Long Takes 8-game Bracelet as Negreanu Comes Close

English pro Philip Long fought through a tough field to take down the $1,500 Eight Game Mix bracelet at the WSOP last night, edging out Kevin Malis heads-up after a concerted bid by Daniel Negreanu to snatch a seventh bracelet fell just short in 3rd…

By: Andrew Burnett

 

 

With 481 entries the prizepool was a healthy $649,350, with $147,348 going to the eventual winner, day one whittling the field down to 134 and only 16 players surviving day two, although 73 players would make at least a min cash of $2,238 – and although some big names ran deep – Scott Seiver (34th) and Mike Matusow (12th) among them – all eyes were on Daniel Negreanu.

 

 

The final table of six was quickly cut down to three with the departure of Derke, Hildebrand and John Racener, Long boasting a big chip lead but fearing “the best player left” Negreanu

 

 

"I was obviously scared of Daniel because he has played a lot, while Kevin (Malis) seemed more inexperienced,” said Long after his win, adding: “It made it easier when Daniel went out. He was obviously the best player left, so it was scary with him there."

When Long eventually finished off Malis, the bracelet was his and he approached the $½million career tournament earnings mark – a deep run in the 2013 Main Event still his best–ever score money-wise, but the bracelet hopefully lasting a lifetime for the Stoke-on-Trent man.

Final Table Results

1 Philip Long $147,348
2 Kevin Malis $91,042
3 Daniel Negreanu $59,788
4 John Racener $40,151
5 Per Hildebrand $27,585
6 Nicholas Derke $19,404

 

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