2008 World Series: Minieri, Chen gun for final table

Dario Minieri was already a star before the 2007 World Series, but last year's festival was a bit of a coming out party for the young Italian. His trademark scarf and hyper-aggressive play set him apart from the crowd. This year, he's making another run for big money.

Minieri is headed into Day 2 of the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em six-handed event and is currently in second chip position. Not too far behind sits fellow Team PokerStars Pro member Bill Chen. Out of more than 1,000 entrants, Minieri and Chen are among the final 80 players left in the field. The final table is in sight and before the end of the night, either one or both of them could be sitting there.


In other news, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu had another big finish last night at the final table of the $5,000 PLO Rebuy event. Negreanu finished in seventh place and cashed for $123,437 just a few days after winning the bracelet in the $2,000 Limit Hold'em event. PokerStars-sponsored player Kirill Gerasimov picked up $192,870 for fifth place.

We also can't let the day go by without congratulating Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes for yet another cash. He finished in 33rd place in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event for $13,666.

Congrats, guys, on a great few days at the World Series.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker