Thursday, March 21, 2019

Loni Harwood Leads Final Five Survivors at Bay 101 Shooting Star Final Table with 6,040,000


Day 3 at the Bay 101 Shooting Star $5,200 no-limit hold'em Main Event has come to a close with five players advancing to the final day on Friday from 27 players that returned at the start of play. There are two Shooting Star bounties among the group of survivors with Loni Harwood and Dan Shak still in the mix.

The chip leader at the end of play is Harwood with 6,040,000. Harwood started her rise when she doubled through Day 3 chip leader Brian Altman early in the day that won her the largest pot of the tournament at that point in play. The other stacks remaining belong to Ryan Tosoc (5,045,000), Shak (3,475,000), Sandeep Pulusani (1,645,000), and John Andress (1,380,000).

The field charged all the way down to the final table of six a little after 4 pm today, and then those final six players played out the remaining time left in Level 23 before play ended.

Steve Kim was lost in sixth place during that time, and his bustout came in the craziest hand of the tournament. Kim was all in preflop for 710,000 with pocket aces, and Sandeep Pulusani had him covered holding pocket kings. The board ran out Q-10-7-A-J to give Pulusani a Broadway straight on the river that elicited a huge reaction from the players and the surrounding rail.

Here are the remaining payouts still up for grabs:

1st Place: $408,000
2nd Place: $282,900
3rd Place: $200,055
4th Place: $142,440
5th Place: $103,710



Day 4 will resume at Noon on Friday, and that is when the field will return to continue their march to the champion. Blinds will begin in Level 24 at 15,000-30,000 with a big blind ante of 30,000. Tune back in tomorrow for live updates, chip counts, and photos from the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, California.

YouTube Video: Dan Shak Day 3 interview

John Andress Doubles Through Sandeep Pusulani


Level 23
Blinds: 15,000 - 25,000 with a 25,000 bb ante
Remaining: 5/440

One hand after being pushed off a big pot by Ryan Tosoc - costing him 30 percent of his stack - John Andress opens for 60,000 and draws one caller in Sandeep Pusulani.

Andress makes it 50,000 to go on the [Ks][4c][ 9h] flop, a call from Pusulani.

Turn is [4h], two 100k plaques are bet by Andress, Pusulani grabbing a large handful of plaques, betting those and Andress calls off his 525,000 total stack.

Andress - [Ac][Kd] for two pair
Pusulani - [Ah][8h] for a flush draw

River [Ad] and Andress doubles up less than 10 minutes from the end of Day 3 play.

John Andress - 1,315,000 (53bb)
Sandeep Pulusani - 2,600,000 (104bb)

6th Place: Steve Kim ($76,850)


Level 23
Blinds: 15,000 - 25,000 with a 25,000 bb ante
Remaining: 5/440

Steve Kim moves in preflop for his last 710,000 and Sandeep Pulusani - the next to act - takes a reasonable amount of time before announcing he's also all-in for a much larger stack.

Everyone gets out of the way and Pulusani quickly flips up [Kc][Kd].

The sizable rail groans momentarily, then erupts when Kim shows [Ah][Ac]

The [7c][Ts][Qc] flop keeps Kim in the lead, and he turns [Ad] for a set, Pulusani down to a gutter Jack for Broadway.

Well, you see, what happened was ...

River [Jd]

The players at the table, the entire rail, even floor staff gathered around react with a wide variety of stunned comments and facial expressions as Kim is out.

Sandeep Pulusani - 3,150,000 (126bb)
Steve Kim - Eliminated in 6th place ($76,850)



Dan Shak Moves All In, Uncalled


Level 23
Blinds: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 bb ante
Remaining: 6/440

Sandeep Pulusani raises to 60,000 from the cutoff and Dan Shak reraises to 265,000 from the small blind. Ryan Tosoc folds the big blind and Sandeep elects to make the call.

The flop falls [9s][Kc][5d] and Dan continues for 300,000. Sandeep again calls after some thought.

The turn comes [2c] and Dan announces all in. After a few seconds, Sandeep releases his hand and Dan chips up to 3,580,000.

Steve Kim Chips Up


Level 23
Blinds: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 bb ante
Remaining: 6/440

There's 185,000 in the pot preflop, John Andress and Steve Kim - the short stack at the final table - check the [8h][Qh][5h] flop.

Andress makes it 100,000 to go on the [Ah] turn and Kim makes the call, leaving himself 625,000 behind.

River is [9c] and both players check.

Kim tables [9h][9d] for a flush and Andress mucks.

Steve Kim - 1,000,000
John Andress - 1,650,000

7th Place: Hiroaki Harada ($57,980)


Level 23
Blinds: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 bb ante
Remaining: 7/440

Hiroaki Harada raised to 60,000 and Sandeep Pulusani made the call from the small blind. Loni Harwood reraised to 250,000 from the big blind and Hiroaki moved allin. Sandeep got out of the way and Loni made the quick call.

Hiroaki [Ks][Kh]
Loni [As][Ah]

Hiroaki was as unlucky as you could be to start this final table, and he was looking for a king to survive. The [Jc][5d][2h][Qh][3d] board failed to provide a suckout, however, and Hiroaki will exit this tournament in 7th place, good for $57,980.

One Table Remains


Level 23
Blinds: 15000-25000 with a 25000 bb ante
Remaining: 7/440

One elimination away from establishing tomorrow's final day of play, the last seven players in the 2019 Shooting Star are now gathered around the final table in the tournament.

  1. Sandeep Pulusani
  2. Loni Harwood - Shooting Star
  3. Dan Shak - Shooting Star
  4. Hiroaki Harada
  5. Ryan Tosoc
  6. John Andress
  7. Steve Kim

8th Place: Antonios Roungeris ($57,980)


Level 23
Blinds: 15000 25000 with a 25000 bb ante
Remaining: 7/440

Antonios Roungeris is all in preflop for 246,000, and Sandeep Pulusani has him covered. Here is a look at their cards.

Pulusani: [9h][9c]
Roungeris: [Ad][6s]

Board: [Jh][4h][3c][Ks][7s]

Roungeris is eliminated in eighth place, good for $57,980, and Pulusani stacks up 2.41 million.

Sandeep Pulusani - 2,410,000 (96 bb)
Antonois Roungeris - Eliminated in Eighth Place ($57,980)

9th Place: John Ko ($44,555)


Level 23
Blinds: 15000 25000 with a 25000 bb ante
Remaining: 8/440

John Ko moves in for his last 300,000 and draws a call from Sandeep Pulusani.

Ko - [Qc][9c]
Pulisani [Kd][Ks]

The board runs out [5d][2c][3c][Ah][Ad] and Ko is out two from the final table.

Sandeep Pulusani - 2,750,000
John Ko - Eliminated in 9th place ($44,555)

Level 23 Chip Counts


Level 23
Blinds: 15000 - 25000 with a 25000 bb ante
Remaining: 9/440


RyanTosoc3,625,000
LoniHarwood3,280,000
DanShak2,950,000
SandeepPulusani2,360,000
JohnAndress2,095,000
HiraokiHarada2,020,000
JonKo480,000
SteveKim475,000
AntoniosRoungeris225,000


Steve Kim doubles through Shooting Star Dan Shak


Level 23
Blinds: 15,000 - 25,000 with a 25,000 bb ante
Remaining: 9/440

Action folded to Dan Shak in the small blind who raised. Steve Kim reraised all in for not much more in the big blind and Dan made the call.

Steve [Qh][Qd]
Dan [Ac][Kh]

When the [Qc][3c][5s] flop fell, the rail exploded in support of their local player. The [As] turn paired Dan but he was drawing dead. The meaningless [6s] hit the river, and Steve doubled up to 670,000.

Level 23 Begins (9 Players Remain)

The blinds increase to 15,000-25,000 with a 25,000 big blind ante for the start of Level 22 on Day 3 at the Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event. There are currently nine players remaining in the hunt to advance to the final table on Friday.

Break Time

The players are taking another 15-minute break.

10th Place: James Carroll ($44,555)


Level 22
Blinds: 10,000-20,000 with a 20,000 bb ante
Remaining: 10/440

James Caroll raised UTG to 45,000 and found callers in Ryan Tosoc in the hijack, Jon Ko in the small blind, and Sandeep Pulsani in the big blind. The flop fell [2s][7s][8d] and James moved all in after being checked to. Ryan called, and the remaining two players folded.

James [Js][Ts]
Ryan [9s][8s]

Ryan had flopped top pair and a flush draw but James had many outs a bigger flush draw, a gutshot, and two overs. The [Qd] turn and [6d] river failed to improve James's hand and he will exit this tournament in 10th place, good for $44,555.

11th Place: Guy Hadas ($34,875)


Level 22
Blinds: 10000-20000 with a 20000 bb ante
Remaining: 10/440

Guy Hadas is all in preflop for 460,000 from the cutoff, and Ryan Tosoc has him covered from the button. Here is a look at their cards.

Tosoc: [As][Ac]
Hadas: [Ah][10s]

Board: [8s][6d][4d][3c][Ks]

Hadas is eliminated in 11th place, good for $34,875, and Tosoc is up to 2.78 million.

Ryan Tosoc - 2,780,000 (139 bb)
Guy Hadas - Eliminated in 11th Place ($34,875)

12th Place: Yotam Shmuelov ($34,875)


Level 22
Blinds: 10000-20000 with a 20000 bb ante
Remaining: 11/440

The flop reads [8h][7c][6s] when Yotam Shmuelov (pictured) gets all in for 245,000 from the small blind, and Ryan Tosoc has him covered on the big blind. Here is a look at their cards.

Tosoc: [Jc][8c]
Shmuelov: [5d][4d]

Turn and River: [6c][Kc]

Shmuelov is eliminated in 12th place, good for $34,875, and Tosoc stacks up 1.94 million thanks to a flush on the river.

Ryan Tosoc - 1,940,000 (97 bb)
Yotam Shmuelov - Eliminated in 12th Place ($34,875)

John Ko Doubles Thru Sandeep Pulusani

Level 22
Blinds: 10000-20000 with a 20000 bb ante
Remaining: 12/440

John Ko is all in preflop for 280,000 on the button, and Sandeep Pulusani has him covered holding [Kc][Kh] on the small blind. The board falls [As][Qd][Jc][Jh][8c], and Ko doubles up to survive with 610,000. Pulusani holds 2.4 million after the hand.

John Ko - 610,000 (30 bb)
Sandeep Pulusani - 2,400,000 (120 bb)

13th Place: Axel Werner ($27,825)


Level 22
Blinds: 10000-20000 with a 20000 bb ante
Remaining: 12/440

A few hands after doubling up Yotam Shmuelov for the third time, Axel Werner moves in preflop for his last 300,000 and is called by Sandeep Pulusani.

Werner - [As][4h]
Pulusani - [Jd][Jh]

The board goes [8c][9c][4d][2h][5c] and Werner is out in 13th.

Sandeep Pulusani - 2,350,000
Axel Werner - Eliminated in 13th place ($27,825)

Axel Werner Doubles Thru James Carroll


Level 22
Blinds: 10000-20000 with a 20000 bb ante
Remaining: 13/440

Axel Werner is all in on a short stack with [Ah][6c] in the hole from the small blind, and James Carroll has him covered holding [8c][7d] from the button. The board runs out [Qh][Qd][2c][9c][Ks], and Werner doubles up to survive with 350,000. Carroll holds 1.51 million after the hand.

Axel Werner - 350,000 (17 bb)
James Carroll - 1,510,000 (75 bb)

Fourth Double for Yotam Shmuelov


Level  22
Blinds: 10000-20000 with a 20000 bb ante
Remaining: 13/440

Axel Werner opens for 45,000 and Yotam Shmuelov slows the pace with a pay jump looming. Shmuelov eventually puts out 140,000, leaving himself a single red 5000-chip behind as a card protector.

Action folds back to Werner who puts out 145,000, thinking Shmuelov is all in, but the dealer kicks back a 5k chip and off to the flop they go.

[3s][2s][Qh]

Werner immediately flips out a 5k chip and Shmuelov tanks. Sandeep Pulusani calls clock and James Carroll calls for Matt Savage. A brief discussion takes place about how fast the clock was called, with Savage replying to Shmuelov.

"You know why they did this, right?" Shmuelov nods in agreement and puts out the chip.

Shmuelov- [Ad][Qd] for TopTop
Werner - [6c][6s] for 2nd pair

The board goes [Kd][Jd] and Shmuelov doubles for the fourth time in the last two hours, moving to 300,000, Werner drops to the same stack.

John Ko Doubles Through Loni Harwood


Level 22
Blinds: 10000-20000 with a 20000 bb ante
Remaining: 13/440

Action folds around to John Ko in the sb who doesn't hesitate to toss his last 175,000 in the middle.

"You don't want to think about it," jokes bb Loni Harwood.
"I don't need to think about it," laughs Ko.

Harwood calls and off to the flop they go.

Ko - [Kd][Qd]
Harwood - [Ac][4d]

[2s][Ts][Ks] and Ko takes the lead, the board finishing up [2h][Jd].

John Ko - 380,000
Loni Harwood - 3,050,000

14th Place: Michael Dyer ($27,825)


Level 21
Blinds: 10,000-20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Remaining: 13/440


Michael Dyer (pictured) opens the pot with a raise, and one player calls before Dan Shak reraises to 220,000. Dyer reraises all in for 1.15 million, the third player gets out of the way, and Shak calls to cover him. The two players then table their cards.

Shak: Q-Q
Dyer: 9-9

Board: [Kd][Jh][6c][8h][Ac]

Dyer is eliminated in 14th place, good for $27,825, and Shak stacks up 2.49 million after collecting the pot.

Dan Shak - 2,490,000 (124 bb)
Michael Dyer - Eliminated in 14th Place ($27,825)

Level 22 Chip Counts - Loni Harwood Leads


Level 22
Blinds: 10000-20000 with a 20000 bb ante
Remaining: 14/440

Loni Harwood has better than a 1 million-chip lead as the final 14 players return from break in Day 2 of the Shooting Start. here's estimated chipcounts for the field.

LoniHarwood3,245,000
SandeepPulusani2,090,000
JohnAndress2,080,000
JamesCarroll1,690,000
DanShak1,310,000
RyanTosoc1,305,000
AntoniosRoungeris1,270,000
HiraokiHarada1,255,000
MichaelDyer1,050,000
SteveKim695,000
GuyHadas460,000
YotamShmuelov355,000
AxelWerner220,000
JonKo175,000
MrityunjayJha15th
JimmyZeledon16th
CaseyMcCarrel17th
RonMcMillen18th

Level 22 Begins (14 Players Remain)

The blinds increase to 10,000-20,000 with a 20,000 big blind ante for the start of Level 22 on Day 3 at the Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event. There are currently 14 players remaining in the hunt to advance to the final table on Friday.

Yotam Shmuelov doubles through James Carroll


Level 21
Blinds: 8,000-16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Remaining: 14/440

Yotam Shmuelov is all in for his last 141,000 holding [Ah][Kh] and is up against the [Ts][9d] of James Carroll. The [5d][7d][7c] flop keeps ace high in front, but the [8s] gives Yotam a bit of a sweat as James picks up an open ended straight draw to go with his two live cards. The [2s] hits the river to double Yotam up on the last hand before break.

Break Time

The players are taking another 15-minute break. Here are the eliminations today up to this point:

15th Place: Mrityunjay Jha ($22,635)
16th Place: Jimmy Zeledon ($22,635)
17th Place: Casey McCarrel ($18,775)
18th Place: Ron McMillen ($18,775)
19th Place: Adam Duong ($15,895)
20th Place: Amir Turkzadeh ($15,895)
21st Place: David Stewart ($15,895)
22nd Place: Art Bisquera ($15,895)
23th Place: Phuoc Nguyen ($15,895)
24th Place: Mohsin Charania ($15,895)
25th Place: Brian Altman ($13,865)
26th Place: Joe Nguyen ($13,865)
27th Place: Eddy Sabat ($13,865)

Guy Hadas Doubles Thru James Carroll Again


Level 21
Blinds: 8000-16000 with a 16000 ante
Remaining: 15/440

Guy Hadas is all in preflop with [Ad][Qc] in the hole under the gun, and James Carroll has him covered from the button holding [9c][9d]. The board is dealt [As][8c][3d][Ah][3h], and Hadas doubles up to 435,000. Carroll holds 1.8 million after the hand.

Guy Hadas - 435,000 (27 bb)
James Carroll - 1,800,000 (112 bb)

15th Place: Mrityunjay Jha ($22,635)


Yotam Shmuelov Doubles Again Through Axel Werner


Level 21
Blinds: 8000-16000 with a 16000 ante
Remaining: 15/440

Sandeep Pulusani opens for a 32,000 minraise, Axel Werner comes along from the sb and Yotam Shmuelov - with 95,000 behind - takes about 30 seconds before deciding to just call from the bb.

[8d][4h][Tc] goes the flop, Werner bets 45,000 and Shmuelov's last 79,000 come extremely close to beating Werner's chips in to the pot. Pulusani mucks and up go the cards.

Shmuelov - [Kd][Td] for top pair
Werner - [Js][8s] for second pair

The turn and river run out [6c][5s] and Shmuelov, for the second time this level, doubles through Werner.

Yotam Shmuelov - 230,000
Axel Werner - 400,000

Guy Hadas Doubles Through James Carroll


Level 21
Blinds: 8000-16000 with a 16000 ante
Remaining: 16/440

James Carroll opens to 32,000, action folds to Guy Hadas in the bb and he moves in for his last 241,000. Carroll asks for a count and makes the call.

Hadas - [Ac][Qs]
Carroll - [4c][4d]

Hadas jumps in front as soon as the [Qc] shows in the window.

The rest of the board goes [6s][7s][Qd][5s] and Hadas doubles to 300,000, with Carroll slipping back a bit to 1.25 million.

16th Place: Jimmy Zeledon ($22,635)


Level 21
Blinds: 8,000-16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Remaining: 17/440

Action folded to Jimy Zeledon in the small blind and he moved all in for 202,000. Steve Kim in the big blind made the call and exposed [Ks][Ts] which was ahead of Jimmy's [Qd][3s]. The [4s][5c][7s] flop gave Jimmy a gutshot straight with his two live cards, but he had to avoid a spade as Steve had picked up a flush draw. The [6c] was the magical card Jimmy wanted, filling his straight. But the [Qs] hit the river to complete Steve's flush, and Jimmy will have to settle for 16th place. He will collect $22,635 for his efforts.

Yotam Shmuelov Doubles Thru Axel Werner


Level 21
Blinds: 8,000-16,000 with a 16,000 bb ante
Players Remaining: 16 of 440

Axel Werner raises to 40,000 preflop on the button, and Yotam Shmuelov reraises to 100,000 on the small blind, leaving himself just a few thousand left behind. The flop is dealt [8s][4c][3c], Shmuelov gets the last of his chips into the middle, and Werner has him covered. Here is a look at their cards.

Shmuelov: [Ks][Qd]
Werner: [10d][2c]

Turn and River: [8c][Kd]

Shmuelov doubles up to survive with 246,000, and Werner holds 470,000 after the hand.

Yoram Shmuelov - 246,000 (15 bb)
Alex Werner - 470,000 (29 bb)

Three Table Redraw With Chip Counts


Level 21
Blinds: 8000-16000 with a 16000 ante
Remaining: 18/440

TABLE 29
1CaseyMcCarrel17th Place
2GuyHadas140,000
3SandeepPulusani1,950,000
4JamesCarroll1,500,000
5AxelWerner1,060,000
6YotamShmuelov150,000
TABLE 28
1LoniHarwood2,200,000
2RyanTosoc1,350,000
3MrityunjayJha675,000
4AntoniosRoungeris1,125,000
5JonKo270,000
6RonMcMillen18th Place
TABLE 27
1HiraokiHarada850,000
2MichaelDyer1,200,000
3JimmyZeledon410,000
4SteveKim950,000
5JohnAndress1,980,000
6DanShak1,120,000

17th Place: Casey McCarrel ($18,775)


Level 21
Blinds: 8000-16000 with a 16000 ante
Remaining: 16/440

Casey McCarrel records his third Top-20 finish in a major in less than three weeks.

McCarrel is eliminated in 17th place by Sandeep Pulusani, just a few minutes after completion of the three-table redraw.

McCarrel was 16th at WPT LAPC, 15th at WPT Thunder Valley and 17th here, all for buy-ins of $5,000 or bigger, in the last 20 days.

Sandeep Pulusani - 1,950
Casey McCarrel - Eliminated in 17th place ($18,775)

18th Place: Ron McMillen ($18,775)


Level 21
Blinds: 8000-16000 with a 16000 ante
Remaining: 17/440

Ron McMillen is the first player out on Day 3 since the three-table redraw finished up.

Ron McMillen - Eliminated in 18th place ($18,775)

19th Place: Adam Duong ($15,895)


Level 20
Blinds: 8,000-16,000 with a 16,000 bb ante
Players Remaining: 18 of 440

Adam Duong is all in preflop, and James Carroll has him covered. Here is a look at their cards.

Carroll: [Ac][Ah]
Duong: [Ad][5c]

Board: [8c][5h][2h][6h][9s]

Duong is eliminated in 19th place, good for $15,895, and Carroll stacks up 1.64 million after the hand. The field is now drawing for new seats at the three final tables of six players.

James Carroll - 1,640,000 (102 bb)
Adam Duong - Eliminated in 19th Place ($15,895)

20th Place: Amir Turkzadeh ($15,895)


Level 21
Blinds: 8000-16000 with a 16000 ante
Remaining: 20/440

Amir Turkzadeh was all in holding [Ac][Kd] but was unlucky to run into the [As][Ad] of John Andress. The [Qs][Qh][5h] offered no help to Amir, and the [4s] turn meant he was drawing dead. The meaningless [Td] hit the river to eliminate Amir in 20th place, good for $15,895.

21st Place: David Stewart ($15,895)


Level 21
Blinds: 8000-16000 with a 16000 ante
Remaining: 20/440

David Stewart cashes for $15,895 for his 21st-place finish in the 2019 Bay 101 Shooting Star

Level 21 Begins (21 Players Remain)

The blinds increase to 8,000-16,000 with a 16,000 big blind ante for the start of Level 21 on Day 3 at the Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event. There are currently 21 players remaining in the hunt to advance to the final table on Friday.

Break Time

The players are taking their first 15-minute break of the day.

22nd Place: Art Bisquera ($15,895)


Level 20
Blinds: 6000-12000 with a 12000 bb ante
Remaining: 21/440

All in and a call on the flop on Table 27 - Art Bisquera at risk with [Qs][Qc] on the [Td][3c][2h] flop, against the [As][Kc] of Sandeep Pulusani.

[4h] turn keeps Bisquera (pictured) in front, but Pulusani catches the river [Ks] for the elimination.

Sandeep Pulusani - 490,000 (31bb)
Art Bisquera - Eliminated in 22nd place ($15,895)

23rd Place: Phuoc Nguyen ($15,895)


All in with similar stacks, Phuoc Nguyen holds [Ad][8d] against the [Td][Tc] of Ryan Tosoc. Phuoc picks up some outs on the [4c][8c][4s] flop, but the [9c] turn and [Qc] river fail to improve his hand. Ryan's flush will win the pot, and after counting down stacks, Phuoc has been eliminated in 23rd place. Phuoc will collect $15,895 for his efforts.

24th Place: Shooting Star Mohsin Charania ($15,895)



Level 20
Blinds: 6,000-12,000 with a 12,000 bb ante
Players Remaining: 23 of 440

Shooting Star Mohsin Charania is all in preflop for 282,000, and Shooting Star Dan Shak has him covered. Here is a look at their cards.

Shak: [Kc][Kh]
Charania: [7h][7d]

Board: [5c][5s][2s][10h][6d]

Charania is eliminated in 24th place, good for $15,895, and Shak stacks up 920,000.

Dan Shak - 920,000 (76 bb)
Mohsin Charania - Eliminated in 24th Place ($15,895)

25th Place: Brian Altman ($13,865)


Level 20
Blinds: 6,000-12,000 with a 12,000 bb ante
Players Remaining: 24 of 440

Hiroaki Harada raises to 28,000 preflop under the gun, Casey McCarrel calls on the cutoff, and Brian Altman (pictured) reraises all in on the button for 263,000. Harada calls, McCarrel reraises all in, and Harada calls all in for 582,000. All three players then flip over their cards.

Harada: [Kh][Kc]
Altman: [6d][6h]
McCarrel: [Ah][Kd]

Board: [Qh][Qc][8s][8c][Jd]

Altman is eliminated in 25th place, good for $13,865, Harada more than doubles up to 1,457,000, and McCarrel is at 343,000 after the hand.

Hiroaki Harada - 1,457,000 (121 bb)
Casey McCarrel - 343,000 (28 bb)
Brian Altman - Eliminated in 25th Place ($13,865)

Antonios Roungeris Doubles Through Phuoc Nguyen


We arrived to table 29 to see a full board of [Td][Jc][7c][Ah][3c] and the cards [Kc][Qs] in front of Antonios Roungeris. Phuoc Nguyen was paying off the all in of 517,000, and after the hand Antonios stacked up his chips and found himself sitting on over 1,350,000.

Hiroaki Harada Doubles Thru Shooting Star Loni Harwood


Level 20
Blinds: 6,000-12,000 with a 12,000 bb ante
Players Remaining: 25 of 440

Guy Hadas raises to 27,000 preflop on the button, Shooting Star Loni Harwood reraises to 130,000 from the small blind, and Hiroaki Harada reraises all in for 264,000 from the big blind. Hadas folds, Harwood calls, and the two remaining players reveal their cards.

Harada: [7s][7d]
Harwood: [Kc][9s]

Board: [Qc][Jd][8d][4d][4s]

Harada doubles up to survive with 573,000, and Harwood holds 2.19 million after the hand.

Hiroaki Harada - 573,000 (47 bb)
Loni Harwood - 2,190,000 (182 bb)

Shooting Star Loni Harwood Doubles Through Brian Altman


On a [5h][Qs][Th][4h] board, Shooting Star Loni Harwood is all in for 915,000. Brian Altman goes deep into the tank and is agonizing over his decision for minutes. Eventually he makes the call and sees the bad news

Loni [8h][7h]
Brian [Ah][Ad]

Loni had turned a flush but Brian still had outs with his ace high flush draw. The river [7d] was red but unfortunately for Brian it was not a heart. He shipped over a good portion of his stack to Loni who is now the tournament chip leader.




26th Place: Shooting Star Joe Nguyen ($13,865)


Level 20
Blinds: 6000-12000 with a 12000 bb ante
Remaining: 25/440

All in preflop for his last 200,000, Shooting Star Joe Nguyen - runner-up in the 2013 Bay 101 Shooting Star - needs help with his [Ah][7s] against the [Jc][Js] of Ryan Tosoc.

The board goes [2h][2s][3c][Qh][Tc] and Nguyen is out in 26th place, a $13,685 cash.

Tosoc moves to 1.15 million

27th Place: Shooting Star Eddy Sabat ($13,856)



Level 20
Blinds: 6,000-12,000 with a 12,000 bb ante
Players Remaining: 26 of 440

Shooting Star Eddy Sabat raises all in preflop for 198,000, and Mrityunjay Jha calls to cover him under the gun. James Carroll then reraises enough to put Jha all in from the hijack, and Jha gets out of the way. The two remaining players then reveal their cards.

Carroll: [Qd][Qh]
Sabat: [7h][7c]

Board: [Ah][Kc][6d][Jh][Kd]

Sabat is eliminated on the hand in 27th place, good for $13,865, and Carroll stacks up 1,205,000 after collecting the pot.

James Carroll - 1,205,000 (100 bb)
Eddy Sabat - Eliminated in 27th Place ($13,865



Jimmy Zeledon Doubles Through Michael Dyer


Level 20
Blinds: 6000-12000 with a 12000 bb ante
Remaining: 27/440

Jimmy Zeledon moves all in for his last 159,000 on the [8h][6s][Jc] flop, called by Michael Dyer.

Zeledon [7c][7s]
Dyer [4h][4s]

The board runs out [2c][8s] and Zeledon moves to 340,000, Dyer down to 900,000.

Shuffle Up and Deal

Level 20
Blinds: 6,000-12,000 with a 12,000 bb ante
Players Remaining: 27 of 440

Cards are in the air on Day 3 at the Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event. Levels will be 90 minutes in length today as the field plays down to a final table of six. Shuffle up and deal!

YouTube Video: Loni Harwood on Day 3

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Brian Altman Leads 27 Day 2 Survivors with 1,420,000



Day 2 at the Bay 101 Shooting Star $5,200 no-limit hold'em Main Event has come to a close with 27 players advancing to Day 3 on Thursday from 186 players that returned at the start of play. There are five Shooting Star bounties among the group of survivors.

The chip leader at the end of play is Brian Altman with 1,420,000. Other top stacks were bagged up by Loni Harwood (1,191,000), John Andress (1,152,000), Michael Dyer (1,111,000), and David Stewart (1,014,000). Altman and Dyer were the first two players to become millionaires in the chip standings earlier today, and they both finished the evening strong.

The money bubble burst today without the need for hand-for-hand play when Taek Kim hit the rail as the bubble boy before the final break of the day. The field then charged all the way down to redraw at the final six, six-handed tables when 36 remained before a few more players were lost before the end of play. Here are the remaining payouts:

1st Place: $408,000
2nd Place: $282,900
3rd Place: $200,055
4th Place: $142,440
5th Place: $103,710
6th Place: $76,850
7th-8th Place: $57,980
9th-10th Place: $44,555
11th-12th Place: $34,875
13th-14th Place: $27,825
15th-16th Place: $22,635
17th-18th Place: $18,775
19th-24th Place: $15,895
25th-27th Place: $13,865

Here is a look at chip counts and seating assignments for Day 3, as well as players that cashed today:



Day 3 will resume at 11:00 am on Thursday, and that is when the field will return to continue their march down to the final table. Tune back in tomorrow for live updates, chip counts, and photos from the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, California.