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Negreanu hunts fifth bracelet in $2.5k limit
Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu already has four World Series Of Poker bracelets to his name and is poised to add one more to his growing collection.
He comes into the final stages of the WSOP $2.5k Six-Handed Limit Hold'em event second in chips and the favorite to take the title.
This time, however, there's more than just a bracelet on the line.
"Let's just say that me winning is extremely important," he told PokerListings.
A series of high-stakes prop bets between Negreanu, Phil Ivey and a host of other top pros has added extra spice to the contest.
"I've got the standing $200,000 per bracelet bet with Ivey and I have a lot of standing prop bets with me and Erick Lindgren against a lot of teams," said Negreanu.
At last year's series, Negreanu came out on top in the prop-bets, winning the $2k Limit Hold'em event for a bumper $200k bonus while Ivey left the series empty-handed.
However, this year has been a different matter so far.
Ivey threw the gauntlet down Thursday, blitzing his way to a sixth bracelet and taking the lead in their personal head-to-head battle.
Never one to shirk a challenge, Negreanu has responded instantly, powering his way through to the brink of another WSOP final table.
Given Negreanu has won two of his four bracelets at Limit Hold'em, it is no surprise he is excelling once again at this variant of the game.
"It's the game I used to play back when I was a professional poker player," he joked.
"I'm really comfortable and it really is a game I have played more hands in than anything else. I grew up playing it."
As the event played down to eleven players early Sunday morning, Negreanu claimed he'd figured out Limit Hold'em's big secret.
"The secret is this: The online world has a view of how Limit Hold'em should be played - six handed especially," he said. "You know, they're wrong, especially when it comes to tournaments - and I'm right.
"They're wrong about certain aspects about what they think is mandatory, and what they think is the right way to play in terms of being out of position."
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- With files from Ed Sevillano