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WSOP Event #14: Negreanu chip leader, 7 left

wsop2009_thn.gifWe started with 11 players on two tables, and now there's just the one table left. Not the final table, yet - we need to lose one more player for that.

Early stages were brutal, with Jimmy Tran, Robert Como (busted when his K-10 was outrun by Negreanu's A-9) and Nikolay Losev busting within minutes of today's restart, followed soon after by Shawn Buchanan in eighth.

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Daniel Negreanu

Team PokerStars Pro Negreanu has been the main beneficiary so far. Now the clear chip leader with 750,000, down slightly from his 800,000 peak.

The Canadian is on good-humoured form with the rail, posing for pictures and chatting with fans as he tries to lock down his fifth WSOP bracelet and the third in the Limit Hold'em discipline.

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He claims he is flopping sets for fun. As he turns over 7-7 to take another pot, with a 7 on the flop, he joked: "That's my 410th set of this tournament. Really - I'm counting."

While that may not strictly be true, he has started off with a nice run of cards including big aces and pockets queens.

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As is now customary at the WSOP, the national anthem of the latest bracelet winners are played in the Amazon room. It made a nice change a few moments ago when the whole room, packed for the $1,000 Ladies event, stood up to hear the somewhat unusual national anthem of Finland to celebrate Ville Wahlbeck's bracelet.

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While we're clearly focussing on Negreanu's run at the Limit event, and also Angel Guillen's fight in day three of the $2,500 No Limit, we'll also keep an eye on day two of the $5,000 No Limit event, where Team PokerStars Pros Gavin Griffin, Vanessa Rousso and Victor Ramdin are still in the mix.

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