BRACELET RACE: Still No Sign of Ivey, Tough Grind Thus Far For Negreanu, Hellmuth

Daniel Negreanu has gone 0 for his first eight events at the 2015 WSOP, and it's been a similar story so far for Phil Hellmuth. (Paul Oresteen photo)

Daniel Negreanu has gone 0 for his first eight events at the 2015 WSOP, and it’s been a similar story so far for Phil Hellmuth. (Paul Oresteen photo)

There’s been a fair bit of history-making in the first 10 days of the 2015 World Series of Poker. The Colossus stole many of the early headlines, and rightfully so, but a few players have added to their previous bracelet totals and put a little more pressure on the people sitting above them on the all-time list.

Tuan Le went back-to-back in the $10,000 Deuce to Seven and Keith Lehr joined him in winning a second career bracelet in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship; Robert Mizrachi and Max Pescatori added their third career bracelets as well, with plenty of opportunities still to come over the next few weeks.

It’s been an entirely different story for those higher up in the all-time bracelet counts, with a variety of different situations and circumstances leading to an O-fer so far at the 2015 WSOP. Phil Hellmuth’s had the toughest go of any of the five players being tracked by BLUFF, with nine events played and no cashes to date.

Hellmuth has made four Day 2’s, the most of the group, but those chips haven’t translated into making the money or a Day 3 so far. His best effort so far was in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event that kicked things off, where he bagged 34,500. There are still more than 50 bracelet events to come and lots of No Limit Hold’em to be played, so don’t be surprised to see Hellmuth make a surge at some point and rattle off a couple good results in a row.

Daniel Negreanu got off to a later start than usual, but he’s been similarly stifled as he plays for bracelet number seven. In eight events he’s made a pair of Day 2’s, with one of them coming in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship where he carried forward 40,000 chips. With his stated focus at this WSOP being the bigger buy-in events – several of which are coming up in the next week – Negreanu has a chance to build some serious momentum going into the second half.

Erik Seidel has played four events thus far at the 2015 WSOP, and managed his first bag of the summer Saturday night in the $10,000 Razz Championship. As of 5 pm PST Sunday, it appears Seidel’s still in the tournament with a chance to grab his first WSOP cash of the summer.

Seidel hasn’t restricted his action to the Rio, however, and he did manage the first significant tournament result of the five players being tracked by BLUFF in one of the $25,000 Aria High Rollers held last week.

Seidel took home $354,000 after making a deal with Andrew Lichtenberger, putting him well up in tournament action over the last couple of weeks.

As for the other two players, the summer’s barely even begun. Vanessa Selbst made a cameo at the Rio to play the Colossus event, but she’s been MIA ever since. Her travel plans seem to have been fairly chaotic, if social media is any indication, but it seems likely we won’t be waiting too much longer for Selbst to go after her fourth WSOP bracelet and more.

Something we know for sure about Selbst’s schedule is the Blinds & Justice charity event she’s organizing for this September, which goes to benifit the Urban Justice Center, of which she’s recently been named a board member.

That leaves the one and only Phil Ivey. We’ve entered the 11th day of the 2015 WSOP and there’s been no sign of Ivey at the Rio so far. Popular opinion places him in Macau, where he’s been playing high stakes live and online for at least three weeks since attending the grand opening of the new Poker King Club with Tom Dwan and Johnny Chan.

Ivey’s mind doesn’t seem to be completely off of Las Vegas and the WSOP, however, with a couple of tweets that appeared in his timeline over the last couple of weeks indicating he’ll be there at some point.

Whenever Ivey does decide to play his first WSOP event of the summer, he’ll do it as the most immediate threat to Hellmuth’s all-time record – and with the pair likely to play many of the same events, they’ll be able to keep an eye on one another as they each chase history.

Official Stats Through 17 Events

Player Events Entered Day 2’s Day 3’s Final Tables Winnings Buy-ins
Phil Hellmuth 9 4 0 0 0 $42,565
Daniel Negreanu 8 2 0 0 0 $38,500
Erik Seidel 4 1 0 0 0 $26,500
Vanessa Selbst 1 0 0 0 0 $565
Phil Ivey 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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