McLean Karr has been crowned champion of the 2010 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star poker tournament. He took down the title after beating off competition from 332 players, and for his efforts he picked up a healthy pay check of $878,500.
The 28-year-old graduate of the US Air Force Academy from San Jose, California was left celebrating a huge win that has got his name recognized amongst the elite. His prize was even more sweet seeing as he got an entry to the $10,000 no-limit Texas Hold’em event through a $1,200 satellite.
There were some big names in the tournament providing some serious competition for Karr. The biggest of all was Phil Hellmuth, the 11-times WSOP bracelet winner who has had to wait a while since his last major victory. It therefore wasn’t an easy journey for Karr, and when he arrived at the final table he was probably not the favorite to take the title.
In fact it was Hellmuth who was the first to leave the six-person final table, followed by Matt Keikoan, Hasan Habib, and Dan O’Brien. That left Andy Seth in heads-up play with Karr. But after 56 hands Karr had done the business and taken down the event, leaving Seth to go home with $521,000.
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