WPT Shooting Star returns players to spotlight

Jerry Yang
Reigning WSOP Champion Jerry Yang will be one of the many pros with a bounty on his head at the WPT Shooting Star event.

After a couple of weeks in which poker players welcomed many celebrities into their felted battleground at the WPT Invitational and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, the World Poker Tour's Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament, which kicks off today, will see poker players themselves take center stage.

The tournament, a $10,000 buy-in event, has been on the Jerry Yang is expected to be on hand with a bounty on his head. As if that wasn't enough, players such as T.J. Cloutier, Danny Nguyen captured a $1 million prize the next year with Gus Hansen and Men Nguyen at the final table. Professional Nam Le was the victor in 2006 with David Williams and Chad Brown at the final table and Forrest outlasted Joanne "JJ" Liu last year.

The playing field for the event is capped at 500. If it meets that number, the top prize in the event is expected to pay out an estimated $1,200,450 and a seat at April's WPT Championship to the winner.

PokerListings.com's reporting team will be there for every turn of the card and details on the shot-down bounties, so be sure to tune in to the Live Tournaments section today for all the action at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star.

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