Negreanu defeated; Barry Shulman wins WSOPE Main Event

Negreanu defeated; Barry Shulman wins WSOPE Main Event

Friday, 2 October 2009

Some could pin it on tiredness - indeed, feeling the way i do now, i know i would - but Daniel Negreanu was unable to break the 63 year old Cardplayer owner. In a gruelling heads-up encounter, that saw the chip lead pass back and forth between the two players, it was Shulman who finally made the breakthrough.

The clock read 5.32am and Negreanu was pondering an all-in move from Shulman. Negreanu had already put a fair few chips in the pot but was in no way committed. Nevertheless, he turned to the rail and said: “So you all wanna go home, right?”

Followed swiftly by an “ah, I shouldn’t listen to the rail. I call”

The board was 5d 8d jc and Daniel flipped over Qc Jd only to see Barry turn a pair of aces.

All of a sudden, everyone was awake. Requests for a "queen" or "jack" were shouted from all corners of the Empire. It was difficult to know whether such one-sided support from the crowd were for reasons other than the fact that a jack/queen = bed time. Either way, the sudden grouped enthusiasm was duly rewarded with the jack of hearts on the turn. One that looked like it had sealed the deal between the two, until....

Badabish badabooom! The ace of diamonds falls on the river to give Shulman the full house and the vast majority of chips in play. As it so happened, both players picked up pocket pairs the next hand and all the chips went in. Barry Shulman made a set of tens on the flop and Negreanu's pair of fours were dead by the time the turn card fell.

An incredibly entertaining day to say the least and one that will be stuck in our memories for a long time. It was a sad sight to see both Praz Bansi and Daniel Negreanu so disappointed with the outcome - however, the £495,589 second place money, has lifted Negreanu into the all-time tournament winnings leader with over $12,000,000 to his credit.

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