WSOP Stat Pack: Negreanu Not in Seventh Heaven

Justin Bonomo's first World Series of Poker bracelet is one of the highlights of the BLUFF Stat Pack (Drew Amato photo)

Justin Bonomo’s first World Series of Poker bracelet is one of the highlights of the BLUFF Stat Pack (Drew Amato photo)

Daniel Negreanu comes close once again to a World Series bracelet, the Seniors No Limit Hold’em Championship breaks their own record as a pair of BLUFF Player of the Year contenders claim their first WSOP hardware. All that and more in this edition of the BLUFF Stat Pack.

The win by Justin Bonomo in Event 11: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed, was his first tournament win in over two years. In the period between the two victories, Bonomo earned close to $2.5 million in live tournament winnings, including three top-10 finishes in WSOP events.

The $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Single Draw Lowball final table featured six bracelet winners among the seven players. The only player without one was Paul Volpe, but he would add one of his own, defeating Daniel Negreanu to win his first bracelet.

Daniel Negreanu matched his six WSOP bracelet wins with six runner-up finishes in bracelet events after falling to Volpe in Event 13. Negreanu is among the final 12 returning June 8 in the $10,000 Razz.

The $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold’em Championship broke its own record when a field of 4,425 players 50 years old and over participated on June 6, besting last year’s mark of 4,407. A bracelet event since 2001, the field size of the Seniors event has grown every year since 2003, when 378 players entered the field.

One player racking up the tournament cashes in 2014 is among the remaining 31 players in the Seniors Event. Dan Heimiller will collect his 25th cash of 2014 with this result.

Berry Johnston has cashed twice so far at the 2014 WSOP, including the Seniors Event. Johnston has cashed at every WSOP (except in 2011) since 1982.

The final day of Event 12: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em finished faster than expected especially after losing the first player after the 38th hand. The remaining six players were dispatched in 36 hands as Greg Kolo earned his first bracelet along with $169,225.

The 2014 WSOP has not gone well for players from outside the United States, they’ve been shut out of the first 15 bracelets awarded to date. Belgium’s Davidi Kitai will try to break that streak June 8 as he’s heads-up against Gordon Vayo when the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed resumes.

Phil Hellmuth finished eighth in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event, his best finish in a six-handed hold’em event at the World Series of Poker.

Canadian Calen McNeil attempted to break the US domination by trying to go back-to-back in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo by making the final table, eventually finishing fourth. McNeil’s result is the best of a 2013 bracelet winner playing the same event. Nicholas Kost kept the bracelets in the US with his win, defeating Canadian Kal Raichura heads-up.

Todd Bui prefers to play cash games, but he has a certain fondness for the World Series of Poker. Bui’s win in the $1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw was just his seventh tournament cash since 2007, all taking place during the WSOP.

The second-place finish by Tom Franklin in the $1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw was his best finish at a WSOP event since a third place finish at the 2006 WSOP – Event 30: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed.

Joining Humberto Brenes with four cashes at the 2014 WSOP are Jesse Yaginuma and Daniel Engels. Yaginuma has the best result among the trip, a 28th place finish in Event 12: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em.

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Widely known by his twitter handle "Kevmath", many consider Kevin a go-to source for news and information in the poker community. Kevin finished on the bubble in the 2014 edition of the BLUFF Power 20.
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