Mike Kamran isn’t a Shooting Star yet. But if he can have the kind of day on Thursday and Friday that he had on Wednesday he’ll most certainly be one at the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star event in 2010. Kamran wound up as the chip leader as players bagged their chips for the night on Day 2.
Kamran’s 570,500 puts him just ahead of Tony Behari (553,000) and Chris Moore (539,500). Only four of the bountied Shooting Star players remain in the tournament; Hoyt Corkins, Paul Wasicka, Joe Sebok and Kathy Liebert. Each Shooting Star is worth $5,000 to the player that eliminates them from the tournament. A total of 50 started the tournament.
Defending champion Brandon Cantu, also a Shooting Star as the defending champ, saw his run at a repeat end on Wednesday. He wasn’t the only bounty to be cashed in on Day 2 though. Annie Duke, David Pham, Howard Lederer, Jonathan Little, Eli Elezra, T.J. Cloutier, Allen Cunningham, Jen Harman, Gavin Smith, Erick Lindgren and Men Nguyen all bit the dust and made their executioner $5,000 richer.
The 21-year-old online poker phenom Isaac “westmenloAA” Baron was unable to maintain the level of play that put him at the top of the leaderboard after Day 1b and was eliminated before the bubble burst. Arguably the most popular guy in the room on Wednesday was Vincent Shaw after he burst the bubble having been eliminated in 46th place.
In another unique twist that Bay 101 Tournament Director Matt Savage has implemented the final 36 players will return to the tables at Noon on Thursday. Instead of playing nine-handed tables and 90 minute levels they’ll be playing six-handed with 2 hour levels.
WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Top 10 Day 2 Chip Counts
- Mike Kamran – 570,500
- Tony Behari – 553,000
- Chris Moore – 539,500
- Dan O’Brien – 478,000
- John Monnette – 459,000
- Tyler Cornell – 425,000
- Kathy Liebert – 385,000
- Chau Vu – 315,500
- Vikaly Yarkov – 305,000
- Steve Dempsey – 302,500
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