Eli Elezra is one iconic poker player that made several appearances at the popular TV show high-stakes poker, alongside other professionals. One of them was Daniel Negreanu and the two players get along very well, which explains the enthusiasm of bystanders for having the two of them competing in the heads-up. Both of them are well-versed in the art of playing Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball and were among the favorites at the beginning of event 59.
Elezra is no stranger to World Series of Poker and buys in at several events every year, but the last time he actually won the bracelet was in 2007. Back then he prevailed in the $3,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event against Scotty Nguyen. 10 players returned for the final day out of a total of 282 and there was no shortage of bracelet holders at the final table. One by one they fell and things really kicked off when only six were left, because this is the time when they put all precautions aside.
After the elimination of Mike Watson, Michael Mizrachi, Alexander Condon and Eric Wasserson, the field was reduced to six players, all of them famous for their ability of playing Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. Scott Seiver and David Baker have chased the elusive World Series of Poker bracelets throughout 2013, but none of them were meant to win it this year. Daniel Negreanu can certainly feel their pain as he came painfully close time after time but in the end he had to settle for a payout.
This time he was the underdog in terms of chip count but he was an opponent to be reckoned with and gave measure of his value during the heads-up. As Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball goes, 41 hands are not a lot at heads-up but due to the size of the blinds and the aggressive style of both players, this is what it took for Elezra to prevail. Daniel Negreanu was left chasing another WSOP bracelet and rushed off to buy in for event 61, which unfortunately he didn’t win or make the final table for what matters.