Liebert's sixth: The final table at Bay 101

Kathy Liebert
Kathy Liebert will come into her sixth WPT final table in San Jose Friday looking for her first win.

Kathy Liebert made her sixth final table on the World Poker Tour Thursday night as the 2009 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star final six was set.

When things get going Friday, Liebert said she's hoping to finally get over the hump.

"This is what I play for, to make the final table," she said. "I haven't won one yet so I'm going to try to win. It would be nice to get first."

When the final table begins around 4 p.m. PT in San Jose, Liebert will come in fourth in chips.

The relatively unknown Tony Behari and Full Tilt's Steve Brecher, who's made a WSOP, USPC and WPT Championship final table previously, are neck and neck for the lead.

2008 Wynn Classic champ Chris Moore is right behind them and just ahead of Liebert.

The short stacks coming in are Thao Le and Chau Vu.

With more than $5 million in career tournament earnings and the experience of five previous WPT final tables, Liebert said she likes her odds here.

"I've been playing pretty well," she said. "You always have to get a little lucky, but I feel good about my chances. It's far better than one out of six."

The unique tournament structure at Bay 101 sees $5,000 bounties placed on the heads of a series of "Shooting Stars," and Liebert's is the last uncollected bounty in the tournament.

Although no Shooting Star has ever won the event before, Liebert said being one makes for an interesting dynamic throughout.

"If you get short they come after you more, but fortunately I was never so short that I was really in trouble," she said. "Then once you get to this stage, the bounties aren't really that important anymore."

Bay 101 attracts more poker fans than anywhere else on the WPT, and Liebert says all the attention and support really make it a fun place to play.

"It's great," she said. "I walk in and everyone wants my autograph. The fans here are really great and it's always nice to have that support."

PokerListings will have live coverage of the final table starting at 4 p.m. PT on our Live Tournaments page.


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