Fan favorite Negreanu doing well after Week 2 at WSOP

Fan favorite Negreanu doing well after Week 2 at WSOP

June 13, 2017 3:03 AM


Week 2 of the World Series of Poker featured some of the best poker players in the world cementing their place in poker history. The bright spotlight of the WSOP was focused on fan favorite Daniel Negreanu this week in his quest for his 7th gold bracelet.

Last Wednesday he finished second in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo/8 or Better event for $240,290. The week before Negreanu’s team placed third in the $10,000 Tag Team event.

Ever the optimist, Negreanu is sure to go deep in more events and maybe even win another bracelet – or two – in the series.

Another event that received much attention was the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship. John Racener beat 102 of the best players in the world for his first WSOP bracelet and the $273,962 first prize.

In a touching tribute to his late mother, the Florida poker pro took off his hoodie to reveal a t-shirt with the words “For Mom” written on it. People are always talking about number of bracelets and prize pool money at the World Series, but it is always refreshing to write about the human element of poker.

There were a couple of notable wins for Los Angeles’ poker pros. In just his second World Series of Poker cash, local cash-game specialist Anthony Marquez won the $1,500 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em for his first bracelet and $393,272.

According to, Marquez is a cash game pro who played $100/$200 limit games in L.A.-area casinos before those games dried up, and he started playing tournaments.

“Honestly, the games at Commerce dried up. I had no other option. I had to pick up a new game, start learning and get better,” Marquez said.

Nipun Java, another familiar face on the Los Angeles’ poker circuit, won his first ever gold bracelet in the $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em together with teammate Aditya Sushant. The closest Java came to winning a bracelet was in the 2015 WSOP when he finished second in the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six Handed.

In his post-win interview, Java said, “Poker is booming in India.” He hopes his team’s win is the start of his country’s success in poker. Java and Sushant are both Indian-born friends who met in the United States.

Java has nearly $2 million in tournament winnings along with a WSOP Circuit ring. He has success locally in Los Angeles, but this win catapulted him onto poker’s biggest stage.

Patricia Chavira is a freelance writer and social media consultant specializing in gaming. She has played poker professionally for over 10 years. Email: