Pros Dominating 2017 WSOP So Far But Negreanu Left Wanting
Several big names have taken down titles but one of them is not Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu is struggling in his pre-ordained quest to win 3 bracelets and take 2017 WSOP Player of the Year.
Mike Matusow has proclaimed “I’m Back!” following a first half that’s included 3 final-table appearances. And David Bach is the first person this year to win two WSOP bracelets.
Daniel Negreanu Falling Short on Bracelet Quest
One of the big stories heading into the summer was Daniel Negreanu’s self-proclaimed quest to win three WSOP bracelets and the WSOP Player of the Year title.
While many didn’t really expect him to win three bracelets this summer, we figured he would win at least one. So far Negreanu has played well, but the bracelets have been elusive.
Negreanu started the summer strong by making the final table of the $10k Tag Team Event. He ultimately finished in 3rd place with his team of Eric Wasserson, Mark Gregorich and David Benyamine.
A few days later Negreanu found himself at the final table again, this time in the $10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. Negreanu managed to make it heads-up in this one but he never held the chip lead and ultimately fell to Abe Mosseri.
His third final table came in the $10k HORSE Event. This time he was out fairly quick, finishing in 6th place.
There’s still plenty of time for Negreanu to add to his six bracelet victories, though. At the time of this writing he's the chip leader deep in the $10k Limit Hold’em Event.
Considering that he has two bracelets in this variant of poker, he may well be on his way to his 7th gold bracelet after all.
Mike Matusow Says “He’s Back!”
Anyone that’s followed poker over the last decade knows the name Mike Matusow, but he’s been largely a non-factor in poker the last couple of years. Heading into the 2017 WSOP some people were claiming, even, that he is a “has been” and no longer relevant.
Matusow has been proving his critics wrong this summer by making three WSOP final tables.
His first final was in the $10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship where he finished 8th for $37,120. A few days later he made the final table in the $10k Dealer’s Choice Event, finishing in 5th.
On Monday Matusow made his 3rd final table of the summer and finished 6th in the $10k 2-7 Lowball Championship.
Matusow took to Twitter proclaiming that “He’s Back!” following a two-year period of illness.
So far in 2017 Matusow has four cashes and all are final-table appearances. He finished runner-up to Phil Hellmuth in the Omaha 8/ Stud 8 Event at the L.A. Poker Classic back in February for his first final table appearance since 2013.
Matusow presently has $9.2 million in live poker tournament earnings.
2017 WSOP the Year of the Pro
Perhaps more so than any other year in recent memory the 2017 WSOP is turning out to be the “Year of the Pro." Over a third of the events have been taken down by repeat winners or pros breaking through for their first victory.
Among pros that have added to their bracelet totals are John Monnette, who won his third bracelet in the $10k 2-7 Lowball Event, David Singer, who won the $1,500 HORSE for his 2nd title, and David “The Dragon” Pham, who won a $1,500 NL Event.
Doug Polk proved the naysayers wrong by winning the $111,111 One Drop High Roller for his third bracelet and $3.6 million.
Among the pros that broke through for their first career bracelet are 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener and online poker’s all-time tournament earnings leader Chris Moorman.
Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov also won their first bracelets this summer after taking down the $10k Tag Team Event. And the talented Aussie pro James Obst staged a remarkable comeback in the $10k Razz for his first career title.
David Bach Scores Pair of Bracelet Victories
David Bach has become a three-time WSOP bracelet winner after winning a pair of bracelets this summer. Bach took down the first of two bracelets during the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice Event, besting a field of 364 to earn his second career bracelet and $119,399.
He defeated a solid final table including mixed game specialists Chip Jett, Brandon Cantu and Kevin Iacofano.
A week later Bach earned his second bracelet of the summer and his third overall in the $10k HORSE Championship.
This event drew an elite field of 150 players and he survived a superstar final table that included Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Don Zewin and Eric Rodawig en route to the title.
With his two bracelet victories Bach moves up to $3.19 million in earnings at WSOP events.