Daniel Negreanu is having a great year. He won the WSOP APAC Main Event earlier in the year, and now he has won the WSOPE High Roller and a historic second Player of the Year title go along with the one he won back in 2004.
Negreanu’s sixth bracelet came after at a final table that was crammed full of poker movers and shakers. With perennial high roller final tabler Erik Seidel, and high roller monsters Scott
Seiver and Phil Gruissem all making an appearance on the live streamed final nine, this was not an easy title to win.
Negreanu had won the Player of the Year title just by surviving until the final eight, and became the first player to win two of these titles.
The heads up matchup was between Negreanu and Brazilian Nicolau Villa-Lobos. Villa-Lobos may have won his seat in this event in a satellite, but he couldn’t be taken lightly. This year, he has won a UKIPT Title, and gone deep in two EPTs, and 2012 saw him pick up a 77th place in the WSOP Main Event.
We’ll have a report on the action from the final table for you later, but until then you’ll have to make do with the final payouts:
- Daniel Negreanu – €725,000
- Nicolau Villa-Lobos – €450,000
- Phil Gruissem – €250,000
- David Peters – €150,500
- Tomothy Adams – €100,600
- Scott Seiver – €74,600
- Jason Koon – €63,500
- Erik Seidel – €55,400
- Joni Joukimainen – €50,400
Today sees the final six players in the 2013 WSOPE Main event play down to a finish, and all of it will be live streamed on YouTube. We’re going to give you a quick run down of each of the final six players:
Adrian Mateos (3,871,000):
Mateos’ previous biggest live cash was a €103,053 winning appearance at the January Estrellas poker tour stop in Madrid. He’s going into the final six with over a million chip advantage, but given the other players at the table, it’s hard to call him a favourite.
Dominik Nitsche (2,354,000):
Nitsche may be one of the biggest names in poker that most poker fans have never heard of. He’s a regular on the High Roller scene, and has a WPT Title, a WSOP Title and an LAPT Title. Going in second in chips, he is a real contender for this title, but it’s just too close to call just yet.
Fabrice Soulier (1,871,000):
Fabrice Soulier has been on the poker scene for years, and was around in the pre-Moneymaker era, making money in French Casinos. He has a WSOP HORSE Championship Bracelet to his name, as well as a picking up more side event titles than I can name. As the local boy he could be seen to have an advantage, and is one to keep your eye on.
Benny Spindler (1,748,000):
Benny Spindler is a monster player. He really appeared on the live scene back in 2009 at the PCA Main event, where he got 3rd. Since then, he’s won an EPT Title, and two EPT 10k High Rollers. With enough chips to be a threat, Spindler really can’t be ruled out of this, and it won’t be a big surprise if he raises his first WSOP title today.
Ravi Raghavan (898,000):
Raghavan may not have quite the same spectacular poker resumé as others at the this final table, but he’s no slouch either. He has a WPT title to his name, and more than one visit to a WSOP final table under his belt. His chips are going to limit what he’s able to do, but not enough to rule him out completely.
Jerome Huge (637,000):
Another local boy, but Huge is more of an unknown quantity. I can’t find any live results for him, and the French online results aren’t really tracked that well. He’s the short stack at the table, so needs to double up before he’s even considered a serious threat.
We’ll be covering the final table action tomorrow, and wish all the final six the best of luck!