It looked like it could happen at any point during the last three days. Each time, the kid found a way to avoid it. Now, the WSOP has lost one of its biggest stars.
The elimination of Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu was a blow to the 2011 WSOP. Love him or hate him, Negreanu carries a weight in this world that cannot be overstated. His opinion on poker matters can move mountains. It doesn't hurt that he's not afraid to say what he thinks. But now the easy choice for today's featured table star is gone, the collateral damage to his pocket tens falling to ace-seven.
Negreanu's exit leaves space in the vacuum of the Amazon Room for a new star to fill. PokerStars has seven players left among the final 200. Here's how they're faring as they head to dinner tonight.
Players are now off for a two-hour dinner break. After that, they'll be back for two more hours of play.
In the meantime, curry.
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T-SHIRT SLOGAN OF THE HOUR
"Go Balls Deep"
UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE HOUR
What happens if those finishing in the money don't collect their winnings from the cash desk before the midnight 19 July deadline?
ADVICE OF THE HOUR
One of the few remaining ladies in field wears a tight t-shirt with this slogan across her chest: "Stop Eyeballing My Stack."
BREAKDOWN OF THE HOUR
The purple and orange sections in the Amazon Room are starting look very sparsely populated as men with trolleys turn up to remove tables and chairs as soon as a table breaks.
LONG-HAUL OF THE HOUR
A freight train running on the track behind the Rio was pulling 121 cars/units. It took ages to pass.