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Shooting Star Battle Begins at Bay 101
The World Poker Tour headed back to poker-crazed San Jose for this year's edition of the Bay 101 Shooting Star event Monday.
Known for attracting autograph hounds and poker fans from all over the Bay Area, Bay 101 is always a popular spot amongst poker's elite as well, who get a $5k bounty placed on their heads when they enter the tournament.
The first of two Day 1 flights drew 142 players but just 57 survived a lively day on the felt.
The unique event also gives Day 1 chip leaders a $10k bonus, which overnight leader Brian Schmidt claimed, edging out names like Kara Scott and Layne Flack, who finished in the top five despite the bounties on their heads.
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow and 2008 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star champ Brandon Cantu also finished the day near the top of the leader board.
$50k in bounties were handed out as ten shooting stars busted on the day, including the Bay Area's own 2007 WSOP Main Event winner Jerry Yang, Joe Sebok, Freddy Deeb, and poker's new all-time leading money winner, Erik Seidel.
The second Day 1 flight will go off Tuesday at Bay 101's early start time of 10 a.m. PT.
26 Shooting Stars will be in the mix with $5k bounties on their heads, including Phil ivey.