Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship

Dates

Season Six – 10 – 14 March 2008

Buy-in

$10 000

Prize Pool

$3 609 600

Entrants

376

Venue

Situated in the heart of Silicon Valley in California, the Bay 101 Casino is said to rival the gaming establishments of both Reno and Las Vegas. It has two casino floors with over 40 tables and all the poker games are played with Shuffle Master Dealing Machines. The casino operates 24/7 and players have the added benefit of being served from an exclusive menu at the game table while playing!

Getting there

From the San Jose / Norman Y Mineta International Airport – head southeast on Airport Boulevard, but make sure you stay on the boulevard, you will have to make slight right and left adjustments to remain on track. Turn right at Airport Parkway and continue on to East Brokaw Road, then turn right at Bering Drive and the casino is at number 1801 Bering Drive.

Contact Details

Bay 101 Casino, 1801 Bering Drive, San Jose, CA 95112

Telephone – (408) 451 8888

Email – bay101jack@aol.com

Results

It was finally the big time for Brandon ‘Bounty Hunter’ Cantu – he defeated a Final Table stacked with big names and enormous talent to win his very first WPT Title, the Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship, and $1 million in prize money.

Cantu entered the final showdown with a massive chip lead which allowed him to raise almost every hand he played, and he simply just ran roughshod over the table for the win. He can now add the maiden WPT title to his WSOP bracelet on his very impressive poker resume.

The American, who has won over $2 million in career earnings, won the $1500 No Limit Hold ‘Em event, and the coveted WSOP bracelet, at the 37th WSOP in Las Vegas in 2006. A relative unknown at the time, the young man from Vancouver had to outlast an enormous field of over 2700 poker champion hopefuls for his inaugural WSOP title.

Cantu had to face Steve Sung for the heads-up, and he managed to put his rival to bed without even breaking into a sweat. He said of the final moments of the tournament: “On the final hand, I had about 6.7 million in chips and Steve had about 800,000. I raised to 80,000 and he just moved all in. I called, and I had fours and he had threes. On that hand, it was amazing because there’s this feeling when you know you’re so close – you just have to have this one hand, where you’re an 80% favourite, just to hold up. It’s just an amazing feeling; every card is so dramatic when they peel off. Everything happened to work perfectly, so I got to get mobbed by my friends and family, which was pretty fun”.

Final Table

  1. Brando Cantu
  2. Steve Sung
  3. Jennifer Harman
  4. Noah Jefferson
  5. Michael Baxter
  6. John Phan