07/05/13 11:56:41 PM PST
Congratulations to Eli Elezra, Event #59: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Champion ($173,236)
On this eve of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, one of the most stacked final tables of all of this summer's preliminary events has come to a conclusion, with Eli Elezra topping a tough field, a talented final table, and coming back against a formidable heads-up opponent in Daniel Negreanu to claim his second WSOP bracelet in Event #59: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.
It has been six years since Elezra won his first bracelet. He also beat out another of poker's best heads-up back in 2007 when he outlasted Scotty Nguyen for the title in the $3,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event. Having now become a multiple braclet winner, Elezra already has his sights on gathering more.
"I'm gonna try to get about five more… maybe catch Hellmuth, you know?" said Elezra while cracking his ever-present grin as he thanked the audience for their support of his win.
Today's final day saw just 10 players return from the starting field of 282, with six bracelet winners among them. After a short-stacked Mike Watson fell in 10th place early, three-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi (ninth), Alexander Condon (eighth), and Eric Wasserson (seventh) followed during the afternoon, setting up a six-handed final table at which five of the players had already won WSOP gold.
Three of those bracelet winners would fall first, as Scott Seiver (sixth), start-of-day-3 leader David "ODB" Baker (fifth), and David Chiu (fourth) all hit the rail prior to the dinner break. Negreanu had pushed into the lead by then, and after a short-stacked Brian Brubaker finally fell in third, it was five-time bracelet winner Negreanu versus Elezra with "Kid Poker" enjoying the advantage to start heads-up play.
But the 41 hands between the pair mostly went Elezra's way as he soon evened the score, then pushed ahead thanks in part to a big hand in which he made a wheel on the third draw. Soon all the chips were on Elezra's side of the table. Negreanu congratulated his friend with a handshake and hug before rushing off to join Event 61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, and Elezra was soon delivering his thanks to the crowd.
Lynn Gilmartin was on hand to speak with Elezra straight after his win:
And with that we thank you for following our coverage of Event #59. Be sure to return to PokerNews tomorrow as the summer's excitement continues with Day 1a of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event!
07/05/13 11:44:30 PM PST
Daniel Negreanu Eliminated in 2nd Place ($107,055)
Daniel Negreanu raised it up, and Eli Elezra folded his big blind. On the next hand, Negreanu got a walk.
Negreanu raised it up, and Elezra kicked his hand in. Elezra raised it up on the next hand, and Negreanu called. Negreanu drew three, and Elezra stood pat. Negreanu check called a bet from Elezra, and Negreanu drew two. Elezra bet dark again, and Negreanu folded this time around.
Elezra got a walk on the next hand. Elezra raised it up, and Negreanu folded. Negreanu raised it up, Elezra reraised, and Negreanu moved all in. Elezra drew one and Negreanu drew two. Elezra stood pat, and Negreanu drew one. Elezra stood pat again, and Negreanu drew one more.
Elezra had a made nine, and Negreanu was looking for a nine, five, or deuce. Elezra and Negreanu sweated it together, and Negreanu said "that's not good." Elezra then let out a big woot, as Negreanu showed a . Negreanu will earn just over $100,000 for his efforts, while Elezra claims his second WSOP gold bracelet.
07/05/13 11:34:13 PM PST
Elezra Makes a Wheel, Is Rolling
After Daniel Negreanu enjoyed another walk in the big blind, on the next hand he raised his button and Eli Elezra called. Both drew two on the first draw, Elezra bet, Negreanu raised, and Elezra called. They each then drew one card on the second draw and both checked afterwards.
On the third draw they each discarded one again, and this time Elezra bet, Negreanu raised, Elezra three-bet, and after pausing a moment Negreanu called. Elezra quickly tabled his hand — . He'd made a wheel, and Negreanu could only shake his head and muck.
Elezra won the next hand with a button raise, then got a walk, then won another with a button raise and suddenly Negreanu is down to less than 200,000.
|Eli Elezra||1,910,000||560,000 |
|Daniel Negreanu||190,000||-560,000 |07/05/13 11:27:07 PM PST
Elezra Wins A Couple More
Eli Elezra raised it up, and Daniel Negreanu kicked his hand in. Negreanu raised it up on the button, and Elezra called from the big blind. Elezra drew three cards, while Negreanu drew just one. Elezra check raised Negreanu, and he then stood pat, while Negreanu drew one. Elezra bet out, Negreanu called, and Elezra patted again. Negreanu drew one, Elezra bet dark, and Negreanu tank folded.
Negreanu got a walk in the next hand. Negreanu raised it up, Elezra called, then he drew two cards. Negreanu did the same, and both players checked. The same drawing action happened, and Elezra fired out this time. Negreanu folded, and Elezra took it down.
Negreanu got a walk in the next hand, and Elezra got the same treatment on the following hand.
07/05/13 11:22:55 PM PST
Negreanu Gets Some Back
The limits increased — to 30,000/60,000 — with Daniel Negreanu having slipped down below a half-million chips to start Level 26.
The first two hands of the level saw the pair give each other big blind walks. Then it was Negreanu raising from the button, Eli Elezra three-betting, and Negreanu calling. Elezra drew one and Negreanu two. Elezra then led with a bet, and when Negreanu raised, Elezra folded.
Elezra gave Negreanu another walk in the next hand, then on the next hand check-called a Negreanu button raise. Elezra then took three, one, and stood pat, while Negreanu drew two, one and stood pat.
Elezra check-called Negreanu's bet after the first draw, then led with bets after each of the next two and Negreanu called both times. Elezra tabled , but Negreanu had and won the pot.
|Eli Elezra||1,350,000||-320,000 |
|Daniel Negreanu||750,000||320,000 |07/05/13 11:15:39 PM PST
Level 26 started
|07/05/13 11:15:00 PM PST
Elezra Pulling Away
Daniel Negreanu raised it, and Eli Elezra folded his big blind. Elezra raised it up, and Negreanu called. Both players drew two cards, and Negreanu check called a bet. Negreanu drew two again, while Elezra stood pat. Negreanu checked, and Elezra fired out. Negreanu called, then drew one card. Elezra patted again, and both players checked. Elezra showed , which was good enough to win the hand.
Negreanu raised it up, and Elezra called. Both players drew two, and Elezra fired out. Negreanu called, and Elezra stood pat. Negreanu drew two, and Elezra bet out. Negreanu called, Elezra patted, and Negreanu asked for "one good one," as he drew one. Elezra bet one more time, and Negreanu raised it up. Elezra called, and he showed . Negreanu folded, and Elezra took down another one.
Elezra raised it up, and Negreanu three bet it. Elezra called, and Negreanu drew one. Elezra tossed two towards the dealer, and Negreanu bet out. Elezra called, and the same drawing action happened. Negreanu bet, Elezra called, and Negreanu stood bat. Elezra patted as well, and Negreanu checked. Elezra did the same, and he showed to win another hand.
|Eli Elezra||1,670,000||590,000 |
|Daniel Negreanu||430,000||-590,000 |07/05/13 11:13:04 PM PST
Updated Chip Counts
|Eli Elezra||1,080,000||80,000 |
|Daniel Negreanu||1,020,000||-80,000 |07/05/13 11:07:52 PM PST
Elezra Inches Ahead
On Hand #189 — the 12th of heads-up play — Eli Elezra raised, Negreanu three-bet, and Negreanu called. Both drew one card, with Negreanu exclaiming "What?!" at Elezra only needing one card.
They both checked down the next two rounds, drawing one card each time. Elezra then showed , and that was good enough to win the small pot and draw the match almost exactly even as each player had about 1.05 million.
Each took turns winning the next two hands with button raises. Elezra then got a walk.
The next hand saw Elezra raising, Negreanu calling, then Negreanu drawing three cards and Elezra two. Negreanu check-called an Elezra bet, then took three again while Elezra drew just one, and Negreanu check-called one more time.
On the third draw both stood pat, Negreanu checked, Elezra bet, and Negreanu folded.
07/05/13 11:01:10 PM PST
Elezra Draws Close to Even
Eli Elezra raised it up, and Daniel Negreanu gave up his big blind. On the next hand, Negreanu folded his small blind. Elezra raised it up, and Negreanu defended his big blind. Negreanu drew three, Elezra two, and both players checked. Negreanu patted, Elezra drew two, and Negreanu bet in the dark. Elezra folded, and Negreanu took down the pot.
Negreanu raised it up, and Elezra defended his big blind. Elezra drew two, as did Negreanu, then Elezra check called a bet from Negreanu. Both players drew one this time around, and both players checked. The same drawing action occurred, and Elezra check folded to a bet from Negreanu.
Negreanu got a walk on the next hand, and on the one after that, Negreanu raised it up. Elezra called, then drew two, as did Negreanu. Elezra check called a bet from Negreanu, and Elezra drew one. Negreanu patted, and he bet out again after Elezra checked. Elezra called again, and this time, he patted. Negreanu immediately laughed, and said "well that's bad news!" Negreanu then drew two, and Elezra checked. Negreanu checked as well, and Elezra showed .
|Daniel Negreanu||1,100,000||-10,000 |
|Eli Elezra||1,000,000||9,000 |07/05/13 10:55:32 PM PST
Elezra Closes Gap
The first four hands of heads-up play did not go to showdown.
First, Negreanu raised his button on the first hand and Elezra folded.
On the next hand it was Elezra raising his button and Negreanu calling. Both took two on the first draw, and Elezra called Negreanu's leading bet. Negreanu then took one and Elezra two, and when Negreanu check-raised Elezra the latter folded.
Negreanu then raised his button again and Elezra called. Both took two on the first draw, with Elezra check-calling a bet from Negreanu. Elezra then took one and Negreanu two again, and when Elezra bet, Negreanu folded.
Elezra then raised his button once more, then Negreanu called. Both took two cards, and Negreanu check-folded.
On the fifth hand between the pair Negreanu raised the button, Elezra three-bet, and Negreanu called. Elezra drew one card, then stood pat on the next two draws, while Negreanu drew two, then one, then one. Elezra bet after the first two draws and Negreanu called, and both checked on the end.
Elezra showed , and Negreanu mucked.
|Daniel Negreanu||1,110,000||-160,000 |
|Eli Elezra||991,000||160,000 |07/05/13 10:47:39 PM PST
Brian Brubaker Eliminated in 3rd Place ($70,743)
The big blind got a walk four hands in a row. On the fifth hand, Brian Brubaker raised from the small blind, and Daniel Negreanu three bet it. Brubaker made it four bets, Negreanu called, then Brubaker drew one. Negreanu drew two, then raised when Brubaker fired out. Brubaker moved all in, and Negreanu called it off. Brubaker drew one, as did Negreanu, and on the final draw, Brubaker drew one, as did Negreanu.
Negreanu had to draw first, and he got a great card: . Brubaker could only catch a seven for a wheel, but he got a to pair up. Brubaker survived many an all in today and yesterday, but his luck finally ran out, as he bowed out in 3rd.
|Daniel Negreanu||1,270,000||460,000 |
|Eli Elezra||831,000||-74,000 |
|Brian Brubaker||0||-395,000 |07/05/13 10:40:19 PM PST
Negreanu Working Nine-Five
On the first hand of this group, Daniel Negreanu raised from the button and Brian Brubaker called from the big blind. Both players took two cards on the first draw, and Brubaker check-called a bet from Negreanu. Both then took just one on the second draw, with Brubaker again check-calling Negreanu.
Both again drew one card on the third draw, and Brubaker checked once more. Negreanu set out chips to bet one last time, and Brubaker called him again.
"Nine-five," said Negreanu, fanning out his , and Brubaker mucked.
The next four hands didn't make it to the first draw. First, Negreanu enjoyed a walk in the big blind. Then it was Brubaker raising his button and claiming the blinds. After that Elezra and Brubaker took turns raising from the small blind and winning hands.
07/05/13 10:34:05 PM PST
Negreanu Takes One from Elezra
Eli Elezra got a walk in the big blind, and Brian Brubaker got the same in the next hand.
Elezra raised from the button, and Brubaker called from the small blind. Brubaker drew two, while Elezra stood pat. Brubaker check called a bet, and he drew just one this time. Brubacker checked again, Elezra bet, and Brubaker folded.
Daniel Negreanu raised from the small blind, and Elezra defended his big. Negreanu drew two, while Elezra drew one, and Negreanu check called a bet from Elezra. It was one this time for Negreanu, while Elezra stood pat. Negreanu check called once again, and he stood pat. Elezra thought it over for quite a while before ultimately deciding to break his hand, drawing one. Negreanu checked, as did Elezra. and Negreanu showed , which was good enough to take down the pot.
07/05/13 10:28:30 PM PST
Daniel Negreanu raised from the button and won the blinds. Then Brian Brubaker raised from the small blind and Negreanu let his hand go from the big blind.
On the next hand Brubaker raised from the button and got one caller in Negreanu playing from the small blind. Both took two on the first draw, Negreanu led with a bet, and Brubaker called. Negreanu took just one on the next draw while Brubaker took two, and again Negreanu bet and Brubaker called.
On the third draw, Negreanu stood pat while Brubaker discarded one. Negreanu bet one more time, and this time Brubaker folded.
The next one saw Elezra limp in from the small blind, then fold to a Brubaker raise. Then Negreanu got a walk.
|Eli Elezra||905,000||-35,000 |
|Daniel Negreanu||810,000||110,000 |
|Brian Brubaker||395,000||-105,000 |07/05/13 10:23:24 PM PST
Brubaker Wins Big Pot
Eli Elezra gets a walk in the big blind.
On the next hand, Daniel Negreanu raised from the button, and Eli Elezra called from the small blind. Brian Brubaker made it three bets, and both players called. Elezra drew two, Brubaker patted, and Negreanu drew three. Brubaker bet when it was checked to him, and Negreanu called. Elezra folded, and Brubaker patted again. Negreanu drew two, and Brubaker fired out. Negreanu called, Brubaker patted again, and Negreanu drew one. Brubaker checked, and Negreanu checked too. Brubaker showed , and he took down the huge pot.
Negreanu got a walk on the next hand, and Elezra got a walk the hand after.
|Eli Elezra||940,000||-80,000 |
|Daniel Negreanu||700,000||-185,000 |
|Brian Brubaker||500,000||260,000 |07/05/13 10:20:57 PM PST
Elezra Grabs Lead
On the first hand back from the dinner break, Eli Elezra raised from the button and won the blinds.
Brian Brubaker won the next two hands, the first starting with him raising his button and getting one caller in Elezra from the big blind. Both players drew two on the first round, and Elezra check-folded to a Brubaker bet. Brubaker got a walk on the next hand.
Then Elezra raised his button again and Negreanu called from the big blind. Both players drew two cards, Negreanu checked, Elezra bet, Negreanu raised, Elezra three-bet, Negreanu made it four to go, and Elezra called.
Both stood pat on the second draw. Negreanu then led with a bet and Elezra promptly raised. At that Negreanu tanked a bit, and let his hand go. Elezra showed his hand — (a number four) — and dragged the pot.
|Eli Elezra||1,020,000||189,000 |
|Daniel Negreanu||885,000||-182,000 |
|Brian Brubaker||240,000||22,000 |07/05/13 10:13:08 PM PST
Three Players, One Bracelet
The three remaining players are back in their seats — at the main feature table now — and Level 25 is underway with Daniel Negreanu gunning for his sixth WSOP bracelet, Eli Elezra for his second, and Brian Brubaker his first.
07/05/13 10:12:56 PM PST
Level 25 started
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The three remaining players our now taking a one-hour dinner break. When they return, they'll move over to the main stage — a.k.a. "the mothership" — to complete Event #59.