With all due respect to the three other final tables playing down to World Series of Poker champions in the Brasilia Room today, the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship was the highest profile event playing to a winner. Under the lights of the feature table and streaming live on PokerGO, Abe Mosseri and Daniel Negreanu returned to finish what they started a night before, when they were locked in a lengthy three-handed duel with Yarron Bendor.
Bendor took bronze last night but today’s action was significantly quicker. Both Mosseri and Negreanu returned short and after three hands, Mosseri had claimed the $391,313 prize and his second-career bracelet, leaving Negreanu to settle for his second podium finish of 2017.
“It was absolutely grueling. I think we played for six hours with high blinds, going back and forth.” Mosseri said when asked about yesterday’s three-handed battle, before adding that today was much different.
“I just pounded him, I guess.” Mosseri said of his three-handed Day 4 session. “When you are playing such big blinds, you have to play every hand and the cards broke my way today.”
Mosseri also credited his opponent, who was going for a seventh-career bracelet, saying, “It is always great to beat a great player.”
Daniel Negreanu is a great player and is off to the best WSOP start of his career. Negreanu finished 3rd in the $10,000 Tag Team Championship last week and now has a silver medal to add to his summer haul. It remains to be seen if Mosseri will look to really add to his over the next few weeks, as he joked, “I’m going back to Bobby’s Room right now.” after winning the title.
While there is currently action in Bobby’s Room, a lack thereof is why Mosseri even jumped into the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship in the first place. Mosseri said if there was a good game in Bobby’s Room at the start of this event, he likely wouldn’t have played but that doesn’t mean that Mosseri doesn’t like tournaments or the chance to compete for WSOP bracelets.
“I’ll tell you the truth. I love being at final tables but I hate the grind of early tournaments, which is why I only play seven or eight a year.” Mosseri joked, before later adding, on a more serious note, “Bracelets definitely matter to me. I want to win as many as I can and I would probably play more if it didn’t take a 40-hour session to win a bracelet.”
While the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship may have spanned something close to 40 hours, today only took three hands and when the dust settled, Abe Mosseri was front and center with his second-career bracelet and his first since 2009.
On the other side of the coin, Daniel Negreanu was in positive spirits after his heads-up loss. Negreanu told PokerNews, “Having a week like this really sets me up for a good run at the WSOP Player of the Year. I feel primed and ready to go.”
Poker Central will be tracking Daniel Negreanu, his quest for POY and the entire World Series of Poker throughout the summer and WSOP final table streams will be exclusively available on PokerGO. That exclusive streaming schedule continues today, with Day 1 of the $10,000 Heads Up Championship beginning at 3:30 PM PT.