Daniel Negreanu has had a bunch of distractions to deal with in the last month, but it apparently hasn’t hurt his poker game much, if at all.
Negreanu was recently married, and then followed that up by ending his 12-year endorsement of online poker giant PokerStars. He then had to deal with a technical snafu on his website that saw him oversell action to his World Series of Poker packages, causing an unwanted $60,000 in credit card transaction fees.
But despite those interruptions to his normal schedule, Negreanu was at the Rio before noon on Wednesday, on time for the start of the $10,000 super turbo bounty event.
A total of 204 players entered the speedy-structured tournament, creating a total prize pool of $1,917,600, with a bracelet and $345,669 waiting for the winner.
After nearly 12 hours of play, the final table of six was set, and it included Negreanu, who will be gunning for his seventh WSOP bracelet. He will begin the final table on Thursday in fourth place, with about 13 big blinds.
Leading the way is recent WSOP Circuit winner Asher Conniff, who is looking for his first bracelet. He’s joined by two other up-and-comers in the red-hot Ping Liu and high-roller wunderkind Ali Imsirovic.
Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Loren Klein is also entering the final day with a big stack. Brian Green, who infamously won his One Drop High Roller buy-in at the blackjack table, is the current short stack.
Each of the remaining players is now guaranteed at least $52,099. They will return to the Rio Thursday at noon to play to a winner.
Here is a look at the chip counts.
|Seat 1||Brian Green||720,000|
|Seat 2||Ali Imsirovic||2,180,000|
|Seat 3||Asher Conniff||4,215,000|
|Seat 4||Daniel Negreanu||1,015,000|
|Seat 5||Ping Liu||990,000|
|Seat 6||Loren Klein||3,130,000|