WSOP 2017: Play stops with Daniel Negreanu heads-up for potential seventh bracelet

June 07, 2017

Tonight we were on the brink of writing a story we’ve encountered countless times. And yet, like the player it features himself, one that never seems to get old.

If you haven’t been following Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu’s progress in the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship it all concluded a short while ago under the lights of the main stage in the Amazon Room of the Rio. But rather than crowning a winner play ended in a heads-up stalemate. A fourth day will now be arranged to see it through to a winner.

Daniel Negreanu_2017 WSOP_EV09_Day 3_Amato_7Jun17.jpgDaniel Negreanu will return to play heads up for his seventh career WSOP bracelet

Negreanu was second in chips with six players left, then first in chips with three players left. By that point you could have said the writing was on the wall. But Negreanu had to stage a fight back when Abe Mosseri transformed Negreanu’s chip lead into the shortest stack, with Yarron Bender in between.

Then came the fight back, and when Bender faded in third, he and Mosseri began to scrap out a heads-up duel. But as the hour hand swept past 2am play was paused.

It means Negreanu will have to wait a little longer to get hold of another bracelet. If he does triumph it’ll be his seventh, some 19 years after he won his first.

Whether he does or not – and let’s be clear he faces formidable opposition in Mosseri – it still counts as yet another remarkable performance.

Here what Negreanu himself has to say…

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. WSOP photos courtesy


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