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WSOP -- Day 2 of the $40K Anniversary Tournament

Justin Bonomo Leads Field of 23


Justin BonomoThe $40,000 Anniversary tournament at the World Series of Poker continued its rapid rate of progression on Friday as 89 players whittled themselves down to just 23 in the span of eight levels.

With the money only going to the final 27, the remaining players had no problem gambling it up early in an effort to get chips fast or go home and rest for the brutally long days ahead. On the way to the bubble, notables such as Doyle Brunson, Michael DeMichele, Josh Arieh, David Singer, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Ivey, Chau Giang, Mike Matusow, Chris Moneymaker, Nam Le and Phil Galfond were sent to the rail, some earlier than others.

Ted ForrestThe eventual bubble boy was Neil Chriss, who called all in for his tournament life with a pair of aces, only to see Alec Torelli hit his open-ended straight draw on the turn, leaving him with nothing but a story to tell.

Despite their being only six hands left in the day, play continued and four quickly busted to leave the field with 23.

Here is a look at those who finished in the money:

27. Vanessa Rousso — $71,858
26. J.C. Tran — $71,858
25. Sorel Mizzi — $71,858
24. David Pham — $71,858

David BakerThroughout the day, Justin Bonomo, David Baker, Ted Forrest and 2004 Main Event Champion Greg Raymer dominated in just about every way imaginable. Raymer, reminiscent of his championship run, ran very well in coinflip situations, becoming the first player to cross the 2 million in chips mark after his A-K connected against Steve Zolotow and his pocket queens. Raymer finished the day with 2,287,000, good for fourth place overall.

David “WhooooKidd” Baker picked up the bulk of his stack thanks to a double elimination right before the bubble, when his pocket queens came from behind against Kirill Gerasimov and Evan McNiff. Baker took out Sorel Mizzi later to finish with 2,367,000 in third place.

Greg RaymerTed Forrest actually slept for almost two levels after the dinner break, blinding off a good percentage of his stack until he woke up, ran to the tournament room and took out Moneymaker with his pocket kings. Forrest continued to chip up for the rest of the evening and settled for second place with a count of 2,586,000.

With 2,678,000 in chips, Justin Bonomo enters day 3 with the chip lead. Bonomo took out several players en route to the top spot, most notably Marco Johnson with four tables remaining. Bonomo, who had a runner-up finish in last year’s WSOP, is coming off a recent win at the WSOP Circuit Event as Caesars Palace.

Here is a look at the remaining 23 players and their chip counts:

1. Justin Bonomo — 2,678,000
2. Ted Forrest — 2,586,000
3. David Baker — 2,367,000
4. Greg Raymer — 2,287,000
5. Lex Veldhuis — 2,103,000
6. Keith Lehr — 1,257,000
7. Vitaly Lunkin — 1,080,000
8. Alec Torelli — 1,025,000
9. Matt Marafioti — 1,003,000
10. Brian Rast — 912,000
11. Dani Stern — 890,000
12. Doshi Suresh — 771,000
13. Brian Townsend — 671,000
14. Clark Hamagami — 641,000
15. Matthew Glantz — 580,000
16. Noah Schwartz — 541,000
17. Isaac Haxton — 539,000
18. David Chiu — 415,000
19. Antanas Guoga — 400,000
20. Neil Channing — 330,000
21. Andy Black — 210,000
22. Andrew Robl — 200,000
23. Frank Kassela — 167,000