The poker world is full of facts, figures, stats and records. With so many numbers being crunched day in and day out, sometimes it is tough to see what they all add up to. That is why BLUFF brings you some of the more interesting numbers related to the big tournaments, big stories, and big personalities in the poker world. Some are factual, some are fun, some are both. In this edition, we look at the latest big stop on the WPT, the Bay 101 Shooting Star event, by the numbers:
0 Number of Shooting Star bounties at this year’s final table. For the first time in the nine years the WPT has been covering the event, one of the bounties did not make it to the final table. Seven of the nearly fifty bounties did make the money, but the best finish was by Jonathan Duhamel, who took 13th place.
2 Most number of bounties won by any player in this year’s event. In past tournaments, there have been bounty hunters who racked up several $5,000 KOs, but this year no one earned more than two. Joe Serock, Mike McClain, Michael Wywrot, and Shooting Star Jonathan Duhamel each picked up two bounties.
5 Number of players at this year’s final table who collected a Shooting Star bounty. Erik Cajelais was the only one of the six who didn’t pick up at least an extra $5,000. Joe Serock had $10,000 in bounty money for eliminating Marvin Rettenmaier and Allen Cunningham. Moon Kim busted Nam Le, Ubaid Habib took out Jonathan Duhamel, Joe Elpayaa eliminated Fabrice Soulier, and Andrew Badecker picked up Men Nguyen’s bounty.
8 Career WPT cashes for Erik Cajelais. Cajelais made his second career WPT final table at San Jose and was far and away the most experienced player at the final table. Cajelais came in with the chip lead and experience on his side, but the lengthy stretch of play without an elimination took its toll on Cajelais’ stack and he finished in fourth place.
10 Finishing position for Marko Trapani Jr. Just one year after his brother, Chris Trapani, took 12th place in this event, Marko outperformed him by two spots. The two brothers play this event each year as a tribute to their father, the late Marko Trapani, who was a former owner of the Bay 101 and one of minds behind the Bay 101 Shooting Star event.
37 finishing position for Shooting Star Kathy Liebert. For the second consecutive WPT event, a big name went out on the exact bubble. Liebert just missed the money, busting out at the hands of fellow Shooting Star Men Nguyen, whose A-10 outflopped Liebert’s A-Q.
112 Number of hands at the final table before the field lost a player. It took almost five hours before Joe Elpayaa busted out in sixth place. It is the longest stretch of six-handed final table action in the history of the World Poker Tour.
30,000 Approximate amount of money raised by the Silicon Valley Poker Challenge. This year marked the second installment of the charity poker event, which raised money for the newly formed WP Foundation. While the official launch of WPT Foundation took place at the SLS Hotel in Beverly, this event did take place under the WPT Foundation banner and is an example of the kind of philanthropic events to come in the future.
32,600 Total dollars in buy-ins the six final tablist spent to play in this year’s Bay 101 Main Event. Half of the table won their way in for way less than the actual buy-in. Ubaid Habib won his way in via a $200 rebuy event, while Champion Moon Kim and Andrew Badecker both earned their seats in $1,000 satellies. Those discounted $10,000 seats seem like even more of a bargain when you consider nearly $2.2 million were up for grabs at the final table.
960,900 Money awarded to the latest Bay 101 Champion, Moon Kim. That total includes his $25,500 seat in the WPT Championship. It is only the third time in nine years that the winner of this event took home less than seven figures. The only other players to not earn a million for winning in San Jose are Season VIII Champion McLean Karr and the first WPT Bay 101 winner, Season II Champ Phil Gordon.
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