Ivey and Negreanu top WSOP Tournament of Champions ballot

Ivey and Negreanu top WSOP Tournament of Champions ballot

Thursday, 17 June 2010

The voting from the WSOP jury is in with the 20 bracelet winners who gathered the most votes getting a chance at a big pay day in the $1m Tournament of Champions freeroll.

Topping the list of vote getters was Phil Ivey with 16,267, followed by Daniel Negreanu just 28 votes behind on 16,239. Rounding out the top five were Doyle Brunson on 13,796, Phil Hellmuth on 12,673 and Chris Ferguson on 11,585. Not a single European made it into the Top 20 of the voting so there's no room for the likes of David Benyamine, Roland de Wolfe, Annette Obrestad or Carlos Mortensen.

The full top 20 was as follows:

1. PHIL IVEY - 16,267
3. DOYLE BRUNSON - 13,796
4. PHIL HELLMUTH - 12,673
5. CHRIS FERGUSON - 11,585
7. JOHNNY CHAN - 10,434
8. SCOTTY NGUYEN - 9,834
10. JOHN JUANDA - 8,835
11. ERIK SEIDEL - 8,802
13. HUCK SEED - 8,180
14. DAN HARRINGTON - 7,342
15. T.J. CLOUTIER - 6,281
16. SAMMY FARHA - 6,085
17. HOWARD LEDERER - 5,596
18. GREG RAYMER - 5,404
19. JOE HACHEM - 5,272

The lucky 20 will join previous TOC winners Mike Sexton, Mike Matusow and Annie Duke, defending WSOP and WSOPE champions Joe Cada and Barry Shulman plus sponsor's exemptions Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier and Dudley delivery driver Andrew Barton. They will be competing for a total prize pool of $1m with the winner set to pocket $500k.

Though the voting has been completed, whether everyone will actually play is another matter, especially given the number of bracelet prop bets doing the rounds. Organisers have tried to schedule the event, which starts on 27th June, away from other bracelet events but there will be some overlap.

If one of the 20 fails to take their seat then the next highest placed finisher in the voting will be invited.

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