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When you read about Shooting Stars and Satellites you could be forgiven for believing you are reading an article on astronomy.

Well I am just about to write about both and I know as much about Badugi as I do about astronomy so read on.

Party Poker Ambassador and Poker Hall of Fame member Mike Sexton recently made the final table at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament.

The great man is no stranger to WPT Final tables; as we know he has provided the commentary on a countless number of them.

So it must have been a dream come true for him to have made it to the final six in a field smattered with solid professionals.

When I joined the poker industry I had no idea Mike Sexton even played poker until one day during an interview with Dave “The Devilfish” Ulliot, I asked him whom his favourite player was?

“Mike Sexton” were the words that fell out of the often-controversial mouth.

Matusow picked up $5,000 bounty and an autographed t-shirt

Sexton went into the final table nursing his short stack like your Mum nurses a broken wing from a Sparrow found in the garden. Just like the Sparrow – Sexton’s life expectancy on this final table was expected to be short and he was the first eliminated. It was a cooler after his [Kx][Qx] failed to win a fight with the [Kx][Jx] of Mike “The Mouth” Matusow.

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Matusow picked up a $5,000 bounty and an autographed Shooting Star t-shirt. Something tells me Matusow may well keep this one. I was half expecting Sexton to kick Tony Dunst out of his seat and finish the final table next to his co-host Vince Van Patten, but he probably deserved his rest.

The WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Champion was Alan Sternberg who added $1,039,000 to his bankroll.

Sternberg won his seat by qualifying through a satellite. In my last live reporting gig for Party Poker I covered the WPT National Series in Paris, and a German player by the name of Ingo Paulus found himself on the final table. Paulus had also qualified for the event through the satellite system. I remember the excitement and nervousness etched on the face of Paulus. His wife came out to join him in Paris and he took her to the Eiffel Tower on Valentines weekend.

“I would love to be able to do this for a living.” Said Paulus.

So three different people, three different stories but they all diverge into the same point. Everybody has dreams but for most of you that is where they will stay. Locked in the memory bank and only brought out once in a while when you need cheering up. Some people decide to turn their dreams into something tangible. These people drag their dreams out of their memory bank, kick them up the arse and take action.

So if you are one of those people. If you want to one day have the opportunity to take your seat on a WPT Final Table then take action! Sign up for a Party Poker account and try to qualify online now or alternatively you can pick up a book on astronomy and let the stars decide your fate.


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