Daniel Negreanu eliminated by Kevin Pollak
LAS VEGAS -- In Level 21, Daniel Negreanu and Sorel Mizzi doubled up to competitive levels. In Level 22, both were sent home.
Negreanu's Level 22 began badly and ended worse. After losing a few pots and facing rising blinds and antes, Negreanu moved all-in for his last 250,000 in chips. Kevin Pollak analyzed the situation and finally called with A-Q to have Negreanu's K-Q dominated. The board ran clean for the actor and he eliminated one of the biggest stars of the game. Pollak was visibly emotional after knocking out the man he called his poker idol, and he asked Negreanu afterward if he thought there was any chance he could fold in that spot. Negreanu said no, gave Pollak a reassuring handshake and exited to massive applause and an announcement in the Amazon Room. For the second year in a row, Negreanu's elimination came on Day 5. He finished 211th in 2011 and 160th in 2012. He earned $52,718.
Mizzi's stack was depleted almost immediately after the double up. For his last 300,000, he moved all-in with A-Q and raced against Wilfried Haerig for his tournament life. Mizzi couldn't catch up and followed up last year's 95th-place main event finish with 151st in 2012.
Matt Marafioti, Chance Kornuth and poker legend Perry Green were also eliminated during the last level. This was Green's first main event cash since 1995.
Kyle Keranen has run extremely well during Level 22 and his aggressive play was complimented by some incredibly lucky cards to become the chip leader heading into the dinner break. Keranen's five-bet all-in with Q-9 was called by Luke Brereton's J-J. Keranen flopped a queen to win the hand and build his stack to more than 3 million in chips. Just a few hands later, more of Keranen's chips were back in the center, but this time, they went in after the flop of 10-8-2. As the cards in the 2 million-chip pot were turned up, Keranen showed 10-8 and was well ahead of Nicholas Abourisk's pocket nines. An innocuous turn and river later, Keranen became the first player with more than five million in chips. Robert Salaburu was the second player to earn that honor.
Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann are two of the remaining five women in the field and are third and fourth, respectively.
Level 23 began after dinner with blinds 12,000/24,000 with a 3,000 ante.
The top 10:
1. Kyle Keranen (5.66 million in chips)
2. Robert Salaburu (5.40 million)
3. Elisabeth Hille (4.07 million)
4. Gaelle Baumann (4.03 million)
5. Joseph Cheong (4.03 million)
6. Charles Coultas (3.92 million)
7. Erik Hellman (3.91 million)
8. Paul Volpe (3.86 million)
9. David Kluchman (3.43 million)
10. Jesse Sylvia (3.30 million)