Near Miss for Negreanu at EPT Vienna

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu narrowly missed a chance to become the game's all-time leading money winner and add the third leg of poker's triple crown at PokerStars EPT Vienna Sunday.

Negreanu had the chip lead five-handed in Austria when disaster struck as he got it in with a turned two-pair against Czech Team PokerStars Pro Martin Hruby's turned straight and Italian Luca Cainelli's pocket aces.

Cainelli was sent to the rail, Hruby rocketed into the chip lead and a rather short-stacked Negreanu busted fourth soon after.

In the end, 20-year-old German economics student and former Sunday Million winner Michael “MAE9690” Eiler beat Hruby heads up to take the title and €700,000 first prize.

Eiler won his seat at EPT Vienna on PokerStars.

"It was my first EPT but I'm definitely going to play more now," he said. "This is really a happy moment for me. The money is great obviously but the title is worth so much to me; an EPT title is a dream for a poker player."

Negreanu added €175,000 to his now more than $13 million in career tournament earnings that includes four WSOP bracelets and two WPT titles.

He still sits second on poker's all-time leading money winners list, a little over half a million dollars shy of Phil Ivey.

Set in the Renaissance-style Kursalon in Vienna’s Stadtpark, the €5,300 EPT Vienna main event drew 587 players creating a €2,935,000 prize pool.

Here's how the final table finished up:

1 Michael Eiler €700,000

2 Martin Hruby €470,000

3 Konstantinos Nanos €265,000

4 Daniel Negreanu €175,000

5 Luca Cainelli €140,000

6 Andreas Wiese €105,000

7 Matthias Lotze €76,000

8 Bruno Launais €60,000

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