WSOP Fantasy: Team Mizrachi in Lead as WSOP Reaches Final Stretch

It's Team Mizrachi's Race in the Fantasy League (Heather Borowinski Photo)

The 2012 World Series of Poker is in the home stretch meaning the race in the Daniel Negreanu Fantasy League is at make or break time for the top teams. With no players in the league still in Wednesday’s $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event, only five events remain for teams to earn points. Team Mizrachi is the front runner in position for the top prize of $178,750 but several are still in contention.

Despite a slow week for Team Mizrachi in which five points were recorded, the top spot still belongs to him with a 40-point cushion over Team Brunson/Kassela. Brock Parker is responsible for three of the points while Jon Turner and Mike Matusow contributed single point cashes. Team Brunson/Kassela on the other hand added 70 points and moved from third to second place, passing Team Mercier. All the points are thanks to Phil Hellmuth’s fourth place finish in the Big One for One Drop event which brought his fantasy point total to 208, behind only Phil Ivey and John Monnette.

With only two points in the last week, Team Mercier slipped to third place and 75 points off the leader. Brett Richey and Shannon Shorr’s cashes were the lone points for Team Mercier. Slightly behind the pack but still in striking distance is Team Hastings who sits in fourth place, 111 points from the lead. Team Hastings had a 37 point week all but three points coming from Mike McDonald’s sixth place finish in the $1,500 Ante Only No Limit Hold’em event. Shawn Buchanan chipped in two points while Joe Serock added the last point.

The middle-tier teams consist of Team Kenney, Team Katz and Team Negreanu all of which are well off the pace but a sizeable cash can slingshot them into contention. The most significant move in the group was the weekly-high of 131 points by Team Katz that caused a climb from ninth to sixth place. Sam Trickett’s first cash of the WSOP came in the Big One for One Drop as he pulled in $10,112,001 along with 90 points. The other main contributor, David “Bakes” Baker, chipped in 37 points in his top 18 finish in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Gavin Smith added two points while single cashes by David Sands and Richard Ashby rounded out the week.

Vanessa Selbst’s bracelet win in the $2,500 Six-Max 10 Game Mix helped in terms of 54 points to Team Negreanu. At 300 points, Negreanu is 260 points away from first place. Slightly behind the middle of the pack is Team Katchalov with 278 points, teetering on the edge of falling off or rejoining the mid-tier teams.

The teams in the cellar; Team BoostedJ, Team Bach/Arieh, and Team Mizzi, can all basically be counted out of contention barring a miracle finish to elapse the over 300 points each trails by.

Daniel Negreanu Fantasy League Standings (updated: July 4), () – Change In Position

  1. Team Mizrachi – 560 points (-)
  2. Team Brunson/Kassela – 520 points (+1)
  3. Team Mercier – 485 points (-1)
  4. Team Hastings – 449 points (-)
  5. Team Kenney – 352 points (-)
  6. Team Katz –332 points (+3)
  7. Team Negreanu – 300 points (-)
  8. Team Katchalov – 278 points (-2)
  9. Team Boosted J – 225 points (-1)
  10. Team Bach/Arieh – 216 points (-)
  11. Team Mizzi – 137 points (-)
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