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World Poker Tour World Championship Day 2: Mosseri the Man to Catch

Abe Mosseri

Players returned to action on Sunday for Day 2 of the World Poker Tour World Championship held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. On Day 1, 195 players signed up for the event, but registration remained open through three more levels on Day 2. With the extra time, the field grew to 220 players. When the final late entrants were registered and bought in, the official prize pool was calculated to be $5,309,500. First place is worth a whopping $1,619,344 and second place will also earn over one million dollars. As it stands at the end of the second day of play, Abe Mosseri is in pole position with 685,200 in chips.

Mosseri wasted very little time getting things moving. In the first level of the day, he got all of the money in on the flop of {10-}{9-}{8-} against Kevin Saul. Saul had flopped the joint with {Q-}{J-}. Mosseri held top two pair with {10-}{9-}. Although the turn blanked and kept Saul in the lead, the river card produced a nine to pair the board and give Mosseri a full house. That pot catapulted Mosseri to the chip lead and he stayed there all day long. Saul was eliminated shortly thereafter.

Another player who had a good day on the felt was WPT Bay 101 champion Alan Sternberg. He finished the day in second place overall with 606,400 in chips, many of which came from the following hand with Shaun Deeb.

According to the WPT Live Update Team, the final board read {9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Spades}{10-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} between Sternberg and Deeb with about 100,000 chips in the pot. Deeb was facing an all-in bet from Sternberg for 107,000 and tanked for several minutes before finally making the call. Sternberg tabled {5-Clubs}{5-Hearts} for a set of fives and Deeb mucked his hand.

Of course, not everyone had such good days on the felt. Some of those who failed to make it through the day included Vivek Rajkumar, Scotty Nguyen, Justin Bonomo, Kathy Liebert, Matt Stout, Marco Johnson, Vanessa Rousso and Mike Matusow.

Top 10 Chip Counts

1Abe Mosseri685,200
2Alan Sternberg606,400
3Steven Kelly566,500
4Roger Teska534,900
5Scott Seiver461,300
6Joshua Bergman415,600
7Justin Young414,100
8Robert Mercer408,600
9David Peters401,400
10Darren Elias342,900

Along with those ten players, Phil Galfond, Andy Frankenberger, Scott Clements, Barry Greenstein, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Daniel Negreanu and Tony G will all be moving on to Day 3. The remaining 116 players will return to action on Monday at 1200 PDT (1900 GMT) and you can be sure to catch the recap right here on PokerNews after the day is complete.

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