£10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event - Live Updates

In a heartbreaking heads-up match that saw Daniel Negreanu get unlucky in key spots, Barry Shulman has won this year's WSOPE Main Event. Check out this very section for live updates, photos and results.

Day 5 Live Updates

10/01/2009 (5 years ago)

Shulman is Champion!

Barry Shulman
Don'e spend it all at once!

The 2009 WSOPE presented by Betfair is over and Barry Shulman is champion! It was a heartbreaker for Daniel Negreanu but the silver lining is that with this cash he becomes poker's all time leading tournament money winner.

It was a marathon heads-up match that ended in a crippling blow followed by the coup de grace.

The Crippler

On a J 8 5 flop Daniel Negreanu checked, Shulman bet 300k and Negreanu check-raised to 900,000.

Shulman shoved and after a few minutes in the tank, Kid Poker emerged with the call. It was aces for Shulman and Negreanu needing help holding Q J.

As the dealer burned and turned the crowd at the Empire roared in appreciation as the miracle J hit the felt and it appeared the title was Negreanu’s.

Appearances can be decieving, however, and the river was Shulman’s turn for a miracle, as the A came down.

Shocking stuff!

That hand left Negreanu with a massive deficit - down to 1.2 million versus Shulman's imposing 8 million stack - he was in big trouble.

The Death Blow

When Negreanu found pocket fours with just ten big blinds, there was no escape.

Heads-up
Mano a mano.

Bad luck for Negreanu - Shulman had him trussed up with pocket tens.

Needing to spike to win - instead it was Shulman who made a set, a ten hitting the flop to leave Negreanu virtually dead.

Running fours or running diamonds were his only salvation and when the turn was neither of these - it was all over!

Massive applause for both these gladiators who have slugged it out over a marathon heads-up game. Negreanu refused to give in - but ultimately Shulman made it to the winner's circle alone.

Second place for Daniel Negreanu, he picks up £495,589 for his performance - which happens to propel him above Jamie Gold at the top of the tournament prizes leaderboard.

Meanwhile congratulations to Barry Shulman who collects a huge £801,603 for his performance as well as his second gold bracelet!

Level
29
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$5,010,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
10/01/2009 (5 years ago)

Kid Poker Makes His Move

Daniel Negreanu
I'm comin' for ya Barry!

With the blinds a whopping 60k/120k, winning a few pots in a row really changes the status quo.

Negreanu just did that, taking three pots in a row, meaning he was close to Shulman's chip lead for the first time in a while.

The final hand in that sequence saw Negreanu re-raise an opening min-raise by Shulman to 650k, Shulman making the call.

The flop fell K T 6 and Negreanu led out for 850k. Shulman passed and Negreanu showed aces for the 1000th time since they started.

Ok, a slight exaggeration but Negreanu has been seeing those bullets more often than you'd think.

And then, suddenly, Negreanu leapt into the chip lead for the first time since he lost that huge pot with aces -again!

The hand saw Negreanu push Shulman off a huge pot. 

On a ten-high flop with two hearts Negreanu bet 240k, Shulman raised to 940k and Negreanu shoved!

Shulman tanked for a moment before electing to lay it down, meaning Negreanu now holds a slim lead by just 100k - or less than one big blind.

It couldn't be closer!

Level
29
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$5,010,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
10/01/2009 (5 years ago)

I Want That Bracelet So Bad!

Daniel Negreanu
Cut me some slack poker gods.

Such a frustrating game for Negreanu - every time he looks to be gaining parity through a series of small pots - he loses a big one and Shulman regains chip monster status.

That's exactly how the previous passage of play has panned out, Shulman being forced to fold or being shown the best hand by Negreanu.

Shulman loves his check-raises and as the pair went to a queen-high flop, Negreanu led and again Shulman popped it to 600k, Negreanu making the call.

The pair cautiously checked down the remaining streets and Shulman showed down a queen to take the pot down, sending a super healthy 1.5 million pot the older combatants' way.

Negreanu back to a 3-1 disadvantage. He refuses to give up though...

Level
29
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$5,010,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
10/01/2009 (5 years ago)

Angry Negreanu!

Daniel Negreanu
Don't make me angry!

Kid Poker is not a happy man right now!

He's become increasingly agitated and annoyed at the way the cards have been falling.

One of the more recent hands saw Shulman make it 200k from the button - a min raise - only for Negreanu to re-raise to 600k.

Shulman made the call.

The players checked down a board of Q 5 4 2 6 and Shulman turned over 9 6 for a rivered pair, causing Kid Poker to leap in the air and slam down his cards, shaking his head at how unfair the poker gods are sometimes.

"Come on Negreanu!" yelled someone from the crowd in a bid to re-invigorate the Canadian who is so desperate to get his hands on that bracelet.

An unmoved Barry Shulman simply added the chips to his stack - still sitting on a formidable lead.

Level
29
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$5,010,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
10/01/2009 (5 years ago)

Clash of the Titans

Heads-Up
The battle for the bracelet continues.

It's a titanic struggle between the two players right now. Negreanu had started to make some progress against Shulman, chipping back up to 3.5 million, before a series of check-raises when Negreanu had raised the button, saw an increasingly frustrated looking Negreanu begin to concede ground again.

He shipped a pot right at the death when his rivered pair of sixes took down Shulman's pocket deuces so right now here's how they stand as they take a twenty-minute break.

Shulman - 6.5 million

Negreanu - 3.5 million

The kid won't go down without a fight, but Shulman shows no signs of being intimidated by Negreanu and he won't be able to simply bulldoze his way back into contention.

They'll be resuming any moment now, so we're off to re-join the action.

Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$5,010,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
10/01/2009 (5 years ago)

Shulman Shows Heart!

Barry Shulman
Sorry Daniel, I'm good at hitting those draws!

Suddenly the two players tangled in an enormous pot!

Negreanu raised up the button and Shulman re-raised - Kid Poker making the call.

The board peeled off K 8 6 - Shulman led out and Negreanu moved all-in. Call from Shulman!

Shulman showed down a heart flush draw with A 5, whilst Daniel had him on the backfoot with a pair of black aces. Just needing to fade a heart to pick up the bracelet, Negreanu studied the flop intently.

Shulman has been all-in for his tournament life with the worst hand before though and he's made a habit of hitting the card to stay in and chip up.

And guess what? He did it again!

The 2 turned to a mighty roar from the watching rail as Shulman made his flush, leaving a disonsolate Negreanu drawing dead.

Looking very upset, the Canadian removed some of his towers of 25k chips and handed them over to Shulman, who now enjoys a big 3-1 chip lead for the first time since the contest began - his 7.5 million dwarfing Negreanu's 2.5 million.

Can Kid Poker recover from this cruel set back?

Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$5,010,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
10/01/2009 (5 years ago)

Shulman Fights Back!

Barry Shulman
Game on!

The posturing is over and now the two prize-fighters are starting to throw some big shots.

A poised Negreanu had put a stuttering start behind him, soaring into the ascendency with oily precision as he began to systematically slip through the many gears his years of poker experience have crafted.

Negreanu had begun to pick up chunky pot after chunky pot as he made great value bets, got Shulman to fold in some key situations and chipped away till Shulman eventually found himself with under 3 million for the first time.

Then a big pot saw the pendulum swing.

The two combatants saw an 8 6 3 board peel off and Negreanu called a bet from Shulman, who went on to check the 6 turn card.

Negreanu bet out 500k, and now suddenly Shulman sprung what appeared to be a trap, counting out his stack and announcing all-in.

Kid Poker wasn't loving it, and tipped the rim of his baseball cap with a scowl as he considered whether to call. 

Eventually he laid it down, and all the inroads he had made into Shulman's stack were lost, the older player fighting back as the Canadian threatened to overwhelm him.

The stacks? As they were at the outset of the contest - Negreanu 6.1 mill, Shuman 3.8 mill.

Game on!

Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$5,010,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
10/01/2009 (5 years ago)

Negreanu Slipping a Little

Daniel Negreanu
I'll catch ya Barry, just wait.

The players are seated across the felt from each other and a small mountain of £20 bricks lies between them, the bracelet glimmering luxuriantly at the apex of its papery nest.

With the prize and riches lying there as a reminder of just what these two players are playing for, the opening stages of the heads-up have been carefully played by both players.

Negreanu is obviously the favorite as they stand, his experience and skill, not to mention his chip lead all edges which Shulman has to overcome.

So far though, he is more than holding his own.

In fact he has managed to eat slightly into Negreanu's lead. He's still ahead of Shulman but he has to turn the pattern round or he may risk losing out on that fifth bracelet.

Can Shulman take down his more acclaimed opponent?

Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$5,010,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
10/01/2009 (5 years ago)

Bansi Ban-zai'd! (3rd)

Daniel Negreanu
I gotcha Praz!

Praz Bansi really needed to get back into this, so made a desperation ship of Q 2, only for Negreanu to find one of the worst hands for him to face - ace-queen.

Praz realised he was staring down the barrell and head hung he walked over and shook Negreanu's hand as Kid Poker prepared to deliver the killer blow.

Dominated, the crowd realised the English star would have to hit a deuce or hearts to stay in contention and loud, slightly inebriated shouts of "deuce, deuce, deuce" rang out through the casino.

As the rail watched on, their breath held, an inconsequential series of baby cards were peeled off, but unfortunately for Bansi, none of them were the deuce he needed, meaning Negreanu takes another victim, busting Praz Bansi.

Bansi wins £360,887 for his third place finish and receives a standing ovation from his multitude of supporters on the rail.

But now it's mano-a-mano for the title, Negreanu vs Shulman - Kid Poker holding a sizeable advantage.

Who will take it down?

Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$5,010,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
10/01/2009 (5 years ago)

Schulman Strikes Again

Praz Bansi
That guy's running so good!

Praz raised up the button with K-8 and Barry Schulman made the call in the big blind.

The flop came king-high, Barry checked and Praz led out, only for Schulman to check-raise all-in. Praz made the call and once again Shulma's tournament life was on the line.

This time, he was in good shape though, his king-jack connecting harder with the flop than Bansi's K-8.

Needing to hit an eight, Bansi watched the turn and river blank.

Huge "ahhhhhh" of sympathy from his supporters and he was left short with just 700k to his name, whilst Shulman has moved to over 4 million.

Level
27
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$3,340,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
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Event Information

Event Name
£10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Venue
Casino at the Empire, London
Date
2009-09-26
Final Day
2009-10-01
Buy In
£10,000
Entrants
334
Prize Pool
£3,340,000
First Prize
£801,603

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Barry Shulman £801,603
2 Daniel Negreanu £495,589
3 Praz Bansi £360,887
4 Jason Mercier £267,267
5 Markus Ristola £200,367

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