To win the first-ever Poker Masters Purple Jacket, Daniel Negreanu speculated he would need at least a win and a 3rd-place finish over the 5 events.
He had to settle for an 8th-place finish for $102,000 in Event #1 yesterday - short of both of those targets.
It certainly beats no cash at all, though - even if there's a tantalizing $918,000 still out there for first and seven players he'll have to catch on the money list before the week is up.
Team Germany Excels
The inaugural $50,000 buy-in event of the Poker Masters played down to a final table of 7 yesterday and Negreanu was the last to fall before it was set.
Getting his 500k stack in good with JJ he fell to Nick Schulman's KJ on a runner-runner straight and will have to fire early in Event #2 today and hope for better luck.
Schulman, meanwhile, advances to the final table where he'll start third in chips behind Matt Hyman (1,460,000) and Steffen Sontheimer (1,255,000).
Sontheimer leads a quartet of impressive Germans into the final as Koray Aldemir (660,000), Dominik Nitsche (635,000) and Stefan Schillhabel (570,000) will join him when action picks up again today.
Spanish superstar Adrian Mateos (745,000) rounds out the final 7. Here's how they stack up:
1. Matt Hyman 1,460,000
2. Steffen Sontheimer 1,255,000
3. Nick Schulman 1,050,000
4. Adrian Mateos 745,000
5. Koray Aldemir 660,000
6. Dominik Nitsche 635,000
7. Stefan Schillhabel 570,000
51 Entries, $2.5m Prize Pool
With one re-entry available until Level 9 many of the early bustees took advantage to push the total entries up to 51.
That made for a prize pool of $2,550,000 and a nice $918,000 up top for the winner. Negreanu's min-cash of $102,000 set the early bar for the leaderboard in the race for the Purple Jacket.
Here are the full payouts for Event #1:
Among those to miss a cut of the money in Event #1 were Sean Winter, who finished 9th, Dan Smith, Phil Hellmuth, Ben Lamb and Ben Tollerene.
Event #1's final table will be live streamed on PokerGO on a 30-minute delay starting at 12:30 p.m. Vegas time. Event #2, another $50,000 NLHE with one re-entry, will start at 2 pm and play down to a final table of 7.
Watch a full replay of yesterday's action on PokerGO. See the full schedule for the week right here.