Day 4 completed
|Limits||200,000 / 400,000|
Day 4 completed
After four hands, all of which were won by Abe Mosseri, the New York native emerged as the latest member of the two-time bracelet winners club, eight years after his first in a $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw event in 2009.
Speaking after his victory, Mosseri insisted that, despite his healthy chip lead coming into an unscheduled fourth day, the title, prize money, and much-coveted WSOP bracelet could have gone either way.
"With the big blinds so big, everyone has to play every hand, and whoever gets good cards is going to win," he said, shortly after posing for his winner's photo. The cards broke my way today.
"There was a lot more back and forth stuff going on yesterday, but today I just pounded him [Daniel Negreanu]."
Mosseri admitted that he loves final tables, but hates the grind at the beginning of tournaments, meaning that he only gets to play seven or eight tournaments a year.
"I like to play really crazy out of the gate, and once I build a stack I try to go for it and try to win. That's kind of what I did today.
"Yesterday I was close. I had under one million chips, and in one big hand I had king-nine-six-five and flopped a six-high straight. If I hadn't have won that hand, I might not win this tournament!"
There are rumors that a certain Doyle Brunson was rooting for Daniel Negreanu, and there is potentially an extra seven figures of money in prop bets for Mosseri, but he says he still has a clear plan for the rest of the series. When asked where he was headed after this victory, there was a quick answer.
"I'm going back to Bobby's Room! Then I'll play five or six more tournaments and maybe win another!"
And on being a two-time bracelet winner?
"It's a great feeling, I can tell you that!"
Meanwhile, Daniel Negreanu was rushing off to play his first match of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up Championship, but had some time to reflect on what was an unusually short day.
"It was a disappointing way to start! First hand I looked down at ace-three-four-five double suited. Very powerful. The flow wasn't great, but I still had a pair and there were good turn cards.
"But he turned a flush and I made a good fold. I didn't win any hands! I mean, the last hand there were lots of cards that I could catch to win it. I knew it was going to go one way or the other; you just have to run good at that point!"
Negreanu admitted that his confidence has been high going into the 2017 World Series of Poker, and said he had been working hard on his game away from the table.
"I did some extra studying, which means I'm really feeling sharp in close spots and marginal situations. It's all about doing the right thing."
And with the World Series of Poker only a week old, and with the six-time bracelet winner already having made two final tables, Negreanu says that he's looking ahead to the rest of the series.
"I think there have been eight nights so far this WSOP and I've bagged chips on seven nights out of eight.
"That's what I signed up for, and that's why I got in good physical shape before the WSOP so that I could handle the fatigue.
"Having a week like this really sets me up for a good run at the WSOP Player of the Year. I feel primed and ready to go!"
|1||Abe Mosseri||United States||$388,795|
|3||Yarron Bendor||United States||$166,895|
|5||Ilya Dyment||United States||$85,702|
|6||Ray Dehkharghani||United States||$63,419|
|7||Anthony Zinno||United States||$47,975|
|8||Mike Matusow||United States||$37,120|
|9||John Monnette||United States||$29,391|
Daniel Negreanu limped and Abe Mosseri checked.
On the flop, Mosseri bet and Negreanu folded, which left him with 750,000.
In the next hand, Mosseri raised and Negreanu called.
On the flop, Negreanu bet, Mosseri raised, and Negreanu called all in.
The board ran out and and Mosseri's two pairs bested Negreanu's who was eliminated.
Abe Mosseri raised preflop and Daniel Negreanu called.
The flop came and Negreanu bet and Mosseri called.
The turn was the and Negreanu bet and Mosseri called.
The river was the and both players checked.
"I flopped two pair," said Negreanu. "Queen-ten."
Negreanu showed , but Mosseri had a better kicker for his two pairs with
Daniel Negreanu raised and Abe Mosseri called.
The flop came and Mosseri bet. Negreanu called. The turn was the and Mosseri bet again.
"You know what I was saying about monster hands?" said Negreanu, showing . He mucked and Mosseri took down the early pot.
The stage is set for one of the most eye-catching heads-up battles in recent years, as six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu looks to make it a magnificent seven in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Standing in his way is American Abe Mosseri who holds about a 2-to-1 chip lead at present, but with both players short relative to the blinds, you get the feeling it might not take long when play resumes at 3 p.m.
Today's unscheduled fourth day of play was needed to separate the pair after an extended day's play yesterday failed to find a winner. A topsy-turvy final table saw the likes of John Monnette, Mike Matusow, Anthony Zinno, Ray Dehkharghani and Fabrice Soulier all come up short in their search for a bracelet.
Three-handed play between the aforementioned Negreanu, Mosseri and Yarron Bendor lasted a brutal five-and-a-half hours without an elimination, before Bendor was knocked out by Negreanu.
When Negreanu and Mosseri return today the limits will be 200,000/400,000 with the stacks looking as follows:
|Abe Mosseri||United States||5,135,000|
And here are the results for the rest of the final table so far:
|3||Yarron Bendor||United States||$167,979|
|5||Ilya Dyment||United States||$86,259|
|6||Ray Dehkharghani||United States||$63,831|
|7||Anthony Zinno||United States||$48,287|
|8||Mike Matusow||United States||$37,361|
|9||John Monnette||United States||$29,582|
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