Paul Phua Stops Negreanu’s Quest for Another Bracelet in WSOP Europe High Roller

Bad luck continues to follow Daniel Negreanu on his hunt for another World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. DNegs was in range and could almost touch his next win while playing in a WSOP Europe event, but once again missed out after a bad beat.

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu
Poker pro Daniel Negreanu looks irritated while playing in a recent game. He just suffered another loss in the WSOPE €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Platinum High Roller. (Image: Rachel Kay Miller via PokerNews)

King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, is the regular home of the WSOP Europe and other major European poker events. It saw the WSOPE €25,000 (US$25,000) No-Limit Hold’em Platinum High Roller come to a close Tuesday night as the initial field of 67 drew down to a winner.

Among those still in the race until the very end were Negreanu, Gab Yong Kim, Shaun Deeb and Paul Phua. Negreanu led the final four in chips, but Phua kicked him out of his seat and sent him to the rail.

Back To The Drawing Board

Negreanu, who took down the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl last month, found himself in what could have been a rewarding situation. He was coming off a crucial loss that saw his pocket 7s lose after Deeb found an Ace on the board, and needed some help.

It looked like Negreanu was going to get it when he flopped pocket Aces on a subsequent hand. However, Phua picked up a set on the turn to put DNegs on the ropes. The kill shot came shortly after.

Negreanu, with the big blind ante now at 400,000, had almost no choice but to go all-in when he looked down and saw pocket 5s. No one else joined in the hand, except Phua and his pocket 4s.

It seemed like a great opportunity for DNegs to get back into the game, but Lady Luck had a different story in mind. She delivered a 4 on the flop to give Phua the hand and Negreanu another bad beat.

That makes 19 straight WSOP final table appearances for the six-time bracelet winner. Negreanu has cashed in a number of events over the years, but, for the most part, the big finishes continue to elude him.

Still, he took home about $146,300 with his fourth-place result, so it wasn’t a complete disaster. Deeb went out next with around $205,000, and Kim fell to Phua in the final heads-up. He was fighting to stay alive, but couldn’t hang on and Phua, who co-founded Triton Poker, continued to beat him down. Phua pocketed about $482,000 for the win, while the runner-up grabbed just under $300,000.

WCOOP Main Event

This afternoon, the cards will fly in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) $10,300 Main Event. Only nine players remain, including Spain’s money leader, Adrian Mateos.

The Madrid native entered Day 3 yesterday in provisional eighth place among the last 39 survivors. When the clock stopped at the end of the day, the four-time WSOP bracelet winner was still in eighth place with just under 11 million chips.

Right now, all finalists have a guaranteed prize of at least $122,217, but they’re eyeing the first prize of $1,293,825. Mateos, known as Amadi in online poker, will start with a stack of around 2 million ahead of Thomas Muehloecker and “boerni21,” who is the shortest stack remaining in this event.

Leading the pack is Luis “Luis_faria” Faria, with a stack of more than 46 million chips. That puts the Portuguese pro in an almost unbeatable position to be threatened for the title. However, as Negreanu just proved, anything is possible.

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