After a humbling Poker Masters that saw him lay down the gauntlet and lose a series of side bets, Daniel Negreanu said he needed to rededicate himself to learning his craft as the top players were "just too good."
It appears any time spent in the lab may have done him some good, as he made it to heads-up play in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100,000 Super High Roller. However, Dan Smithforced "Kid Poker" to settle for second place and $936,000 while Smith claimed $1,404,000 for first.
It's the third-biggest career cash for Smith, who now has over $19 million in earnings, and an impressive third title in an event with a $100K buy-in.
The only $100K event in a schedule packed with high rollers drew 39 entries and paid out six places. The closest thing to live reporting for the event came via the Twitter account of Negreanu, and he said Bryn Kenney was the first player to bust in the money when he lost a flip with sixes to the ace-queen of Stefan Schillhabel.
Negreanu then doubled through Isaac Haxton in a cooler spot where Haxton flopped aces up and Negreanu a set of fives. That gave Negreanu and Smith the top two stacks five-handed.
A short-stacked Sergio Aido fell to Smith in fifth, and Haxton sent his remaining chips to Negreanu with against .