All-Time Money Winner Negreanu Is 9th at World Series of Poker

Daniel Negreanu
Poker professional Daniel Negreanu in February 19, 2010. Photographer: Michael Kovac/FilmMagic via Getty Images
  • WSOP's $10,000 buy-in main event began with 6,420 entrants
  • Kelly Minkin was last female to exit, winning $211,821

Daniel Negreanu, poker’s all-time tournament money leader, is in ninth place of the 27 remaining players in the World Series of Poker’s $10,000 buy-in main event.

With 14.4 million chips, Thomas Kearney of Las Vegas leads the no-limit Texas hold’em world championship, which began July 5 with 6,420 entrants. Negreanu, 40, has 8.5 million chips. The tournament will play down to a final table of nine on Tuesday and then break until November.

The main event is the last of 68 at the WSOP, which is held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. With a prize pool of more than $60 million, the tournament’s winner will earn $7.68 million. Everyone who makes the final table will win at least $1 million.

Negreanu, who has six gold bracelets for winning WSOP events, has earned more than $30 million in poker tournaments to lead the all-time ranking, according to the Hendon Mob poker database. Kearney has $77,865 in career winnings.

“My intention for day 6 of WSOP main event is to increase focus and intensity 10% and trust myself fully, ending the day with 16 million,” Negreanu said on Twitter before Monday’s play.

While he failed to reach that goal, he put himself in position to improve upon his previous best main-event effort, having finished 11th in 2001.

A Toronto native who lives in Las Vegas, Negreanu and fellow competitors have played about 59 hours of poker so far. Eighteen of the remaining are from the U.S., with four from Germany, and one each from Belgium, Israel, Italy and Scotland.

There are no women remaining in the main event, as Kelly Minkin became the last to exit, winning $211,821 for her 29th-place finish. Barbara Enright was the most recent female to reach the final nine, finishing fifth in 1995.

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