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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

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.