Negreanu Soars, Ivey Drops, WCOOP Underway
A runner-up finish at EPT Barcelona pushed Daniel Negreanu to the top of the Global Poker Index POY race while poker's best-known pro dropped out the GPI 300.
Meanwhile, online poker's biggest tournament series kicked off this week.
Muhlocker Defeats Negreanu for EPT Barcelona High Roller Title
The EPT Barcelona €10,000 High Roller Event drew a solid field of 168 this past weekend. After a couple of days of play, the field was cut to eight and the final table was one of the toughest we have seen in a while.
Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel and 2013 November Niner David Benefield headlined a final table that included Ole Schemion, Joni Jouhkimainen and Richard Yong.
With six players remaining, Negreanu looked to be well on his way to the title after taking a commanding chip lead. By the time he reached heads-up with Austrian Thomas Muhlocker, he held a nearly 7-1 chip lead.
From this point, Daniel was completely coolered as he was on the short end of three big all-in pots. The first saw Negreanu run pocket fours into pocket aces, allowing Muhlocker to double-up.
The next time Muhlocker was all-in, Negreanu again had pocket fours and was behind to pocket nines. A short time later, Muhlocker had Negreanu all-in and dominated with Ac-Ks against Ah-Qs.
Negreanu picked up a straight draw on the flop but it failed to come through and Muhlocker was the champion. He took home €390,700 for his High Roller victory.
Negreanu took €263,800 for second but importantly took over the #1 spot on the Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings.
Phi Ivey Drops Out of GPI 300
There was very little significant movement at the top of the Global Poker Index 300 this past week with Jason Mercier and Marvin Rettenmaier retaining the top spots.
Steve O'Dwyer moved up six spots to third after finishing third at the EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller Event last week.
The biggest name to drop out of the top 300 this past week was nine-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey. Although he won his ninth bracelet at the WSOP Asia-Pacific earlier this year, Phil's recent results have been less than impressive.
WCOOP and Mini-FTOPS XXIII Underway
The World Championship of Online Poker is officially underway. Kicking off on Sunday, this year's series boasts 66 events covering every variant of poker spread on the website.
This year's WCOOP boast guarantees totaling $40 million, including an $8 million guarantee for the WCOOP Main Event.
Also kicking off on Sunday was Full Tilt Poker's Mini FTOPS XXIII series. This series features 39 different events with 1/10th the buy-in of normal events.
The Main Event of this series is a $75 NL re-entry event that kicks off on September 22nd with a $750,000 guarantee.