The Bay 101 Casino has just recently started sending out invites to “old” and “new” shooting stars. The tournament, which is on the WPT schedule 9.-13. March 2015, traditionally selects around 50 players to get a bounty on their heads. In later years Vanessa Selbst, Jennifer Harman, JJ Liu, Kathy Liebert, Cindy Violette, Isabelle Mercier, Jennifer Tilly, Mimi Tran, Kristy Gazes, Ana Marquez, Loni Harwood, Annie Duke, Vanessa Rousso, Annette Obrestad and Maria Ho have all been given the honor.
But who will be the female shooting stars for the 2015 edition? Well, we got to know a little about the plans, when the Bay 101 Casino began to send out invites on Twitter this month. The first woman to receive an invitation was Poker Hall of Fame nominee Jennifer Harman, who was invited together with other poker legends as Erik Seidel, Antonio Esfandiari, Scotty Nguyen and Daniel Negraneau.
But invites have also been send to new faces: Keven Stammen, Jared Jaffee, Kevin Mathers, Lily Kiletto and Ronit Chamani. Chamani won the $2,000 Shooting Star Event for $152,080 in March this year, when she beat Joe Kuether heads-up. Lily Kiletto has done extremely well in WPT events as well. In February 2013 she was runner-up to Matt Giannetti in the $3,500 NL Hold’em Championship at WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open for $191,880 and in November the same year she took 5th in WPT Montreal Main Event for $129,543.
Both Kiletto and Chamani have confirmed they are coming:
— Lily Maylia Kiletto (@LilyKiletto) September 13, 2014
Which other female players who will join Harman, Kiletto and Chamani we’ll have to wait and see. On 2+2 tournament director Matt Savage has described what it takes to be a shooting star:
The poker fans in the bay area are the best in the world IMO so it is important not to only get the best player but also the most popular and also those that would give the best fan interaction.”
With this statement in mind we’ll be surprised if Vanessa Selbst, Maria Ho and Jennifer Tilly are not among the final 50 players. But it would be fun to see more new faces in the final mix as well, for instance Melissa Burr who was quite a shooting star at the WSOP this year, the very talented Swedish player Sofia Lövgren or the ever entertaining and highly successful Kitty Kuo from Taiwan – just to name a few.
Who would you like to see as a shooting star?
Photo: Ronit Chamani, Bay 101 Casino.