Pro poker's Daniel Negreanu closing in on World Series final

One of the biggest names in poker is just one day away from playing on the sport's biggest stage.

Daniel Negreanu, World Series of Poker
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Daniel Negreanu, World Series of Poker

Daniel Negreanu is one of 27 players left in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. A total of 6,420 players put up $10,000 each to fight for the first prize of $7.6 million.

After six days of play, three tables remain.

Negreanu is clearly the most famous player remaining, and maybe the best-known poker player, period. He is the winningest player in the sport's history, with more than $30 million in live (as opposed to online) cashes. His talkative nature has earned him fans—365,000 people follow his Twitter account (@RealKidPoker), as well as sponsors. He's backed by the world's biggest online poker site, PokerStars, which is owned by Amaya.

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He's scheduled this summer to be part of "The Let California Play! PokerStars Pro Tour," where he'll visit casinos in the state to push for approval of regulated online poker in California.

For now, however, there's a tournament to finish. Play resumes Tuesday at noon Las Vegas time and goes until nine players are left. Those players become the "November 9" as the tournament pauses until November, when ESPN will air the final table live.

It won't be easy

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Negreanu has his work cut out for him, however. Several talented poker pros remain in the running:

  • Max Steinberg is the only player left, other than Negreanu, who has won a World Series of Poker bracelet. But in recent months, he's put poker on the back burner to focus on daily fantasy sports. He actually won his entry into this tournament on DraftKings.
  • Fedor Holz is a German whiz kid, only 21 years old, but who already has a $1.3 million score under his belt from an online tournament last year.
  • The current chip leader is Thomas Kearney, who frequently streams himself playing online poker on Amazon's Twitch video-sharing site under the name Butterspoker.

All of the remaining competitors have locked up at least $262,000 each, but they all have their eyes on that $7.6 million, the gold bracelet and the title of Main Event Champion.