Host Mike Sexton final tables a WPT event, Sternberg wins 1 million

The final table of last weekend’s Bay 101 Shooting Star World Poker Tour (WPT) event in California witnessed the presence of the WPT’s in-house professional and commentator, Mike Sexton, and was won by Alan Sternberg.

Mike Sexton

Mike Sexton

Mike Sexton made it to the final table of the Californian event with the short stack of only 363,000, 18 big blinds, that allowed him to last 27 hands until his tournament was brought to an end. Sexton’s elimination at the hands of Mike Matusow, saw true the comment he had made previously to WPT Tournament Director Matt Savage that: “It’s always fun getting there, but when you’re there on the extreme short stack like I am, chances are I’ll be the first one out. But, you never know what might happen.”

Mike Sexton’s run to the final table brought great attention to the this year’s tournament as he has been a professional poker player since 1977, has won a World Series Of Poker (WSOP) bracelet and a WSOP Tournament Of Champions event, he was inducted into the Poker Hall Of Fame in 2009, is known as an ambassador for the game but had never featured prominently in any event of the international circuit he hosts.

415 players paid the $10,000 buy-in to enter infamous Shooting Star event that included a short eulogy for founder Marko Trapani, the owner of the Bay 101, who created the Shooting Star tournament in 1997.

Matusow took the final two players to the wire, eventually being eliminated in third place by Sternberg, he has now reached five WPT final tables but has amassed statistics of two third places, two sixth places and a second place.

Stenberg took on Steven Kelly in the heads-up that was no epic affair but ended with the New Yorker taking home the $1,039,000 first prize.

Well-known professional players are given “shooting star” status in this international event – a bounty of $5000 on each of their head’s plus an autographed T-shirt are given to the players who claim their scalps – two of these, Sexton and Matusow, made it to the final table.


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