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Unknown John Hanson Joins Toto Leonidas Atop HORSE Day 2; Will Day 3 Become a Shovefest?

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A raging storm is brewing in the $50k HORSE Event as the betting structures are set to take center stage of the premier event in poker. No one thought there would be a lone stampede to the HORSE title, and Day 2 saw several studs push to join Day 1 chipleader Eli Elezra at the top. Neophyte John Hanson and Toto Leonidas surged late to join Eli Elezra, Kenny Tran, and Allen Cunningham in the top five in chips after Day 2 of the $50k HORSE event.

A long string of great players left the Amazon Room Monday. Bustouts on Day 2 included Mike Sexton, Tony G, John D'Agostino, Jennifer Harman, Juan Carlos Mortensen, Tom Schneider, John Phan, Kirk Morrison, William Chen, Robert Williamson III, Michael Mizrachi, Ted Forrest, Patrik Antonius, TJ Cloutier, Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer, Darrell Dicken, Captain Tom Franklin, Todd Brunson, Chris Ferguson, Marco Traniello, Phil Laak, Kristy Gazes, Alexander Kravchenko, Gavin Smith, and Bill Edler.

The biggest movers of the day were John Hanson and Toto Leonidas. Starting around average in chips (123k), his starting table held no big stacks as Doyle Brunson, Gabe Kaplan, Thor Hansen, and William Chen all hovered between 140k and 80k. Hanson moved through the table well, and by the dinner break he was above 500k. He made it into the money of the $5k HU NLH event, losing to Thomas Wahlroos in the Round of 64. He has a great chance to better that result now.

Allen Cunningham also started around average in chips (159k), and he and Tim Phan were the only members of their starting table to survive Day 2. He will be a real threat to survive Day 3 and make a run at the Final Table.

Play ended with 10k/20k Razz and a 2k ante after 8k/16k Hold-Em and Omaha. Structure is again front and center as an unraised stud hand that is bet to the end will require 90k in chips from a player. With the average chip count at 286k, that is almost a third of a player's chips in the pot. Starting chips were doubled from last year, but the structure was much less aggressive. This sets Day 3 up to turn the event into a raucous event that starts to look more like a $125 single table satellite here or an online Turbo event rather than the most important tournament of the year.

Harrah's has planned this as a five day event, one rivaling the last year's terrific Final Table with the epic Chip Reese -Andy Bloch heads-up battle. Play should continue at least until Level 50 (Stud Eight or Better) with 7k antes, a 10k bring-in, and 30k/60k bets. That would put 270k from a player in a pot bet on each street without a raise. If sixteen players remain with an average chip count of 932k, that will be more than a quarter of a player's stack invested in a pot. Tuesday has the potential to go one of two ways: some players may play extremely tight, electing to wait things out, while those with chips may become very aggressive to put tournament-life decisions to any player treading into a pot.

The chip counts heading into Day 3:

John Hanson 641,000
Toto Leonidas 621,000
Eli Elezra 568,000
Allen Cunningham 549,000
Kenny Tran 544,000
Justin Bonomo 508,000
David Oppenheim 469,000
Mike Matusow 456,000
Phil Ivey 436,000
Annon Filippi 429,000
Andy Bloch 425,000
Matt Hawrilenko 416,000
Phil Hellmuth 412,000
John Juanda 410,000
Max Pescatori 396,000
Freddy Deeb 357,000
Robert Mizrachi 338,000
Bruno Fitoussi 337,000
David Singer 332,000
Chip Reese 332,000
Rob Hollink 321,000
Daniel Negreanu 307,000
Tuan Le 295,000
Greg Mascio 290,000
Greg Raymer 287,000
Huck Seed 278,000
Thor Hansen 275,000
Barry Greenstein 275,000
Stephen Wolff 251,000
Mike Wattel 250,000
Mark Gregorich 249,000
Neal Friets 246,000
Thien "Tim" Phan 234,000
John Hennigan 204,000
David Williams 203,000
Erik Seidel 194,000
Gabe Kaplan 186,000
Joe Tehan 166,000
Annie Duke 165,000
Daniel Shak 156,000
Noah Jefferson 149,000
Thomas Weideman 127,000
Dewey Tomko 119,000
Steve Sung 119,000
Erick Lindgren 99,000
Chris Reslock 98,000
Pat Pezzin 94,000
Sam Grizzle 86,000
Scotty Nguyen 72,000
Cyndy Violette 60,000
David Sklansky 47,000
Isabelle Mercier 41,000

Starting Tables for Day 3:

Table 65
1 Daniel Negreanu 307,000
2 Joe Tehan 166,000
3 David Singer 332,000
4 Dewey Tomko 119,000
6 David Oppenheim 469,000
7 Erik Seidel 194,000
8 Thomas Weideman 127,000

Table 66
1 Freddy Deeb 357,000
2 Cyndy Violette 60,000
3 Matt Hawrilenko 416,000
4 Toto Leonidas 621,000
5 Greg Raymer 287,000
6 Andy Bloch 425,000
7 Kenny Tran 544,000

Table 71
1 Phil Hellmuth 412,000
2 Thor Hansen 275,000
3 Steve Sung 119,000
4 Bruno Fitoussi 337,000
5 John Hennigan 204,000
6 Barry Greenstein 275,000
7 Chris Reslock 98,000

Table 72
1 Pat Pezzin 94,000
2 Isabelle Mercier 41,000
3 Tuan Le 295,000
5 Rob Hollink 321,000
6 Annie Duke 165,000
7 Sam Grizzle 86,000
8 Annon Filippi 429,000

Table 76
1 Erick Lindgren 99,000
2 Thien "Tim" Phan 234,000
3 Greg Mascio 290,000
4 Chip Reese 332,000
5 Mike Wattel 250,000
6 Eli Elezra 568,000
7 Stephen Wolff 251,000

Table 77
1 Robert Mizrachi 338,000
2 John Juanda 410,000
3 David Sklansky 47,000
4 Allen Cunningham 549,000
5 Mark Gregorich 249,000
6 Daniel Shak 156,000
7 Mike Matusow 456,000

Table 78
2 Neal Friets 246,000
3 David Williams 203,000
5 Max Pescatori 396,000
6 Noah Jefferson 149,000
7 Justin Bonomo 508,000
8 Gabe Kaplan 186,000

The following players assigned tables are unknown:
*Huck Seed 278,000
*John Hanson 641,000
*Phil Ivey 436,000
*Scotty Nguyen 72,000

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