Negreanu Lives to See Another Day
Sam Barnhart is looking to be the first player in WSOP history to win both the Circuit National Championship and the Main Event, but it's still Daniel Negreanu everyone was watching on Day 4 of the 2011 WSOP Main Event.
Negreanu dropped to just 35k in chips at one point before doubling up several times and eventually chipping up to over 600k by the end of the day.
Barnhart currently sits second in chips after Day 4 while Manoj Viswanathan leads with over 2 million in chips.
A ton of big names remain in contention however.
Negreanu Survives Roller Coaster Day
Daniel Negreanu started Day 4 play with around 200k in chips and took a couple of huge hits to find himself with just 87k during hand-for-hand play at the money bubble.
During the bubble period, Negreanu found a double-up when his A-Q outpipped the A-10 of another player and Negreanu would cash.
After the bubble period, it looked like Daniel would have to settle for a min-cash when he took a huge beat when an opponent's K-J outflopped his A-K.
Negreanu was left with 35k and his Main Event appeared done.
As anyone that plays this game knows, sometimes you have to get lucky and Negreanu did so to double up.
After running As-3c into a set of fours on a board of Ks-5c-4s, Negreanu hit running spades to double up to 70k.
From that point, he steadily chipped up and got lucky again towards the end of the night.
He was all-in pre-flop with pocket queens against the pocket kings of another player.
Daniel then proceeded to flop a queen to take the lead and ultimately the hand.
That pot put him up to 605k on the evening and Negreanu finished Day 4 with 619,000.
Money Bubble Burst - Hellmuth Exits
The first order of business on Day 4 was to bust the money bubble.
With 852 players starting the day, it would be nearly two levels before the bubble burst.
During that time, Phil Hellmuth saw his run at his second Main Event title fall short.
He was all-in on a flop of Qc-Js-2s with pocket threes and Martin de Knijff made the call with Kc-Qh.
Hellmuth picked up a flush draw on the turn but failed to hit on the river.
Reza Kashani ended up being the 2011 WSOP Main Event bubble boy.
He fell to Joseph Cheong after Cheong flopped a set of queens and rivered quads.
Kashani did receive an entry into next year's Main Event, so he doesn't go home entirely empty handed.
Barnhart Makes Main Event Run
Prior to the start of the 2011 WSOP, Sam Barnhart became the first bracelet winner of 2011 when he won the WSOP Circuit National Championship.
From there, Barnhart had one small cash in the WSOP and apparently saved his best for the Main Event.
After starting the day at around 469k in chips, he found a huge double-up against Day 3 chip leader Patrick Poirier to move up to almost 1 million in chips.
From there, his chip count skyrocketed to put him in the chip lead for a while and to finish the day with 1.92 Million, good for second.
Viswanathan Leads Day 4 Survivors
When play was halted at the end of four levels, just 378 players remain.
Manoj Viswanathan moved up into the chip lead late in the day and became the first player of the 2011 WSOP Main Event to move over the 2 million chip mark.
He will return with 2.11 Million in chips as players return on Saturday to make their bid for the November Nine.
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