WSOP 2014: Negreanu, Mercier close to new bracelets

Seven people remain in the 2014 World Series of Poker $10,000 NL 2-7 championship, and two of those players are Team PokerStars Pros.

Late last night, Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu made it to the seven-handed final table in second and third place, respectively. Here's how they stack up against the final table.

Paul Volpe -- 783,000
Jason Mercier -- 469,000
Daniel Negreanu -- 426,000
Brian Rast -- 390,000
Larry Wright -- 203,000
John Monnette -- 169,000
Abe Mosseri -- 162,000

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Mercier and Negreanu side by side (Photo: Joe Giron)

A quarter million bucks sits atop the payout table. It's no small change, but you can feel guaranteed neither of the Team Pros is going to be happy without adding to their personal bracelet counts. Mercier is going for his third. Negreanu is trying for his seventh.

Here's how they put it at the end of the night.



While the bracelet is the thing tonight, there is a lot more at stake for Negreanu. As you might have heard, he booked an untold number of $5,000+ bets on either him or Phil Ivey winning a WSOP bracelet this year (fellow Team Pro Joao Nunes did not take Negreanu's side...). So, you can feel sure, there is more than $250,000 on top for Negreanu tonight.

Good luck to both Team Pros as they go for gold again.

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