WSOP Diary Day 15: Negreanu, Danzer eye $10K Lowball bracelet
Daniel Negreanu will be the first to admit that his World Series has not exactly gone to plan. He'd entered a whole bunch of events, but had failed to cash in any. The Canadian Team PokerStars Pro is one of life's optimists, however, and his perseverance paid off yesterday when he not only cashed in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball World Championship but now sits in the final ten.
Even better news for PokerStars is that Negreanu's fellow Team PokerStars Pro, Germany's George Danzer, is second in chips as the ten players return today to play down to a winner - and the coveted WSOP bracelet.
The Lowball World Championship is one of those specialist games that, along with the high $10,000 buy-in, attracts the cream of the crop. It also means a tighter field, which generates a smaller (for the WSOP) first prize of $294,314. But there is particular prestige to be had from winning this one.
Danzer finished up with 425,000 chips, a little way behind David Baker on 526,000. A win here would be his biggest tournament cash to date by far. The German's rise was helped late on when he busted Yan Chen in 12th place. Down to his last 12,000, Chen pushed all in, Danzer raised to isolate, and the others folded. Danzer stood pat while Chen drew two cards. Danzer showed 10-9-6-4-3, besting Chen's Q-J-7-4-3.
A little earlier Danzer accounted for Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick raised, Danzer re-raised, Chidwick moved all-in and Danzer called with his remaining 109,000. Chidwick had 43,000 left behind. Danzer stood pat, and Chidwick drew one. Danzer showed 10-8-6-4-2, Chidwick showed his first four cards - 8-7-6-3 - then turned over the new one. It was another 3 and Danzer took it down.
Negreanu had been under pressure for much of the day, getting low and hoping to catch good cards. Every now and again it worked a treat, like in this hand against John Juanda. Juanda raised to 11,000 and Negreanu announced he was all in for his last 64,500. Juanda made the call. Juanda stood pat and Negreanu drew one, tossing in a 2 to the dealer and showing his remaining four cards - 7-5-4-2. Juanda spread out his hand: 9-8-6-4-3. Negreanu received his last card, needing to catch. He squeezed... a 3! "Unreal!" the excited Canadian said. With that, he doubled up to 135,000.
Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown came close to making it back for the final day, busting in 13th place for $19,273.
We'll follow Danzer and Negreanu's progress today closely. With two players in the final ten, this could well be the day for our first Team PokerStars Pro WSOP bracelet of 2010.
In other news, yesterday's start of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha saw a group of Team PokerStars Pros playing their first WSOP event of the summer. The three Germans, Katja Thater, Ben Kang and Michael Keiner were among them.
A bumper 885 players signed up for this one, and at the end of the night, only 85 survived. Two Team Pros made it through - Keiner on 26,100 and Jason Mercier with 25,500. He won this event last year, and is looking for a back-to-back victory.
The second starting event yesterday was the $1,500 Seven Card Stud, which drew 408 entries. Among the 128 who will come back with chips today are Team PokerStars Pros Alex Kravchenko (18,400), Pat Pezzin (15,500), and Greg Raymer (14,500).
Finally, a shout out to PokerStars player Eric Buchman, who came fourth in the WSOP Main Event last year for $2.5million, and who currently leads the final ten of the $2,000 Limit Hold'em event. They'll play down to a winner today.
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ElkY - now for a bracelet
There's not much we can write about Team PokerStars Pro ElkY that has not been said before. Suffice to say, the tournament beast, with more than $6million in winnings to his name, is one of the world's most feared players at the table. He's yet to win his first WSOP bracelet, but he did have good news yesterday, winning a high-profile single table qualifier to get in to the WSOP Tournament of Champions event which has a $1million prizepool.
ElkY was one of nine players selected by the WSOP Academy to fight it out to get into the ToC, and he made it all the way, beating Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi heads up. Earlier fallers were Andy Bloch, Gus Hansen, Don Cheadle, Sorel Mizzi, Liv Boeree, Gavin Smith and Paul Wasicka.
ElkY said: "I want to thank the WSOP Academy for giving me the chance to win my way into the TOC. I feel like I am a deserving champion based on my record around the world, and I look forward to getting my WSOP bracelet soon."
I don't think it will be long before the Frenchman has that particular piece of dazzling jewelry on his wrist.
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Tweets of the Day
@FossilMan: Stud went OK. Made it to day 2 with an average stack of 14,500. More importantly my family arrives tomorrow!
@RealKidPoker: Night is over and I'm at my peak with 223k. 10 of us return tomm to play for the bracelet.
@RaSZi (Lex Veldhuis): Playing stud event now. 3 tourneys on 1 day ftw. Lets hope this one goes better. (It didn't)
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Thought of the Day
First PokerStars bracelet today?
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Previous WSOP Diary entries
WSOP Diary: Hold me, darling - this is going to be BIG
WSOP Diary: Why Peter Eastgate is missing from the World Series
WSOP Diary: Ville Wahlbeck joins Team PokerStars Pro
WSOP Diary: Durrr misses biggest-ever poker payday, pros overjoyed
WSOP Diary: Poker's clean-up operation begins again
WSOP Diary: Manchester United soccer star Darren Fletcher tackles World Series of Poker
WSOP Diary: $10,000 Stud Championsip draws big names
WSOP Diary: Nh, gg, wp Daniel Negreanu, k?
WSOP Diary: Grinding out $1.5million with perfect timing
WSOP Diary: Team Pro Maridu needs Baker, Baker needs dough
WSOP Diary: Viva la revolution in Las Vegas
WSOP Diary: Safari, so good for Noah Boeken
WSOP Diary: Barry Greenstein mixes it up in the $50K
WSOP Diary: Going supersize in Las Vegas