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Negreanu Bubbles, Rheem Tops Final 6 at WPT Championship
A short day at the $25k WPT Championship at Bellagio today saw Daniel Negreanu bubble the TV final table and Chino Rheem solidify his chip lead.
With just eight players returning and only six needed to set the final table, two players were going to get the short end and that turned out to be Negreanu and Italian Rocco Palumbo.
Coming into the day as the short stacks it was going to be an uphill battle for them but Negreanu more than doubled his stack to up over a million in the first half hour.
A downswing shortly thereafter sent him back down the ranks before he finally busted in seventh for $137,085 and the satisfaction of his third consecutive major final table.
Palumbo, meanwhile, never got anything going before busting in eighth when he shoved J8 in the small blind into Brandon Stevens' KJ.
Rheem, Lindgren Extend Lead
Meanwhile at the top of the chip counts, the two leaders built their stacks up a little further for the final run to the $1.1m first-place prize.
Former November Niner Rheem, also a previous WPT champion, bagged 5,495,000 to end the day for a decided edge to start the final.
Former Full Tilt pro and sportsbetting pariah Erick Lindgren also slightly increased his stack up to 3,355,000 and is looking for his first major title since 2008.
WPT Montreal winner Jonathan Roy and pros Matt Hyman, Brandon Steven and David Peters round out the final six.
The finalists will take a day off tomorrow while the $100k Super High Roller plays its final table before picking up again on Friday.
The official chip counts and seating assignments:
- Seat 1. Jonathan Roy - 1,900,000 (47 bb)
- Seat 2. David Peters - 1,085,000 (27 bb)
- Seat 3. Erick Lindgren - 3,355,000 (83 bb)
- Seat 4. Brandon Steven - 1,210,000 (30 bb)
- Seat 5. Matt Hyman - 1,560,000 (39 bb)
- Seat 6. Chino Rheem - 5,495,000 (137 bb)
- 1st: $1,150,297
- 2nd: $650,275
- 3rd: $421,800
- 4th: $289,988
- 5th: $223,203
- 6th: $173,993
For a full recap of the Day 5 action, check the WPT Live Updates.