Negreanu Closing in on Bracelet #7 in H.O.R.S.E., Moorman, Rojas, Brubaker Take Home Gold

Daniel Negreanu isn’t messing around this summer. He watched the Sylvester Stallone come-from-behind movie classic Rocky after busting out of a tournament several days ago for motivation. A Kid Poker that was determined is focused on putting a finish to his four-year bracelet-less drought.

Daniel Negreanu, Event #30 K HORSE final table leader

Daniel Negreanu holds the lead among the final 15 #30. Event on Day 3 of the $10K HORSE Championship, (Image: Melissa Haereiti/pokerphotoarchive.com)

And now, the world’s all-time tournament money list leader has a commanding chip lead heading into the third and final day in Event #30, the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship.

Negreanu, a six-time WSOP champion, is one of 15 runners left hoping summer. to win the $383,208 1st place prize and one of the most coveted bracelets each The $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament is to poker the same way the Master’s is to golf. Both are, as CBS announcer Jim Nantz likes to say, “a tradition unlike any other.”

H.O.R.S.E. forces competitors to master five variations of poker. Thus far, the games have been mastered by Negreanu than anyone else. He’ll enter Day Three on Saturday with 1,213,000 chips, a huge advantage over 2nd place stack-holder Scott Bohlman (756,000).

Victory is certainly no guarantee, especially when the competition includes 2016 WSOP Player of the Year Jason Mercier (541,000), former November Niner Jerry Wong (457,000), and one of the best high-stakes players on the planet, Brian Rast (553,000).

Saturday was scheduled to be the final table, but as often happens in the World Series, that didn’t quite go according to plan and two tables remain. Word is that they are going to play down to a winner tonight, however, come hell or high water.

Yes, Virginia, Pocket Aces Do Hold Up Sometimes

It seemed like Chris Moorman was dealt pocket aces every hand at the $3,000 WSOP No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed final table. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. He needed to settle for pocket kings or, heaven forbid, A-K.

All kidding aside, Moorman, the tournament’s champion and $498,682 winner, played a flawless game of poker on Friday and the deck cooperated nicely. He beat Bernardo Dias in an intense heads-up match. It was his first WSOP bracelet after 30 career cashes. He no longer has to shake the “one of the best to never win a bracelet” moniker.

Moorman had the entertaining rail in the last table. Random songs were sung by his fans after he won pots while consuming numerous adult beverages. They even busted out with a Christmas carol, which doesn’t make a heck of lots of sense in June. Alcohol is a hell of a drug.

 Face Off Between Moorman and Dias

The drunks in the crowd were not more entertaining in relation to his match against Dias . Moorman had a 6 1 chip advantage when heads-up play began. It appeared to be all over but the crying. But his opponent wasn’t going to go away without a fight. Did the New England Patriots laydown and quit after a 28-3 lead in was taken by the Atlanta Falcons the Super Bowl? No, they won the game and came back. That didn’t happen for Dias, however, so maybe that wasn’t the best analogy.

The eventual runner- got it back to an 85 disadvantage, but then began chipping away at his stack, before finishing him off on the 132nd hand of the final table.

Don’t feel bad for Dias, though. He isn’t going back to Brazil empty-handed. He’ll take home $308,166, more than doubling his career tournament winnings.

Marathon Man

Venezuela’s Joseph Di Rosa Rojas won a marathon on Friday. Not by running 26.2 miles, though. He won the kind where no athleticism is required and he didn’t even must get up out of his chair (other than for bathroom breaks).

Event #23, the $2,620 Marathon, a grueling five-day event, had 759 entries, 1. Di Rosa Rojas was the last man standing, earning 469, $690. How does one feel after winning their first WSOP bracelet and much more cash than he’s ever seen at one time?

“I don’t know, maybe tomorrow I’ll know,” he said in his post-game interview.

Brian Brubaker from Los Angeles conquered Event #28, the $1,500 Limit 27 Lowball Triple Draw for , 967 $109, his first WSOP bracelet.

He’s a mixed-game specialist, so this tournament was right up his alley. He’s two cashes this summer both in triple-draw events.

Can Sabat Win One?

Eddy Sabat is one of the best tournament players to have never won a WSOP event. The Los Angeles-based pro has secured his 36th career Series cash and is the chip leader with 30 remaining in Event #29, the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em as we head into Saturday’s play.

Sabat has more than $3 million in career tournament winnings that are live. Will today be his day to get over the hump and scoop another $456 and a gold bracelet ? Check back tomorrow here at CardsChat to find out.

Day One Chip Leaders

A whopping 5,389 folks signed up for Event #31, the $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship on Friday. Only 694 made it through the day, with Kevin Dowling bagging the largest stack (160,800). The 2004 Main Event champion, Greg Raymer, had leaving 400, with 101. We bet you didn’t even realize he’s old enough to compete in this event.

After Day One in Event #32, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix, Daniel Zack is the chip leader with 92,375 with 225 players still in the “mix.” Allen Kessler, Leif Force, Sammy Farha, Mike Matusow, and John Racener all bagged chips.

Moving Right Along

The WSOP comes and goes. We’re inching to the midway point in the Series already, amazingly enough. Two new tournaments will start on Saturday: Event #33, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (11 am PST) and Event #34, the $10,000 Limit 2 7 Triple Draw Championship (3 pm).

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