WSOP Event #6: Brown out but Negreanu on a charge
Chad Brown had been going quietly about his business for two days, keeping his stack intact as scores busted out from the $10,000 World Championship 7-card Stud. From the 142 starters, 16 would be paid, but the Team PokerStars Pro fell agonisingly short in 25th place.
He'd been on a downward slope and then, like Alex Kravchenko shortly before him, fell when his two pair of tens and threes were outgunned by Max "The Pirate" Pescatori's bigger two pair of jacks and fours. Brown walked the plank and jumped into the sea of poker players still swirling around the Rio.
But while he and Kravchenko have an unwelcome early night, our last surviving Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu is on a thrilling run. Down to 20,000 earlier in the day, he has now soared to second in chips with 354,000.
As he just said on his Twitter page: "23 left I have 354k avg is 185k. I'll be out of the other one soon. Oh well haha," a reference to his stack which is being blinded away in the $2,500 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball.
Negreanu won't mind that one bit if he goes really deep here, with a final table appearance a real possibility - and the $373,000 first prize and bracelet looming large.