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Daniel Negreanu Falls Short of History in Vienna

By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Staff Writer

EPT Vienna Winner EilerTeam PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu was looking to re-write the history books on Sunday. With a win at the EPT Vienna Main Event he would take over first place on the all-time tournament money list. A win would also have given him the triple crown of poker which includes a WSOP bracelet, a WPT victory and an EPT victory. Only two players have won the triple crown including Gavin Griffin and Roland de Wolfe.

Negreanu entered the final table with the chip lead and nearly 33% of the total chips in play. The first few levels of the day saw Negreanu slowly creep back to the field. He was able to regain a healthy chip lead when they were reduced to five handed when the big pot of the tournament took place. From the PokerStars blog:

This hand was extraordinary. Luca Cainelli opened to 290,000 from the hijack and was called by Negreanu in the cut-off. Martin Hruby came along for the ride on the button.
The 8♥5♥K♠ flop was good enough for Cainelli to c-bet a large 725,000. Negreanu made the call and remarkably so did Hruby. This had already grown into a huge pot but the 9♠ turn would transform everything; the hand, the tournament and the fortunes of all three players.

Cainelli now moved all-in for 1,575,000 and Negreanu quickly moved all-in behind him. Hruby looked a little shocked but called all-in himself behind them.

Cainelli: A♠A♦ for an over pair
Negreanu: K♦9♦ for top two pair
Hruby: 6♦7♣ for the straight

Only a nine would have seen all three players get all their money there and then. With the whole room watching, either by the stage or on the screen in the press room, the 5♣ fell on the river. It gave Cainelli a bigger two-pair, but Hruby's straight held to pump him up to 10,795,000 - a colossal chip lead. Cainelli is out. Negreanu is now down to 2,600,000.

After the hand Negreanu was 2nd in chips but it appeared that he lost interest in the tournament shoving several hands and finally busting in 4th place. Negreanu had some choice words for his fellow Team PokerStars Pro Martin Hruby after his elimination. He accused Hruby of slow-rolling on the hand in question. In watching the live feed it appeared that Hruby didn't immediately turn his hand over.

Hruby was unable to hold on to the lead and eventually lost the heads-up battle to 20 year-old German Michael Eiler. Eiler was certainly the most aggressive player over the final two days of the tournament. His play was rewarded with €700,000. The final table finishes and payouts were as follows:

1st - Michael Eiler, Germany, €700,000
2nd - Martin Hruby, Czech Republic, €470,000
3rd - Konstantinos Nanos, Greece, €265,000
4th - Daniel Negreanu, Canada, €175,000
5th - Luca Cainelli, Italy, €140,000
6th - Andreas Wiese, Germany, €105,000
7th - Matthias Lotze, Germany, €76,000
8th - Bruno Launais, France, €60,000

What did you think of Negreanu's actions after his elimination? Join the discussion below and let us know what you think.

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