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WSOP: Mosseri steamrolls Negreanu for second gold bracelet

Daniel Negreanu waited an extra night, returning to the Rio for an unscheduled Day 4 in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, but his quest for a seventh World Series of Poker bracelet was cut short in just four hands.

Kid Poker entered the match with 2.6 million chips to Abe Mosseri’s 5.1 million, so a comeback bid was needed. With the blinds and big bets already escalated, and stacks quite shallow, the limit format forced Negreanu to mix it up right from the start.

Unfortunately for him, and fans tuning in to a special live stream on the PokerGo app, destiny didn’t deliver any miracles yesterday. Mosseri steamrolled through four straight hands, chipping Negreanu down to dust and adding a second gold bracelet to the high-stakes cash game legend’s mantel.

Mosseri pocketed $388,795 for the victory, while Negreanu settled for the $240,290 consolation prize.

The WSOP summer is still young, but Negreanu is already making his usual case for Player of the Year honors – with this runner-up finish adding to a third-place run last week.

Over in Event #5: $565 NLHE Colossus III, the third edition of poker’s most massive tournament attracted 18,054 entries over several days’ worth of starting flights. Those attendance levels dropped off a bit from 2015’s record-setting pace of 22,374, but a flat $1-million prize for first place was still on offer.

Yesterday’s final table lineup featured a trio of decorated pros in Luke Vrabel, Matt Affleck, and Ralph Massey. But despite owning a clear experience edge, the three veterans of the live circuit couldn’t get the cards to cooperate, bowing out in ninth, eighth, and seventh place, respectively.

In the end, it was New Jersey-based grinder Thomas Pomponio who outlasted all opponents, and as he told the PokerNews live reporting team during his victory lap, the win culminated a long journey from Atlantic City’s low-level games to poker immortality.

Event #10: $1,000 NLHE Tag-Team ended courtesy of a truly miraculous suckout.

Team Aditya Sushant / Nipun Java went for the kill heads up, holding As-8h against Team Pablo Mariz / David Guay and their all-in shove with Ks-Qd.

The flop of Qs-Qc-3c left Sushant and Java down to just 0.3 percent equity in the hand, but the Ac on the turn gave them hope, and the Ad on the river sealed the deal.

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