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’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.