Day 2: Bonomo Leads the Remaining 100 Players
On Sunday, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 Million Guarantee Championship Event continued with Day 2 action in Hollywood, Florida. Leading the remaining 100 players is professional Justin Bonomo, who bagged 2.722 million chips. Bonomo busted two players in succession during the last level of the evening to vault over the two million-chip threshold.
During play, Bonomo tweeted that he will need to take 63rd place or higher to profit (he fired five bullets), but we’re certain he has is eyes set on the more than $1.7 million top prize. If he were to win, or take second, it would be the second seven-figure score of his career.
Amir Lehavot, the only World Series of Poker November Niner still remaining in this event, also bagged a seven-figure stack. During the latter stages of the evening he eliminated fellow pro Matthew Waxman to move over one million chips. Waxman flopped top pair and got it all in when he turned top-two, but Lehavot had flopped bottom set. The November Niner held, and is off to Day 3.
Jesse Chinni, who started the day as the chip leader, also survived with 868,000 chips, which is more than the average stack.
Also making it through to Day 3 were a plethora of notables, including Mike Matusow, Bryn Kenney, Allen Bari, Griffin Benger, Jarod Ludemann, Michael Gagliano, Matt Stout, David “Doc” Sands, Victor Ramdin, Ryan Welch, Adam Levy, Ravi Raghavan, Cherish Andrews, Jared Hamby, Joe Serock, Philipp Gruissem, Will Failla, and Matt Glantz.
Glantz entered the final level of the evening with just 11 big blinds, but chipped up considerably. In one particular hand, he three-bet preflop with two aces, and actor/DJ Danny Masterson, the original raiser, called. The flop came queen-high with no hearts, and Masterson moved all in with . Glantz called with , and held as the turn and river both produced bricks.
Masterson was eliminated a few hands later in 112th, earning $14,544, while Glantz bagged 940,000 chips.
The bubble came and went very quickly on Day 2, and Jacob Naquin was the unfortunate bubble boy. Naquin lost a race with ace-king against Chino Rheem’s pocket nines, and left empty-handed. Also exiting without earning a dime were Chris Klodnicki, Ronnie Bardah, Todd Terry, Darryll Fish, Kyle Julius, Dan Kelly, Jeff Gross, David Benyamine, and Matt Salsberg.
After busting, Salsberg opted to sit in a coffee shop for several hours and live tweet as players took their respective walks of shame. We suggest you check his Twitter feed to see how many ways he sent players off into the #showers.
While the aforementioned Rheem busted Naquin on the bubble, he too would soon hit the rail. In a hand after the dinner break, Rheem moved all in for twice the pot against Danny Hannawa on a board of . Hannawa tank-called with , which was good, and Rheem was left with 410,000 chips at 3,000/6,000/500.
A few hands later, Rheem doubled up Sands, and then a few hands after that he was eliminated by Leo Wolpert.
Also exiting in the money were notables Shannon Shorr, Shannon Elizabeth, Nick Schulman, David Benefield, Andy Seth, Hiren “Sunny” Patel, Joseph Cheong, and one-time-chip leader Gjergj Sinishtaj.
The 100 survivors will return on Monday at noon for Day 3 action. The plan is to play five 90-minute levels with no dinner break, so the day should conclude around 8:30 p.m. EDT.
PokerNews will be on hand for coverage of this massive Championship Event. Players will once again be able to update their status immediately using the PokerNews MyStack App, and you can expect more features and interviews as well.