The second leg of the World Poker Tour (WPT) California Swing made its stop at the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, California. The $7,500 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event began Monday and features daily chipleader bonuses and bounties on a lot of poker’s brightest stars.
The $10,000 end-of-day chipleader bonus went to none other than the 2014 defending champ James Carroll. Carroll was able to stack up 297,000 chips to claim the prize and top spot in the room. Ravee Mathi (282,000), David Miscikowski (253,900), John Hennigan (248,700), and Brian Rast (237,000) round out the top five.
The Canadian stars did not have much success on the day. Erik Cajelais and WPT Champions Club member Matt Salsberg (67,800) were the only two notables to survive. Owen Crowe, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Leah, Sorel Mizzi, Shawn Buchanan, and Greg Mueller will all have the option to fire another bullet on Day 1b..
One of the unique twists of the Shooting Star event is the prizes awarded for knocking out players selected to be Shooting Stars. Bust one of them and receive a medallion, an autographed t-shirt, and a cash prize of $2,500.
Some of the notable stars to fall on Monday were Scott Seiver, Jared Jaffee, Keven Stammen, the WPT’s latest champion Anthony Zinno, Antonio Esfandiari, JC Tran, Noah Schwartz, and Will Failla.
Familiar faces still in the mix include Justin Young, Faraz Jaka, Igor Kurganov, Bryn Kenney, Dan Kelly, Matt Stout, Moshin Charania, Eugene Katchalov, Dan Smith, Darren Elias, and 2014 WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja.
Day 1b action kicks off at 11 a.m. PT on the west coast. Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada as we bring you daily event recaps until a new WPT champion is crowned.
Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.