Daniel Negreanu was done joking with the audience by the end of Day 5, at the World Series of Poker, in Las Vegas. The usually positive, upbeat player busted out of the Main Event in 160th place.
The PokerStars Pro was up against actor Kevin Pollak, putting in all of his chips after losing a key pot with pocket fours versus pocket deuces. Pollak’s ace-queen triumphed Negreanu’s king-queen, and he finished the WSOP with $52,718, plus the $70,749 he secured in the earlier prelims.
Negreanu tweeted after the defeat: "It was a good run but I’m out in 160th place. Lost key pot with 44 vs 22 on 367 flop turn 2 put me tough spot. Then KQdd vs AQ no good”, followed by: “when a poker player busts from the ME he spend the entire drive home reliving every hand looking for ways he could have changed the outcome. Now that WSOP is over for me I’m excited to put together my sceduale for the rest of the year. Looking forward to getting back on PokerStars".
Rival, Kevin Pollak, finished shortly after in 134th place. The competition is fierce, now with only 97 players in the WSOP Main Event championship. Here’s how the top ten players are looking following Day 5: in first place Kyle Keranen (6,935,000), second Robert Salabru (6,195,000), third is Taylor Paur (5,820,000), fourth Erik Hellman (4,715,000), 5th Wilfried Haerig (4,505,000), 6th Shahriar Assareh (4,395,000), 7th Chales Coultas (4,015,000), 8th Gaelle Baumann (3,980,000), 9th Fabrizio Gonzalez (3,935,000) and 10th with a still huge sum of 3,895,000, Nicco Maag.
Of the PokerStars Team Pros, two-time gold bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst, is closest the final, ending Day 5 ranked in 69th place; pulling through a momentary weak patch to climb back to 2.7 million. Fellow PokerStars Pros Jan Heitmann and Marcel Luske are also in fair position to begin Day 6. Heitmann battled against Eric Buchman and managed to double up to three million, meanwhile Luske dominantly grinds on with around a millions chips in his stack.