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Day 2 Completed

Ben Farrell Leads as 31 Bag on Day 2 of Wynn Winter Classic Championship

Chad_Holloway • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Ben Farrell
Ben Farrell

The inaugural Wynn Winter Classic $5,300 buy-in Championship Event – the biggest buy-in tournament the venue has held in over five years – crushed its $1.5 million guarantee as 557 entrants created a $2,740,440 prize pool.

Waiting up top for the winner is a hefty $540,800 payday, and after Day 2 ended on Thursday night, just 31 players remaining in contention for it. The man best positioned to make a run at it is the UK’s Ben Farrell, who bagged up the chip lead with 3.25 million.

Farrell will be adding to a career year that has already seen him earn $663,363 in live tournament earnings. That included a pair of six-figure scores here in Vegas over the summer when he won the WPT500 ARIA for $155,000 and a couple weeks later took down the Planet Hollywood Goliath Phamous Series Main Event for $162,400.

Others to bag big stacks advancing to Day 3 were Peter Nigh (2,105,000), Ryan Tosoc (1,505,000), Louis Salter (1,345,000), and Joe Kuether (1,340,000), who round out the top five.

They will be joined by players likeMatt Glantz (885,000), Justin Bonomo (825,000), Daniel Strelitz (805,000), Kahle Burns (790,000), Ryan Leng (715,000), and Ankush Mandavia (700,000).

Among those to finish in the money on Day 2 were Ryan Laplante (36th - $15,101), Nadya Magnus (37th - $15,101), Maria Ho (39th - $15,101), Maria Konnikova (42nd - $15,101), Ryan Olisar (48th - $13,211), HPT Season XV Player of the Year Nick Pupillo (53rd - $13,211), Kou Vang (57th - $11,619), Andrew Ostapchenko (58th - $11,619), and Curt Kohlberg (61st - $11,619).

Not everyone was fortunate enough to cash as roughly a couple hundred players fell short of the money including Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, Anthony Zinn, Scott Baumstein, David “The Dragon” Pham, Dan Shak, Anton Wigg, Chris Moorman, and bubble boy Uke Dauti, who lost a race with queens to the ace-king of Ron West thanks to an ace on the turn.

Day 2 of the tournament will kick off at noon local time on Friday and play down to a winner. The PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to join us then.

End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

LoriPersinger • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Ben Farrell gb
Ben Farrell
gb 3,250,000 1,180,000
Peter Nigh us
Peter Nigh
us 2,015,000
Ryan Tosoc us
Ryan Tosoc
us 1,505,000 650,000
Louis Salter gb
Louis Salter
gb 1,345,000 525,000
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
us 1,340,000 480,000
Austin Yoo us
Austin Yoo
us 1,220,000 -80,000
Galen Hall us
Galen Hall
us 1,060,000 860,000
Ron West us
Ron West
us 1,025,000 -175,000
Matt Glantz us
Matt Glantz
us 885,000 -15,000
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
us 825,000 -470,000
Daniel Strelitz us
Daniel Strelitz
us 805,000 -20,000
Kahle Burns au
Kahle Burns
au 790,000 -310,000
Matthew Yorra us
Matthew Yorra
us 755,000 285,000
Chris Ryan US
Chris Ryan
US 745,000 745,000
Ryan Leng us
Ryan Leng
us 715,000 155,000
Ankush Mandavia us
Ankush Mandavia
us 700,000 250,000
Ryan Lenaghan us
Ryan Lenaghan
us 685,000 135,000
Robert Fallan US
Robert Fallan
US 685,000 -275,000
Barry Shulman us
Barry Shulman
us 640,000 -460,000
Adam Hendrix us
Adam Hendrix
us 630,000 483,000
Michael Dyer us
Michael Dyer
us 615,000 15,000
Shannon Shorr us
Shannon Shorr
us 530,000 80,000
Alex Condon us
Alex Condon
us 495,000 495,000
490,000 457,000
Alex rocha us
Alex rocha
us 420,000 95,000

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Son Falls to Nigh

LoriPersinger • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

In one of the last hands of the night Arianna Son, who had been nursing a very short stack for some time finally got her last few chips in the middle and was called by Peter Nigh from his small blind.

Arianna Son: {k-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
Peter Nigh: {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

Son was behind, failed to improve on the {j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{2-Hearts} and was sent to the payout desk.

Peter Nigh us
Peter Nigh
us 2,015,000 1,615,000
Arianna Son us
Arianna Son
us Busted

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Four More Hands

Chad_Holloway • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 2. They will then do a complete redraw tonight (then again tomorrow at 18 players). Stay tuned for chip counts and a recap of the action.

Jazayeri Gets One-Outed

LoriPersinger • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Sean  Jazayeri
Sean Jazayeri

Leonardo Song-Carrillo raised to 35,000. Sean Jazayeri then three-bet shoved for 215,000, and with action back on Song-Carrillo he made the call.

Sean Jazayeri: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Song Carrillo: {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}

The {5-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{k-Spades} flop was a favorable one for Jazayeri but still kept Song-Carrillo slightly ahead. The {a-Spades} on the turn gave Jazayeri the lead, but Carrillo spiked the {7-Hearts} on the river, which was the only card he could hit to eliminate Jazayeri from the tournament very late in the last level on day 2.

Leonardo Song-Carrillo US
Leonardo Song-Carrillo
US 915,000 145,000
Sean Jazayeri us
Sean Jazayeri
us Busted

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Laplante Bows Out in 36th Place

Chad_Holloway • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Ryan Laplante
Ryan Laplante

After a raise in front of him, Austin Yoo three-bet only to have Ryan Laplante four-bet it. The initial raiser folded, Yoo five-bet jammed, and Laplante called off for approximately 430,000.

Ryan Laplante: {j-}{j-}
Austin Yoo: {k-}{k-}

Laplante had the weaker pocket pair and it cost him his tournament life after the board ran out dry as a whistle. Laplante took home $15,101 for his 36th-place finish.

Austin Yoo us
Austin Yoo
us 1,300,000 500,000
Ryan Laplante us
Ryan Laplante
us Busted

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Yorra Doubles Through Song-Carrillo

LoriPersinger • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Matthew Yorra
Matthew Yorra

Matthew Yorra shoved his last 215,000, and from the next seat over Leonardo Song-Carrillo shoved behind, which prompted folds from the remaining players.

Matthew Yorra: {k-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Leonardo Song-Carrillo: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

Yorra was behind preflop but had two overcards that he was hoping to hit, which he did on the {q-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{a-Hearts} flop. The {q-Diamonds} improved his hand even more and the {9-Clubs} ensured that he wouldn't be headed to the payout desk just yet.

Leonardo Song-Carrillo US
Leonardo Song-Carrillo
US 770,000 -130,000
Matthew Yorra us
Matthew Yorra
us 470,000 120,000

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No One Wants to Play With Rocco

LoriPersinger • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
Michael Rocco
Michael Rocco

Michael Rocco took down back-to-back pots without even showing his cards. In the first hand the under-the-gun player raised it 32,000 and was three-bet to 107,000 from Rocco in the next seat over. With action back on the original raiser he sent his cards to the muck.

In the very next hand Rocco was the first to act and min-raised to 32,000, which was enough to take down the blinds and ante.

Michael Rocco us
Michael Rocco
us 2,564,000 104,000

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