Day 4 completed
Day 4 completed
The final table is set for the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu is in pole position not only to win seventh bracelet, but to win an event that holds special meaning.
"I helped create this event when it was originally created years ago," Negreanu said. "I always was so disappointed I hadn't done better. I had a couple of cashes and last year came in 12th. I always felt, especially this year more than ever, that it's something I wanted to win.
"I've won Player of the Year twice, but this is the best year I've ever had, especially if I can top it off with a bracelet. I'd have six top 20 finishes."
Things didn't look good for Negreanu with 20 players remaining on Day 3. He was the short stack and down to just one-and-a-half big bets. The field wasn't even in the money yet. One day and six levels later, Negreanu is the chip leader.
He began Day 4 fifth in chips of the remaining 15 players and by the time eight players remained, he was still below average and sixth in chips. However, his rush then began and he quickly ascended the leaderboard.
"Obviously, it was amazing. I've been setting my intention every day for the chip counts. So far, everything I've envisioned is coming to fruition."
Negreanu's goal for Day 1 was to finish with 400,000, and he ended up with 360,000. On Day 2 he set his sights at 1 million and finished with 680,000. His plan for Day 3 was to bag 2.4 million and finished just below it with 2.2. He hoped for 6 million going into the final table, and finished three bets away with 5.93 million. Priding himself as one of the best all-around players in the game, Negreanu feels well prepared for whatever the final table brings.
"This whole tournament's unique," he said." You have some of the players that clearly don't know how to play some of the games very well, so they make up for it in other games where they play overly aggressive and stuff like that. So, I've been trying to avoid the landmines.
"There's a few players, of course, who play all of the games well and they're doing the same thing. You can't just be a wimp, and just be a pushover when you're playing games they're being aggressive on. But at the same time, you don't want to play their games. So, it's a nice little dance. That's why I love the eight-game mix, because you're doing a little bit of both."
All told, the final tablists boast more than $55 million in career tournament winnings. Sixty percent of that belongs to Negreanu, but it won't be a walk in the park to capture bracelet No. 7. Here is how the final table stacks up:
|4||Elior Sion||United Kingdom||4,750,000|
|5||Paul Volpe||United States||1,570,000|
|6||Isaac Haxton||United States||5,205,000|
"Paul Volpe plays all of the games at the high stakes," Negreanu added "There's a couple of guys like Ike and Johnny who are very, very, very good at a couple of the games and they're going to play high variance. But, there's some weaknesses in terms of experience in some of the others. On my left is Crazy Elior, who is good at everything, too. He would be the guy I think is the most well-rounded outside of myself."
The final table is set to begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday with four more hands left of Pot-Limit Omaha when play resumes. As always PokerNews will be on hand to provide updates on all of the action.
Shaun Deeb opened with a raise to 125,000 from the cutoff. Action folded to Johannes Becker who reraised, making it 435,000 from the small blind. Deeb potted, making it 1,360,000, Becker moved him all in and Deeb called.
The board ran out and Becker made running two-pair for the best hand. That would eliminate Deeb from the tournament in seventh place. He collected $164,286 for his efforts.
The final six players are now bagging and tagging for the night and will return at 2 p.m. Thursday. A full recap of Day 4 will be available shortly.
Shaun Deeb opened from the button with a raise to 125,000. Action folded around to Johannes Becker in the big blind. He reraised, making it 405,000 to play. Deeb called and the two took a flop of . Becker thought for a few moments then checked. Deeb announced, "Pot." Becker quickly moved all in and Deeb called the rest. Becker was all in for 1,075,000 total.
The turn was the and that sealed the hand for Becker, giving him an unbeatable flush. The river was the . Becker doubled while Deeb was left on the short stack.
Isaac Haxton completed, Shaun Deeb raised, and Haxton called.
Haxton bet with the better board on fourth street, Deeb called, and Deeb bet with the better board on fifth street. Haxton raised, Deeb reraised all in for 700,000, and Haxton called.
Deeb was in the lead and further improved with a on sixth street to make a six-five. Haxton caught a to improve as well, but found was unable to catch up with another on seventh street.
Elior Sion raised on the button and called a three-bet from big blind Isaac Haxton. Haxton bet all three streets as the board ran out . On the river, Sion released his cards.
Johannes Becker raised from the small blind, and Daniel Negreanu called in the big blind.
The flop came down , and Becker checked over to Negreanu, who bet. Becker called. On the turn, Becker checked for a second time over to Negreanu, who bet again. Becker called, and the two saw the on the river. Becker checked for a third time, and Negreanu bet again. Becker started rubbing his temple, thinking through the hand while chewing a piece of gum, and eventually, he decided to call.
Negreanu showed for two pair but no qualifying low. Becker cut out the rest of the chips to send to Negreanu, then mucked his hand, sending the entire pot that way.
Deeb: / - fold
Isaac Haxton completed, Shaun Deeb raised, and Haxton called. Deeb checked on fourth street, Haxton bet, and Deeb called. Haxton took the on-board lead on fifth and bet. Deeb called after a few moments before check-folding to Haxton's bet on sixth street.
Stud Games: Ante 30,000 - Bring In 30,000 - Completion 120,000
No-Limit & Pot-Limit: Ante 15,000 - SB 30,000 - BB 60,000