Mosseri was at a 2-to-1 chip disadvantage when he and Negreanu met heads-up. Kid Poker was hoping to capture his seventh-career gold bracelet. But these dreams ended quickly as Mosseri needed just four hands to come from behind and beat Negreanu.
Mosseri’s first bracelet came in 2009, when he won the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball event along with $165,521.
“With the big blinds so big, everyone has to play every hand, and whoever gets good cards is going to win,” said Mosseri. “The cards broke my way today. There was a lot more back and forth stuff going on yesterday, but today I just pounded him [Negreanu].”
The Event #9 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship drew 155 players, which created a prize pool worth $1,447,600. Those who shared in the money include Fabrice Soulier (4th, $118,340), Anthony Zinno (7th, $47,975), Mike Matusow (8th, $37,120), David Baker (14th, $19,790), and Max Pescatori (15th, $19,790).
The tourney ground to a halt during three-handed play. It took five and a half hours before Yarron Bendor was knocked out in third. This is why it felt so strange that the heads-up match between Mosseri and Negreanu only took four hands.
After his second-place effort, Negreanu spoke on how his physical conditioning has allowed him to maintain focus through some grueling tournament runs.
“I think there have been eight nights so far this WSOP and I’ve bagged chips on seven nights out of eight,” Negreanu said. “That’s what I signed up for, and that’s why I got in good physical shape before the WSOP so that I could handle the fatigue. 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!”
2017 WSOP $10k Omaha 8’s or Better Championship Final Table
1. Abe Mosseri – $391,313
2. Daniel Negreanu – $241,851
3. Yarron Bendor – $166,895
4. Fabrice Soulier – $118,340
5. Ilya Dyment – $85,702
6. Ray Dehkharghani – $63,419
7. Anthony Zinno – $47,975
8. Mike Matusow – $37,120
9. John Monnette – $29,391