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Seed Flowers In WSOP Tournament of Champions
With the Main Event poised to begin, the star-packed Champion's Invitational saw 17 players return to fight it out for the half million dollar first prize.
Mike Matusow entered the day with a healthy chip lead and it was expected Matusow would have received a boon from watching Tom Dwan's bracelet bid crash and burn the evening before.
Having booked extensive action against "durrrr", Dwan's failure to win a bracelet saved Matusow an expensive liability, but he proved unable to use this to spur him on to victory - dropping out as one of the first eliminations of the day.
Daniel Negreanu was Matusow's main tormenter - crippling then eliminating his fellow high-stakes player with pocket kings both times.
This provided a springboard for Negreanu to enter the final table as the chip leader - but a day of large chip swings saw Negreanu also crash out in 6th spot, following the dismissals of TJ Cloutier, Annie Duke and Jennifer Harman.
"In the end my cards ran out of gas," said a slightly disappointed Negreanu following his dismissal.
With Barry Greenstein and Joe Hachem next to bust, we were left with Johnny Chan, Huck Seed and Howard Lederer contending the title.
With three WSOP Main Event titles, 16 bracelets and a wealth of hard-earned experience between the three, it was always going to be an absorbing contest and so it proved with no man willing to cede ground.
Eventually though something had to give, and that something was 10-time bracelet-winner Johnny Chan, paving the way for a Lederer/Seed face-off.
Once the obligatory dollar bricks had been deposited on the felt, Lederer and Seed tore into each other, eventually Seed coming through to secure the title and claim his place in history.
"“There were a lot of great players in this event," said Seed following his hard-fought victory.
"It was fun to compete. It was like a reunion of the old school players.”