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European Poker Tour Vienna -- Day 4

Negreanu in Hunt for Poker's Triple Crown at EPT Vienna


Watch Daniel Negreanu attempt to achieve poker’s triple crown at EPT Vienna now on EPT Live.

Chip Leader Daniel Negreanu. Credit: Neil Stoddart and PokerStarsHe has $12.7 million in lifetime winnings, two World Poker Tour titles, and four World Series of Poker bracelets. Two things Daniel Negreanu doesn’t have however are an EPT title, and the top spot of the all-time money list – the latter he lost this year to the powerful force that is Phil Ivey. But today, “Kid Poker” has a chance to fill those two gaps in his poker résumé.

Negreanu has enjoyed the heady heights of the upper rungs of the chip leader board on days 2 and 3 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Vienna main event. He wrestled with Greek pro Konstantinos Nanos for the top spot on day 3 and fell behind a little at close of play, but day 4 was a different story, with the Canadian solidifying his lead as play progressed.

Starting with 24 players, day 4 of the €5,300 buy-in event saw many familiar faces fall at the final hurdle. Romanian Mihai Manole made an early exit in 22nd place (€16,000), British pro Surinder Sunar had a harsh early session and finished in 18th (€16,000), Team PokerStars pro Toni Judet followed him shortly after in 16th (€20,000), while Italian Umberto Vitagliano and Dane Morten Erlandsen left in 12th and 10th for €32,000 and €44,000 respectively, both at the hands of Daniel Negreanu.

Even Vitagliano’s ADiamond Suit KClub Suit was not going to hinder Negreanu’s charge for gold, as after a raise of 93,000 from Negreanu, Vitagliano moved all in for 462,000, and Negreanu made the call following a little tank time. Negreanu flipped over QHeart Suit JHeart Suit but the board brought him two little presents when it fell QDiamond Suit 10Heart Suit 5Spade Suit QSpade Suit KHeart Suit and sent the Italian to the rail.

Erlandsen’s encounter with Negreanu went like this – get moved to the feature table, get pocket aces first hand, move all in from the big blind for 646,000 after a raise from Negreanu in the small blind, get called by Negreanu, get beaten by his pocket sevens when the board is dealt JClub Suit 9Spade Suit 6Spade Suit 7Diamond Suit 3Club Suit. “Pokergirl1” was sent to the rail by “Kid Poker” just two away from the final table.

In the very next hand, Negreanu turned a third seven once more, this time to make a full house and take a chunk of chips away from German Michael Eiler.

Kirill Zapletin finished in ninth place for €44,000 when his A-K was beaten by Bruno Launais’ A-8 with a simple eight on the river sending him out on the final table bubble.

Here is the 2010 EPT Vienna final table:

Daniel Negreanu (Canada) Team PokerStars Pro 5,070,000
Konstantinos Nanos (Greece) PokerStars qualifier 3,635,000
Michael Eiler (Germany) PokerStars qualifier 2,160,000
Luca Cainelli (Italy) 1,935,000
Bruno Launais (France) 1,785,000
Matthias Lotze (Germany) PokerStars qualifier 1,210,000
Martin Hruby (Czech Republic) Team PokerStars Pro 975,000
Andreas Wiese (Germany) 730,000

Payout Structure:

1 €700,000
2 €470,000
3 €265,000
4 €175,000
5 €140,000
6 €105,000
7 €76,000
8 €60,000

Check out EPT live now to watch the final table in action, or catch updates at the PokerStars blog feed. A summary of the final table will be found right here at tomorrow.



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