On the rail – Sam Panzica wins WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star
Doubtless the field in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star was star studded, but it was also a very stacked final table of six that set down to play for the $1,373,000 in first prize.
The last remaining bounty in tournament was the German high roller and reigning Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe, who fell in 6th against the controversial but no doubt gifted Chino Rheem. He has been named various times in scamming scandals, but he is also a three time WPT title holder, and was in superb position to become the first ever four time WPT winner as he held a massive chip lead in to the final table.
Dennis Stevermer was the next to go, exiting in 5th after another knockout from Rheem.
At this point Anthony Spinella who was the table captain with the most chips in play, but again it was Rheem who played the role of executioner when he busted out Paul Volpe in 4th.
At the start of three-handed play Rheem again had a massive chip lead with close to 75% of the chips in play, but the short stacks prevailed and Anthony Spinella busted Chino Rheem in 3rd, and it was set for a heads up duel between him and Sam Panzica who at that point held a 4-1 chip lead.
Spinella however doubled up in the second hand of heads up play, and after that the remaining two discussed a deal where they eventually played for the $15k Tournament of Champion seat and the Hublot watch worth approx. $20,000.
In the final hand Panzica moved all in with ATo against Spinella`s A8o, the board bricks out and Spinella takes home $1,220,000 plus the $15,000 seat (it was given in cash since he already has a ticket) and the Hublot watch for Panzica`s second WPT title.