WSOP 2017: Second deep run of series leaves Negreanu just shy of bracelet #7

June 07, 2017

We all know Daniel Negreanu is a man who sets goals. And he often achieves them, in particular at the World Series of Poker where he’s won six bracelets over the years and come close many times over to earn more.

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That Negreanu focus

This year’s installment of the WSOP is only barely a week old, and Negreanu has already added two more close calls in his quest for bracelet #7.

Last week in the $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em Championship he and his teammates took third, watching a couple of other teammates — Team PokerStars Pro teammates, that is — go on to claim the title as Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov took first.

Today Negreanu came close again, finishing runner-up in another $10,000 buy-in event, this time in the Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Kid Poker climbed one spot closer this time, finishing second, with Abe Mosseri the one ending the tournament with all the chips to win his second career bracelet and the $388,795 first prize.

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Abe Mosseri, 2017 WSOP $10,000 Omaha/8 champion

It was a valiant try once again by Negreanu who found himself alone with Mosseri as the last two men standing from a 154-entry field.

Negreanu was second in chips with six players left, then first in chips with three players left. But Negreanu had to stage a fight back when Abe Mosseri transformed Negreanu’s chip lead into the short stack, with Yarron Bender in between.

Bender faded to finish in third, however, and Negreanu and Mosseri scrapped out a heads-up duel lasting long enough for play to need to be extended to an unscheduled fourth day.

Earlier today one of Negreanu’s many Twitter followers sent him some encouragement in the form of a message telling him “Never give up!” Along with the note came a photo recalling the New England Patriots’ 28-3 deficit late in the third quarter of the most recent Super Bowl — which the Pats subsequently went on to win.

“Ha love this!” replied Negreanu. “It’s more like 17-14 in the 3rd quarter though…”

It was true — Mosseri enjoyed just over a 2-to-1 chip advantage to start the final day, although with both players shallow-stacked Negreanu could swiftly even things or take the lead with one decent-sized pot.

Alas for DNegs, it was Mosseri picking up the first decent-sized pot, then on just the fourth hand of the day Mosseri claimed the last one, too, and the bracelet as well.

Actually Mosseri won all four hands played today. The first big one saw each player make two pair (with no low), and as Mosseri had the best two pair Negreanu was down to his last few bets.

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Mosseri didn’t mess around

Then on the last hand of the tournament, Negreanu was all in on a 9♣5♠2♠ flop with J♠6♥5♥4♥ versus Mosseri’s 8♥8♣6♦3♦.

Two kings filled out the board, and while they might have been suitably symbolic to represent the two players sitting at either end of the table, they had no practical value for Negreanu who made no low and again ended with the worse two-pair hand.

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Two kings, one winner

Congratulations to Mosseri, a perennial deep-finisher in these high buy-in non-NLHE and mixed game events and a well-deserving champion.

And kudos to Negreanu as well, for whom $243,411 runner-up prize represents another largish consolation prize to help spur on his quest for lucky bracelet number seven.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog. WSOP photos courtesy


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