WPT: Updates from Venice and 101 Bay Shooting Star

WPTIt isn’t common that two World Poker Tour (WPT) Events are going on simultaneously across two continents at the same time. While the Gioco Digitale World Poker Tour Venice Carnival has seen a 144 player field in the €3,000 Main Event, the Bay 101 Shooting Star in San Jose, California is down to a start-studded final table. 

On day 3 yesterday, the WPT Venice has come down to a final 18 player field with Alessio Isaia in lead with 461,500 chips. He incidentally is also the only one left in the field with a WPT Title to his name. Other notable poker players still in contention are Sotirios Koutoupas, EPT Deauville Winner and Eugene Katchalov. Sam Trickett, runners up at the 2012 Big One for One Drop who also signed up with Everest Poker earlier this week is fifth in chip strength. 

Big names that fell on day 3 of the WPT Venice include  Kara ScottGiacomo FundaroAlberto FiorillaCharles ChatthaLuca Moschitta,Timothy Finne and William Dorey. The final 18 playing field is Europe heavy and when Day 4 starts, the tournament will go down to a final table.

Another WPT tourney which has come down to a FT is the Bay 101 Shooting Star further west in San Jase, California. Mukul Pahuja is leading the six handed FT with 6,471,000 chips and a good shot at the title. But he has good competition in Garrett Greer, James Carroll, Shaun Suller, Dylan Wilkerson, and Nam Le at this final Table. Nam Le has already won this event in a percioud season and would be keen to repeat his feat. 

Some of the big names eliminated on Day 3 were Keven Stammen (35th), Ben Zamani (34th), local player Pat Lyons (33rd), David Paredes (30th), Ben Hamnett (22nd), Isaac Baron (17th), Justin Young (16th), Candace Collins (14th), Jonathan Little (13th), Eric Hershler (12th), Bryce Yockey (11th), David Randall (Ninth), and Steve Sung (8th).