Daniel Negreanu

Negreanu Gets close to both 7th Bracelet, and Massive WSOP Bracelet Bet Win

Neg HeadIt was nearly 8pm in Las Vegas last night when Daniel Negreanu played his last hand in the No Limit 2-7 Single Draw Event #13 of this Year’s WSOP. If he managed to double up he would not only still be in the hunt for his seventh bracelet, but his hopes of winning a massive WSOP bracelet bet would still be very much alive.

The hand was against Paul Volpe, and was at the end of a final table that had the winners of 13 bracelets at it before the day’s play even began.

Negreanu had come to the table second in chips, with just Paul Volpe ahead of him. Abe Mosseri was the shortest stack at the table, not far behind John Monnette. Other at the table included Jason Mercier, Brian Rast and Larry Wright.

Mercier did his best to grab all of the chips early in the day, while Abe and John Monnette both hit the rail in the first full level. Surprisingly, Larry Wright was the next to go. He had looked comfortable at the table, and was my dark horse bracelet contender. Rast, who had been fairly active, never really got a stack that allowed him to take chances. He went in 4th place, leave just three players behind.

Three handed play took about an hour, and only ended when the rollercoaster ride Jason Mercier had been on came to a screeching halt. He busted in 3rd, leaving Paul Volpe and Daniel Negreanu to fight it out for a WSOP Bracelet. it would Be Negreanu’s seventh, while it would be a very special first ever bracelet for Volpe.

But Danile had much more than just winning the $253,524 available for first place. In Mid may, Daniel had tweeted out a prop bet offering even money on either Phil Ivey or himself winning a bracelet in 2014.

 

The minimum bet was $5,000, and the top end of the betting scale was a massive $1,000,000, so Negreanu certainly wasn’t messing about with people. From what we have been able to gather from various sources, Ivey is the one pushing this bet, and is also the one taking most of the action. The Two Plus Two thread that has sprung up on this subject has seen plenty of action on the rail as well, with some posters putting up to $50,000 of their own money on the line.

So, as you can see, this hand went far beyond just Event #13 of this year’s World Series of Poker. With so much on the line away from the table, the money jump between 1st and second for Daniel was much greater than many watching at home would have considered.

The game was No Limit 2-7 Single draw, a low ball game where the idea is to make the “worst” hand possible. The best hand, also called a #1, is a hand which includes 2,3,4,5,7 and the nut worst hand is four of a kind. Drawing more than one card in single draw is rare, and drawing two, while risky, is normally as far as players will go.

So, back to the final hand of this year’s event. Volpe shoved all in preflop for around eight big blinds, and Negreanu had a look at his cards. The Canadian announced, “I have four good ones” before making the call. Negreanu drew one card, and Volpe drew the same sitting in position. Volpe was the first to expose his hand, and he showed J,10,7,6, and had drawn a 3 to complete his hand as a Ten low. Negreanu flipped over his pre draw cards to show J,6,5,4, and was looking for anything ten or lower that didn’t pair his board to win the hand. He squeezed his draw card while the rail looked on calling for the cards they wanted him to hit. With a cry of “It’s paint!” he turned over a queen. Volpe scooped the pot, and won his first WSOP Bracelet. The $253,524 for first place would have been gratefully accepted as well.

2014 WSOP Event #13 Winner, Paul Volpe

2014 WSOP Event #13 Winner, Paul Volpe (c) WSOP

Negreanu, while probably pretty happy with the way he had played, would not have been that happy to pick up $156,674 for second place give what might have been. He should take heart though, as the World Series of Poker has barely begun, and the Negreanu/Ivey train still has plenty of chances to pick up a bracelet, and win a massive amount of money at the same time.

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