WSOP review: Hennigan beats Negreanu in Stud; Cheong & Bojang win bracelets


John Hennigan beats Daniel Negreanu, heads-up, to win the $10,000 Stud Championship, and Joseph Cheong and Ismael Bojang win maiden bracelets in No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha.

wsop-review-hennigan-beats-negreanu-in-stud-cheong-bojang-win-braceletsWhen it came to the penning of the history books in 2019 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), it was far from a blank page heads-up affair, with five-time bracelet winner, John Hennigan taking on the six-time bracelet Daniel Negreanu—The World versus The Kid.

The World won.

Hennigan’s heads-up victory over Negreanu sees him join the Canadian, Chris Ferguson, Jeff Lisandro, Ted Forrest, TJ Cloutier, Layne Flack and Jay Heimowitz in the six-bracelet club. It also swells his all-time live tournament money earned counter to the $8.4m mark.

It was Hennigan’s 11th live tournament win.

Here are his past five bracelet winning performances.

2002: beats 156-entrants to win $117,320 in $2,000 H.O.R.S.E
2004: beats 213-entrants to win $325,360 in $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em
2014: beats 102-entrants to win $1,517,767 in $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship
2016: beats 125-entrants to win $320,103 in $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
2018: beats 166-entrants to win $414,692 in $10,000 HORSE

Negreanu was making his second final table of the summer, after finishing sixth in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty event, and his defeat means he has lost his last eight heads-up matches since securing his second WSOP Player of the Year title, after winning a €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller in France back in 2013.

The Canadian superstar has also lost nine times when heads-up for a bracelet, and you have to be made of stern stuff to keep going after a helicopter blade in the face run of that magnitude.

Negreanu’s near-misses

2017: lost to Abe Mosseri in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Championship
2014: lost to Daniel Colman in the $1m Big One for One Drop
2014: lost to Paul Volpe in the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball
2013: lost to Eli Elezra in the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
2009: lost to Barry Shulman in the 2009 WSOPE Main Event
2009: lost to Brock Parker in the $2,500 Limit Hold’em Six-Handed
2003: lost to Phil Hellmuth in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em
2002: lost to Mike Matusow in the $5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Split

Final table results

1. John Hennigan – $245,451
2. Daniel Negreanu – $151,700
3. David “ODB” Baker – $104,416
4. Mikhail Semin – $73,810
5. David Singer – $53,621
6. Chris Tryba – $40,066
7. Frank Kassela – $30,817
8. Frankie O’Dell – $24,419

Three other stars who burrowed deeper than a mole on steroids in this one were bracelet winners Michael Mizrachi (9th), Paul Volpe (11th), and Scott Seiver (12th).

Joseph Cheong wins $1,000 Double-Stack No-Limit Hold’em

Another player who has experienced plenty of WSOP heartache is Joseph Cheong after finishing runner-up in 2012, 2013 and 2014—following his third-place finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event.

That run ended in the 6,214-entrant $1,000 Double-Stack No-Limit Hold’em with Cheong beating David Ivers, heads-up, to claim his first bracelet.

The win was coming.

Cheong, who told PokerNews that the win was “another day at work,” finished 26th in the 2018 Number of Cashes Charts on The Hendon Mob, and it was his 16th career cash, the third of this year.

Final table results

1. Joseph Cheong – $687,782
2. David Ivers – $424,791
3. Zinan Xu – $314,875
4. Andrea Buonocore – $235,099
5. Arianna Son – $176,820
6. Ido Ashkenazi – $133,970
7. David Guay – $102,258
8. Ivan Deyra – $78,638
9. Brock Wilson – $60,930

Three other rockets who poured gasoline on their wicks and lit them in this one include bracelet winners Jack Sinclair (27th), Timur Margolin (50th) and Ari Engel (53rd).

Ismael Bojang wins Event #40: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 

Joining Cheong in the maiden bracelet club is Ismael Bojang. The German star defeated a 1,216-entrant field to win Event #40: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha. It was his tenth cash of the series, his 75th overall, and his final event of the summer.

It’s only Bojang’s fourth live tournament win, and his first in three years since winning the 775-entrant €1,100 Italian Poker Tour (IPT) Main Event in Malta for €101,940.

The former WPT Player of the Year, Ben Zamani, finished third.

Final table results

1. Ismael Bojang – $298,507
2. James Little – $184,424
3. Ben Zamani – $131,335
4. Johannes Toebbe – $94,669
5. Denis Bagdasarov – $69,082
6. Mihai Niste – $51,041
7. Richard Tuhrim – $38,189
8. Glen Cressman – $28,940
9. Matthew Mueller – $22,215

Three players who went so deep in this one they developed nose bleeds were bracelet winner, Norbert Szécsi (10th), and former European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event Champions Anton Wigg (17th) and Robin Ylitalo (25th).