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North American Poker Tour -- Mohegan Sun Day 2

Jordan Morgan Leads the Remaining 125 Players with 705,100


Jordan MorganDay 2 at the PokerStars North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun $5,000 no-limit hold’em main event saw 443 players return to the felt and by the end of the night the number of participants had shrunk to 125. The money bubble will burst early tomorrow when 104 remain and they will all be awarded at least $7,500. For many that will not be enough. Most of the professionals have their eyes on the third NAPT title to ever be awarded and the first-place prize worth $750,000.

One professional that has a good chance to make a deep run at the final goal is day 2 chip leader Jordan Morgan (pictured right). He finished play with 705,100 to pace the field. Morgan will have a lot of competition at the top because day 2 of this tournament saw a lot of big names in the game rise to the top. Joining Morgan in the top 10 are Vanessa Selbst, who holds 542,600, James Akenhead with 463,700, Ryan D’Angelo with 450,800, Lars Bonding with 443,100, and Sorel Mizzi with 442,500. Other dangerous players that will start day 3 with a dangerous amount of chips are Peter Jetten, Phil Ivey, Cliff Josephy, Todd Terry, Matt Woodward, and Team PokerStars Canada pro Marcello del Grosso.

All of these players will return at noon EDT tomorrow to begin play at 2,000-4,000 blinds with a 400 ante and the average stack is 171,840. You can follow along with all of the action on the PokerStars blog feed, and be sure to check back at tomorrow night for another summary of the action. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from day 2 in Connecticut:

Day 2 Chip Leaders:

Jordan Morgan — 705,100
Firas Massouh — 571,000
Vanessa Selbst — 542,600
Alistar Melville — 513,000
Brandon Hall — 491,500
James Akenhead — 463,700
Ryan D’Angelo — 450,800
Lars Bonding — 443,100
Sorel Mizzi — 442,500
Travis Klein — 417,400

Notable Day 2 Eliminations:

Team PokerStars pros Daniel Negreanu, Gavin Griffin, Jason Mercier, and Angel Guillen, Gavin Smith, Zachary Clark, John Cernuto, David Levi, Christian Harder, Lee Markholt, Allen Kessler, Hoyt Corkins, Dwyte Pilgrim, Kathy Liebert, Brandon Cantu, Chau Giang, Amit Makhija, David Singer, Adam Levy, Shaun Deeb, Bernard Lee, Faraz Jaka, Jonathan Little, Eric Liu, Brock Parker, Michael Binger

Hand of the Day:

Daniel Negreanu Eliminated on a Bad Beat

With blinds at 1,000-2,000 with a 200 ante, Aaron Lerner raised to 4,800 in middle position preflop and Daniel Negreanu reraised all in for 25,000. Lerner made the call and they flipped over their cards:

Lerner: 7Club Suit 7Heart Suit
Negreanu: JSpade Suit JClub Suit

Board: 8Heart Suit 3Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit QClub Suit 7Spade Suit

Lerner found a third 7 on the river and he eliminated Negreanu from the tournament. Lerner grew his stack to 125,000 after the hand.

Payout Structure:

1st $750,000
2nd $428,000
3rd $240,000
4th $190,000
5th $150,000
6th $115,000
7th $85,000
8th $60,244
9th-10th $47,000
11th-12th $38,000
13th-14th $29,000
15th-16th $23,000
17th-24th $19,000
25th-32nd $16,000
33rd-40th $13,500
41st-48th $11,500
49th-56th $10,500
57th-64th $9,500
65th-72nd $9,500
73rd-80th $8,500
81st-88th $8,500
89th-96th $7,500
97th-104th $7,500