While looking at the starting stacks for day three of the $10,000 7-card Stud event, you could be forgiven for thinking Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, fighting for his fifth WSOP bracelet, is short. He sits ninth of the 11 coming back today with 191,000, a fair way behind chip leader Eric Drache with 785,000.
But the confident Canadian insists that means nothing at this stage. "I've been down for most of the tournament, but the structure here is so very good - thanks to me," he laughed.
"Stud is such a good game. If you are short stacked there is really no big problem, though obviously you need something good to play with if you are to survive. Actually I don't really feel as if I'm short, so it's not an issue for me.
"Still, yesterday was tough. This man (pointing to the jovial Freddie Ellis), kicked my butt for much of the day. And now I've got to play with him again today... I'll be keeping out of his way!"
Clearly the smell of his fifth bracelet is something on his mind - "Hell, yeah" - but he's also playing for points. Points? Yes, as a result of big side bets on his performances with the likes of Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein.
"It means I've been playing a lot of events so far," said Negreanu. "I may play another today if I get knocked out here, but a night off sounds good too because I am looking forward to the mixed event tomorrow."
The 11 survivors in this marathon Stud event, which began with 142 experienced and wiley pros, are now unbagging and getting ready for the off. They'll play down to eight, and then our final table will follow. There's the bracelet and $373,000 up for grabs for the winner, and each is already guaranteed $29,152.
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