Kai Chang wins WPT Shooting Stars

Kai Chang wins WPT Shooting Stars

Saturday, 9 March 2013

The World Poker Tour has made a new millionaire after Kai Chang took the honours at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars event in California overnight.

Chang started the final table of six with with the second shortest stack but an early chip up put him right back in the mix. The big stories heading into the last day were Paul Volpe, who was at his second WPT final table in a fortnight, and Erik Seidel, who needs no introduction.

It wasn't to be for either though with a short-stacked Seidel the first of the pair to go. Last year's WPT Foxwoods champ took a stand Js10h and was called by Volpe with Ad4d. The Seiborg looked on course for a timely double up after a JhJd7d board but a Kd on the turn gave Volpe the nut flush. The river failed to pair the board and sent Seidel to the rail $295,590 to the good.

Volpe, who was the runner up at last week's LA Poker Classic, was the next to go, unable to outdraw Chang's Ac9c with Qh10h.

Chang went into heads up play with Joe Nguyen with a two to one chip lead and he needed just six hands to claim the win. The chips went in on a 10h7d5s9d board with Chang tabling 8s6d for the straight. It wasn't a done deal though as Nguyen revealed 10d2d for a pair and a flush draw. The blank 6c on the river eliminated Nguyen in second with $666,740 which marks an excellent day's work considering he started the final table as the short stack

1st:  Kai Chang  -  $1,138,350  (Includes a $25,500 seat into the WPT World Championship)
2nd:  Joe Nguyen  -  $666,740
3rd:  Paul Volpe  -  $435,610
4th:  Erik Seidel  -  $295,590
5th:  Chris Johnson  -  $208,910
6th:  Joe Kuether  -  $162,240

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Tags: WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars, Kai Chang, Erik Seidel, Paul Volpe