2006 Bay 101 Shooting
World Poker Tour Season 4
Main Event
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Final Day

March 3, 2006
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World Poker Tour Season 4
2006 Bay 101 Shooting Star
Main Event No Limit Hold'em  
Final Day

March 3, 2006
Bay 101 Shooting Star/WPT Season 4
Bay 101 Club
San Jose, California
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WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star
Place Name                                         Prize

Nam Le (Huntington Beach, CA, USA) $1,172,800

2 Ravi Udayakumar (San Jose, CA, USA) $629,500

3 Danny Smith (Folsom, CA, USA) $340,000

4 David Williams (Las Vegas, NV, USA) $280,000

5 Fabrice Soulier (Avignon, France) $240,000

6 Chad Brown (Los Angeles, CA, USA) $200,000

7 Tony Sin (Las Vegas, NV) $160,000

8 Bruce Feldman (USA) $130,000

9 Jeff Kimber (USA) $100,000

10 William Gustafik (San Ramon, CA, USA) $80,000

11 Brian Hua (USA) $80,000

12 Randy Gil (Morgan Hill, CA, USA) $80,000

13 Salim Batshon (Forest City, CA, USA) $65,000

14 Robert Mizrachi (Sunny Isles Beach, FL, USA) $65,000

15 Farzad Bonyadi (Aliso Viejo, CA, USA) $65,000

16 Harry Thomas (Hamilton, OH, USA) $65,000

17 David Stamm (Granite Bay, CA, USA) $65,000

18 An-Nan Chen (USA) $65,000

19 Stuart Fahmy (USA) $50,000

20 Bob Slezak (Omaha, NE, USA) $50,000

21 Larry Elliott (CO, USA) $50,000

22 Dan Harrington (Santa Monica, CA, USA) $50,000

23 Mickey Seagle (Las Vegas, NV, USA) $50,000

24 Kent Lin (San Jose, CA, USA) $42,500

25 Kyle Tapp (USA) $42,500

26 David "Chip" Reese (Las Vegas, NV, USA) $35,000

27 Stephan Ovepyan (USA) $35,000

28 Steve Kwak (USA) $35,000

29 Bill De Rego (San Jose, CA, USA) $35,000

30 Brad Booth (Las Vegas, NV, USA) $35,000

31 Amnon Filippi (New York, NY, USA) $25,000

32 Joe Sebok (San Francisco, CA, USA) $25,000

33 Ralph Macri (USA) $25,000

34 Ben Sarnoff (San Francisco, CA, USA) $25,000

35 Allen Kessler (Huntington Valley, PA, USA) $25,000

36 Chris "Armenian Express" Grigorian (Los Angeles, CA, USA) $25,000

37 Kirk Morrison (Wichita, KS, USA) $15,000

38 Gabe Thayler (USA) $15,000

39 Jeff Stone (Dallas, TX, USA) $15,000

40 Christian Kruel (Rio de Janiero, Brazil) $15,000

41 Tony Nguyen (San Francisco, CA, USA) $15,000

42 Geoffrey Wright (USA) $15,000

43 Vineet Sharma (USA) $15,000

44 Kelly Zoudo (Glenview, CA, USA) $15,000

45 Luong Trinh (CA, USA) $15,000


Tournament Report

Nam Le Makes a Name for Himself at Bay 101 Shooting Star

March 3, 2006

The final table of the Bay 101 Shooting Star was loaded with talent and some
of the toughest young poker players in the world. The six final players all had
their eye on the first prize of $1,172,800 and the title of World Poker Tour
champion. Nam Le was the chip leader heading into the final table. Le had
been best known for being the cousin of two-time WPT champion Tuan Le.
Nam Le was looking to break out of his cousin’s shadow and gain a WPT
victory of his own.

Chad Brown came into the final table last in chips. He was not able to
improve much during the course of play and was eliminated in sixth place
when Ravi Udayakumar made two pair against him. For his play, Brown
earned $200,000.

Last week at the L.A. Poker Classic, Fabrice Soulier was the chip leader going
into the third day. However, late in day three, Soulier was eliminated from
the tournament in 46th place. This made Soulier the “bubble boy,” as only
top 45 places paid. Soulier came back strong at Bay 101. He fought with a
short stack for quite some time before building up his chips and earning a
spot at the final table. But David Williams ended up making a straight against
Soulier’s pocket deuces, eliminating him from the tournament in fifth place.
Soulier was rewarded with $240,000 for his fifth-place finish.

It was shortly after Soulier’s knockout that David Williams found himself short
stacked. He was quickly taken out of the tournament by Le. Williams was the
last bounty left in the tournament and Le collected the $5,000 bounty for
eliminating him in fourth place. Williams earned $280,000 for his fourth place.

With only three players remaining, Danny Smith was the short stack. He
quickly doubled up, but then found himself on the losing end of a coin flip.
Smith got all of his chips in the middle with pocket sixes against Ravi
Udayakumar and his K-Q. Udayakumar caught a queen on the flop and ended
Smith’s tournament. Smith received $340,000 for his third-place finish.

The final two players consisted of local favorite Ravi Udayakumar and young
poker star Nam Le. Udayakumar held a 2-to-1 chip lead on Le when they
started heads-up play. However, it took Le less than 10 minutes not only to
regain the chip lead, but win the entire tournament. Udayakumar took home
$629,500 for his runner-up finish.

Nam Le captured the title at the 2006 Bay 101 Shooting Star and earned
$1,172,800. In addition, he won the $25,000 entry into the WPT
Championship. Perhaps even more important, Nam Le has broken through his
cousin’s shadow and truly made a name for himself.

Report by Jay Newnum
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