Many will tell you that Limit Hold'em is Daniel Negreanu's best game - and with two of his four WSOP bracelets coming in this discipline, one of them last year, it would be hard to disagree. The argument is stronger than ever today, as the Team PokerStars Pro homes in on yet another final table.
With just 11 of the 367 starters left in the $2,500 Six-handed Limit Hold'em, the Canadian is second in chips with 470,000 and playing out of his skin.
When they begin play again in a few hours time he will be in with a real shot of making the last six and then having a run at bracelet number five (and the $223,688 first place money).
It's already been a great start to the Series for Kid Poker, who last week finished 10th in the $10K 7-card Stud, pocketing $36,267, but the run in this limit event was not all plain sailing. Earlier yesterday he dropped down the leaderboard, then admitted he tilted himself by folding Q-Q on a K-high board which would have made a set on the turn. Both other players in the pot had a jack for bottom pair.
But his game came together, he lost the minimum with K-K v A-A and then ran a set of fives into the same player twice before building a stack to challenge the chip lead.
Then, as players tightened up with the prize figures jumping and a final table in sight, Negreanu turned on the aggression, picking up pot after pot to cement his authority.
Join us soon for Negreanu's push for bracelet number five!
Chip counts at start of play:
Tommi Horkko, 509,000
Daniel Negreanu, Team PokerStars Pro, 470,000
Barry Shulman, 351,000
Brock Parker, 335,000
Kevin Hong, 286,000
Nikolay Losev, 216,000
Kyle Ray, 192,000
Robert Como, 136,000
Shawn Buchanan, 118,000
Jimmy Tran, 74,000
Jim Buckley, 69,000
Congratulations to Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein, who finished 30th in this event, cashing $5,360.
Also in the hunt for a bracelet today is Team PokerStars Mexico Pro Angel Guillen, who is second in chips with 20 left in the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event. He is already guaranteed a $14,413 pay day, but will be eyeing the bigger picture... the bracelet and the $506,786 first prize.