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Negreanu Takes WSOP POY Lead, Ivey Wins Big With Short Decks, and New High Roller Champs

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The World Series of Poker Europe is chugging along smoothly in the Czech Republic and Daniel Negreanu has taken over the Player of the Year race by cashing in almost half of the events.

Australian Robert Campbell started the series in the lead with Shaun Deeb in a close second. Negreanu trailed a bit in third, but his handful of cashes puts him in the lead. Both Deeb and Campbell have cashed in Rozvadov and the race will mostly come down to the wire. Both the Main Event and Colossus event have a ton of points up for grabs and can decide the race.

There’s also been a lot of high rolling action and a few new WSOP champions. Kahle Burns won his first bracelet after defeating Sam Trickett heads-up and winning the €25,000 Platinum High Roller along with €596,883. James Chen, a high rolling regular, also won his first bracelet after he took down the €250K Super High Roller and €2.8 million.

Negreanu and Campbell Jousting for Player of the Year

Robert Campbell came to Rozvadov with the POY lead. Shaun Deeb was close behind and Daniel Negreanu trailed a bit in third. They came ready to score more points and all did so in Event No. 2. Deeb finished 14th in that event while Campbell finished 48th and Negreanu cashed in 59th.

After that, both Campbell and Deeb scored two more cashes. Campbell finished 50th in the €1,350 NLHE Mini Main and then made it to the final table and was eliminated in eighth in the €25,500 Platinum High Roller. Deeb on the other hand made it deep in smaller events. He finished 13th in the €800 NLHE Turbo Bounty Hunter and then finished 26th in the €1,650 PLO/NLHE Mix.

Negreanu on the other hand has been on a cashing roll. After the second event, Negreanu got a min-cash in the €25,500 NLH Short Deck High Roller, 10th in the €25,500 Platinum High Roller and 37th in the PLO/NLHE Mix. Negreanu also cashed in the €2,200 PLO and the €25,500 Mixed Game Championship to take over the lead.

The race is still close, though, and will most likely come down to the final tournament. If Negreanu wins, he’ll be the first player to claim the WSOP POY title three times. If Deeb wins, he’ll become the first back-to-back WSOP POY.

Chen Clinches Super High Roller, Extends Lead as Taiwan’s Top Earner

James Chen is no stranger to high rolling action. He was already Taiwan’s top-earning player before his win in Rozvadov with $4.2 million in live tournament earnings. He got his first seven-figure score earlier this year when he finished second in the $25,000 PLO 8-Max High Roller in Las Vegas for $1 million.

Chen also won the HK$100,000 NLHE APPT High Roller last March for $512,411 and took down the $25,000 Aussie Millions NLHE Challenge in early 2017 for $652,909.

Chen’s €2.8-million score in Rozvadov eclipses all of those finishes, though, and cements his status as a super high rolling force to be reckoned with. On the way to win his first bracelet, Chen faced a field that included Dominik Nitsche, Adrian Mateos and Sam Trickett.

Chen finished Day 1 with the lead, but then dipped to last place when they reached the final table. From there, Chen was able to mount a comeback and take down his first WSOP Bracelet.

Short Decks, Big Cashes for Ivey

Phil Ivey has been spotted around Rozvadov and he does things that only Phil Ivey can and would do. While there were a few re-entries on Day 2 of the €250,000 Super High Roller, Ivey was the only new player to register at the start of the day because that’s what Phil Ivey does.

Ivey missed out on the money in that event, but he did cash in two of the other high rollers he entered. Both of those were short deck NLHE tournaments and Ivey finished ninth in the €25,500 event and second in the non-bracelet €100,000 event.

Ivey also got off to a strong start in the €25,500 Platinum High Roller event and finished Day 1 with the lead, but he fizzled out the following day and missed out on the money.

Burns Takes Down the $25K Platinum High Roller and First WSOP Bracelet

There was a lot of high rolling action in Rozvadov this past week and the $25K Platinum High Roller was one of the biggest with 83 players.

Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Sam Trickett and all the other big guns took a seat at the event. Combined, the tournament players had dozens of WSOP bracelets, but it was the bracelet-less Kahle Burns who ended up taking down the tournament.

Burns had come close to WSOP gold earlier this year with a runner-up finish in the $10,000 NLHE 6-Max Championship. Burns lost to Anuj Agarwal after he started the heads-up match with a nearly 2-1 deficit and was never able to gain momentum.

Things went a little differently for Burns in Europe. According to live updates at WSOP.com, Burns started the heads-up match with the lead but immediately lost it after Sam Trickett made the nut straight in the first hand. Players got it all-in soon after and Burns doubled up with a pair of queens vs Trickett’s ace-queen. There was an ace-less board and Trickett was left with just a pair of bling blinds that he quickly lost to Burns.

Burns took down his first WSOP bracelet and €596,883, putting his all-time cashes up to $6.4 million.