Daniel Negreanu may be a lot of things, but a tragic figure he is not.
Shakespeare would have a field day in building full of tragic tales. They may not end with star-crossed lovers offing themselves or a crazed prince speaking to a skull, but they often end with as many tears. The saddest of the tales usually begin with the words, "I've played 16 events" and end with "I haven't cashed once." If it weren't so common, it would be enough to make a jaded poker writer blubber all over his keyboard.
In a world of tragedy, Negreanu is the court jester. Having just busted out of the $1,500 Stud-8 tournament, he could very easily be cranky about not having a shot at another bracelet. Instead, he's happy to report his seventh in-the-money finish. So happy, in fact, he's walked the few dozen feet to the back of the Brasilia Room to play in the 2-7 tourney. The money didn't mean much (in fact, Negreanu earned more from his last longer with Chris Reslock than he did for making it into the cash). It was just some more padding on the Negreanu legend.
Just behind him, Barry Greenstein slipped out for the same money and, coincidentally, his seventh cash as well. He started four to a wheel and bricked the rest of the way too many times. He was hot on Negreanu's heels and is sitting in the 2-7 event, too.
Meanwhile in the same event, Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown is threatening to make his second final table of this year's Series. He already has a third place finish in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for more than $188,000. At this hour, with 37 players remaining, Brown is among the top five chip leaders.
Down the hall here in the Amazon Room, Team PokerStars Pros Christian De Leon and Johnny Lodden are both still alive in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Triple Chance tourney. With 63 players left, both men are already guaranteed twice their buy-in with a shot at the half million dollar first prize.
Hold that thought: Seconds after we hit publish, De Leon and Lodden both busted out of the $3,000 Triple Chance event for $8,037. Congrats, guys.