Day 5 Completed
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Day 5 Completed
The uneven pace of this final table has been nothing short of gruelling for all involved, but none more so than Last Men Standing Barry Shulman and Daniel Negreanu. Their patience has been extraordinary, their caffeine consumption (at least Shulman's, anyway) verging on the legendary, and it has been a thoroughly deserved win for Mr. Shulman.
While two November Niners made the final table, it was another November Niner's dad who took it down -- Barry Shulman has proved today that the Shulman family are a force to be reckoned with at the felt, and his son Jeff can now get some inside information from him on how at least James Akenhead and Antoine Saout play to maybe help him out when he gets to the WSOP Main Event Final Table this November.
With the sun about to come up outside, the coveted bracelet has been placed on the wrist of the winner, and while the hardcore are still hanging around the bar, everyone else is wondering how they're going to get home. As we head off into the Leicester Square dawn, we've just got time to thank all at Betfair, Harrahs, the WSOP and the Empire Casino for having us, and to wish all congratulations to the happy winners.
From PokerNews.com, it's over and out.
The straight out on the flop brought a groan from the Negreanu supporters, and the rest of the board got him drawing dead by the turn: . But both players were thoroughly applauded as the final hurdle was leaped.
Daniel Negreanu might have come so close only to miss out on the bracelet, but knowing that he's now topping the All-Time Money List must, surely, be some consolation for when he goes home and googles himself. That in itself is an achievement stretching beyond this one, admittedly highly prestigious, tournament.
Negreanu turned to the rail in the hope that they might help him with his decision. "So you all wanna go home, right?" he asked them. "I'm not saying I'm gonna lose..."
"Ah, I shouldn't listen to the rail. I call."
On their backs.
Turn: to massive screaming from the suddenly very awake crowd --
But wait some more!
The noise was deafening. In what we are confidently declaring the Hand Of The Day, Shulman doubled to over 8 million, and Negreanu is right back down to under 2 million. Extraordinary. We play on.
Like in so many hands previously, they then checked down the turn and river. The dealer is still woefully not letting us see the cards, but Jack Effel announced that Negreanu's won the hand.
Just now another pot went to Shulman, who'd called Negreanu's preflop button raise, checked the flop: and then bet out 500k on the turn.
Shulman checked and Negreanu bet 240,000. Back to Shulman, who now raised to 700,000. And back over to Negreanu, who announced all in. A moment of consideration from Shulman, and he passed.
Please, by the by, accept our apologies for a crazy glitch in our chip counts page that had the counts going all over the place for about five minutes there. It's fixed now, and the current counts are like so:
Negreanu: 5.05 million
Shulman: 4.985 million
There is less than one big blind between them. What with some of use required to be at the EPT starting tomorrow at noon -- that's seven hours from now -- and one PokerNews crew member already gone to catch his flight home, we're beginning to wish we'd brought sleeping bags...
But then the very next hand, after raising small on the button, Negreanu called a 550k reraise from Shulman, and then passed on the flop when Shulman bet out 400k. He looked reluctant though, reminding the hole card cameras of exactly what it was he was letting go...
Flop: Negreanu bet 850k, as sure a sign of commital to the hand as a wedding ring. Shulman passed and Negreanu showed - for the fourth pair of (shown) Aces on this final!