Ben Lamb & Daniel Negreanu Top 1st Bellagio $25,000 Mixed Game High Roller
The new Bellagio $25k mixed game tourney is down to Brian Rast and Daniel Negreanu
The Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas has been hosting high roller NLHE tournaments now for a few years, with some of poker's best known players engaging in battle on a monthly (and sometimes weekly) basis. Now, though, it looks like the Aria have some competition, as The Bellagio recently staged the first ever $25k Mixed Game High Roller events, with Ben Lamb defeating Daniel Negreanu heads-up to win the inaguaral tounrey for $281k.
The mixed-game tourney was actually Negreanu's idea, although much of the credit must go to Brian "tsarrast" Rast, who was the one who took Negreanu's idea to The Bellagio and negotiated the format.
The first tourney eventually received 25 entries, building a nice prizepool of $625,000 to be split between the top four finishers. In the end it was a close call between Negreanu and 2011's WSOP Player of the Year Ben Lamb. It was a valiant effort from Negreanu, who fought back from a low-point of just 1.5 big blinds, to come within a single card of winning the tourney. Negreanu had Lamb all in (and had him covered) with trip 9's against a flush draw in a big PLO pot. Lamb's flush hit on the river, however, and he took out Negreanu soon after.
Lamb won $281,000, and Negreanu picked up $175,000, with Alan Richardson taking home $106,260 for third, and Lamar Wilkinson earning $62,500 for his fourth place finish.
This was Lamb's first recorded tourney cash for over two years, his last previous cash being $300,000 for finishing 2nd in an Aria $25k in January 2015.
Like the Aria high roller weekends, the new Bellagio 10-game tourney also featured two high rollers over two days, and amazingly Negreanu found himself heads-up once again in the second tourney. Once again he fell just short, losing out to Daniel "steamraise" Alaei. Judging by Negreanu's bust-out tweet, it looks like he got unlucky yet again in a big PLO pot:
The second tourney saw a lower turnout, with only 10 players registering. Alaei won $125,000 for his victory, Negreanu added $77,500 to his bankroll, and third placed Michael Glick nearly doubled his money with a $47,500 payday.
These latest cashes tip Negreanu over the $33m mark for live tourney winnings, putting him nearly $1.4m ahead of Erik Seidel in the all-time live tourney cash list.
Other big names to compete in the first Bellagion 10-game tournies included Scott "gunning4you" Seiver, Mike "gordo16" Gorodinsky, Brian Rast, and David Oppenheim.