Sunday, March 9, 2014

Players are now in the money

Ana Marquez raised to 7,000 preflop and called her opponent's all in of 48,500.  Ana held [Th][Tc] and was flipping with her opponent's [Kc][Qc].  The board ran out [7s][5d][7h][5s][3d] to send a player to the rail in 28th place.

The remaining 27 players are now in the money, with a mincash worth $5,130.  Players have re-drawn for seats and are now continuing 1,500/3,000 blinds.  Play will conclude for the night once a final table is reached.

We are now hand for hand

With the elimination of our 28th place finisher, we are now hand for hand.  Each table will play one hand and then hold up until all tables are complete.  As soon as one more player busts, we will be in the money.

Anthony Zinno rakes a huge pot going into break

Before the flop, Brandon Shane raised and was called by Anthony Zinno.  The flop fell [4h][As][6d] and Brandon's continuation bet was met by a raise from Anthony.  Brandon called, and they saw the [8s] fall on the turn.  Brandon check-called a 20,000 bet from Anthony, and the two saw a [Kc] river.  Brandon checked one more time and was dismayed to see Anthony move all in.  His tank that lasted well into the break, and many players and rail watched until Brandon released his hand, pictured above.  Anthony is now up to 191,000 going into the bubble.

Randy Lew has been eliminated just shy of the money

Randy Lewis is out of his seat before the river card is dealt
Randy Lew was all in preflop holding [Ah][Kh] against his opponent's [Jh][Jd].  The [4d][Kd][6c] flop put Randy in the lead, but that quickly changed when the [Jc] hit the turn.  Randy was drawing dead, so the [9s] river didn't matter to him.  He quickly verified that he was covered before exiting the tournament in 31st place, just out of the money.

Down to 36 players

Randy Lew (left) joins David Peters (foreground, right) on the Featured Table
We are now down to the final 36 players in the Shooting Star $2k.  Only 9 more players need to bust before the rest of the field is in the money.

You can watch our live Featured Table by clicking on "Watch Live Stream" at the top of this page.  Along with other local players, Randy Lew has just taken the 2 seat, and David Peters is in the 6 seat.

David Peters out-flips his opponent

David Peters watches his opponent move all in
After a raise from the player on his right, David Peters put in a 3-bet to 9,400.  The player on his left cold 4-bet all in for approximately 29,000, and action folded back to David, who went in the tank for some time.  He eventually called the all in with A-Q, and it was a flip against his opponent's pocket jacks.  David flopped an ace, and it held through the turn and river.  He now sits on approximately 87,000.

With that elimination, there are now 40 players left in the tournament, with the top 27 making the money.  The blinds are currently 1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante, and the average stack is 75,000.

Players are now on dinner break

Tournament staff are coloring up and racing off the 25 chips while the field goes to their dinner break. Play will resume at approximately 6:30pm PST, and the blinds will be 400/800 with a 100 ante.

Players are now on break

With the conclusion of level 6, the 178 remaining players are now on a 15 minute break.  When play resumes, the blinds will be 200/400 with a 50 ante.  Average stack is nearing 17,000 chips.

Chip counts at level 6

Chip leader Pat Lyons
Here are some select chip counts from around the room. Players are currently playing 150/300 blinds with a 50 ante, and the average stack is approaching 15,000.

Pat Lyons - 66,000
Steve Dempsey - 39,925
Ana Marquez - 30,950
Randy Lew - 27,400
Jonathan Duhamel - 22,100
Mohsin Charania - 20,000
David Peters - 17,500
Joseph Cheong - 17,175
Matt Salsberg - 15,100
Faraz Jaka - 14,600
Amit Makhija - 13,000
Will Failla - 12,975
Jason Koon -11,125
Dominik Nitsche - 10,750
Marvin Rettenmaier - 9,850
Dan Smith - 9,800
Tim West - 5,750

Prize pool & payouts

A total of 300 players entered today's Shooting Star $2k, creating a prize pool of $570,000.  The top 27 players will be in the money, and the final 3 players will earn a $7,500 Main Event seat in addition to a cash prize.  Here are all of the payouts:

1st Place: $152,080 + $7,500 Main Event seat
2nd Place: $86,550 + $7,500 Main Event seat
3rd Place: $55,200 + $7,500 Main Event seat
4th Place: $43,610
5th Place: $32,490
6th Place: $25,080
7th Place: $19,380
8th Place: $14,250
9th Place: $10,260
10th-12th Place: $7,980
13th-15th Place: $6,840
16th-18th Place: $5,990
19th-27th Place: $5,130

More photos from around the room

Nam Le
Amit Makhija
Ana Marquez

Brian Brubaker
Dan Smith

John Racener
Matt Salsberg
Pat Lyons
Paul Volpe
Randy Lew
Tony Dunst waits to see if he can get a seat

Players are now on break

We have reached the first break of the day in the Bay 101 Shooting Star $2k.  Alternates are still being seated, and approximately 285 players have taken their seats so far, with the tournament sold out at 300 players.  When they return, the blinds will be 75/150 with a 25 ante.

Photos from around the room

As we start level 3 in the Shooting Star $2k (75/150 blinds), here are some photos of some recognizable faces from around the room:

Amir Lehavot
Bobby Seur
Dan O'Brien
David Forster
David Peters
Dominik Nitsche
Greg Sessler
Jonathan Duhamel
Joseph Cheong
Matt Stout
Mohsin Charania
Tim West
Will Failla

Shooting Star $2,000 No Limit is under way

Cards are in the air for today's Shooting Star $2,000 No Limit tournament.  Plays start with 10,000 in chips and will be playing 40 minute levels.  Full structure is available here.

You can watch our featured table by clicking "Watch Live Video" at the top of this page.

Shooting Star $2k will begin in 45 minutes

Happy Daylight Savings Time!  Today is the $2,000 Shooting Star No Limit event at 11am, which means that cards will be in the air in 45 minutes.  This event is sold out with the board reading 300 players, including alternates.  We will play down to a final table, which will play tomorrow.

Tomorrow starts the $7,500 Shooting Star Main Event, with two Day 1's.  There will be $2,500 bounties at every table, and the chip leader at the end of each Day 1 will earn $10,000.

We will be live streaming a feature table at when the tournament begins.