Friday, March 13, 2020

Bay 101 Shooting Star Final Results



BAY 101 SHOOTING STAR $5,200
23RD ANNUAL · MARCH 11-14, 2020
290 Entrants / $1,331,000 Prize Pool
(40 $2,000 bounties + 2 $5,000 chipleaders awarded)
Place Name Prize
1 Craig Varnell $159,710 *
2 Kristen Bicknell $141,520 *
3 Navin Mohan $132,780 *
4 Tyler Patterson $113,860 *
5 Anshul Kulshrestha $101,430 *
6 Michael Tureniec $91,180 *
7 John Andress $88,800 *
8 Anthony Zinno $55,600 *
9 Anthony Spinella $50,000 *
10 Lexy Gavin $41,060 *
11 Darren Elias $24,860
12 Phillip Hui $24,860
13 David Rheem $21,130
14 Nischal Collura $21,130
15 Mike Matusow $21,130
16 Michael McClain $17,595
17 Eric Wong $17,595
18 Munir Shahin $17,595
19 Anthony Yagobi $14,395
20 Tony Tran $14,395
21 Andrew Moreno $14,395
22 Taylor von Kriegenbergh $11,595
23 Bryan Ngo $11,595
24 Maxwell Young $11,595
25 Michael Abratique $10,265
26 Stephen Wan $10,265
27 Sean Marshall $10,265
28 Noel Rodriguez $9,040
29 David Kelsey $9,040
30 John Clenney $9,040
31 Chi Ng $9,040
32 Hiroaki Harada $9,040
33 Jonathan Bryan $9,040
34 Jordan Westmorland $9,040
35 Val Villa $9,040
36 Qi Hu $9,040
37 David Fong $9,040
* denotes 10 handed deal made

Ten Way Chop

Due to circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus, the final 10 players showed up to Day 3 and negotiated a ICM chop before play had started today. Here are the payouts:

PlaceNamePrize
1Craig Varnell$159,710 *
2Kristen Bicknell$141,520 *
3Navin Mohan$132,780 *
4Tyler Patterson$113,860 *
5Anshul Kulshrestha$101,430 *
6Michael Tureniec$91,180 *
7John Andress$88,800 *
8Anthony Zinno$55,600 *
9Anthony Spinella$50,000 *
10Lexy Gavin$41,060 *

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Craig Varnell Leads the Final 10 at Bay 101 Shooting Star



Day 2 at the Bay 101 Shooting Star $5,200 no-limit hold'em Main Event has come to a close with 10 players advancing to Day 3 on Friday from 290 entries after 106 returned to start the day. There are five Shooting Star bounties among the group of survivors.

The chip leader at the end of play is Craig Varnell with 2,700,000. Other top stacks were bagged up by Kristen Bicknell (2,110,000), and Navin Mohan rounds out the top three with 1,860,000. Half the field remaining are Shooting Star bounties, with Varnell, Bicknell, Tyler Patterson, Anthony Zinno, and Lexy Gavin still in the mix.

Here is the seating chart with chip counts for Day 3.

Table 30
Seat 1: Lexy Gavin - 160,000
Seat 2: Michael Tureniec - 900,000
Seat 3: Tyler Patterson - 1,389,000
Seat 4: Anshul Kulshrestha - 1,105,000
Seat 5: Anthony Zinno - 330,000

Table 31
Seat 1: Navin Mohan - 1,860,000
Seat 2: Craig Varnell - 2,700,000
Seat 3: Kristen Bicknell - 2,110,000
Seat 4: Anthony Spinella - 260,000
Seat 5: John Andress - 855,000

Remaining Prize Pool:

1st Place: $300,650
2nd Place: $201,615
3rd Place: $130,100
4th Place: $82,180
5th Place: $63,550
6th Place: $52,555
7th Place: $44,190
8th Place: $36,660
9th Place: $30,180
10th Place: $24,860

The money bubble burst around 2:15 pm, and that was when the final 37 players were guaranteed at least $9,040 in prize money. Here is a look at the players that went on to cash during the day.

11th: Darren Elias - $24,860
12th: Phillip Hui - $24,860
13th: Chino Rheem - $21,130
14th: Nischal Colluru - $21,130
15th: Mike Matusow - $21,130
16th: Michael McClain - $17,595
17th: Eric Wong - $17,595
18th: Munir Shahin - $17,595
19th Anthony Yagobi - $14,395
20th: Tony Tran - $14,395
21st: Andrew Moreno - $14,395
22nd: Taylor Von Kriegenbergh - $11,595
23rd: Bryan Ngo - $11,595
24th: Maxwell Young - $11,595
25th: Michael Abratique - $10,265
26th: Stephen Wan - $10,265
27th: Sean Marshall - $10,265
28th: Noel Rodriguez - $9,040
29th: David Kelsey - $9,040
30th: John Clenney - $9,040
31st: Chi Ng - $9,040
32nd: Hiroaki Harada - $9,040
33rd: Jonathan Bryan - $9,040
34th: Jordan Westmorland - $9,040
35th: Val Villa - $9,040
36th: Qi Hu - $9,040
37th: David Fong - $9,040

Day 3 will resume at 10:00 am on Friday, and that is when the field will return to play down to a champion. Tune back in tomorrow for live updates, chip counts, and photos from the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, California.

Shooting Star Anthony Zinno Doubles Up

Level: 21
Blinds: 8000.16000 with a big blind ante of 16000
Players: 10 remaining from 290 entries

Down to 14BB, Shooting Star Anthony Zinno moves in preflop and is called by Michael Tureniec late in Level 21.

[Qc] [Td] for Zinno and he needs help against the [Ad] [Qs] of Tureniec.

Help arrives on the [9c] [Th] [Jd] flop to give Zinno a pair, but Tureniec picks up an open-ended straight draw.

[5h] [2d] goes the runout and Zinno survives, moving to 270,000, Tureniec back to 785,000.

Tureniec Cracks Zinno's Aces


Level: 21
Blinds: 8000.16000 with a big blind ante of 16000
Players: 10 remaining from 290 entries

The pot builds to 460,000 by the turn, action between Michael Tureniec and Shooting Star Anthony Zinno - the board reading [Tc] [7d] [5d] [6s].

Tureniec adds 260,000 to the pot when the river [7c] comes and Zinno finds a call.

[Th] [Ts] for Tureniec for a flopped set that rivered a full house. He was not ahead preflop, for Zinno shows his Aces were just cracked.

Darren Elias Eliminated in 11th Place ($24,860)

Level 20
Blinds: 6,000-12,000 with a big blind ante of 12,000
Players: 10 remaining from 290 Entries

The flop reads [Js][8c][4h] when Darren Elias gets all in under the gun with [Kd][Jd] in the hole. Anthony Zinno has him covered holding [As][Jh] on the cutoff. The turn and river fall [7d][5h], and Elias is eliminated in 11th place, good for $24,860. Zinno stacks up 890,000 after the hand.

Chipcounts on Break


Level: 20
Blinds: 6000.12000 with a big blind ante of 12000
Players: 12 remaining from 290 entries

The final 12 players are on their way back from break, here's a look at estimated chipcounts a the final two hour-long levels of the day are about to start.

CraigVarnell2,335,000
JohnAndress1,570,000
NavinMohan1,325,000
AnthonySpinella1,175,000
AnshulKulshrestha1,015,000
KristenBicknell925,000
MichaelTureniec695,000
TylerPatterson690,000
AnthonyZinno555,000
DarrenElias485,000
LexyGavin475,000
PhilHui300,000

12th Place: Phillip Hui ($24,860)

Shooting Star Phillip Hui was allin preflop holding [Kd][Qc] and was up against the [Ad][Th] of Kristen Bicknell. The board ran out [2h][6d][5d][3c][Js] keeping the ace high in front. Phillip will exit this tournament in 12th place, good for $24,860.

Here are recent eliminations, each earning $21,130:
13th Place: David Rheem
14th Place: Nischal Collura
15th Place: Mike Matusow

Shooting Star Lexy Gavin Doubles Thru Michael Tureniec

Level 19
Blinds: 5,000-10,000 with a big blind ante of 10,000
Players: 12 remaining from 290 entries

Lexy Gavin is all in with [As][Jh] in the hole, and Michael Tureniec has her covered holding [Ac][Kh]. The board runs out [Qd][4d][2c][Js][9s], and Gavin doubles up to survive with 548,000. Tureniec holds 580,000 after the hand.

Shooting Star Chino Rheem Eliminated in 13th Place ($21,130)

Level 19
Blinds: 5,000-10,000 with a big blind ante of 10,000
Players: 12 remaining from 290 entries

Shooting Star Craig Varnell raises to 20,000 preflop from the button, and Shooting Star Chino Rheem reraises to 100,000 from the small blind. Varnell reraises all in, and Rheem calls all in. The two players then table their cards.

Varnell: [Ad][2d]
Rheem: [9c][8c]

Board: [9h][5c][3d][As][2h]

Rheem is eliminated in 13th place, good for $21,130, and Varnell has a huge chip lead with 2.38 million in his stack.


John Andress Takes Huge Pot from Chino Rheem


Level: 19
Blinds: 5000.10000 with a big blind ante of 10000
Players: 13 remaining from 290 entries

The 25,000 chips started flying early in this hand between Shooting Star Chino Rheem and last year's 5th-place finisher John Andress. The pot balloons to 1,000,000 on the [Kc] [7d] [Ts] flop.

The turn is [6c] and Andress (pictured) moves all in for 895,000 - Rheem has 510,000 behind so the decision is for the one-time tournament chipleader's competition life.

There's plenty of Rheem-based table-talk, including, "All I have is a pair, just one," is what comes across as an attempt to claim he's holding Aces.

Some 6 minutes peel from the clock before the cards go in the muck and Andress moves to the chiplead at 1,895,000 .. and Rheem's table-talk continues, albeit at a lower volume.

Shooting Star Mike Matusow Eliminated in 15th Place ($21,130)

Level 19
Blinds: 5,000-10,000 with a big blind ante of 10,000
Players: 14 remaining from 290 entries

Shooting Star Mike Matusow is all in preflop holding [Ad][7d] from the small blind, and Shooting Star Anthony Zinno has him covered with [8s][8c] in the hole from the big blind. The final board reads [9d][5h][2h][Js][6c], and Matusow is eliminated in 15th place, good for $21,130. Zinno stacks up 590,000 after collecting the pot.

Shooting Star Mike Matusow Doubles Thru Shooting Star Anthony Zinno

Level 19
Blinds: 5,000-10,000 with a big blind ante of 10,000
Players: 15 remaining from 290 entries

The flop reads [As][9h][3s] when Shooting Star Mike Matusow gets all in for 203,000 from the button, and Shooting Star Anthony Zinno has him covered holding [Kd][Kh]. The turn and river fall [Qs][7h], and Matusow doubles up to survive with 431,000. Zinno is down 110,000 after the hand.


John Andress takes from Chino Rheem

John Andress raised preflop from under the gun and got three calls including Chino Rheem in the small blind and Kristen Bickness in the big blind. Action checked to John on a [Kc][Qd][6h] flop and he c-bet, and only Chino called. The [Td] brought another check-call from Chino. When the [4s] hit the river, Chino checked once more and faced a 225,000 bet from John.

Chino mulled over his decision for minutes while talking through the hand, telling John he could beat "aces and ace-king, but that's it." After almost mucking and almost calling, Chino finally called to see the bad news. John had flopped a set with his [Qs][Qh], which is the hand Chino had predicted John had. Chino chided himself for calling, saying, "I hate when I know exactly what they have and I pay them anyways."

Watch a video of some of the action below.

Shooting Star Kristen Bicknell Doubles Through Mike Matusow


Level: 18
Blinds: 3000.6000 and a big blind ante of 6000
Players: 17 remaining from 290 entries

We pick up action on the river - 300,000 already in the pot - with Shooting Star Mike Matusow leading out for 150,000, the board reading [9s] [Jh] [7h] [2h] [6d], and Kristen Bicknell debating her options.

Bicknell opts to move all in and Matusow asks for a count (355,000). As Matusow debates, Chino Rheem comes over and receives a verbal reprimand from Matt Savage after Rheem fires out more a few expletives and a derogatory comment directed at Matusow.

Matusow calls and Bicknell turns up [Kh] [Th] for a King-high flush. The hand is clearly good FTW, as Matusow sits staring at the board, but he refuses to table or release his hand. Savage calls for the hand to be shown, and after a few more seconds, Matusow turns up [Ah] [Jc].

Bicknell moves to 1 million, Matusow slips to 230,000

Recent eliminations: 16th-21st Place

The field has been trimmed to 15 players, of which 9 of them are Shooting Star bounties. Here are the recent eliminations and their payouts:

16th Place: Michael McClain ($17,595)
17th Place: Eric Wong($17,595)
18th Place: Munir Shahin ($17,595)
19th Place: Anthony Yagobi ($14,395)
20th Place: Tony Tran ($14,395)
21th Place: Andrew Moreno ($14,395)

Munir Shahin Eliminated in 18th Place ($17,595)

Level 18
Blinds: 4,000-8,000 with a big blind ante of 8,000
Players: 17 remaining from 290 entries

The flop reads [As][6s][3c] when Munir Shahin gets all in with [Ad][10s] from the hijack. John Andress has him covered holding [Ah][Ks], and the turn and river run out [Qh][Jd]. Shahin is eliminated in 18th place, good for $17,595, and Andress stacks up 1,075,000 after collecting the pot.

Anshul Kulshrestha doubles through Tyler Patterson


Anshul Kulshrestha is all in on a 2-4-6-8 board and Tyler Patterson is in the tank. After some time, Tyler slams in the calling chips to see the bad news. Anshul tables pocket tens and Tyler's [As][2s] is beat. The river is a blank and Anshul smiles as he doubles up with 17 players remaining.

Mike Matusow's all in is uncalled


At 4,000/8,000 blinds, Darren Elias opened to 17,000 and Mike Matusow calls next to act. Action folded to Kristen Bicknell in the big blind who 3-bet to 110,000. Darren got out of the way but Mike moved all in for 505,000. Kristen thought about it for a bit before giving it up.

After the hand, Mike said that was a play from the Phil Hellmuth playbook... "smooth call with kings and hope someone else reraises."

Half of Field is a Shooting Star

Level: 18
Blinds: 4000.8000 with a big blind ante of 8000
Players: 18 remaining from 290 entries

Matt Savage just completed a redraw for the final three tables and we see nine of the remaining 18 players are Shooting Stars with $2,000 bounties on them


  • Kristen Bicknell
  • Lexy Gavin
  • Darren Elias
  • Anthony Zinno
  • Craig Varnell
  • Phil Hui
  • Tyler Patterson
  • Chino Rheem
  • Mike Matusow

19th Place: Anthony Yagobi ($14,395)


Anthony Yagobi was all in from the small blind holding [Qs][7c] and was called by Mike Matusow in the big blind holding [As][Ah]. The [Qc][7d][Js] was a miracle flop for Anthony as he flopped two pair. The [5c] changed nothing, but the [Ad] hit the river to improve Mike to a set. Anthony will exit this tournament in 19th place, good for $14,395.

The remaining 18 players are now redrawing for seats at the final three tables.

Recent eliminations: 22nd-27th Place

As Level 17 nears completion, the field has been trimmed to 21 players. There will be a full redraw at 18 players. Here are recent eliminations:

22nd Place: Taylor von Kriegenbergh ($11,595)
23rd Place: Bryan Ngo ($11,595)
24th Place: Maxwell Young ($11,595)
25th Place: Michael Abratique ($10,265)
26th Place: Stephen Wan ($10,265)
27th Place: Sean Marshall ($10,265)

Shooting Star Mike Matusow Doubles Thru Taylor Vn Kreigenbergh

Level 17
Blinds: 3,000-6,000 with a big blind ante of 6,000
Players: 23 remaining from 290 entries

Shooting Star Mike Matusow opens the pot with a raise, and Taylor Von Kreigenbergh reraises to 133,000 from the small blind. Matusow calls before the flop is dealt [10c][9s][8s], and Matusow calls off his last 30,000 after Von Kriegenbergh bets. The two players then table their cards.

Matusow: [Ad][Qd]
Von Kriegenbergh: [6c][6h]

Turn and River: [8h][10d]

Matusow doubles up to survive with 341,000, and Von Kriegenbergh holds 190,000 after the hand.

Shooting Star Phil Hui Doubles Twice Through Craig Varnell


Level: 17
Blinds: 3000.6000 with a big blind ante of 6000
Players: 24 remaining from 290 entries

One hand after doubling through Shooting Start Craig Varnell, fellow Shooting Star Phil Hui moves back in, this time for 165,000 and Varnell once again makes the call.

Varnell quickly tables [7h] [7d], sees Hui table his cards and says, "Oh come on!" when Hui shows [Ad] [Ac].

[Jd] [8c] [Jc] goes the flop, the turn [9h] giving Varnell an open-ended draw, the river [6c] giving Hui back-to-back doubles to move to 335,000.

Varnell 'slips' to 1.2 million

Shooting Star Mike Matusow Doubles Thru Shooting Star Chino Rheem

Level 17
Blinds: 3,000-6,000 with a big blind ante of 6,000
Players: 26 remaining from 190 entries

The board reads [Ah][Js][2h][6c] when Shooting Star Mike Matusow gets all in with [Kc][Jd] in the hole from the cutoff, and Chino Rheem has him covered holding [As][9s]. The river delivers the [Jc], and Matusow doubles up to survive with 180,000. Rheem is still cruising 1,594,000 after the hand.

Chipcounts for Shooting Stars

Level: 17
Blinds: 3000.6000 with a big blind ante of 6000
Players: 26 remaining from 290 entries

Down to 26 players and there's nine remaining Shooting Stars with a $2,000 bounty on them. Here's a look at estimated chipcounts for the bounties.

ChinoRheem1,200,000
CraigVarnell1,050,000
TylerPatterson730,000
DarrenElias560,000
AnthonyZinno530,000
LexyGavin375,000
KristenBicknell330,000
PhilHui310,000
MikeMatusow170,000

Anthony Yagobi Doubles Thru Shooting Star Mike Matusow

Level 17
Blinds: 3,000-6,000 with a big blind ante of 6,000
Players: 27 remaining from 290 entries

Anthony Yagobi is all in with [Qh][Qs] in the hole, and Shooting Star Mike Matusow has him covered holding [Kc][Jh] on a board reading [Ad][10c][6s][7d][3d]. Yagobi doubles up to survive with 160,000, and Matusow holds 75,000 after the hand.

Recent eliminations: 28th-37th Place ($9,040)

The field is now down to 27 players. Here are the recent eliminations who earned a mincash of $9,040:

28th Place: Noel Rodriguez
29th Place: David Kelsey
30th Place: John Clenney
31st Place: Chi Ng
32nd Place: Hiroaki Harada
33rd Place: Jonathan Bryan
34th Place: Jordan Westmorland
35th Place: Val Villa
36th Place: Qi Hu
37th Place: David Fong

Nischal Colluru Doubles Thru Tony Tran

Level 16
Blinds: 3,000-5,000 with a big blind ante of 5,000
Players: 29 remaining from 290 entries

Nischal Colluru is all in with [9s][9h] in the hole under the gun, and Tony Tran has him covered holding [Ac][Ks] on the small blind. The final board reads [Kc][10s][6d][5c][9c], and Colluru doubles up to survive with 279,000. Tran is down to 425,000 after the hand.

Shooting Star Tyler Patterson Chips Up


Level: 16
Blinds: 3000.5000 with a big bind ante of 5000
Players: 30 remaining from 290 entries

A big pot is already established between Shooting Star Tyler Patterson and Taylor Von Kriegenbergh on the [3d] [7h] [9h] flop.

Patterson leads out for 22,000 more on the [Ks] turn, only to see Von Kriegenbergh make it 50,000. Patterson pauses a moment, asks for a count, then cuts out calling chips and places them in the pot.

River is [9s] and Von Kriegenbergh makes it 115,000. The pause is a bit longer this time before Patterson makes the call.

Von Kriegenbergh starts to muck, then turns up [8c] [Tc] for an open-ended straight draw that bricked the turn and river.

Patterson shows he turned 73o preflop in to a flopped bottom two that holds FTW.

Patterson moves to 730,000, Von Kriegenbergh to 340,000

Shooting Star Kristen Bicknell Doubles Up

Level 16
Blinds: 3,000-5,000 with a big blind ante of 5,000
Players: 32 remaining of 290 entries

Shooting Star Kristen Bicknell is all in with [Ks][Qc] in the hole from the button, and the cutoff has her covered holding [Ac][10s]. The board runs out [Kh][10h][5h][9s][Jc], and Bicknell doubles up to survive with 264,000 after collecting the pot.

Mohan Eliminates Villa, Moves to a Milly


Level: 16
Blinds: 3000.5000 with a big blind ante of 5000
Players: 34 remaining from 290 entries

Navin Mohan opens for 12,000, Baltazar Villa 3-bets to 45,000, action folds back around to Mohan and he moves all-in to put Villa at risk.

Villa opts to call off his stack, after a short amount of internal debate.

[Ac] [Qs] for Villa
[Kh] [Kc] for Mohan

Villa picks up a Broadway draw on the [Td] [Ks] [Qd] flop, Mohan improving to a set.

[2c] on the turn offers no change, and as if he needed it, Mohan goes quads with the river [Kd].

Villa is eliminated in 35th place, cashing for $9,040.

Mohan becomes the first player to reach seven-figures, sitting now at 1,050,000.

Anthony Zinno knocks one out


From early position, Anthony Zinno raises to 12,000 before the button and the small blind call. The big blind moves all in and Anthony moves all in over the top, forcing two folds.

Anthony [Ac][Ks]
Big blind [7s][7c]

The small blind said he folded ace queen as the flop fell [Kh][6c][5d]. Anthony flopped the best hand with a pair of kings and would need to dodge one of the two remaining sevens to eliminate his opponent. The [5s] turn and [2d] river meant the field had been trimmed to 36 players.

Players are now redrawing for seats at six 6-handed tables.

Shooting Star Chino Rheem Pops Money Bubble


Level: 16
Blinds: 3000.5000 with a big blind ante of 5000
Players: 37 remaining from 290 entries

Phaly Nou moves in for his last 61,000 on the second money-bubble hand, drawing calls from two of the tournament's big stacks in Chino Rheem and Navin Mohan.

[3c] [Jd] [Tc] goes the flop, Rheem leads out for 45,000 and Mohan mucks face up - but the cards go away before I can see what they were.

Queens for Rheem, up against the Ace_King of Nou.

The board runs out Ten_Five and Nou is eliminated on the money bubble, the remaining 37 players are in the money.

Rheem regains the chiplead at 950,000 after this hand and the previous one where he took a 250,000 pot with Kings to chip down Sean Marshall.

Level 16 Chipcounts

Level: 16
Blinds: 3000.5000 with a big blind ante of 5000
Players: 39 remaining from 290 entries

The final 39 players in the Shooting Star are on a 15-minute break. Here's a look at semi, kind'a almost accurate, estimated chipcounts from a random selection of players in the field.


NavinMohan875,000
CraigVarnell875,000
ChinoRheem675,000
TaylorVon Kriegenbergh520,000
MunirShahin520,000
AnthonySpinella465,000
JohnAndress400,000
TylerPatterson380,000
TonyTran370,000
LexyGavin365,000
AndrewMoreno365,000
NoelRodriguez310,000
PhilHui270,000
AnthonyZinno215,000
MikeMatusow210,000
HiroakaHarada175,000
KristenBicknell125,000

Mohan Moves to No. 2 Stack

Level 15
Blinds; 2,000-4,000 with a big blind ante of 4,000
Players: 39 remaining from 290 entries

The outer tournament table tilts to the left as Navin Mohan moves over to join Chino Rheem.

Mohan brings a 800,000 stack as his table breaks, joining Rheem who is at 675,000.

Craig Varnell continues to lead at 900,000 with the field now two eliminations away from the money.

Play Begins on the Money Bubble

Level 15
Blinds; 2,000-4,000 with a big blind ante of 4,000
Players: 39 remaining from 290 entries

Play has begun the money bubble. When two more players fall the remaining 37 will take home at least $9,040 in prize money.

Shooting Star Kristen Bicknell Doubles Up

Level 15
Blinds: 2,000-4,000 with a big blind ante of 4,000
Players: 41 players remaining from 290 entries

Shooting Star Kristen Bicknell is all in preflop with [10c][10d] in the hole, and her opponent holds [Ah][9d] under the gun. The board runs out [7c][2h][2c][Kd][Jd], and Bicknell doubles up to survive with 128,000 after collecting the pot.

Sean Marshall Eliminates One


Level 15
Blinds 2000.4000 with a big blind ante of 4000
Players: 43 remaining from 290 entries

Sean Marshall opens, a short-stacked player moves in for 6BB, Chino Rheem makes the call and Marshall adds enough chips to complete a call as well.

Marshall and Rheem check down the [Tc] [9c] [4c] flop and the [5s] turn, but Marshall bets out 25,000 on the fourth Club [7c]. Rheem pauses, checks his cards, mumbles out, "you better have it," and mucks.

Marshall shows [Kc] [Qs], prompting the all-in player to toss his cards forward, the [Ah] landing face-up atop the muck and the [Qc] landing face-up atop Marshall's cards.

Marshall moves to 385,000

Shooting Star Loni Harwood Eliminated by Andrew Moreno in Three-Way All-In

Level 15
Blinds: 2,000-4,000 with a big blind ante of 4,000
Players: 48 players remaining from 290 entries

Shooting Star Loni Harwood is all in with [Ac][Qc] from the big blind, UTG is all in with [Kd][Kh], and Andrew Moreno has them both covered on a flop reading [5c][3c][3s]. The turn and river are then dealt [6d][Qh], and Harwood and UTG are eliminated. Moreno picks up the bunty and Shooting Star shirt, and he now holds 390,000.

Shooting Star Joe Nguyen doubles up again


Shooting Star Joe Nguyen found himself all in before the flop again. This time he held [Ad][7c] against [Ts][6c]. The flop fell [3d][9d][Tc] and Joe begun getting out of his seat. The [Qh] hit the turn and Joe started collecting his belongings, but the [Ac] hit the river to keep Joe alive with 45 players remaining.

Navin Mohan Takes One Out

Level 14
Blinds: 2,000-3,000 with a big blind ante of 3,000
Players: 58 remaining from 290 entries

The small blind is all in holding [Ks][9s], but Navin Mohan has him covered with [Ac][Kh] in the hole from the big blind. The board runs out [As][Kd][5h][10d][9d], and the small blind is eliminated. Mohan stacks up 515,000 after the hand.

Tony Tran Eliminates Michael Hahn


Level 14
Blinds 2000.3000 with 3000 ante
Players 48 remaining from 290 entries

Shooting Star Joe Nguyen is in the BB and Tony Tran jokes before the cards come out that he plans to go after the $2,000 bounty on Nguyen.

Tran (pictured) opens for 16,000, action folds over to Michael Hahn who pauses, checks the scoreboard and places out a stack of 12 5k chips for a raise to 60,000. Everyone else steps aside (no bounty-win on this one, folks) and then Tran takes pause.

"Did I bet that?" Tran asks, seeming confused as why there's three 5k's and a single 1k chip in front of his cards. Tran apparently misclicked, meaning to raise to 8,000 with three 1k's and a single 5k, but he inadvertently reversed the chip-order.

"Well, I'm all in," he says and Hahn snap-calls-off his stack.

[Ah] [Kh] for Hahn but he ran in to a misclicked [Ac] [Ad] of Tran.

The board runs out [Th] [8h] [9s] [3c] [9c] and Hahn is eliminated.

Trean, who on Tuesday collected $279k for winning the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event, moves to 400,000.

Shooting Star Joe Nguyen doubles up


Shooting Star Joe Nguyen is all in holding [Ad][Th] and is up against his opponent's [Kd][7c]. The flop comes [7d][9s][4h] to give Joe's opponent a pair of sevens, but he retakes the lead on the [Ac] turn. The river falls the [9c] and Joe will double up.

Shooting Star Mike Matusow doubles up again


Arriving at a new table, Mike Matusow put his newfound chips to good use as he was all in again. This time he held [7h][7c] against his opponent's [Kh][Qc]. The board ran out [5c][2h][6c][2d][9h] to keep Mike's sevens in front, and he will earn another doubleup.

Shooting Star Mike Matusow doubles up


Shooting Star Mike Matusow was all in from early position for 63,000 and was called by a player in middle position. Action folded to Anthony Yagobi in the big blind who made a pained laydown.

Mike [As][7s]
Middle position [Ah][Jh]

Mike would need to get lucky to surive, and the [2s][8s][Qh] brought Mike a flush draw. The [Th] turn removed the [7h] as an out for Mike, but the [Qs] hit the river to give Mike the winning flush and the doubleup.

Shooting Star Tyler Patterson Doubles Up

Level 14
Blinds: 2,000-3,000 with a big blind ante of 3,000
Players: 76 remaining from 290 entries

Tyler Patterson is all in preflop for 125,000 with [Ad][Ac] in the hole from the cutoff, and Ryan Pang calls to cover him from middle position holding [9s][9d]. The board runs out [Qd][5d][3h][7h][3c], and Patterson doubles up to survive with 258,000. Pang is down to 26,000 after paying out the double, and he is eliminated from the tournament a short time later.

Elias Eliminates Mather

Level 14
Blinds: 2,000-3,000 with a big blind ante of 3,000
Players 62 remaining from 290 entries

All in for his last 50,000 with [As] [Jh] Bob Mather is behind the [Ah] [Kh] of Shooting Star Darren Elias.

The board runs out [7h] [4c] [6c] [Th] [2d] and Mather is eliminated 25 from the money.

First break of Day 2

66 players remain as we go to the first break of Day 2. Tournament staff are coloring up and racing off the 500 chips, and blinds will be 2,000/3,000 with a 3,000 big blind ante when play resumes.

Chino Rheem has arrived


Nearly 2 hours into play, Chino Rheem has finally arrived. He raised the first hand back, and after folding the flop, he has 565,000 in his stack.

Ron McMillen Eliminated in Three-Way All-In


Level 13
Blinds: 1,500-2,500 with a big blind ante of 2,500
Players 82 remaining from 290 entries

Ron McMillen raises to 6,000 from middle position, Caset McCarrell reraises to 23,000 from the button, and Craig Varnell reraises to 85,000 from the big blind. McMillen then calls all in for 47,000, McCarrel reraises all in for 160,000, and Varnell quickly calls to cover them both. All three players then flip over their cards.

Varnell: [Ah][Ad]
McCarrel: [Ac][Ks]
McMillen: [4h][4d]

Board: [9c][5c][3c][8d][Kd]

McMillen and McCarrel are both eliminated from the tournament, and Varnell is now one of the chip leaders with a stack of 565,000.

Big Stacks Emerge


We are 90 minutes in to Day 2 and start-of-day chipleader Chino Rheem has yet to make his appearance, his stack slowly blinding down as blinds are 1500/2500 with a 2500 ante right now.

Rheem has 'slipped' down 580,000 as two live stacks are now higher up on the leaderboard.

Craig Varnell (pictured) leads at 800,000, adding 480,000 since play began at 10 a.m. Munir Shahin is up to 610,000 to claim the No. 2 spot, with Baltazar Villa's 407,000 the only other stack that is more than 300k right now.

Shooting Star Frank Stepuchin Eliminated by Craig Varnell

Level 13
Blinds: 1,500-2,500 with a big blind ante of 2,500
Players 86 remaining from 290 entries

Frank Stepuchin is all in preflop for 34,000 from the hijack with [10d][10c] in the hole, and Craig Varnell calls to cover him holding [6c][6s] from the big blind. The board hits the table [Kc][6h][3c][4d][Qc], and Stepuchin is eliminated. Varnell collects the bounty and Shooting Star shirt from Stepuchin, and he stacks up 260,000 after the hand.

Shooting Star Faraz Jaka Eliminated


Q-the-TD is called to an outer table as Shooting Star Faraz Jaka is all in early in Level 13 here on Day 2.

Up against a challenger's [3h] [3s] Jaka turns up [Kh] [Qh].

The board runs out [9d] [8s] [Ah] [9s] [9c] and Jaka is out.

Shooting Star Frank Stepuchin Doubles Thru Casey McCarrel

Level 12
Blinds: 1,000-2,000 with a big blind ante of 2,000
Players: 89 remaining from 290 entries

Shooting Star Frank Stepuchin moves all in preflop with [Qs][10c] in the hole, and Casey McCarrel calls to cover him with [8c][7c]. The board is dealt [5c][3s][2h][10s][6s], and Stepuchin doubles up to survive with 22,500. McCarrel holds 210,000 after paying out the double.

Shooting Star Darren Elias on a Major Heater


Starting today with 3BB, Shooting Star Darren Elias doubled on the first Day 2 hand, found another double an orbit later, and soon thereafter it was Matt Savage on the mic announcing yet another Elias double.

Having worked his way up to 85,000 - that's 13x on the day to you and me - Elias gets his stack in the middle one more time, racing against Shooting Star James Carroll.

[3c] [3s] for Elias against the [Qd] [Ts] of Carrol, and he needs to keep his ShortStackNinja RunGoodMojo going as the flop is [Td] [Th] [Kc]

Yep, he did it again, the turn is [3d] for a boat, the river [2h] locking up the double.

Carroll, meanwhile, slips to only one SB and is all in dark the very next hand, with Elias leading three others to create a sidepot.

[3c] [Ts] [5c] goes the flop, Elias leads for 5,000, is repopped to 13,000 and he calls the raise.

Both players check the [7c] turn, Elias adding 30,000 on the [Qd] river, enticing a fold.

Elias shows [As] [2d] for air that wins the sidepot, and now it is time for Carrol to finally look at his cards.

[2h] [9c] and Elias picks up both pots.

From 6,500 to 215,000 in one hour - the new definition of a true heater as Elias has gone 33x in today's first level of play.



Chino Rheem's empty seat


Chino Rheem ended Day 1 as the overwhelming chip leader as the only player over half a million chips. 45 minutes into the first level of Day 2, Chino has still not taken his seat. While he has the chips to withstand the blinds and antes, one wonders why he hasn't rejoined the tournament yet.

Shooting Star James Carroll Doubles Thru Andrew Wisdom

Level 12
Blinds: 1,000-2,000 with a big blind ante of 2,000
Players: 97 remaining of 290

Shooting Star James Carroll is all in preflop with [As][Kd] from the small blind, and Andrew Wisdom has him covered holding [Kc][Qc] UTG+1. The board runs out [Kh][7s][2s][9c][9d], and Carroll doubles up to survive with 81,000. Wisdom is down to 84,000 after paying out the double.

Shooting Star Steve "Chainsaw" Dempsey Eliminated


Steve "Chainsaw" Dempsey was allin preflop holding [Ac][Kd] against the [Ts][Th] of Pat Lyons. Steve begged for an ace to fall from the sky before the [6h][4d][Jc] flop fell. The [2c] turn and [3d] river failed to pair him up, and he will be eliminated during the first level of Day 2.

Shooting Star Faraz Jaka Doubles

After a few preflop bets to get 17,000 in the pot, Shooting Star Faraz Jaka gets his last 21,000 in the pot preflop and draws a single caller.

Well, we could give the entire runout here, but Jaka flipped up pocket Eights and the first two cards in the window were also Eights ... flopped quads.

That's a secure double to 59,000.

Quick Double for Shooting Star Darren Elias


All in preflop on the first Day 2 hand - and starting the day with just 3BB - Shooting Star Darren Elias  has [Kd] [Qd] and is up against Ace_Ten

Two diamonds on the flop set up the draw, the final diamond on the river and Elias has a few more chirping chips.

Day 2 has begun + IMPORTANT ANNOUCNEMENT

Cards are in the air for Day 2 of the 2020 Shooting Star. 106 players remain.

The original plan was to play 8 levels today, but the new plan is to play 10 levels today and then play down to a winner tomorrow. This gives players maximum flexibility in travel plans in these arduous times.