Event #13 at the World Series of Poker would commonly not be one who got as much attention as this one did. The reason why? Because Daniel Negreanu, who has a bracelet bet together with Phil Ivey where other players can bet against them winning a bracelet at even odds up to $1 million, had hit the final table in the tournament.
So not only did the final table have a massive rail due to the one of the most popular poker players ever being on the final table, it also had it due to the bet and people wanting to see if Ivey and Negreanu could close the bet as winners after 13 events.
But despite his good efforts, Negreanu didn't manage to win as Paul Volpe played some solid No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball poker and ran away with the title, the bracelet and the first prize of $253,524. The final hand came after 205 hands of play at the final table, where a short stacked Negreanu got forced to call an all-in in big blind.
Volpe flipped over his card which showed a , thus making his Jack-Ten. Negreanu needed to hit a to still be in the tournament and after a small cliff-hanger he turned around a and saw himself eliminated in second place for $156,674. While Negreanu is without a doubt disappointed about not winning the tournament, he is probably even more disappointed that he couldn't close the bracelet bet already.
In total the final day of play took a little over four hours to complete and saw Volpe win his first bracelet. All other players at the final table had at least one bracelet on their records, so nothing less than an amazing victory for the player. You can see the final table payouts below:
1st: Paul Volpe - $253,524
2nd: Daniel Negreanu - $156,674
3rd: Jason Mercier - $99,313
4th: Brian Rast - $67,264
5th: Larry Wright - $47,792
6th: John Monnette - $35,549
7th: Abe Mosseri - $27,633
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