Can Short-Stacked Daniel Negreanu Push Around the Big Stack at Poker Masters Final Table?

Daniel Negreanu Poker Masters

With the blinds getting large at the Poker Masters $10,000 buy-in final table, short-stacked Daniel Negreanu made a move against the big-stacked Jonathan Little, but it didn't pay off.

The GGPoker ambassador busted in sixth place out of 91 in the no-limit Hold'em tournament (Event #4) for $54,600, his first cash of the series. It could have been even better if a late bluff attempt had gotten through.

Rough Final Table for Negreanu

Negreanu entered Tuesday's Day 2, which you can watch on PokerGO, with a middling stack. The Poker Hall of Famer didn't get much going early on and sat at 815,000 in chips still with six players remaining and the blinds at 25,000/50,000.

From the button, he raised it up to 100,000 with J3 and received a call only from Little in the big blind with 109. The flop came out 59A, and after action checked to the button, Negreanu made a 75,000 continuation bet. His opponent, who flopped middle pair, didn't go away, however.

When the A paired the board on the turn, "DNegs" continued his aggression, this time wagering 175,000 and again, to his dismay, received a call. The 6 appeared on the river, and Little checked for a third time. Negreanu, sitting on jack-high, knew he either had to bluff or surrender the pot at showdown. He chose the former and fired out a bet of 415,000, leaving one big blind behind. Little, one of the biggest stacks at the table, found the call.

Negreanu wouldn't quit and had an opportunity to get a few chips back against Brock Wilson, who had a more comfortable stack.

The six-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner put his final 100,000 chips in the middle with 77, while Wilson turned over A5. Out came 103J, just fine for Negreanu. But the A on the turn, followed by the 8 on the river sealed Negreanu's fate as a sixth place finisher for $54,600.

Little Can't Fade the Straight Draw

Justin Saliba then went out in fifth place for $72,800, and the red hot Chris Brewer took fourth place for $91,000. Wilson battled his way to a third place finish for $109,200, which set up a heads-up match between Little and Rheem.

Rheem held the lead but beating a tough opponent certainly wouldn't be an easy task. The two poker stars tangled in one of the most entertaining hands of the entire tournament.

With the blinds at 50,000/100,000, Rheem went for a raise to 300,000 with KJ on the button. Little came along with Q9. The flop came out Q9J, a strong board for both players.

After the founder checked, Rheem bet 300,000 only to be check-raised to 900,000. Rheem, the chip leader, then moved all in for 3.1 million effective and got snap-called by two pair.

Needing to hit a straight, trips, or a better two pair, Rheem was ecstatic to see the 10 on the turn. Little, hoping to catch a full house, didn't get any help from the 7 on the river and had to settle for second place ($154,700). The champion took home $218,400 and now has nearly $13.3 million in lifetime live tournament cashes, according to The Hendon Mob.

Poker Masters Event #4 Final Table Results

1Chino Rheem$218,400
2Jonathan Little$154,700
3Brock Wilson$109,200
4Chris Brewer$91,000
5Justin Saliba$72,800
6Daniel Negreanu$54,600

On Tuesday, the fifth event of the 2023 Poker Masters series kicked off with 77 players registered in the $10,000 buy-in no-limit Hold'em tournament. The final table will take place on Wednesday and will be live-streamed on PokerGO. There are a total of 10 events in the series up through Sept. 26, and then PokerGO will host the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl starting Sept. 28 where Negreanu will be seeking to defend his $3.3 million crown.

2023 Poker Masters Updated Results

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em114$1,140,000Vladas Tamasauskas$239,000
Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em97$970,000Darren Elias$223,100
Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em87$870,000Vladas Tamasauskas$239,000
Event #4: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em91$910,000Chino Rheem$218,400
  • Watch @RealKidPoker's bluff attempt fail against Jonathan Little.

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