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There was a moment this week when it looked like Daniel Negreanu might do it again. That moment was quickly followed by another moment, when it looked like Jason Mercier might do it again as well. Neither did, but it was fun to watch.

Reading the blog earlier this week you would have seen the story of Negreanu's near miss in Event #41 at the World Series of Poker. Kid Poker was on course for a seventh career bracelet in the Seven Card Stud hi/lo 8-or-Better Championship, but finished third behind Stephen Chidwick and Max Pescatori.

But while Negreanu missed out on some jewellery he did at least become the first player in history to pass the $30 million mark for career tournament earnings. For the record that now stands at $30,095,734, a figure that hardly needs polishing.
A few days later and it was Mercier just missing out. He finished seventh in the $50,000 buy-in Players Championship, a tournament that divides the good players from the great players. He was short of a bracelet perhaps, but the result added to an already sparkling summer for Mercier who earned bracelet number three earlier in the Series.

Meanwhile back in the online PokerStars world there is plenty coming up to keep real life at bay, and regardless of bank roll. Actually we mean that even more than we usually do, because it includes those with no bank roll at all.

The PokerStars Play Money Masters began yesterday and runs until July 12, and includes a tournament schedule that looks a lot like our real money ones. The Play Money Masters has all variants covered across 51 events and concludes with a 10 million buy-in Main Event. That's enough zeroes to put any live event to shame.

That kicks off on July 12, but you can find all the details on the Masters homepage.

If you need something with a bit more kick -- the 18-year-old scotch to the play money lemonade -- then the weekend has everything lined up for you in the standard fashion. The Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday Million will create the headlines, but other drinks are available.

Whatever you play good luck at the tables this weekend. See you on Monday for the congratulations.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.