WSOP Event #2: Team PokerStars Pros on a roll
There was never any doubt that players in the elite Team PokerStars Pro were awash with talent, but just to emphasise the point they are currently taking the $40,000 No Limit Hold'em event by storm. With just 40 players left from the 201 who sat down yesterday, two of our big guns are in the top ten, and three more are in a good position to join them.
Heading the pack, and indeed the whole field, is 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer who, after spending the first few levels of the day treading water, has burst into life and now tops 1.6 million chips - the latest chunk of them coming from busting James "Mig.com" Mackey - when his A♠K♣ remained ahead of K♣Q♠.
Not far behind, and currently second in chips, is Team PokerStars Holland Pro Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis, now on 1,250,000. He had been quiet for a level, then lost a pot to Sorel Mizzi sitting to his left, but since building a big stack yesterday he has never really looked back.
Then there is Chris Moneymaker, who won the WSOP the year before Raymer, still going strong on 730,000 and just outside the top ten. He had been nudging one million, but fell back a bit after doubling up Noah Schwartz when his 7-7 was no good against K-K. Moneymaker said he was now able to slow his game down when it mattered, and so far today he's making it work.
On top of these three, Vanessa Rousso is breathing new life into her tournament hopes. Down to 80,000 not so long ago, she's clawed her way back to just under 300,000. And then there's Humberto Brenes. while never actually looking like he was getting anything significant going today, he's actually quietly put together a 400,000 stack.
Top ten chip counts, level 16, blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000), 39 players left:
Greg Raymer, Team PokerStars Pro, 1,612,000
Lex Veldhuis, Team PokerStars Holland Pro, 1,250,000
Keith Lehr, 1,080,000
Matthew Marafioti, 1,080,000
Matthew Glantz, 1,058,000
Brian Townsend, 1,015,000
Justin Bonomo, 980,000
Ted Forrest, 915,000
Vitaly Lunkin, 915,000
Steve Zolotow, 845,000