Some will say it was a really small field. And that point cannot be argued as only 87 players registered to play in the $10k No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event. But on the other hand, does it really matter when among those 87 are names like Jason Mercier, Brian Rast, Abe Mosseri, Barry Greenstein, and Phil Hellmuth?
It was a truly star-studded field and now it has withered down to seven final players who will be starting play shortly. One of those seven is Daniel Negreanu, who is not only chasing a bracelet, but is also aiming to win a bracelet bet. He will be in a good position to do so, as he is starting tonight third in chips with a stack of 426,000.
It will be no easy task, however, as the competition he will be facing is really tough. The chip leader to start the final table is Paul Volpe and he is the only one without a WSOP title to his name. Volpe had some problems with his stack when the field was down to 12 players, but after tweeting about needing some luck coming his way, things really started working out for him. He built up his stack to 783,000 and has a decent advantage over second place Jason Mercier.
Mercier is another name that needs no introduction and another big obstacle Negreanu would have to overcome if he is to win his bet tonight. He returns with 469,000 in chips after a tough night at the tables. Jason was vocal about his frustration when 12-handed play lasted for two full levels without a single elimination, but managed to avoid tilting and is coming back strong.
Sitting behind Negreanu in terms of chips is Rast with the stack of 398,000. Rast is the holder of two WSOP bracelets, one of them from the $50k Championship in 2011, and is also famous for his appearance on the final table of the Big One for One Drop tournament where he finished in sixth place. Without a doubt, he is a force to be reckoned with and he will not give up without one hell of a fight.
The other three places at this seven-handed final table are occupied by Larry Wright (203,000), John Monnette (169,000) and Abe Mosseri (162,000). Even if 2-7 is not really your game, this is a final table that everyone will enjoy watching for the lineup alone.
And those who took part in the bet will be biting their nails with every elimination. This is the closest ‘KidPoker’ has come to winning a bracelet during this year’s series, and should he win, it will be really interesting to see and hear his follow-up interview. All will be revealed in a couple of hours either way and tonight is going to be a very exciting night on the green felts of Rio.