James Carroll Claims $10K Bonus as Day 1A Chipleader of Bay 101 Shooting Star Classic

The race got tight at the end, but James Carroll ended Day 1A with the chiplead and claimed the $10,000 bonus payout.

The race got tight at the end, but James Carroll ended Day 1A with the chiplead and claimed the $10,000 bonus.

There’s been a lot of record-breaking and history-making over the last few months on the World Poker Tour, and while it’s still incredibly early on in the World Poker Tour’s Bay 101 Shooting Star Classic James Carroll made an emphatic statement on Day 1A.

The defending champion at Bay 101 put together yet another impressive day of poker Monday, as Carroll bagged up the chiplead. While it would be an advantageous position in any tournament, the format at the Bay 101 Shooting Star sweetened the prize further as Carroll earned a $10,000 bonus for being a Day 1 chipleader.

He’s one of several Shooting Stars who utilized the bullseye of a $2,500 bounty to accumulate a massive stack on Day 1A. Carroll’s 297,600 is best, but John Hennigan (248,700), Brian Rast (237,000) and Faraz Jaka (219,700) each ended the night in the top 10. Joe Kuether (151,500), Bryn Kenney (136,800) and Joe Serock (130,900) are just off that pace, and a whopping 20 of the 106 players who advanced carried Shooting Star bounty medals around their necks all day.

BLUFF.com WPT One to Watch Garrett Greer was one of those 20 bounties to survive Day 1A, and the only One to Watch to bag chips at the end of the night. It wasn’t as good a day for fellow Ones to Watch Justin Zaki or Daniel Strelitz, who failed to play through all 11 levels. Candace Collins was also part of the Day 1A field, and while she went out midway through the day she hopped into a single table satellite to try to win her single re-entry back into the field on Tuesday.

Each player is entitled one re-entry if they so choose, and it could come on the same day or during the other starting session. Shooting Star Joe Hachem fired both bullets unsuccessfully, while others, most notably Daniel Negreanu, opted to wait until Day 1B to try again. All told, there were 311 entries on Day 1A, with an even bigger number set to play the second and final starting session.

They’d be right to register as soon as possible, because the entirety of the initial seating at Bay 101 has already been sold out.

Players will be given alternate numbers based on their order of registration, and with the ability to enter all the way through the start of Day 2 every player who wishes to enter should be able to get into the field, though it might take some time for that to happen.

Day 1B action kicks off at 11 am PST from Bay 101, with 11 one-hour levels on the docket. BLUFF’s own Kevin Mathers is one of the Shooting Stars Tuesday, and he’ll be one of many players with a big target on them throughout the day’s action.

2015 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Classic – End of Day 1A Chip Counts

  1. James Carroll – 297,600
  2. Ravee Mathi – 282,000
  3. David Miscikowski – 253,900
  4. John Hennigan – 248,700
  5. Brian Rast – 237,000
  6. Justin Young – 224,300
  7. Faraz Jaka – 219,700
  8. Dean Freedlander – 209,100
  9. Grayson Ramage – 167,000
  10. Steve Na – 166,900
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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