Daniel Negreanu vying for WSOP National Championship
Deep in the hills of Western North Carolina, just a few miles down the road from a little tourist mountain town called Maggie Valley, in the land where a man named Popcorn Sutton used to make the world's best moonshine, Daniel Negreanu is once again on the verge of greatness.
Just weeks after finishing in 11th place at the 2015 WSOP Main Event, Negreanu has made the final table of the WSOP National Championship. One of the 122 people who qualified for the event, Negreanu is up for another gold bracelet and the $341,599 first prize.
When the final table begins today at 1pm ET, Negreanu will sit in third place with 543,000, the rough equivalent of 54 big blinds. He's behind Darryll Fish's 648,000 and Loni Harwood's massive 1,340,000.
Here's how the final seven are sitting.
Seat 1: Vincent Moscati (463,000)
Seat 2: Darryll Fish (648,000)
Seat 3: Daniel Negreanu (543,000)
Seat 5: Paul Mattioda (167,000)
Seat 6: Loni Harwood (1,340,000)
Seat 7: Alex Masek (100,000)
Seat 9: Brad St. Vincent (410,000)
The man some folks still call "Kid Poker" realized, when it comes to his opponents today, he's been around longer than any of them. Not just around poker...but around in general.
I made the final 7 of WSOP National Championship. I'm the oldest one left! Times change. I still got it. Haha— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 31, 2015
While Negreanu might not be a spring chicken anymore, he is lighting up Harrah's Cherokee and the mountains around it. As he said the other day, this is his first tourney since the WSOP Main, so..."might as well win it."
Good luck today, Kid.
Update: Unfortunately, Negreanu ran AK into aces and was out shortly thereafter in sixth place. Good run, Daniel.
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