It's time for online poker fans to seriously contemplate making the transition to the land-based environment because there are some great tournaments ahead. Winner Poker has already sent some of its lucky members to these competitions, by running online qualifiers. These have the advantage of enabling players with limited means to participate in tournaments that would under normal circumstances would be forever beyond their reach.
Those players who have the patience to go through a string of qualifiers have a chance to secure a seat among poker professionals. One such events recently concluded and it was hosted under the World Poker Tour umbrella. The Bay 101 Shooting Star $7,500 Main Event brought together some of the best players in the industry and was on the verge of marking an important premier.
By the time the final table was set, the six participants who made it this far had high expectations to win the first prize of more than $1 million. Among them was Maria Ho and everyone was secretly hoping that she would end up winning the tournament. By doing so, she would have become the first woman to set such an important milestone in her spectacular carrier. Unfortunately for her, she was unable to increase the size of her stack soon enough and was sent to the rating the sixth place.
Maria didn't return home empty-handed and in exchange of her efforts, she was presented with a prize of nearly $180,000. The next in line was Griffin Paul and the American collected in excess of $230,000, 100,000 shy of the amount awarded to the one in the fourth place. Andjelko Andrejevic got involved in a coin flip and lady luck turns her face away from him when he needed her assistance most.
Three handed play started soon after and Bryan Piccioli was more than happy to have the prize pool split among the remaining players, but the other participants disagree. As a result, they had no choice but to fight it through and soon after just two players were left in the race. Stefan Schillhabel and Adam Geyer were competing for more than $2 million and that's why the heads-up was so intense.
The German had an advantage in terms of stack size and in the end this proved to be decisive, as he could take more chances than his opponent. Interesting enough, he didn't win a trophy of the same magnitude before, so he was under a lot of pressure to deliver. To put things into perspective, the last time he won a significant prize, this consisted of €260,000 for finishing in the fourth place at the European Poker Tour Malta €5,300 Main Event.
Below you can check out the complete standings at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star $7,500 Main Event
1 Stefan Schillhabel $1,298,000
2 Adam Geyer $752,800
3 Bryan Piccioli $493,350
4 Andjelko Andrejevic $334,500
5 Griffin Paul $231,310
6 Maria Ho $179,930