The World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star event is always one of the most popular events of the poker calendar and this year’s event has been no exception.
The 635 players that have taken part in the opening day of the tournament have already made the 2013 event the largest in the history of the Bay 101 Shooting Star.
One reason for the increased popularity of the event might be the added number of bounties and prizes on offer.
The first Shooting Star event was held in 1997 with only ten bounties of $1000 each on offer.
This year the tournament is offering a $2500 bounty with an incredible fifty shooting stars in the field.
World Poker Tour tournament Director Matt Savage said his team puts in a lot of effort to select the shooting stars.
“There is a lot of thought that goes into choosing a shooting star,” Savage said.
“How popular they are, how well liked they are and if they have a lot of achievements in the industry comes into the decision making process.
“The choice is made by both me and the management at Bay 101 and I think we have done a pretty good job.”
Jason Koon said he was happy and humbled to have been selected as a shooting star.
“I think that there are a lot of guys out there that are a lot more deserving than me they just didn’t come to the tournament or weren’t selected for some reason,” Koon said.
“I’m happy to be one and I think that I’m a rising star of the game.”
After twelve levels of play there are currently twelve shooting stars left in the field of a total 146 players.
Kyle Julius (245,000) is currently the best placed shooting star but Scott Seiver (228,000), Antonio Esfandiari (224,000) and Erik Seidel (215,000) are hot on his heels.
Christian Harder has the chip lead with over 500,000 in chips followed by Brendon Ruble (495,000) and Isaac Baron (405,000).
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