This year, the Bay 101 Shooting Star made history by running the flagship $5,200 tournament with special bounties as a stand-alone event for the very first time. The event had been under the banner of the World Poker Tour for around 15 years – this began in 2004 during the second season of the tournament. Besides that, this year’s event drew a lot of attention due to the action-packed grinding that was going on.
World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Sandeep Pulusani prevailed over the likes of Ryan Tosoc, Loni Harwood and Dan Shak thus making one of the best comeback efforts in a while. Ryan Tosoc and Sandeep Pulusani chopped most of the remaining prize money heads up with Pulusani adding his second six-figure cash to his ledger after raking in $354,400. Tosoc who is a fellow bracelet winner and former WPT champion, on the other hand, walked away with $336,500.
More Details on the Event
The Shooting Star event drew a total of 440 entries at an adjusted price of $5,200 which is significantly lower than the $7,500 that was in used in 2017 – this was the last time that the even ran. A number of people have argued that the price was too low and therefore it stripped the event of its prestige. The concern was that it fell below the previous years where there over 800 entries with the winners raking in more than $1 million. Compared to this year’s top grinder’s winnings, you can see that there is a huge disparity.
Perhaps this is a mere of side effect of breaking away from the World Poker Tour and it will not be long before the event regains its footing. Needless to say, the World Poker Tour is still considered to be among the best in the industry and therefore the Bay 101 Shooting Star event certainly learned a lot from it. There was a ton of impressive features and offerings despite the notably smaller prize pool.
Nevertheless, the $2 million prize pool is something that is very hard to ignore. In addition to that, a number of notable poker players including Ari Engel, Michael Dyer, Brian Altman, Anthony Spinella, and Mohsin Charania, turned for the San Jose event. Clearly, they still have some faith in the poker tournament.
The Final Table Results