Eli Elezra denies Daniel Negreanu bracelet #6
One of the last tournaments of the 2013 World Series of Poker, the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw tournament, drew a pro-heavy field of 282 players, and by the time the final table rolled around it was a star-studded affair to say the least. There were a total of 13 bracelets among the six final table participants, with five of the six players having won WSOP gold in the past:
* Scott Seiver: 1 bracelet
* David “ODB” Baker: 1 bracelet
* David Chiu: 5 bracelets
* Brian Brubaker: 0 bracelets
* Daniel Negreanu: 5 bracelets
* Eli Elezra: 1 bracelet
The big story was Daniel Negreanu, who was looking for his second WSOP bracelet of 2013 (Negreanu won the 2013 WSOP APAC Main Event) and just a day after losing the WSOP Player of the Year lead to Poker Players Championship winner Matthew Ashton, Negreanu could reclaim the lead with a win.
Negreanu started the day as a short-stack, but felt good going into the final day of the tournament, prophetically tweeting out “xxx” before the day started. It didn’t take long for Negreanu to vault to the top of the leader-board, but in the end the day belonged to Elezra, who won his second bracelet and has kept up the theme of the 2013 WSOP, with the “Old School” players winning bracelets left and right.
While virtually anyone reading this column would love to finish in 2nd place in a WSOP tournament and win $100k, for Negreanu it wasn’t the finish he was looking for, falling just short of bracelet #6, and falling short of reclaiming the POY lead, but moving to within 50 or so points of Matthew Ashton for the top spot.
There are still a handful of tournaments that need to finish playing out at the WSOP in Las Vegas, including the Main Event, and then there are seven more tournaments at the World Series of Poker Europe tournament series this October, before the WSOP Player of the Year race is decided, so it’s still anyone’s race to win.
Another player looking for bracelet #6 was David Chiu, who won his fifth bracelet earlier this year. Chiu, who could very well be a Poker Hall of Fame finalist this year is definitely helping his cause with his earlier win and now a 4th place finish in another WSOP tournament. Don’t be surprised if Chiu makes the cut this year and lands in the Hall of Fame.
Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:
1. Eli Elezra — $173,236
2. Daniel Negreanu — $107,055
3. Brian Brubaker — $70,743
4. David Chiu — $48,077
5. David “ODB” Baker — $33,399
6. Scott Seiver — $23,698
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