Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Any fears that American poker was in decline were allayed yesterday as the WPT’s Bay 101 Shooting Star event broke all its previous records.
The bumper day took the overall total number of entrants to 635, which is far in excess of the previous record of 516 that was set in Season IV. What's more, the tally could still increase as registration will be open until the start of today’s session.Indeed, following in the success of PokerStars’ third largest ever tournament (one which attracted 49,287), this latest high for the WPT is certainly a good sign for the industry in general.In a day of mass entries and re-entries, it was one of the few female players in the field that rose to the top. Having collected 243,100 chips throughout the day, Rhea Motley scooped the $10,000 chip lead bonus and will lead the 253 survivors when Day 2 kicks off. Also carving their way through the masses to stay in with a chance of the $1 million+ first prize was the likes of Jason Somerville (153,000), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (112,200) and Eugene Katchalov (41,300).A number of Shooting Star bounties had their light extinguished throughout the day, including: Barry Greenstein, Chris Moorman and the WPT’s own Vince Van Patten. Today’s session will commence later today and play will last for 14 hours (or until 18 players remain).Keep up to date with all the news from the poker world by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
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