WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Day 1B: Rhea Motley Tops Second Starting Day, Lichtenberger Remains Number One

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The World Poker Tour (WPT) Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event made history Tuesday as another 365 players bought into the tournament, bringing the total entries for both starting flights to 635, a new record for the northern California tour stop. The previous record was set during Season IV (we’re in Season XI now), when 516 players participated. Winning the $10,000 reward for ending Day 1B as the chip leader was Rhea Motley, whose 243,100 chips were less than 10,000 more than her closest competitor, Steven Kelly.

25 more “Shooting Stars” took their places at the tables yesterday, each with a $2,500 bounty on their head:

Todd Brunson, Joseph Cheong, Allen Cunningham, Andy Frankenberger, Barry Greenstein, Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier, Christian Harder, Maria Ho, John Juanda, Kyle Julius, Eugene Katchalov, Moon Kim, Jason Koon, Kathy Liebert, Tom Marchese Mike Matusow, Chris Moorman, Amanda Musumeci, Joe Serock, Scott Seiver, Dan Shak, Jason Somerville, Vince Van Patten, Taylor Von Kriegenbergh, and David Williams.

The prize pool and payout schedule has not been determined yet, as official registration numbers will not be known until the start of play today. Players can still buy-in before Day 2 starts and those who got knocked out during Day 1B can still re-enter before the beginning of play Wednesday. Unofficially, there were, as mentioned previously, 635 players in the field, with 249 remaining after the first two starting flights.

For Day 2, most of the tables look like they have a fairly even mix of chip stacks, but there are a few outliers. Of the ten players at table 23, for example, eight have more than the average of 76,506 chips. Half of those have stacks in the 80,000 chip range, so it should be quite the competitive table.

Four tables actually have eight players below the average while one, table 39, only features one player out of nine with a chip stack greater than average. It’s a testament to the top-heavy nature of the leader board; only about 100 players are above the mean chip stack. The median is closer to 64,000 (the figure isn’t exactly precise, as there is one player on the WPT’s list with no chip count).

Day 2 of the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star will start at 11:00am PT on Wednesday.

2013 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1.    Rhea Motley – 243,100
2.    Steven Kelly – 233,500
3.    WeiKai Chang – 195,400
4.    Numit Agrawl – 193,200
5.    Noah Wiseman     – 191,700
6.    Jesse Yaginuma – 184,600
7.    Taylor von Kriegenbergh – 182,900
8.    Jeff Gross – 179,800
9.    Tim Couse – 177,300
10.    Danny Wong – 161,300

2013 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star – Combined Day 1 Chip Leaders

1.    Andrew Lichtenberger – 341,000
2.    Stephen Bokor – 274,200
3.    Rhea Motley – 243,100
4.    Andy Hwang – 242,000
5.    Steven Kelly – 233,500
6.    Phaly Nou – 232,800
7.    James Calderaro – 205,200
8.    WeiKai Chang – 195,400
9.    Numit Agrawl – 193,200
10.    Noah Wiseman – 191,700

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