Daniel Negreanu Wins High Roller Bracelet At WSOP Europe 2013

Runner up Nicolau Villa-Lobos
Negreanu earns bracelet number six

Event 8 €25,600 High Roller

As a final table had not been quite reached as play commenced on Thursday, four players were still destined to leave with no money and the first three were found quickly as Tom Bedell, Phil Laak and Byron Kaverman all departed early on. The final unpaid spot took a little longer to find and consequently the shorter stacks all dwindled significantly whilst trying to hang on, until Marc McLaughlin could fold no more and was forced to call off the last of his chips with just . There was no help from the dealer though and McLaughlin became the unfortunate player to bubble.

Needing to finish eighth or better in order to lock up the WSOP player of the year title, Daniel Negreanu had cautiously stuck around but was down to just 12 BBs when the final nine players were reached. Fortunately for him Joni Jouhkimainen was even shorter and it was him who took ninth place, confirming Negreanu as the first ever double winner of the POTY title.

Ninth place looked to be all he was getting though when he shoved the last of his chips in from the button with and got looked up by Jason Koon with but the board rolled out and a chop was enough to keep him alive for a while longer.

Erik Seidel then gave Negreanu a double up and followed that up by shoving from the cutoff with which was called by Scott Seiver with . It was just not Seidel’s day though as another two sevens rolled out on the flop and he was sent packing in 8th place.

Jason Koon was next to go when he shoved his into David Peters’ , and then soon afterwards Scott Seiver joined him on the rail. Seiver’s shove with was in good shape when Daniel Negreanu called with but a queen on the river saw all the chips ending up in front of the Canadian.

So with five players left Daniel Negreanu had gone from the verge of elimination to being one of the bigger stacks, and he then went on to bust Timothy Adams as well. Adams had just lost a big pot against Nicolau Villa-Lobos and chucked his last chips in with only . Negreanu called in the big blind with and once again got there on the river when the fell to send play four handed.

David Peters had taken the chip lead briefly at the final table but having lost some back again he was eliminated when he lost a race with to Villa-Lobos who had and hit another queen on the flop. That hand brought Villa-Lobos up to a similar amount to Negreanu and Philipp Gruissem and when three handed play started stacks were very even.

The high blinds by now were giving players little room for manoeuvre and after Gruissem dropped a little he ended up 3 bet shoving his over the top of a Daniel Negreanu open. It was for Negreanu though who made the call and held on to bust the German and take a 2 to 1 chip lead up against Villa-Lobos.

With the stacks as they were it was never likely to be a long heads up match and the end came soon enough when the Brazilian found on the button and limp/shoved with it. Unfortunately for him Negreanu had and the board rolled out to bring things to an end.

It was a fascinating final day for Negreanu who had to factor in wanting to win the tournament with also trying to stay alive long enough to claim the player of the year title. Although he rode his luck on a couple of occasions, there is no denying that he is a great tournament player and he found the right balance to achieve both in the end.

Final table payouts were:

1 Daniel Negreanu       €725,000

2 Nicolau Villa-Lobos   €450,000

3 Phillip Gruissem        €250,000

4 David Peters               €150,500

5 Timothy Adams          €100,600

6 Scott Seiver                 €74,600

7 Jason Koon                €63,500

8 Erik Seidel                  €55,400

9 Joni Jouhkimainen   €50,400

That’s nearly all from Paris, although there is now just the main event final table before the focus turns once again to Las Vegas for the big one in early November.


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