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Stars Shot Down at WPT Bay 101
New Yorker Alan Sternberg got past a final table full of star power to earn the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star title in San Jose Friday.
For the first time ever, WPT commentaator Mike Sexton made the final table of a WPT event.
WPT Raw Deal analyst Tony Dunst stepped in for the Hall of Famer in the booth, but a short-stacked Sexton could still do no better than sixth.
“It was a lot of fun making my first WPT open final table,” he said. “I only wish I had more chips when I got there. I look forward to playing in the upcoming Indiana and Florida WPT events. And hopefully, I’ll get to another final table. I must say it is even more fun playing on the green felt than being in the booth.”
The final table also included Mike "The Mouth" Matusow making his fifth WPT final table and 2008 WPT Borgata winner and 2011 L.A. Poker Classic runner-up Vivek Rajkumar making his second final table in a row.
But neither could outplay Sternberg, who came into the final six second in chips and outlasted the group to collect the $1,039,000 first-place prize.
“I came in feeling pretty comfortable with my position, but my seat draw was not good," he said.
"I had a plan and I stuck to it and it worked out really well. It was an honor to play with Mike Sexton. Mike Matusow is interesting to play with. I had played with them both yesterday and had an idea of how they played. This was my 4th WPT tournament, but I never cashed. Glad it was this one I cashed and won.”
Next up for the WPT is the a stop on Vienna, Austria Mar. 25-29. The tour will be back in the United States for the Hollywood Poker Open in Lawrenceburg, Indiana Apr 9-13.
Here's how the final table finished up in San Jose:
1 Alan Sternberg $1,039,000
2 Steven Kelly $595,300
3 Michael Matusow $369,800
4 Vivek Rajkumar $295,800
5 Casey McCarrel $221,800
6 Mike Sexton $148,000