Event 20 Over! Kid Poker Puts Opponent to Bed!

Four on the floor.
Four on the floor.

Silencing the critics and adding a fourth bracelet to his already jewelery-laden wrist, Daniel Negreanu has taken down this tournament and $204,874. Ugur Marangoz is out in second, pocketing $126,671.

The Stunner

Negreanu took control of this match in a betting and raising filled hand a few moments before this event concluded. With a mono-chrome flop and action on each street Negreanu showed down the flopped flush and relieved Marangoz of most of his stack.

The Sleeper

Just a few hands later Negreanu finished what he had started, limping on the button and getting a check from Marangoz in the big blind. The flop came down K 5 5 and both players checked. The turn was the Q and two more checks followed. The 3 hit the river and Marangoz led out with a bet. Negreanu raised and Marangoz called all-in.

Negreanu turned over 9 5 which was enough to send Marangoz's cards to the muck.

Check out what the Kid had to say in our exclusive winner interview right here!

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Event 20 - Heads-Up!

We are headed to heads up! Daniel Negreanu has pushed David Baker out of the way in his quest for a fourth WSOP Bracelet and the Candian will go mano-amano with Ugur Marangoz.

Baked (3rd)

David Baker is our third place finisher and Daniel Negreanu will go into heads up with the chip lead. Negreanu raised it up pre flop and Baker made the call sending the two to the 10 8 2 flop. Kid Poker led out and Baker called bringing us the A turn. The Team PokerStars Pro led out again, but this time Baker raised. Negreanu flat called and the river came down the 9. Negreanu bet putting Baker all in and he made the call for his tournament life.

Daniel announced he had the straight showing the Q-J and Baker was out. He'll grab $78,624 for his efforts.

Going into heads up Negreanu has a comfortable chip lead over Ugur Marangoz.

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Event 20 – Final Table – Li in Languish (Fourth)

After another hour of play at the Event 20 final table we have our fourth place finisher. Richard Li, who has an assortment of WSOP cashes, will not be earning his first WSOP bracelet.

In his final hand Li bet and Ugur Marangoz raised. Li called and the flop came Q 7 2 and Marangoz fired. Li made the call and both players saw a turn of 8. Li opted to move all-in and Marangoz called. The players revealed their hands:

Li: K 5

Marangoz: 9 9

Li was in big trouble and looking for some help from the river. It didn’t come as the 5 peeled off the deck.

Li will receive $63,335 for coming in fourth.

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Event 20 – Final Table – Negreanu Down, Wohletz, Wong and Kottler Out

Over the last hour of play we’ve seen Daniel Negreanu relinquish his control of the chip lead and three more players head to the rail. With just four players remaining winning a bracelet is becoming a very real possibility and everyone has the eyes on the prize.

Wohletz Wasted (Fifth)

Greg Wohletz have been eliminated. Wohletz got it all in on the turn of a 7 4 2 8 board and Richard Li called flipping over J J while Wohletz showed K 3. The river came 6 and sealed the deal for Wohletz. He will receive $31,886 for coming in fifth.

Welcome back, Kottler (Sixth)

Jeremy Kottler just ran into a hot David “Bakes” Baker and found himself on the rail. In the hand Baker raised and Kottler pushed all-in with K 4. Baker made the call and tabled Q 9. Baker was at a slight disadvantage but the board came A 7 2 2… 9!

Kottler will receive $40,622 for coming in sixth at Event 20.

Trouble for Negreanu

After losing a massive pot to David Baker, suddenly Daniel Negreanu’s quest for fourth bracelet is in jeopardy. In the hand Negreanu bet a pair of kings hard on a 7 5 3 8 T board but Baker ended up having 8-8 for the set. After the hand Baker was up to $771,000 and Negreanu was down to $343,000.

To Fu Wong – Thanks for Everything (Fifth)

The runner-up in the $10,000 Championship Stud WSOP event will not be winning this event either. In the hand Negreanu bet pre-flop and Fu Wong called from the big blind. The flop came J 7 4 and Wong checked but Negreanu bet. Wong raised and Negreanu re-raised to put Wong all in for his last $25,000. Wong called and flipped over 6 5. Negreanu showed Q J and was in the lead.

The river was a deuce and that was enough to send Wong packing. Wong will receive $51,542 for coming in fifth.

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Event 20 – Final Table – Derek Lerner gets Learn'ed (Eighth)

Derek Lerner just found out why Daniel Negreanu is one of the best players in the world in a Canadian vs. Canadian hand.

In the hand Negreanu bet from the small blind Lerner raised from the big blind. Negreanu called and the flop came J 6 3. Negreanu bet and Lerner raised all-in. Negreanu called and flipped over Q 6 for middle pair, which had Lerner’s A Q beat.

The board finished with the 7 and finally the T which means Negreanu is one step closer to his fourth WSOP bracelet and Lerner is off to the rail.

Lerner will receive $25,334 for busting out in eighth.

The Incredible Chip Counts

After the big Derek Lerner dust-up the chip counts were a bit different. Here’s the latest courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

1. Daniel Negreanu $550,000
2. Ugur Marangoz
3. David Baker
4. Richard Li
5. Fu Wong
6. Jeremy Kottler
7. Greg Wohletz


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Event 20 - Final Table - Tran Tricked (Ninth)

We have our first casualty at the final table of Event 20 and his name is Hien Tran. The Tran-man got involved with Fu Wong, who was just one spot away from winning a bracelet earlier this summer, and ended up the loser.

In the hand Wong bet pre-flop and Tran called. The flop came Q T 7 and Tran checked, Wong bet and Tran called. The dealer flipped over the 9 for the turn card and this time it was Tran doing the betting and Wong calling.

The river fell 9 and Tran bet his last $8,000. Wong called and flipped over pocket jacks two-pair. Tran mucked his hand and left the table. He will receive $18,782 for coming in ninth.


Daniel Negreanu is certainly doing his best to add another WSOP bracelet to his poker resume. The talkative Team PokerStars pro has moved into the chip lead after winning a bit three-way pot between Greg Wohletz and Richard Li and then in another hand hit a flush against Li. 

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Event 20 - Final Table - All Eyes on Daniel Negreanu

Welcome to PokerListings' coverage of the final table of Event 20. Canada's Daniel Negreanu may not have the chip lead but he is definitely the story of this final table and everybody is wondering if the poker icon can finally win his first bracelet since 2004.

After a slight delay, due to the final table being televised, we are underway in the Amazon Room. 

Here's a look at the chip stacks as play begins:

1. David Baker $409,000
2. Ugur Marangoz
3. Daniel Negreanu
4. Greg Wohletz
5. Richard Li
6. Derek Lerner
7. Fu Wong
8. Hien Tran
9. Jeremy Kottler
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Event Name Event 20, Limit Hold'em
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 10 June 2008
Final Day 12 June 2008
Buy In $2,000
Entrants 479
Prize Pool $871,780
First Prize $204,434
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 25/50
Level 2 0 50/75
Level 3 0 50/100
Level 4 0 75/150
Level 5 0 100/200
Level 6 0 150/300
Level 7 0 200/400
Level 8 0 300/500
Level 9 0 300/600
Level 10 0 400/800
Level 11 0 500/1000
Level 12 0 600/1200
Level 13 0 800/1600
Level 14 0 1000/2000
Level 15 0 1500/3000
Level 16 0 2000/4000
Level 17 0 3000/5000
Level 18 0 3000/6000
Level 19 0 4000/8000
Level 20 0 5000/10000
Level 21 0 6000/12000
Level 22 0 8000/15000
Level 23 0 10000/20000
Level 24 0 15000/30000
Level 25 0 20000/40000
Level 26 0 25000/50000
Level 27 0 30000/60000
Level 28 0 40000/80000

Daniel Negreanu

Event 20, Limit Hold'em

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Daniel Negreanu $204,434
2. Ugur Marangoz $126,408
3. David Baker $78,460
4. Richard Li $63,204
5. Fu Wong $51,435
6. Jeremy Kottler $40,538
7. Greg Wohletz $31,820
8. Derek Lerner $25,282
9. Hien Tran $18,743
10. Daniel Makowsky $12,205