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PokerStars North American Poker Tour Los Angeles Main Event -- Day 2

Only 81 Players Remain In Hunt For $725,000 First-Place Prize

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Carter KingDay 2 of the PokerStars NAPT Los Angeles main event was, for lack of a better term, fast and furious. There have been numerous examples over the years of tournaments that played just a bit quicker than the escalating blinds dictated, but the field at the Bicycle Casino somehow managed to make all of those look like a turtle trudging through wet cement.

To give you a better idea, here’s a look at the numbers. A total of 314 players began the day and just seven levels later, the field had reached the money and called it a night with 81 survivors. That amounts to losing a player nearly every two and a half minutes.

You may think an absurd blinds structure was the culprit, but all the returning players will start day 3 with an average of over 43 big blinds. The tournament moved so quickly that there wasn’t even enough time for hand-for-hand play when the money bubble approached at 105 players.

Instead, Carter King managed to lose roughly 350 big blinds to bust just shy of the money, making his 104 colleagues at least $7,500 richer. King’s elimination hand was the most talked about hand of the day and had many players and observers shaking their heads with bewilderment.

Micah Raskin raised preflop to 11,000 and got action from both the small blind and King in the big blind. The flop came down 8Spade Suit6Spade Suit5Diamond Suit and Raskin continued with a bet of 15,000.

The small blind folded and King raised to 40,000. Raskin then made it 100,000. King responded by moving all in for a total of 175,000. Raskin snap called and amazingly turned over AHeart Suit10Club Suit for ace high.

Jimmie GuintherEven more incredibly, King had the worst hand with 10Spade Suit9Spade Suit for a straight flush draw. Both players rose to their feet and the turn and river fell 8Club Suit3Club Suit, giving the enormous pot to Raskin and sending King to the rail as the official bubble boy. Raskin rode the success of that pot to an end of the day stack of 515,500, good enough for sixth place overall.

Joining Raskin among the leaders are Tom Middleton (519,000), Bryn Kenney (586,000), Team PokerStars Pro Anh Van Nguyen (614,000), Travis Pearson (835,000) and the chip leader, Jimmie Guinther (894,000).

Other notables remaining in the field include Jason Mercier, Phil Laak, Matt Affleck, Mike Sowers, Michael Binger, Ty Reiman, Mike Leah, Gavin Griffin, Christina Lindley and Card Player Player of the Year leader Tom Marchese. Also still in the hunt are identical twins Aaron and Derek Lerner who are hoping to coast to a 1-2 finish.

Here’s a look at the chip counts of the remaining 81 players.

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Jimmie Guinther 894,000
2 Travis Pearson 835,000
3 Anh Van Nguyen 614,000
4 Bryn Kenney 586,000
5 Tom Middleton 519,000
6 Micah Raskin 515,500
7 Tom Lee 509,000
8 Nicholas Verkaik 495,500
9 Mike Sowers 481,000
10 Michael Binger 474,000
11 Joseph Melancon 467,500
12 Mark Ader 452,500
13 Ryan Welch 448,000
14 Paul Kuzmich 435,500
15 Jacob Toole 424,500
16 Tomas Elexhauser 421,000
17 George Lind 407,000
18 Fabian Holling 399,500
19 Phil Laak 377,000
20 Ray Henson 349,000
21 Alan Myerson 335,000
22 David Sesso 331,000
23 Nick Grippo 322,500
24 Robert Reyna 320,500
25 Rep Porter 316,000
26 Matt Affleck 307,500
27 James Casement 298,500
28 Tim Begley 295,000
29 Al Grimes 288,800
30 Larry Lipman 281,500
31 Mike Leah 280,500
32 Derek Lerner 276,000
33 Steven Goosen 271,000
34 Joe Tehan 267,500
35 Chris Klodnicki 265,000
36 Garrett Thompson 252,500
37 Robert Acton 252,000
38 Christopher Demaci 247,000
39 Eric Haber 246,500
40 Carlos Watanabe 233,500
41 Steven Karp 219,000
42 Brian Zimcosky 218,500
43 Romulus Segal 210,000
44 Jonathan Gagnon-Villeneuve 194,000
45 Thomas Young 191,000
46 Carl Beliveau 188,500
47 Jonathan Dull 185,000
48 Anthony Nardi 181,500
49 Niko Deininger 172,500
50 Aaron Lerner 162,500
51 Jason Mercier 158,000
52 Mark De Faria 153,000
53 Aaron Donovan 149,500
54 Bahador Ahmadi 148,500
55 Lawrence Hyman 146,500
56 Romik Vartzar 146,000
57 Gavin Griffin 143,500
58 Blake Kelso 138,000
59 Tyler Hamade 131,000
60 David John 128,000
61 Sebastian Saffari 126,000
62 Ty Reiman 125,500
63 Jared Bleznick 125,000
64 Steve Stolzmann 124,000
65 Alexander Fitzgerald 119,500
66 Ronaldo Bochi 116,000
67 Josh Brikis 103,500
68 Zohair Karim 96,000
69 Wayne Lewis 96,000
70 Carter Gill 92,500
71 Cary Katz 77,000
72 Christina Lindley 76,000
73 Isaac Crow 76,000
74 Joe Ebanks 75,000
75 Peter DeBest 74,500
76 John Bunch 68,000
77 Sameer Aljanedi 67,500
78 Prakai Satong 55,500
79 Thomas Marchese 54,000
80 Shane Schleger 49,000
81 Michele Koerner 32,500