High profile poker pro Daniel Negreanu was denied his seventh World Series of Poker bracelet Thursday as events 12 and 13 concluded at the Rio in Las Vgeas.
Event 12, a $1,500 buy-in Pot Limit Hold’Em contest which attracted an entry field of 557 and generated a prize pool of $751,950, was won by Greg Kolo, who never really relinquished his final table chip lead with an impressive display of skill throughout the match.
His heads up against Kazu Oshima lasted a mere six hands before he dispatched Oshima to the cashier for a pay-day of $104,513.
Kolo claimed his first WSOP bracelet and the main prize of $169,225.
Negreanu faced Paul Volpe and a formidable final table in event 13, a $10,000 buy-in No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball championship competition in which 87 players fought for a share in the $817,800 prize pool.
Seated around the final table with Negreanu and Volpe were Abe Mosseri, Larry Wright, John Monnette, Jason Mercier and Brian Rast – an intimidating collection of talent and experience to say the least.
Going into the heads up, Volpe held the lead but Negreanu fought fiercely, buoyed by an ambition to add a seventh bracelet to his display cabinet. It was not enough, however, and after 85 hands it was Volpe who claimed victory, his first bracelet and the main prize of $253,524, leaving a disappointed Negreanu with the runner-up prize of $156,674.)