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Sexton, Matusow, Rajkumar Headline Bay 101 Final
The World Poker Tour will have an empty seat to fill in its commentators' booth at the Bay 101 Shooting Star final table Friday.
After nine seasons as a host of the WPT's TV final tables, poker legend and Hall of Famer Mike Sexton has made the final six in San Jose.
Sexton, who has $3.8 million in career earnings, has only been playing the WPT main events the past two seasons, ensuring he would always take his spot in the booth.
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow may have the perfect personality for the job, but he too will be detained, having made his fifth WPT final table.
Matusow, who has $7.4 million in career tournament earnings, is still looking for his first WPT title.
The unique structure at Bay 101 Shooting Star places $5k bounties on the heads of a number of the game's biggest names.
Sexton and Matusow remain the only two bounties left in the event, but the rest of the final table is not without its share of star power.
After booking a win at WPT Borgata in 2008 and finishing runner-up in the L.A. Poker Classic just weeks ago, Vivek Rajkumar will enter his second final table in a row with another legitimate shot at his second World Poker Tour win.
Plus, WSOP bracelet winner Steven Kelly holds the chip lead.
Upstart New Yorker Alan Sternberg and local pro Casey McCarrel round out the final six.
The final table will go off in front of the WPT cameras beginning at 4 p.m. PT Friday.
Here's how the chip stacks will look coming in:
1 Steven Kelly 4,169,000
2 Alan Sternberg 3,701,000
3 Mike Matusow 2,173,000
4 Vivek Rajkumar 1,616,000
5 Casey McCarrel 430,000
6 Mike Sexton 363,000