Published on February 25th, 2008 6:24 am EST

L.A. Poker Classic - Tournament logoDay 2 of the WPT LA Poker Classic has now wrapped up, with 136 of the original 665 players still alive. The event has a prize pool of just under $6.6 million dollars, with $1.596 million dollars going to the champion and $909k going to the runner-up.

Daniel Fuhs is the current chipleader of the event with just over 397k in total chips. Joe Schulman is a distant second with 282k in chips. Phil Ivey, as mentioned, is one of the chipleaders with a stack of just under 280k. Antonio Esfandiari, fresh off of signing a new deal with the World Poker Tour, currently has a stack of 245k. Jennifer Tilly has a stack of 219k, and the always entertaining Haralabos Voulgaris has a stack of 204k.

Many recognizable names took part in this tournament, and many recognizable names still remain. Among them are:

Mark Seif (146k)

"Action" Dan Harrington (123k)

Phil Hellmuth Jr. (95k)

Humberto Brenes (86k)

Eli Elezra (58k)

David Benyamine (46k)

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (16k)

There are a number of interesting possible storylines that could play out in this event, including:

-can Phil Hellmuth Jr. finally capture his first WPT title?

-could the Mizrachi brothers square off against each other at the final table of a WPT event? (unlikely given their stacks, but they are both still alive)

-will Phil Ivey remain near the top of the leaderboard, or will he blow up again, as he has done in the past couple of major events that he has played in which he has been near the top of the leaderboard?

-can Mark "Newhizzle" Newhouse take down the second WPT event of his young poker career and replenish his famously busted bankroll?

-can Jennifer Tilly continue to hold her own in this ridiculously talented field?

-can "Action" Dan Harrington take down yet another major poker event?

Play will resume on Monday afternoon, and the final table will take place on February 28th.


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