Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu, two of poker’s all-time biggest stars, both have a shot at winning a bracelet on Wednesday. The dynamic poker duo each made the €25,500 Mixed Games Championship final table at WSOP Europe.
Meanwhile in Rozvadov, Kahle Burns shipped the bracelet and €596,883 in the €25,500 Platinum High Roller. The Australian grinder outlasted an 83-player field to win his first World Series of Poker title.
Negreanu also cashed in that event, and is in third place in the Player of the Year standings. He’s chasing Shaun Deeb and Robert Campbell, both of whom are also racking up cashes in the Czech Republic.
Burns defeated Sam Trickett heads-up for the bracelet. Trickett, one of the top high rollers in the game, admitted on Twitter he hasn’t played much no-limit hold’em in recent years. He claimed to be satisfied with his runner-up finish and €251,837 prize.
Hossein Ensan, the 2019 WSOP Main Event winner, also ran deep. The reigning world champion of poker finished in third place and took home €251,837, a nice chunk of change, but a far cry from the $10 million he won in the Main Event three months ago.
Negreanu and Hellmuth Chasing Bracelets
Hellmuth is seeking his 16th career bracelet, and to further separate himself from Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Ivey, who are tied for second with 10 bracelets apiece. Negreanu, on the other hand, is tied for sixth on the all-time list with six bracelets, and hasn’t won one since 2013. He’ll be looking to end his six-year drought when play resumes on Tuesday.
Both poker stars are among the seven remaining players chasing the bracelet and the €385,911 prize. The tournament pays the top seven, with €38,389 going to the seventh-place finisher.
Hellmuth has 5,495,000 chips, which is good for third place behind Dzmitry Urbanovich (7,425,000) and the massive chip leader, Besim Hot (15,795,000). Negreanu sits in fourth place with 5,315,000.
Alex Livingston, the third-place finisher in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, has 4,005,000 chips. That puts him in sixth position, ahead of the shortest stack, Benny Glaser (2,750,000).
Negreanu has more at stake than just money and a seventh bracelet. “Kid Poker” would overtake Deeb and Campbell in the Player of the Year standings with a title.
Currently, Campbell leads with 3,857.97 points. Deeb is in second place with 3,710.64, and Negreanu sits at 3,526.47. First place in the €25,500 Mixed Games Championship awards 1,008.35 points, enough to propel Negreanu into the lead, depending on how Deeb and Campbell perform in other events on Wednesday.