Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu has been on a chip-rebuilding mission as he nears the money in the $2,000 Limit event. He's now up to 71,000, nicely above average with about ten bust-outs to go to the cash.
A chunk of that came when he made a flush on the river with K♠Q♠, and then he added more when he had 9-9 against 8-8. He could have been better off had he not been rivered a little earlier by an opponent holding A-Q against his pocket tens.
Negreanu has now been moved right next to the rail, and that means being asked for autographs and pictures between hands, a task he is always willing to do. He's also engaging his table opponents in a conversation about the poker merits of a certain Phil Ivey.
While Team PokerStars Holland Pro Marcel Luske has busted, Team Pro Alex Kravchenko has chipped up a bit to around 55,000, thanks in the main to aces which were check-called on the flop, turn and the river.
Both out players are still a long way behind chip leader Rep Porter who has 125,000.
While the rest of he $2,000 Limit field enjoyed a dinner break, Negreanu headed over to the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha, in which he was also registered, to see what he could do with his stack which has been blinding away for more than an hour.
Also in day one of the $10K PLO are a host of Team PokerStars Pros including Humberto Brenes, Dario Minieri, Greg Raymer, Barry Greenstein, Tom McEvoy, world champion Peter Eastgate, and John Duthie, fresh from his runner-up finish in the $10,000 Heads-up.
Minieri could have had a better start, he called a 5,000 river bet only to find he had walked into quad sevens!