ($4,590), Michael Babayan ($4,040), and Brogan Holmesbriggs ($3,960) took home the lion’s share.

There were 122 players and a prize pool of $61,000 for Event #5. The $550 buy-in no-limit Hold’em “20/20” event concluded with a two-way chop between Christian Vinluan and Ron Fetsch, who each received $13,740. (The 20/20 structure has 20 minute levels and 20,000 starting stacks.)

Fall Poker Classic

Bay 101 Casino’s Fall Poker Classic runs Oct. 14 to 21 and will consist of six events with the same structures and buy-ins as the Bay 101 Open. Weekday events all begin at 9:30 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 19 and 20) Day 1A and 1B of the Main Event will begin at 9 a.m. Day 2 begins Monday at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 you can enter mega satellites to the Main Event for $250. There will be one seat awarded for every five entries. Satellites begin at 9 a.m. and one re-entry is allowed each day.