WPT: Moon Kim Shines Bright at Shooting Star Final Table

Kim won his way into the event on a $1,000 satellite

If you are a fan of Cinderella stories, then you will probably be happy with how the final table of the World Poker Tour’s Bay 101 Shooting Star event played out. The final table began with four pros and two recreational players. Erik Cajelais held the chip lead and had more live experience than anyone else at the final table. By the time play got down to heads-up though, the pros were long gone and it was two guys who normally spar at the $2/$5 battling heads-up for a WPT title and almost $1 million.

In the end, the California Jeweler Moon Kim beat out fellow Bay 101 regular Ubaid Habib to claim the title and the $960,900 payday.  The heads-up bout was just the end of a marathon day of poker that began with 112 hands without an elimination. As previously mentioned, Cajelais began the day with the chip lead, but the hours of play without a bustout shook up the chip counts.

Joe Elpayaa began the day last in chips, put together a rally, but ultimately busted out in sixth place after he made a move with QJ only to run into Andrew Badecker’s pocket kings. That helped Badecker chip up, but it only prolonged his stay at the final table a little while longer. He exited in fifth place when his AK could not outflip Kim’s pocket fours.

Fourth place honors went to Cajelais, who lost a big pot by doubling up Joe Serock, then hit the rail at the hands of Habib a short while later.  Serock fell next, losing a flip to Kim to take action heads-up between the locals.  Habib put up a fight even after starting with a 3-2 chip disadvantage, but Kim could not be stopped.  On the final hand of action, Kim shoved all-in on the flop with a flush draw, Habib called with top pair, and Kim rivered a flush to take the pot and the life-changing payday.

Next up for the WPT is a trip to Vienna from April 10th-15th. It is the last European stop of the season. Form there, the tour will pay two visits to Florida in April, then run the $25,000 Championship, where Kim will be in attendance, in May.

Here are the final table results from the 2012 Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event final table:

1st: Moon Kim – $960,900 (includes $25,500 WPT World Championship seat)
2nd: Ubaid Habib – $570,200
3rd: Joe Serock – $320,400
4th: Erik Cajelais – $256,300
5th: Andrew Badecker – $192,300
6th: Joseph Elpayaa – $128,200

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