A lot was at stake for Mr. Daniel Negreanu on the final table of the Event #13: No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball, given that he could win his 7th gold bracelet but also because he and Phil Ivey have accepted large bets on whether they will win a bracelet this summer. And to make things extra exciting, Negreanu made it to heads-up against Paul Volpe after a few hours of play...
Paul Volpe maintainted his chip advantage very well as he never let Negreanu surpass 1 million chips during the heads up. The fact is that the Canadian Team PokerStars Pro struggeled from start to finish. This is how the last heads-up hand (they played 85 hands in total) was played out:
Hand #205: Volpe moved all in from the button. Negreanu said, "I have four good ones". A few seconds later he announced, "I'll call."
Volpe then immediately showed a 3x, making his jack-ten. Negreanu fans shouted for low cards.
"It's paint," Negreanu said, throwing a Qx on the table. Negreanu had been eliminated in 2nd place and received $156,674.
Paul Volpe, the only player without a bracelet on the final table, received a gold coveted WSOP bracelet and $253,524 for the victory. This is what he told WSOP after the victory.
"It feels amazing to get my first bracelet, especially in the $10K Deuce-to-Seven (event), which is one of the toughest events of the summer. I was confident I was going to win. I felt like I was going to win. It was a super-tough table. It was unbelievable getting heads-up against Daniel. If I have to pick one person to beat for my bracelet, it would be him."
"I think he wants to win so bad - he plays amazing, I'm not saying he doesn't - but as we were getting deeper and deeper he could have been hesitant to put all the chips in. He really wanted to get heads up and go from there. So, I took advantage of that and put a lot of pressure back on him."
Final table results:
1st: Paul Volpe - $253,524
2nd: Daniel Negreanu - $156,674
3rd: Jason Mercier- $99,313
4th: Brian Rast - $67,264
5th: Larry Wright - $47,792
6th: John Monnette - $35,549
7th: Abe Mosseri - $27,633