WSOP 2017: Bracelet hunt continues with Agarwal, Mercier, Negreanu in contention
Team PokerStars Pro appears intent on gold mining all summer, and today marks another chance to fill the trophy case. Aditya Agarwal is just 22 eliminations away from a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Jason Mercier is running strong in the $10,000 Heads Up event. Meanwhile, Daniel Negreanu is making another run in the $1,500 HORSE.
Here's what to watch as the WSOP gets fired up today.
Aditya Agarwal, the Team PokerStars Pro from India, has racked up 28 WSOP cashes since 2007, but to date, he has not made a final table. Today marks one of his best chances to change that.
Agarwal currently sits in second place of the final 23 in the $1,500 NLHE event. Yesterday, those players whittled themselves down to three tables from a starting field of 1,739. The top prize is nearly $400,000, which would be four times Agarwal's biggest WSOP finish.
You might remember a pretty stellar Player of the Year run at the WSOP in 2016 and the man who came out on top. Jason Mercier had a amazing summer last year, and as of last night, he's ready to keep working.
After the opening rounds of the $10,000 Heads Up Championship, Mercier is still in contention among the final 32 players. What's more, his multi-tabling efforts paid off.
Won my 2nd match in 10k HU. So on to day 2 with 32 players left. 1 more win makes the $— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) June 8, 2017
Also bagged 22.1k in the 1500 horse#DoubleBagging
Mercier still has to win one more match before making the money, and a few more than that before he can pick up another bracelet. Nevertheless, he'll be opening two bags today.
He may have just missed bracelets (twice!) in the last few days, but Daniel Negreanu hasn't backed off. Yesterday, he grinded through the $1,500 HORSE event. He started in a field of 736 players yesterday and ended the day among the remaining 168. Negreanu has a better than average stack as he enters Day 2 today.
As you hopefully know by now, Negreanu is doing a daily vlog that gives you a really good idea of what it's like to be Kid Poker during this time of year. You'll see a lot you wouldn't expect to see (partial nudity included!).
Here's a taste from the day he was heads up for a bracelet.
Stay tuned for today's episode where Kid Poker takes us back inside the daily grind of a summer-long bracelet quest.
Good luck to all the Team Pros tonight.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis. WSOP photos courtesy PokerPhotoArchive.com