WPT Bay 101: The final 36

Joe Sebok
Joe Sebok will return to Bay 101 Thursday with a chance to Seventhbok again.

With a bevy of fans crowding the rail to cheer on their favorite poker stars, the 2009 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star played from 145 down to 36 players in San Jose today.

A player by the name of Michael Nguyen came in with the chip lead, with perennial deep finisher Jonathan Little.

Instead, the relatively unknown Michael Kamran, who finished second to Team PokerStars Pro's Hevad Khan at the 2008 Caesars Palace Classic, emerged as the new chip leader when the day was done.

Kamran believes the experience at Caesars has prepared him well for the run to a WPT final table tomorrow.

"Caesars had a real tough field and just like here we had a lot of chips," he said. "I'm going to play a style that these guys are not used to, and I think I can do a lot of damage post-flop against these guys."

In one of the most unique structures on the World Poker Tour, play moves to six-handed in the final 36 at Bay 101, and Kamran said he's ready for it.

"I've played a few six-handed tournaments," he said. "Last month at Commerce I busted out seventh at a six-handed tournament. I understand there's a lot more aggression, but I can handle the pressure."

Big names like Hoyt Corkins, Joe Sebok, Amnon Filippi and Kathy Liebert remain in the hunt for the Bay 101 crown, and 2008 Wynn Classic champ Chris Moore is right behind Kamran.

However, the 25-year-old Los Angeles resident says he's ready for whatever they have to throw at him.

"I'm not here to move up spots in the money, I'm here to win," he said. "Hopefully it all goes well and I make the final table."

PokerListings will have live coverage of the playdown to the final six beginning at 12 p.m. PT Thursday.

 

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