Another near miss for Negreanu at WSOP

Daniel Negreanu
Kid Poker can almost taste bracelet number five.

Although Daniel Alaei came away the winner in the $10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship, the real story was Daniel Negreanu's second near-miss of the 2009 WSOP.

Two days after finishing runner-up to Brock Parker in the $2,500 Six-Handed Limit Hold'em event, Negreanu found himself at another final table with another shot at a bracelet.

Negreanu hung around for as long as he could, surviving three all-ins before bowing out against Scott Clements for a fourth place finish and a cash prize of $130,401.

Negreanu feels he's playing some of his best poker at this year's WSOP.

"It's a dream World Series really," said Negreanu, who was on his way to the $3k H.O.R.S.E. event immediately after his elimination.

"I didn't win any bracelets yet, but I've been looking forward to this since January and looking forward to really just dominating."

Negreanu isn't disappointed by his near-miss in Omaha Hi-Lo, and with a second final table under his belt he's in contention for Player of the Year.

"I've put in more hours, I can guarantee you that, than anyone else in tournaments this World Series, being here until three in the morning every single night, for nine consecutive nights," Negreanu said.

"So I'd say it's going about as well as it could without the actual wins. I was disappointed yesterday with the Limit Hold'em because I felt like I had a really good chance to win that."

Ben Boyd dropped out of the tournament in third for $182,730 and Alaei defeated Clements heads-up shortly after.

Alaei dominated play with a big stack for most of the final table after grinding it out for the first two days.

He now has two bracelets, but he already has his eye on more.

"In the poker world, bracelets are like trophies," Alaei said. "I kind of want three now. Before I wanted two, now I want three. It seems like a lot of people have two."

Alaei cashes for $445,898 for the win while Clements wins $275,946 for his runner-up finish.

"It's always bittersweet," said Clements about coming up just short of the bracelet.

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