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BAY 101 SHOOTING STARS DAY 1B



Bay 101 Shooting Stars Day 1B
2006, Jason Kirk  

The second flight of Day 1 at Bay 101's Shooting Star tournament began with 250 players and 8 alternates, nearly repeating in exact fashion the start of Day 1A. This time around there was a different crop of Shooting Stars with bounties on their heads, and a host of new unknowns gunning for the $5,000 each Shooting Star had on his head. Play proceeded by exactly the same structure and schedule as the day before, with ten blind levels scheduled to go by before play would end for the day.

The Shooting Stars for the day were:

1. Josh Arieh Table 19
2. "Miami" John Cernuto Table 23
3. T.J. Cloutier Table 17
4. Paul "The Truth" Darden Table 1
5. Freddy Deeb Table 8
6. Shannon Elizabeth Table 25
7. Layne Flack Table 9
8. Barry Greenstein Table 2
9. Hasan Habib Table 7
10. Mimi Tran Table 24
11. Dan Harrington Table 6
12. Kenna James Table 18
13. Chip Jett Table 16
14. John Juanda Table 10
15. Phil "Unabomber" Laak Table 4
16. Tuan Le Table 13
17. Toto Leonidas Table 24
18. Erick Lindgren Table 22
19. Mike Matusow Table 20
20. Carlos Mortensen Table 5
21. John Phan Table 15
22. Salim Batshon Table 11
23. Gavin Smith Table 3
24. Jennifer Tilly Table 12
25. James Woods Table 14

Plenty of other professional players were also on hand for the tournament - perhaps as eager to collect a bounty on their fellow pros as the unknowns were. LAPC Champ Alan Goehring, Chris Bell, Robert Mizrachi, Chris "The Armenian Express" Grigorian, Lee Markholt, Chris Bigler, David Benyamine, Ed Moncada, Tony Ma, Kristy Gazes, "Gentleman" John Gale, Bob Stupak, Tony Cousineau, "Captain" Tom Franklin, Steve Zolotow, Jerri Thomas, Michael Tait, Isabelle "No Mercy" Mercier, Shandor Szentkuti, Patrik Antonius, Jean-Robert Bellande, Martin de Knijff, David Singer, Daniel Alaei, Michael Woo, Blair Rodman, James Van Alstyne, Joe Sebok, Liz Lieu, Shirley "Poker Babe" Rosario, and Matt Keikoan were among the pros playing on Day 1B.

Two professional players were knocked out within the first few hands. Clonie Gowan got all-in with her pocket kings but found herself up against an opponent holding two pair with 7-6; needless to say, she left quickly and in a sour mood. Also gone early on was Bill "The Stunning One" Edler, who was in better spirits than Gowan upon his knockout but unwilling to share his bustout hand. It was apparent from the beginning that the pace set on Day 1A was going to be kept during the second flight.

One of the things unique about the Shooting Stars concept is that it promotes a certain level of recklessness among the lesser-known players that one usually doesn't see in a $10,000 buy-in event. Shannon Elizabeth found this out first-hand when she got all her money in with A-A and was called by Q-T of clubs, only to find two queens on the flop. Toto Leonidas also fell victim when his A-A were cracked by Eli Strickland's 6-4 of hearts and two sixes came on the flop; to make things that much worse, the case six fell on the turn to give Strickland quads (and a fresh $5,000 pile of $100 bills). The number of bizarre bustout hands certainly goes up in a tournament with this format.

There were no dramatic confrontations on Day 1B of the sort that occurred when Phil Hellmuth was in the room. Outside of the stranger Shooting Star bustouts, most of the day was filled very straightforward and friendly poker. When the day closed out, all the remaining players left to prepare themselves for the combined field that would kick off on Wednesday at 12 PM PST.

Here are the final chip counts after the end of both flights of Day One.

1 Vineet Sharma $ 134,700
2 Stuart Fahmy $ 125,100
3 Robert Mizrachi $ 115,800
4 Freddy Bonyadi $ 107,600
5 Kirk Morrison $ 104,600
6 Larry Elliot $ 100,600
7 Tom Henning $ 91,900
8 John Smith $ 91,500
9 Jason Stern $ 89,100
10 Brad "Yukon" Booth $ 88,700
11 An-Nan Chen $ 88,200
12 Layne Flack $ 86,100
13 Yakoub Bellawala $ 85,300
14 Jennifer Tilly $ 84,900
15 Todd Arnold $ 83,600
16 Kelly Zoudo $ 82,600
17 Ravi Udayakumar $ 81,600
18 Xin Shen $ 81,500
19 Edward Moncada $ 78,200
20 Fabrice Soulier $ 72,400
21 Luong Trinh $ 72,100
22 Chip Reese $ 68,400
23 Kent Lin $ 67,500
24 Gus Hansen $ 65,100
25 Nam Le $ 64,900
26 Mike Heshmati $ 62,600
27 Daniel Lukban $ 62,100
28 John Ku $ 59,900
29 Kyle Tapp $ 59,000
30 Danny Smith $ 58,300
31 Allen Kessler $ 57,900
32 Ralph Macri $ 52,900
33 Nick Schulman $ 52,800
34 Steve Kwak $ 52,400
35 Christer Uhrman $ 51,900
36 John Gale $ 51,800
37 Sam Zoudo $ 51,100
38 Chris Gregorian $ 50,300
39 Ben Sarnoff $ 50,100
40 Gabe "Puma" Thaler $ 49,000
41 Randy Gil $ 47,700
42 Allen Cunningham $ 47,500
43 Minh Nguyen $ 47,300
44 Salim Batshon $ 47,200
45 Jason Norris $ 47,100
46 Brooks Goodnight $ 46,000
47 Stanley Barton $ 44,700
48 Amnon Filippi $ 43,700
49 Chad Brown $ 42,700
50 "Miami" John Cernuto $ 42,300
51 JJ Liu $ 41,800
52 Jefferson Stone $ 41,100
53 TR Congas $ 40,700
54 Patrik Antonius $ 38,700
55 Mickey Seagle $ 38,200
56 Dan Maloney $ 37,300
57 Brian Hua $ 37,300
58 Tony Moore $ 36,200
59 Steve Zolotow $ 35,500
60 Bob Slezak $ 35,400
61 Bernard Ko $ 34,800
62 Sovann "Tony" Sin $ 34,800
63 Joe Sebok $ 33,500
64 Harry Thomas $ 33,500
65 Bill Derego $ 33,100
66 Ron Ware $ 32,600
67 Michael Woo $ 32,300
68 Jerry Rettgarn $ 31,300
69 David Plastik $ 30,500
70 Doyle Brunson $ 30,500
71 Sam Von Duhn $ 30,200
72 Hoang Vu $ 29,300
73 Christian Kruel $ 29,300
74 Juan Carlos Mortensen $ 29,000
75 Roy Obriecht $ 27,100
76 Isabelle Mercier $ 25,900
77 Jeff Kimber $ 25,400
78 Ken Moss $ 25,300
79 Tony Nguyen $ 25,300
80 Stephan Ovepyan $ 25,300
81 James Deyette $ 25,300
82 Hoa Nguyen $ 25,100
83 Nenad Medic $ 24,900
84 Wai Yip $ 24,200
85 Alan Cummins $ 24,200
86 Bruce Feldman $ 24,000
87 Daniel Needleman $ 23,900
88 Nghia Chu $ 23,800
89 Dan Harrington $ 23,600
90 Brian Cochran $ 22,900
91 Richard Harroch $ 22,800
92 Todd Bui $ 22,500
93 Gerald Feinerman $ 21,900
94 Steve Crockett $ 21,800
95 Bobby Wisiak $ 21,500
96 Tannie Shannon $ 21,300
97 Shane Schleger $ 20,600
98 David John $ 20,400
99 Andrew Sindoni $ 19,300
100 Curtis Stark $ 19,300
101 David Williams $ 18,800
102 Jim Pechac $ 18,500
103 Geoffrey Wright $ 18,300
104 Mark Gregorich $ 18,100
105 William Gustafik $ 17,200
106 Serena Liu $ 16,600
107 Rob Sheen $ 14,100
108 David Stamm $ 13,800
109 David Daneshgar $ 13,700
110 Kia Zolfaghari $ 13,700
111 Maureen Feduniak $ 13,600
112 Mike Mifsud $ 13,600
113 Ron Burke $ 11,600
114 Kevin O Donnell $ 11,100
115 Alex Morales $ 10,700
116 Brad Redmon $ 9,300
117 Alfred Beddow Jr. $ 8,800
118 Brian Stonaff $ 8,500
119 John Brewster $ 6,600
 


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