WSOP Event #18: Don't look now, but Negreanu makes second final table

wsop2009_thn.gifAfter a prolonged lull in bust outs, when Annie Duke was all-in three times but survived each one, we've made it down to the final table in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low. Still there, and now on a comfortable 505,000 chips, is Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu.

It is Negreanu's second final table of the WSOP so far - and it could have been three had he not busted just before the $10,000 7-card Stud event last week. A remarkable performance so early in the series.


Daniel Negreanu can't bear to watch

He's currently fourth in chips, although at one point he was as high as third when he looked up at the chips showing on the overhead screens. "Hey, I'm third. Go me," he said.

We were stuck on 11 players for quite some time before we lost Jacobo Fernandez, who was polished off by Tom Koral. The two tables then combined to one, leaving the final table proper to wait for one more elimination. It didn't take too long...

Cameron McKinley was the final table bubble boy, busted by Ben Boyd when they got their chips on on a A♣K♠Q♠ board. McKinley had A-Q but Boyd had made a set of queens, and with no low hand McKinley lost the lot.

Players were then dispatched to a one-hour break before the final gets under way on the feature stage.

Good luck, Daniel!

Final table starting chip counts...

Scott Clements, 1,550,000
John Monnette, 970,000
Daniel Alaei, 580,000
Daniel Negreanu, Team PokerStars Pro, 505,000
Ben Boyd, 495,000
Greg Jamison, 440,000
Annie Duke, 290,000
Yueqi Zhu, 235,000
Tom Koral, 180,000
Cameron McKinley, 115,000


Congratulations to Team PokerStars Germany Pro Johannes Strassmann, who is in the money in the $2,500 Six-handed No Limit event and already guaranteed $4,863.