Daniel Negreanu has said he "loves" limit hold'em, and no wonder considering two of his four WSOP bracelets have come in limit tournaments. Today, he was within a whisker of make that three out of five.
Despite holding the chip lead throughout the day, when the $2,500 Six-handed Limit event restarted with 11 left, and then having at one point a clear chip lead when down to three, it all went horribly wrong for the man they call Kid Poker.
The Team PokerStars Pro got down to heads-up play with Brock Parker, holding a 2-1 chip lead, but slowly and surely Parker - who plays as t soprano on PokerStars - clawed it back and then went on a rush to finish the job off.
So confident during most of the final, you could almost see the colour drain from Negreanu's face as one lost pot became another, and then another.
Before long he was well behind the man from Maryland, and eventually fell when he got all in with his K♥T♦ but could not catch up with A♦J♠.
Neagreanu will be bitterly disappointed, despite the $138,280 pay day. He had his heart set on a fifth bracelet, and even inquired at one stage today if winning this event would mean his third Limit bracelet would be a record. It wouldn't have been, as Phil Hellmuth already has three to his name.
Congratulations to Brock Parker, who collects the bracelet and $223,688.
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