Justin Bonomo Leads Day 2 of Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

Justin Bonomo ended up way out in front of the field with 2.77 million. (Photo by Thomas Keeling)

Justin Bonomo ended up way out in front of the field with 2.77 million. (Photo by Thomas Keeling)

Day 2 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event returned 768 players buzzing with the money bubble set at 338 players. Big stacks and short stacks alike put their chips in action and they reached the money bubble in just the third level. At the end of the night just 100 players remained for Day 3, leading them all is Justin Bonomo with 2,772,000.

“For the most part, I played really straightforward today,” Bonomo said. “I’ve just been in the right place at the right time all day.”

“I six-bet a guy for a million he tanked for three seconds and called with ace nine suited. I had ace king and held for probably the biggest pot of the tournament,” Bonomo added. “A lot of people have really just been overplaying their hands and I was lucky to have big hands to capitalize.”

Behind Bonomo are Ravi Raghavan (1.65 million) and the lone 2013 November Niner remaining Amir Lehavot (1.17 million). The returning field is stacked with talent with Matt Glantz, Victor Ramdin, David “Doc” Sands, Griffin Benger, Mike Matusow, Leo Wolpert, Philip Gruiessem and Joe Serock.

Those that busted before the money were treated with Matt Salsberg’s hilarious tweets about hitting the showers. Salsberg posted up by the coffee shop just outside the tournament area and needled all those who had to make the “walk of shame” by him on Twitter.

Shaun Deeb, Dan Kelly, Tristan Wade, Jose “Nach” Barbero, Brian Hastings, Chance Kornuth and Erik Seidel were all subject to Salsberg’s digs.

Andy Seth, Joseph Cheong, Day 1B chip leader Gjergj Sinishtaj, Matt Waxman, David Paredes, David Tuthill and David Benefield didn’t survive the day but earned a cash in the event.

Shannon Elizabeth and Danny Masterson both made the money. Elizabeth made her final stand with A T but her opponent had her out-kicked with A K. A king came on the flop and she never caught up. She was eliminated in 165th place. Masterson was crippled in a hand by Glantz when Masterson ran into aces. Glantz also dealt the knockout blow with pocket threes when Masterson stuck his last chips in with ace jack. He was eliminated in 112th place.

Jacob Naquin was the unfortunate bubble boy. The field played three hands of hand-for-hand play until Naquin was all in preflop with A K against Chino Rheem’s pocket nines. The board ran Q 7 5 Q 8 and Naquin had to walk past the celebrating 338.

Rheem’s momentum was halted when he doubled up Sands. On a flop of K K Q, Rheem check-called 27,000 and the turn came 7. They checked to the 8 river, Rheem checked, Sands moved all in and Rheem tank-called. Sands tabled A K for trip kings, Rheem mucked and Sands had 420,000 to Rheem’s 280,000. Rheem was later eliminated by Wolpert.

Bonomo’s stack grew throughout the day and pushed his stack north of 1.4 million after flopping a dream hand. On a flop of A 9 4 his opponent moved all in and Bonomo snap-called with pocket aces. His deflated opponent turned up A [Qx]. The board finished 8 4 and Bonomo eliminated his opponent.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event Day 2 Top Ten

  1. Justin Bonomo – 2,722,000
  2. Derrick Cutler – 1,669,000
  3. Ravi Raghavan – 1,652,000
  4. Neri Sanchez – 1,449,000
  5. Derrick Simon – 1,300,000
  6. Matt Giannetti – 1,264,000
  7. Darlene Lee – 1,235,000
  8. Bryan Morton – 1,222,000
  9. William Sharkey – 1,193,000
  10. Amir Lehavot – 1,171,000

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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