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WPT -- Bellagio Festa al Lago Main Event Day 2

The Final Field Size is 275 Players -- Top 27 Get Paid

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Phil HellmuthThe official number of players in the 2009 World Poker Tour Festa al Lago Classic stands at 275, and the total prize pool is more than $4 million. The official payout structure was released near the end of play tonight, and the top prize for the tournament stands at $1,218,225. The top 27 players will walk away with prize money, and since only 98 players remained at the end of day 2 the money should be reached tomorrow. Last year, Festa al Lago attracted 368 players, and although that number is less in 2009, the response to the extra late registration has been positive from the majority of players at Bellagio. The final field size this year was surely helped by the 30 players who decided to skip the first day of play and entered the tournament on day 2.

1: $1,218,225
2: $795,150
3: $477,090
4: $278,300
5: $208,725
6: $168,970
7: $129,210
8: $89,450
9: $63,610
10-12: $47,710
13-15: $39,760
16-18: $31,805
19-27: $23,855

Two of the biggest names in the field who decided to take the late approach to the tournament busted out of play shortly after they entered today. Phil Hellmuth (pictured above right) entered the field during level 7, but before level 9 came to a close, he was eliminated. Two hands where Hellmuth held A-K ultimately led to his demise. Both hands were coin flips, and each time Hellmuth lost the flip. On Hellmuth’s final hand, Dee Luong held pocket jacks to send him to the rail.

Kenny TranKenny Tran (pictured left) jumped into play near the end of level 9 but he lasted only a few minutes after sitting down to a stack that had been blinded down to 48,000. Tran moved all in preflop with KDiamond Suit QDiamond Suit, and Steve Gross made the call with 7Diamond Suit 7Spade Suit. The board came AHeart Suit 2Heart Suit 2Spade Suit KSpade Suit 7Heart Suit, and Tran was quickly eliminated by the full house of Gross. The hand took the chip stack of Gross up to 405,000. Gross had a tough level to end the day with 301,900, but the Card Player Online Player of the Year leader will have a chance to make a deep run in the tournament tomorrow.

One of the best hands of the day involved Justin Young. He opened a pot for a raise from early position, and the player on the button called. The flop fell 8Heart Suit 7Club Suit 5Club Suit, and Young led out for 6,500. His opponent made the call, and the turn fell QSpade Suit. Young bet 13,500, and the button called again. The river fell 2Diamond Suit, and Young fired out 25,000. The button raised to 75,000, and Young went into the tank. He eventually made the call, and his opponent instantly mucked. Young flipped over AHeart Suit 10Heart Suit as he collected the pot and grew his stack to 290,000. Young also had a tough last level and ended the night with just 261,500, but his gutsy call with ace high was the most impressive play of the day.

At the end of play, Jason Somerville topped the leader board with 557,000. Day 3 will begin at noon PDT tomorrow, and CardPlayer.com will be there to bring you all of the action in live updates, chip counts, and photos.

Day 2 Chip Counts:

Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count
1 JASON SOMERVILLE 557,000
2 MARK SEIF 473,200
3 DUTCH BOYD 453,800
4 CHAD BATISTA 425,000
5 CORWIN COLE 405,600
6 RICHARD SCIUTO 403,100
7 DAVID PHAM 365,000
8 MICHAEL LEAH 348,400
9 STEVEN MCKOY 325,500
10 JONAS ENTIN 317,600
11 STEVEN GROSS 301,900
12 STEPHEN GIUFRE 293,200
13 LEE MARKHOLT 273,800
14 MARKUS GONSALVES 273,500
15 ADAM GEYER 269,300
16 JUSTIN YOUNG 261,500
17 JASON LAVALLEE 258,500
18 MATTHEW GLANTZ 251,500
19 STEVEN GERSCH 248,500
20 DEE LUONG 235,000
21 CHINO RHEEM 233,000
22 BOB SAFAI 229,700
23 TOM MCCORMICK 228,200
24 SCOTT ESKENAZI 226,300
25 LAWRENCE BERG 226,000
26 EUGENE KATCHALOV 225,400
27 POORYA NAZARI 221,600
28 MARCO JOHNSON 218,000
29 JASON BURT 212,800
30 CHAU GIANG 210,700
31 SEAN JAZAYERI 206,800
32 MATTHEW STOUT 204,500
33 DANNY FUHS 199,000
34 JUSTIN BONOMO 197,500
35 JERRY HUMPHREY 195,700
36 SHAWN CUNIX 192,300
37 ROBERT TEPPER 187,200
38 MIKE MATUSOW 183,800
39 JORDAN SMITH 181,900
40 SHABIR HASHAM 179,500
41 GARY GIBBS 175,100
42 NARINDER KHASRIA 167,300
43 ABRAHAM MOSSERI 156,800
44 AARON JONES 153,300
45 JAMES CARROLL 147,800
46 CARY KATZ 147,600
47 TOMMY VEDES 146,300
48 FREDDY DEEB 144,800
49 STEVE BRECHER 137,600
50 RUSSELL ROSENBLUM 137,000
51 PATRICK WALSH 136,500
52 CRAIG CRIVELLO 136,300
53 DAN SHAK 132,600
54 MIKAEL THURITZ 129,200
55 DANIEL OBRIEN 128,400
56 SHAWN MELAMED 127,400
57 ANDREW COHEN 126,100
58 KIDO PHAM 115,000
59 ANDY BLOCH 112,200
60 CLIFF JOSEPHY 111,600
61 GLEN CHORNY 111,100
62 TERENCE RYAN 106,700
63 VIVEK RAJKUMAR 106,200
64 TODD BRUNSON 105,900
65 JASON LESTER 104,800
66 MICHAEL CHIAPPETTA 103,300
67 JOSEPH ELPAYAA 102,200
68 HASAN HABIB 95,800
69 JEFFREY BLENKARN 93,700
70 CHRIS FERGUSON 90,000
71 JOSEPH LACOB 89,800
72 JONATHAN LITTLE 88,300
73 GLYNN BEEBE 85,800
74 DAVID OPPENHEIM 85,100
75 BRANDON CANTU 84,000
76 SCOTT DORIN 80,000
77 JAMES MACKEY 78,600
78 JOSH ARIEH 77,800
79 HAFIZ KHAN 77,300
80 PRAHLAD FRIEDMAN 75,900
81 NESTOR MARTINEZ 74,600
82 DANNY WONG 73,000
83 BARRY GREENSTEIN 68,900
84 JIMMY TRAN 67,100
85 ILIA LEKACH 67,000
86 SCOTT CLEMENTS 64,900
87 EDDIE PERRY 61,100
88 HARALABOS VOULGARIS 57,400
89 KATHY LIEBERT 55,000
90 ALAN SMURFIT 54,400
91 ANDY WITEK 53,000
92 PHIL IVEY 51,700
93 GEORGE SACA 50,700
94 DAVID PETERS 48,100
95 CHRIS BJORIN 43,600
96 JOHN CONKRIGHT 41,400
97 KEVIN BOUDREAU 39,100
98 SCOTT HENRY 34,300