WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Day 3 Recap

Bay101The Bay 101 Shooting Star is one of the most popular stops on the World Poker Tour calender due to its friendly atmosphere and unique structure.

On Day 3 of the event, the main story was that of Vivek Rajkumar’s back-to-back runs in WPT events. He managed to make the final table alongside two big names in Mike Matusow and Mike Sexton.

After knocking out the seventh place finisher, Matusow will be in good shape leading into the televised final table on Friday, third in chips with over 2.1 million. He is behind chip leader Steven Kelly and Alan Sternberg, who have 4,169,000 and 3,701,000 chips respectively.

For Sternberg, this is his first final table of a major live tournament, but the young gun Kelly has been in the spotlight before, final tabling two WSOP events last year and winning a WSOP bracelet at just 21.

A veteran in the live poker tournament scene, with the momentum Rajkumar has had leading into the tournament he will be one player to watch at the final table. He will have a chance to climb the BLUFF Player of the Year rankings for WPT Player of the Year if he happens to finish runner-up or take it down.

Some notable players who were eliminated on Day 3 were Dan Smith in 22nd, Galen Hall in 18th, Kathy Liebert in 15th, Kevin MacPhee in 13th, and the bubble boy Reiman, who were all sent to the rail over the course of the day’s play.

It’s still unclear how the WPT will deal with Mike Sexton’s participation at the final table. There have been rumors that Vince Van Patten will do solo commentary and its also been suggested that Raw Deal Correspondent Tony Dunst may fill the void.

We’ll find out exactly what’s happening at Friday’s final table, which is scheduled to commence play at around 4PM PT. When the action at the final table resumes, the blinds will start at 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante.

Here are the starting chip counts for the final table of The Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament:

Seat 1: Mike Matusow – 2,173,000
Seat 2: Mike Sexton – 363,000
Seat 3: Alan Sternberg – 3,701,000
Seat 4: Vivek Rajkumar – 1,616,000
Seat 5: Steven Kelly – 4,169,000
Seat 6: Casey McCarrel – 430,000