Runner-Runner Bad Beat Tilts Negreanu; Poker Star Out of WSOP $250k

The 2022 World Series of Poker has been underway for a while now and not all participants are having the time of their life. In particular, poker player Daniel Negreanu has experienced a rough patch as evidenced in the recently concluded $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em. Daniel Negreanu busted out in Event #50 after enduring one of the toughest hands in the tournament.

Daniel Negreanu entered Day 2 on his second bullet with less than half of his starting stack already depleted. Luckily, the online poker pro quickly built up his stack and was on track to make a splash. However, the poke professional did not manage to outlast his competitors.

Negreanu is a WSOP player of the year that has numerous titles under his belt. But he appears to be struggling this year with just 4 small cashes this summer. Although many poker experts and analysts predicted that he would be one to watch, Negreanu is yet to make it to the final table.

Negreanu boasts 6 career bracelets but has not walked away with a WSOP event since 2013. The perennial poker pro’s last bracelet was years ago in Vegas, which he bagged in 2008. Negreanu has been a WSOP player of the year twice, in 2004 and 2013, and has been the only online poker professional to achieve this great feat twice.

Event #50 attracted some of the biggest names in professional online poker

Indeed, Negreanu is one of Canada’s greatest poker players of all time and will likely keep racking up impressive accolades in future tournaments. But the $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em also attracted some other high-profile names worth mentioning. The biggest buy-in event of this year’s WSOP saw a field of close to 2 dozen participants, high rollers, and legends compete for the top prize.

The biggest buy-in of the summer kicked off with 56 entrants but only 8 were allowed to the final table. Each of the 8 online poker players battled it out for a piece of the prize pool worth an impressive $13,944,000. In the end, it was Alex Foxen that would emerge as the chip leader, as well as the winner of the top $4,563,700 prize.

This was Foxen’s first WSOP bracelet and a new career high. Before this win, the online poker pro had acquired just under $22 million in lifetime earnings. High previous career best was in 2018 during the Super High Roller Bowl where he walked away with 2,160,000 for a second-place finish.

Although this year’s WSOP was his career-best, this was not his first piece of WSOP hardware. In 2012, Foxen also won a WSOP Circuit Ring at Harrah’s New Orleans. During his first WSOP title, he won a much more modest $22,421. 

During this year’s title, Foxen credited his wife Kristen Bicknell as a major factor in his exemplary performance. His wife, Bicknell, is no stranger to the professional poker world. The Canadian is a well-known poker professional in North America who has 3 bracelet wins under her name.

The second-place position, on the other hand, was earned by Brandon Steven. Steven tried his best to outplay and outlast Foxen but his efforts came up short when Foxen bagged his first-ever bracelet. Even though Stevens was eliminated in second place, the good news is that the entrepreneur successfully doubled his lifetime poker winnings and walked away with a striking prize of $2,820,581.

Chris Hunichen was the third-place finisher with a career-best payout worth $1,931,718. Despite doing his best, the pro could not outmaneuver Brandon Steven and Alex Foxen. He did, however, manage the 3rd highest 7-figure score of his stellar professional poker career.

The final table was one of the most action-filled that the poker scene has seen this year. After Henrik Hecklen exited the tournament in 9th position on Friday, the 8 players would return on Saturday to compete live on the PokerGo broadcast. This year’s WSOP player of the Year and points leader Dan Zack would be the first to exist.

Phil Ivey, who many predicted would win, was the next one to bow out. In the end, Ivey would settle for the 7th place position in the points table and a cash prize of $597,381. Had Ivey won this tournament, he would have become the second player to ever win the elusive WSOP gold bracelet.

Ivey’s best WSOP performance took place in 2009 when the poker professional finished in 7th place in the Main Event. During this event, the professional cashed for $1,761,008 during WSOP that year, which has been his highest earnings to date. Going into the Super High Roller, Ivey had 5 cashed, 3 final table appearances, and $1,460,211.

In 2021, Ivey opted to sit out of WSOP and only took part in a few events. His last bracelet was in 2014, which meant that fans and poker lovers alike were eager to see him back in the series and dominating. Between 2000 and 2014, Ivey managed to rack up 10 bracelets so it will be interesting to observe his performance throughout the remainder of the poker season.

Other great poker players that took part in the final table include Martin Kabrhel, Sam Soverel, Davis Peters, Adrian Mateos, Crish Brewer, and Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen. Owing to all these great names taking part, this year’s WSOP certainly stood out from past iterations.

Final Thoughts

The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been one of the most highly anticipated poker tournaments. This year’s festivities will consist of 88 live games, many of which have already taken place, and 14 bracelet events held online. In 2021, WSOP was pushed back into the year to allow the pandemic health crisis to calm down.

But this year, fans were finally allowed back into the halls for the first time in months. This year, WSOP was held away from the original home of the series for the first time in 53 years. Rather than host the competition in the Binion, this year’s WSOP was held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel.

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