NAPT Mohegan Sun: Jordan Morgan leads the Day 2 charge
For the last two days, images of sporting events have been flickering across an expanse of beige wall space here in the Uncas Ballroom. Yesterday it was the Spurs and the Suns on the court followed by the Yankees and the Red Sox on the field. You'd find a player here and there looking up to check the score or simply quell their boredom, but by in large, no one was paying too much attention.
That was not the case today as Tiger Woods teed off in the Masters. After his table broke, Phil Ivey was moved to a prime viewing seat and hardly took his eyes off the action all afternoon, all the while building his stack to the 356,600 he'll take to Day 3. By our educated guess, Ivey could very well have more than the $750,000 our champion will take home riding on the stroke of Tiger's club.
443 of our 716 starters returned for Day 2 of the NAPT Mohegan Sun. David Williams and Vanessa Selbst were one-two in the chip count last night and neither succumbed to the "curse of the Day 1 chip leader," both of them returning for Day 3. Selbst's stack was in the 300,000 range for most of the day before felting an opponent in a manner befitting her screen name-- "suckoutqueen." Selbst tried to push a three-bettor out of the pot pre-flop by moving her mega-stack all-in with pocket queens. Her opponent snap-called with K-K, and although he flopped a set, Selbst hit an open-ended straight draw that filled on the river. The hand took her chip count north of 500,000 and she finished the day with 542,600.
It was not the best day for Team PokerStars Pro--Gavin Griffin, Jason Mercier, and Angel Guillen all meeting their tournament end. Still flying the mighty red spade are Dennis Phillips, newly minted Team Canada Pro Marcello Del Grosso, and Vanessa Rousso, who built her stack up to more than 200,000 to be knocked back to only 40,000. She battled back, however and will enter Day 3 with 145,300. Other notable Day 2 eliminations included Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler, Joe Serock, Matt Stout, Chau Giang, Lee Markholt, and Gavin Smith.
Daniel Negreanu's "Day 2 Curse" continued here at Mohegan Sun. First he lost with A-K against A-6, then doubled back up with A-A vs. 7-7 but ultimately succumbed when Aaron Lerner spiked a two-outer on the river, his 7-7 hitting a set against Kid Poker's pocket jacks.
The big movers and shakers today were three young geniuses we'd never want on our left: Jordan "ImSoLucky0" Morgan, two-time WCOOP champion Ryan "g0lfa" D'Angelo and Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi. Mizzi is riding a serious hot streak in 2010, making eight final tables in live events in the first three months of the year and winning three of them. He moved to the top of the pack after doubling through Justin Pechie with pocket kings against A-K.
D'Angelo chipped up to nearly 500,000 in the late afternoon after eliminating Jacobo Fernandez. D'Angelo claimed Fernandez's 170,000 stack when his pocket aces faded Fernandez's nut flush draw. He'll return tomorrow with 450,800.
Your Day 2 chip leader, however, is Jordan Morgan, a silent beast of a player from whom we hardly heard a word spoken aloud today. He'll let his 705,100 in chips do the talking tomorrow.
To see how the rest of the field stacks up, head over to the NAPT Mohegan Sun chip counts page. We'll have the official Day 2 counts up as soon as they're available. To have a look at what they're all playing for, check out the NAPT Mohegan Sun prizes and winners page.
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Our 125 remaining players will be back in action at 12pm EDT tomorrow. So will we. And we hope you join us again.
All photography © Joe Giron