WSOP 2017: Negreanu edges closer to bracelet, leads Players Championship

Yesterday it was about reaching the final table of the $50,000 Players Championship for Daniel Negreanu. Some 24 hours later he leads it, with six players left, and his seventh career bracelet in sight.

The field was reduced from 15 to six after another long day, with Negreanu now leading against some all-star opposition. Then again that's how it should be, given the Players Championship is arguable the most prestigious event of the World Series.


Daniel Negreanu_EV62_DAY3_Abrego_6Jul17.jpgDaniel Negreanu: On the brink of bracelet number seven?

It's a point not lost on Negreanu himself.

"I helped create this event when it was originally created years ago," Negreanu told PokerNews. "I always was so disappointed I hadn't done better. I had a couple of cashes and last year came in 12th. I always felt, especially this year more than ever, that it's something I wanted to win."

Negreanu is hardly without success, but a bracelet when play continues on Thursday would make a good summer perfect.

"I've won Player of the Year twice, but this is the best year I've ever had, especially if I can top it off with a bracelet. I'd have six top 20 finishes."

Here's how things will look when play restarts.

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Ivo DonevAustria2,990,000
2Johannes BeckerGermany4,560,000
3Daniel NegreanuCanada5,930,000
4Elior SionUnited Kingdom4,750,000
5Paul VolpeUnited States1,570,000
6Isaac HaxtonUnited States5,205,000

As well as the bracelet there's a first prize of nearly $1.4 million at stake, which should prove enough of an incentive Negreanu's opposition to ruin his fairy tale. All of which will be revealed later today, with a report on the Blog tomorrow.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley. What did you think about this post? Let us know on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.


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