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Bellagio Cup V -- Day 2

Alec Torelli Leads Remaining 97 Players

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Cornel Andrew CimpanAfter two starting days the entire field of the 2009 Bellagio Cup V finally came together in the Fontana Lounge to continue their march towards the final table.

With the blinds finally representing a decent amount of the player’s stacks, many notables quickly found themselves on the rail, including Howard Lederer, Brandon Cantu, Amit Makhija, Michael Mizrachi, Hevad Khan and Vitaly Lunkin.

Card Player Player of the Year# candidate Cornel Andrew Cimpan dominated much of the day, getting his stack to as high as 500,000 before a terrible last level of the night saw him lose most of his stack and finish the day in the middle of the pack.

Alec TorelliInstead, the chip leader is day 1A chip leader Alec “traheho” Torelli, who knocked out Danny Wong near the end of the day in spectacular fashion. On a board reading QSpade Suit4Club Suit2Heart Suit6Spade Suit, Wong bet 28,000, Torelli raised to 85,000 and Wong moved all in.

Torelli made the call with a set of sixes, but was drawing when Wong showed him 5Club Suit3Club Suit for a straight. The board paired when the 2Diamond Suit hit the river and catapulted Torelli to the top of the leaderboard.

Notables who are still in contention include Bertrand Grospellier, Isaac Haxton, Erick Lindgren and Phil Hellmuth.

There are just 97 players remaining and they should get pretty close to the money bubble at 27 with five more levels on Thursday.

Here are the top five stacks heading into day 3:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Alec Torelli 590,200
2 Vivek Rajkumar 494,400
3 Ray Henson 387,900
4 Adam Geyer 380,700
5 Kevin Saul 366,400