The biggest names in poker will be returning to the Bay 101 Casino, “San Jose’s place to play,” as they prepare to host the 18th annual World Poker Tour Shooting Star tournament. The buy-in this year will remain at $7,500 (as it was in 2013) with one optional re-entry. This year’s Shooting Star will be held from March 10 to 14.
Some of the bounties already confirmed for this year’s tournament include Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Laak, actress Jennifer Tilly, Antonio Esfandiari, 2013 Hall of Fame inductees Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy, and 2013 WSOP Main Event winner Ryan Reiss.
Bay 101 Casino’s WPT Shooting Star had its biggest turnout ever in 2013 with a total of 643 entries, creating a prize pool of $4,597,450. Last year’s WPT Shooting Star Champion, Kai Chang, took home a cool $1,138,350 which also included at $25,000 seat into the WPT Championship at Bellagio. Local Bay 101 tournament player Joe Nguyen finished as the runner up and took home second place prize money of $666,740.
Bay 101 also announced that it will bring back the $25,000 High Roller Event. In the 2013 High Roller Tournament, well-known poker pro Nick Schulman defeated a field of 23 players to take home the title and $270,480.
On Sunday, March 9, Bay 101 will be running a $2,000 event as well. This event was very successful last year with 344 players creating a prize pool of $653,600. The winner of the event was 2013 WSOP “November Niner” Amir Lehavot.
World-renowned tournament director Matt Savage will once again be at the helm. “The Shooting Star is the most unique tournament in poker and the fans at Bay 101 are the best. It’s such an exciting event, where players get $2,500 cash for knocking out a bounty, and Day 1A and Day 1B chip leaders get a $10,000 cash bonus,” said Savage.
Bay 101 tournament director Brian Gudim added, “One of the reasons that this event is so successful is because our satellite tournament program is second to none. We had over 150 satellite winners last year.”
Satellites for the 2014 WPT Shooting Star have already started at Bay 101, with the first $250 satellite producing six $7,500 seats. Bay 101 is expecting large turnouts for all of their satellite tournaments. You can check out their satellite schedule at www.bay101.com.