Negreanu Hunts for Bracelet #7, Bonomo Breaks Through For First

Can Daniel Negreanu continue his climb up the all-time bracelet list Thursday with his seventh WSOP victory? (Drew Amato photo)

Can Daniel Negreanu continue his climb up the all-time bracelet list Thursday with his seventh WSOP victory? (Drew Amato photo)

After three bracelets and over $6 million in prize money were awarded on Tuesday night, the 2014 World Series of Poker was due for a bit of a breather. There was only one winner crowned Wednesday at the Rio, but it was a long time coming for one of the most accomplished tournament players of the last five years. Two other events, including the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship, played to a final table or beyond, setting up what could be another historic day Thursday at the WSOP.

$10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship

It would have been tough to find a bad final table among the 87 players who entered the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship, or the 36 players who had advanced to Day 2, but the last seven players standing are an eclectic collection of some of poker’s best. Paul Volpe made a major run at the end of the night to grab the chiplead, which included the elimination of Rep Porter on the final table bubble to close out Wednesday’s action.

Jason Mercier spent a good chunk of the day on top of the chip counts in this event, and despite dips at several points late in the night he’ll start the final table in second. Just behind him in third is Daniel Negreanu, in search of his seventh career bracelet and perhaps a bit of redemption after narrowly missing out on a Deuce to Seven bracelet a year ago. As always, Negreanu feels very confident about his chances to climb another notch on the all-time bracelet list Thursday.

“I feel really good about my chances in the situation I’m in,” said Negreanu. “I have a pretty good idea of what everyone’s doing and I have a pretty good idea what they think of me. That’s what poker really is, when you think about it. If you understand that and you’re self-aware, you’ll do alright.”

No Limit Deuce to Seven is a unique game in comparison to almost any other game offered at the WSOP, with only two betting rounds and one draw – and that suits Negreanu just fine.

“When there’s good bluffing opportunities I take them,” said Negreanu. “I got caught a couple of times, but that’s the game. I love the game, because it’s a pure form of poker. You don’t get to see [much], so you can play make-believe poker.”

Jennifer Harman and John Juanda were the chipleaders at the start of the day, but neither could cut through more than half of the field to reach the money at 14 players. Galen Hall went out on the bubble as Brian Rast’s ten-six low faded Hall’s one-card draw at a seven-six. Jon Turner (14th), Mike Watson (13th), Greg Mueller (12th), Joe Cassidy (11th), Ashton Griffin (10th) and Darren Elias (9th) all finished in the money but short of the final table. While those eliminations came in surprisingly quick fashion, it took over 90 minutes before Porter claimed the unfortunate mantle of bubble boy.

After Volpe, Mercier and Negreanu, the final table continues to deliver on the talent. Rast won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, Larry Wright won a No Limit Deuce to Seven bracelet in 2012, John Monnette has two bracelets including an Eight Game Mix title and Abe Mosseri has a Deuce to Seven bracelet too. The action will get back underway at 2 pm PST Thursday afternoon, with live streaming coverage of all the action.

  1. Paul Volpe – 783,000
  2. Jason Mercier – 469,000
  3. Daniel Negreanu – 426,000
  4. Brian Rast – 390,000
  5. Larry Wright – 203,000
  6. John Monnette – 169,000
  7. Abe Mosseri – 162,000

$1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em

Only 69 fortunate players remained in the hunt for the first Pot Limit Hold’em bracelet of 2014 when play began on Wednesday afternoon at the Rio, and by the time the chip bags came out that number was reduced to just eight. Phil Collins made his first WSOP final table since his November Nine appearance in 2011, but his exit in ninth place helped fuel Gregory Kolo into the overnight chiplead.

The most notable player remaining is short stack Tom McCormick, who has $1.6 million in lifetime earnings and a previous Pot Limit Hold’em score of $67,900 – albeit one that came back in 2004. Dan Goldman, a former PokerStars executive who was one of the prominent members of Chris Moneymaker’s rail at the 2003 WSOP Main Event, ended the night with 335,000. It’s especially sweet for Goldman, who earned his seat in this tournament in a $33 rebuy satellite on the night before the tournament.

Jacob Bazeley (63rd) was the first to finish in the money in this event, with Marvin Rettenmaier (53rd), Ryan D’Angelo (50th), Tony Gregg (45th), Joseph Cheong (40th), Keven Stammen (37th), David Peters (33rd), Darryll Fish (32nd) and Phil Ivey (22nd) each finishing in the money, too. Ryan Riess earned his first WSOP cash since winning the WSOP Main Event, going out in 36th.

  1. Gregory Kolo – 633,000
  2. Kazu Oshima – 425,000
  3. Dan Goldman – 335,000
  4. Ryan Schoonbaert – 322,000
  5. David Martirosyan – 266,600
  6. Ahed Amin – 242,000
  7. Dean Bui – 151,000
  8. Tom McCormick – 137,000

$1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold’em

Just a few days after battling Tuan Le heads-up for the bracelet in the $1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event, where he finished second for the third time in a WSOP event, Justin Bonomo found himself in the running for a bracelet yet again Wednesday afternoon. Bonomo outlasted a talented final table that featured Taylor Paur, Dan Strelitz and Mike Sowers, defeating Sowers heads-up to earn his first career WSOP bracelet and $449,980.

$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo

The $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event is one of the most popular non-Hold’em events year in and year out, and 2014 is certainly no exception. The field reached 1,036 players by the close of registration, making it the biggest live Omaha Hi-Lo field of all time, just the fourth non-Hold’em tournament ever to clear 1,000 players at the WSOP and the third largest non-Hold’em event in WSOP history. They’ll reach the money at 117 players, with $2,657 for a min-cash and at least $20,181 for everyone who makes the final table. The first place prize for the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event is $283,275, along with the 14th bracelet awarded at the 2014 WSOP.

After making a deep run on Day 2 of the Pot Limit Hold’em, Phil Ivey late registered for the Omaha Hi-Lo and ran it up to a top 40 stack by the end of the night – allowing him to play a Day 2 for the second consecutive day. Kalpesh Raichura bagged the overall chiplead with 68,100, followed by bracelet winner Konstantin Puchkov in second and Alexander Kuzmin in fourth. Eric Baldwin, Robert Mizrachi and George Danzer all finished the night in the top 25, with a wide range of notables among the 220 players who survived and advanced to Day 2.

  1. Kalpesh Raichura – 68,100
  2. Konstantin Puchkov – 65,800
  3. Brian Margettes – 63,000
  4. Alexander Kuzmin – 51,900
  5. Donald Dablaing – 51,500
  6. Michael Roeseler – 50,700
  7. Nicholas Kost – 48,600
  8. Lance Dodd – 48,100
  9. James Richburg – 47,500
  10. Salim Hanna – 45,800

Kevmath Recommends…

Daniel Negreanu – It’s hard to find a better Twitter follow on any given day than ‘Kid Poker’, and with Negreanu making a run at his seventh career WSOP bracelet, this follow is a no-brainer.

Dan Goldman – Goldman’s third in chips in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em event, but his wit exceeds his poker skills. Follow his Tweets on Thursday to follow the action in that tournament, but keep following him and check out his blog for some great stories regarding some big moments in poker history.

Looking Forward…
Two events are on tap for Thursday afternoon. The $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event gets underway at noon, while cards go in the air at 4 pm PST for the $1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw.

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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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