Big names continue to dominate the 2014 World Series of Poker as Justin Bonomo wins his first bracelet and Daniel Negreanu aims for his seventh
Justin Bonomo won his first gold bracelet last night in Event 11, the $1,500 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em event, putting his lifetime earnings just shy of $8m. He’s come close on several occasions before with seven final tables in the bank before this victory, and three runner-up spots including one at this year’s WSOP in the $10k Limit 2-7 Triple Draw event won by Tuan Le. The $449,980 first prize makes his combined 2014 WSOP good for $669,945 already and also means lots of points for anyone who’s got him in their Fantasy Poker team.
It wasn’t easy though. Bonomo was heads-up against Mike Sowers, another solid pro without a bracelet to his name. Bonomo had to overcome a 5/1 chip deficit heads-up which he managed to level before crippling Sowers in a huge hand. Bonomo raised to 75k with A♦-5♠ and Sowers three-bet to 230k with J♥-2♥. Bonomo called to see a flop of J♣-3♦-2♦ and called Sowers’ bet of 260k. Bonomo called again on the 7♠ turn and was rewarded with a 4♠ river. Sowers moved all-in and Bonomo called showing him the rivered wheel. That left Sowers with just 25k in chips and despite doubling up numerous times, and making Bonomo sweat, Sowers couldn’t force the chip-and-a-chair comeback.
Event 11 – $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
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Elsewhere, Event 13, the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw played down to a stacked final table of seven players. Paul Volpe leads the way with 783k but lurking behind him are a fearsome collection of players: Jason Mercier (469k), Daniel Negreanu (426k), Brian Rast (390k) and Abe Mosseri (162k). Volpe is actually the only player on the final table without a bracelet – the others have 14 between them.
Negreanu has been in confident mood since the tournament began. Not content with reading his opponents like a book he’s moved onto predicting exactly how the tournament will play out for him – with unerring accuracy, as shown by the following series of Tweets.
- ‘Just sat down in WSOP $10k 2-7 NL Single Draw. My intention is to end day 1 with 80k in chips.’
- ‘Ended day 1 of WSOP 2-7 NL with 89,600. 38 players left avg is 68k. My intention for day 1 was to end with 80k. Day 2 my intention is 400k.’
- ‘At final table of $10k 2-7 Single Draw NL with 426,000 in chips, 3rd of 7. My intention is to win the tournament by tomorrow evening.’
Who’d want to bet against cosmic ordering like this? We wouldn’t, but we know a lot of people who are on the other end of a big bracelet bet with Negreanu and Ivey that will be anti-railing on the live stream tonight.
The final table is set to start at 10pm UK time and you can watch the action on the live stream at WSOP.com, with friend of PokerPlayer and editor of American PokerPlayer David Tuchman on commentary.
Event 13 $10k No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (final table)
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