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Daniel Negreanu Finishes 11th In 2015 World Series Of Poker Main Event

Main Event Run Comes To An End For 'Kid Poker'

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Daniel Negreanu, the top tournament earner in the history of poker, is out of the 2015 World Series of Poker main event. He was unable to overcome a short stack during 11-handed play, hitting the rail for a payday of $526,778 early Wednesday morning.

Massive chip leader Joe McKeehen, a 24-year-old from Pennsylvania, was the one who took him out. Negreanu’s last hand began with McKeehen raising to 800,000 on the button. Negreanu called from the big blind. The flop fell ADiamond Suit KClub Suit 10Diamond Suit.

Negreanu checked to his aggressive opponent, and McKeehen continuation-bet 700,000. Negreanu moved all in for 5,825,000. McKeehen called to put the six-time bracelet winner at risk.

Negreanu tabled the AHeart Suit 4Diamond Suit and was ahead of McKeehen’s drawing hand of JDiamond Suit 3Diamond Suit. According to Card Player’s Texas hold’em odds calculator, Negreanu doubles up about 56 percent of the time. It was essentially a coin flip, which Negreanu was forced into thanks to his short stack.

The crowd of at least a couple hundred were on their feet as Negreanu’s week-long main event run came down to just two more cards. The 3Heart Suit on the turn was safe for the Canadian, but it did give McKeehen more outs because he now could make two pair.

After a brief wait, the dealer was prepared to burn and unveil the river. The QHeart Suit came off the deck, giving McKeehen a straight and the pot. Some Negreanu supporters didn’t realize the queen was one of his opponent’s outs, but Negreanu knew it. He immediately fell backward and onto the floor as the river card hit the felt. Clearly dazed, he was slow to get up.

McKeehen was up to more than 60 million after the hand, more than double his nearest competitor. He had been raising nearly every hand at his table, slowly chipping up as all the shorts stacks waited for their spots. Negreanu had been completely handcuffed at the table.

Negreanu, who never had a big stack during the later stages of the tournament, demonstrated his world-class patience at the poker table. He also knew when to turn on the aggression and try to accumulate chips, an example being when he busted Phil Hellmuth on day 4.

When asked “what’s next” for him, Negreanu replied “vodka” and then laughed. Despite the disappointment, he was in good spirits in the Rio Convention Center hallway.

“I think the biggest disappointment is thinking about all the extracurricular things I could have done as part of the November Nine, up the ratings and get people involved,” Negreanu, a PokerStars sponsored pro, said. “From that aspect, it would have been great if I had made it, but I wasn’t going to alter my play in such a way that I would just squeak in. I was going for the win.”

Negreanu added that he doesn’t let his results in poker affect his feelings about his self-worth. “Whether I win at poker, or I lose at poker, I know who I am deep down,” he said.

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2015 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.

 
 
 
 

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Barry2
over 3 years ago

Why didn't he shove pre-flop. 15 bigs, wildly aggressive big stack button? You increase your stack by 30% and are way ahead of his range. Fold equity is golden there. Of course I am second guessing one of the best which is usually bad but 15 bbs is too short to play small ball. Roast away :)

 
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Zack2
over 3 years ago

might have thought a little too much. he prob thinks he is ahead of his range and if he plays the ace sneaky he can gain a decently nice spot to put himself in better position. but if he is raising every hand and your BB with A4 with a short stack i think your right. but would you want to risk your whole main event after that long with A4 in 11th position? or take a flop if its not much more to you and you still have 5 million after. i cant blame him. Also doesnt sound like it was much of the guys stack and daniel shoves. chances are he is calling with a hand like kj, q10 or something. tough spot but i agree id rather see him shove if he really thinks the A is good or im actually ok with him folding seeing if he can put pressure on the blinds from a later position. been in the situation a couple of times online later in tournaments where i know my A ok card is good and i shove from the blind against a bigger stack who is just running hot and their hand wins even if my read is right. i feel for him would of been nice to see him there

 
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Barry2
over 3 years ago

Fair enough, I still think what ever fold equity more than makes up for what ever play you have left. If you do get called by KJ/QT hands, so be it, you got your money in good. It is a tough spot either way. You saw how Jacobson did it last year, he shoves there every time.

 
 

Jason58
over 3 years ago

It's just a bad play. either fold or Allin

 
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badbart
over 3 years ago

Amazing!! live skills fantastic!!

 
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Kris3
over 3 years ago

it was a terrible play and he knows it I think people who play a lot of holdem tournments lose site of there starting hands come on ace four let him steal your big blind there and catch him next time around u did have 15 big blinds plus the kid was running lucky and any player worth his salt knows better then to go up against a guy running lucky they push u right out the door in this case right off your chair lol

 
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Kris3
over 3 years ago

it was a terrible play and he knows it I think people who play a lot of holdem tournments lose site of there starting hands come on ace four let him steal your big blind there and catch him next time around u did have 15 big blinds plus the kid was running lucky and any player worth his salt knows better then to go up against a guy running lucky they push u right out the door in this case right off your chair lol

 
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