Stefan Schillhabel Triumphs At WPT Bay 101 Shooting StarMarch 13, 2016 1:32 pm
A record 753 players showed up at the 2016 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event to create a prize pool worth $5.3 million. Four days of action later, and it was German player Stefan Schillhabel who triumphed over the field to take down the coveted WPT title, as well as the event’s first place prize of $1,298,000.
The $7,500 Main Event featured 72 paid money places, and by the time the final table of six had been reached, Stefan Schillhabel was the chip leader, but also faced stiff competition from a number of top pros still left in contention.
Nevertheless, it was Adam Geyer who eliminated them from the final table, including Mario Ho in 6th, Griffin Paul in 5th, and Andjelko Andrejevic in 4th. Stefan Schillhabel (A-Q) then took care of Bryan Piccioli (K-Q) in 3rd to usher in heads-up play against Adam Geyer for the WPT title.
As the deciding battle got underway, Schillhabel and Geyer were fairly even in chips, and nearly three hours would subsequently ensue before Schillhabel held a commanding 10-to-1 chip advantage, and the defining hand was played. Geyer pushed his remaining short stack all-in pre-flop holding K-9, with Schillhabel making the call with 8-7. The dealer then laid out a K-10-3-8-8 board to consign Adam Geyer to a runner-up finish worth $752,800, while Stefan Schillhabel claimed a second career tournament title, and his biggest score, whilst also boosting lis live tournament earnings to $1,762,188.
Final Table Result:
1: Stefan Schillhabel, $1,298,000
2: Adam Geyer, $752,800
3: Bryan Piccioli, $493,350
4: Andjelko Andrejevic, $331,500
5: Griffin Paul, $231,310
6: Maria Ho, $179,930
The WPT is currently into its fourteenth season, with its WPT California Swing segment drawing to a close following a final stop off at the Thunder Valley Casino Lincoln on March 14 and 18. The three series tour kicked-off with the Commerce Casino back on Feb 28th.