Monday July 8,2013 : 2013 WSOP Event 59
In the $2,500 buy-in triple draw tournament scheduled as event 59, former Israeli army officer turned poker pro Eli Elezra (52) took the honours, his second WSOP bracelet and the $173,236 first-place prize in an exciting final heads up with Daniel Negreanu.
The speciality event attracted a registration list of 282 players, generating a prize pool of $641,550.
The field distilled to a final table of Elezra and Negreanu, along with Brian Brubaker, David Chiu, David Baker and Scott Seiver – five of the six players being WSOP bracelet holders. At that point Elexra was the low-stack man on the table.
Just after the dinner break Negreanu eliminated Brubaker in third for $70,743, setting the scene for a Negreanu vs. Elezra heads up, with Negreanu holding a chip lead of almost half a million.
Undeterred, Elezra played a skilled and disciplined game to break even with Negreau over the next ten hands, and then surged ahead over the five hands following that to take a 4 to 1 lead, leaving Negeanu to play catch-up.
Negreanu was unable to complete the task, and fifteen hands later it was all over and Negreanu – denied his sixth WSOP bracelet – headed off to collect his second placing prize of $107,055.