All Eyes on Daniel Negreanu as Final 27 return for WSOP Main Event Day 7

After six long, grueling days, the 2015 WSOP Main Event has delivered the fatal blow to 6,393 of the total 6,420 field of entrants. Of the mere 27 that remain, all eyes are on Daniel Negreanu. The 40 year old Canadian poker pro has accomplished many things in the poker world – far more than most can ever dream of – but the WSOP Main Event Championship has perpetually eluded him.

Daniel Negreanu in Final 27 at 2015 WSOP Main EventHe learned to play poker at 15 and by 22 he was packing his bags, leaving Toronto for the brilliant lights of Las Vegas to ‘live the dream’. Success wasn’t instant, but in 1997 the live tournament scene welcomed him with open arms. He cashed in 6 events, three being 1st place finishes, and collected over $75k that year. It was all uphill from there.

Daniel Negreanu has since become one of the most decorated poker pros in the world, earning the nickname ‘Kid Poker’. He’s captured a total of 6 WSOP bracelets and 2 WPT Titles. He has already been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, tying David ‘Chip’ Reese as the youngest inductee at age 40. He’s been named CardPlayer’s Player of the Year twice, and is ranked #1 on the Poker All Time Money List with $30,095,734 in live tournament cashes.

With so many accolades, it may surprisesome to learn that, despite a multitude of attempts, Daniel Negreanu has never even cashed in the WSOP Main Event. Twice he’s landed in the bubble of the WSOP Europe Main Event, finishing 43rd in 2012 and 25th in 2013, but the ultimate prize of all – the WSOP Main Event Championship – is now just 26 eliminations from his grasp.

Final 27 of 2015 WSOP Main Event, Daniel Negreanu in 9th

As the final 27 players wait to be seated at the last three tables just a few hours from now, Daniel Negreanu holds the 9th highest chip stack of 8,495,000. The leader going into Day 7 is Thomas Kearney (14,400,000), followed closely by Matt Guan (14,230,000) and Erasmus Morfe (12,085,000), all of American descent.

As Day 6 came to a close, Daniel Negreanu told CardPlayer TV how he felt about his position in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, guaranteed to earn his first cash and, hope upon hope, a Championship bracelet.

“There is one event in the world that everybody pays attention to, even if they’re not into poker, and this is the one!” said Kid Poker. “So making a deep run here is extra special. Winning is like that feather in the cap that we all want before we die, and this is a great opportunity. I’m going to seize the moment.”

Notable Eliminations from Day 6 of the 2015 WSOP Main Event

Yesterday’s action saw some remarkable players heading for the rails.

Bracelet winner Justin Bonomo found his chip stack running dry in 64th, worth a $96,445 payday. 2x EPT titlist Toby Lewis ran aground in 53rd for $137,300, followed by 2010 WSOP Main Event  final tablist Matt Jarvis in 51st for the same $137,300 cash.

Brian Hastings, who’s already snagged two bracelets this year (3 in all), was ousted in 49th place for $137,300 as well. Bracelet holder Steve Gross fell in 47th, also for $137,300, trailed by online poker pro Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon in 43rd for $164,086.

One of the last to exit the arena last night was Kelly Minkin, who collected $211,811 for finishing 29th and earned the esteemed title of last woman standing in the 2015 WSOP Main Event.

Final 27 of 2015 WSOP Main Event

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Thomas Kearney 14,400,000
2 Matt Guan 14,230,000
3 Erasmus Morfe 12,085,000
4 Joe McKeehen 11,975,000
5 Mario Sequeira 11,685,000
6 David Stefanski 11,485,000
7 Alexander Turyansky 10,785,000
8 Zvi Stern 9,940,000
9 Daniel Negreanu 8,495,000
10 Justin Schwartz 7,510,000
11 Patrick Chan 7,400,000
12 Anton Morgenstern 6,955,000
13 Thomas Cannuli 6,220,000
14 John Allan Hinds 6,210,000
15 Pierre Neuville 6,000,000
16 Chad Power 5,300,000
17 Blake Bohn 5,000,000
18 Federico Butteroni 4,980,000
19 Fedor Holz 4,645,000
20 Neil Blumenfield 4,315,000
21 Christoph Brand 4,120,000
22 Joshua Beckley 3,745,000
23 James Magner 3,500,000
24 Max Steinberg 3,290,000
25 Kilian Kramer 3,175,000
26 George McDonald 2,875,000
27 David Peters 2,100,000