Daniel Negreanu, who started the third day of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Festa al Lago at the Bellagio in Las Vegas as the chip leader, was knocked out yesterday.

He began play with a significant chip lead, holding more than half a million chips, almost 50,000 more than second-placed Blake Cahail.

However, it started to go disastrously wrong when Ryan Fair doubled up against him, taking 362,000 chips in one hand.

The flop had revealed A-K-7 and Negreanu looked to be dominating his opponent with A-K until Fair tabled pocket sevens.

Left with only 98,000 in front of him, Negreanu was soon eliminated in the same hand as Ted Lawson.

In a bizarre twist, Negreanu and Lawson became the first players to bust out and cash, but it was later revealed that Jennifer Tilly also went out at the same time, prompting a three-way split of the money.

Jennifer Tilly has yet to win a WPT title, although she has got a World Series of Poker bracelet to her name after winning the ladies no-limit hold'em event in 2005.