No one can say Daniel Negreanu is not competitive. You see it at the poker table and on the golf fairways, of course, but just now we saw it between the stage and the restroom.
As tournament staff announced a short three-minute halt in proceedings to the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low final table, it sparked a mad rush for the restroom. Negreanu led the chase, charging off the stage, under the ropes, through the door and up the corridor to the nearest available place of relief.
His competitor was chip leader Scott Clements, and just as the three minutes was up, back in charged Negreanu, his belt still undone, with Clements about 15 paces behind. Breathlessly the pair took their seats, and we were able to get under way again.
In the first phase of the final table we lost Yueqi Zhu in ninth place after falling to Greg Jamison. He earned $54,179.
Negreanu is still fourth in chips, but up to nearly 700,000. He's still in great shape to bag his fifth WSOP bracelet and $445,898 first prize. Greg Jamison and Annie Duke are the two immediately at risk.
Chip counts, with blinds at 20,000-40,000:
Scott Clements, 1,595,000
Daniel Alaei, 845,000
John Monnette, 845,000
Daniel Negreanu, Team PokerStars Pro, 685,000
Tom Koral, 500,000
Ben Boyd, 400,000
Annie Duke, 305,000
Greg Jamison, 265,000