Poker Fans Denied Dream Final Table as Ivey and Negreanu BOTH Fall Short

Daniel Negreanu Phil Ivey 2024 WSOP

It was on the minds of all poker fans overnight, and talk of the potential for the biggest World Series of Poker (WSOP) story in years was all over social media.

With 11 players returning for the Day 3 of Event #13: $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship, there was a chance that two of the biggest names in poker would battle it out at the final table.

Alas, it wasn't to be as both Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu were eliminated — the first two eliminations of the final day.

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Ivey First to Go

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Ivey came into the final day eighth in chips, but had his stack reduced in Limit 2-7 Triple Draw to Ryutaro Suzuki and then was left with one big bet after tangling with Michael Martinelli in Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better.

Ivey was all-in during the same game, with Martinelli scoring the knockout — narrowly missing out on sending start-of-day short stack Max Kruse to the rail in the progress. Ivey took home $27,041 for his 11th place finish.

Negreanu Follows Him Out the Door

Negreanu had started the day with fewer chips than Ivey but managed to outlast his friend, about whom he shared a tweet earlier in the day that him and "this cat" go "waaay back."

After almost being eliminated in the hand that sent Ivey to the rail, Kruse had then doubled through Negreanu — again in Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better — with Kid Poker propping up the chip counts with 10 players remaining on the first break.

When they returned, Negreanu was left with a single 5,000 denomination chip after folding the river in a Limit Omaha High pot against Martinelli before Martinelli ultimately sent him to the rail in Stud Hi-Lo Regular. Negreanu was awarded $27,041, his biggest cash of the summer, for his tenth-place finish.

What Next for the Pair?

No doubt the pair will both jump in the next $10,000 Championship event — the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship which got underway today.

Negreanu will certainly be confident of another chance to break his bracelet drought, with two of his eight career bracelets coming in the format. Ivey, meanwhile, famously hasn't won a bracelet in No-Limit Hold'em but hasn't picked up one in Limit Hold'em either. Stay tuned to PokerNews to see if another deep run for either is on the cards here in Las Vegas.

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Based in the United Kingdom, Will started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.

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