Daniel Negreanu wins WSOPE High Roller and secures the WSOP Player of the Year title
Daniel Negreanu has affirmed his position as one of the greatest tournament players of all time yesterday by winning the €25,600 WSOPE High Roller tournament. Negreanu banked €725,000, his sixth WSOP bracelet and – most importantly for Negreanu, who values his legacy in poker very highly – the coveted title of WSOP Player of the Year. Kid Poker now has $19.5m in total tournament winnings, and 2013 has been a banner year for the Canadian with outright wins in the WSOP APAC in January and this huge High Roller from Paris. Negreanu also becomes the first player to ever win the WSOP Player of the Year title in two separate years.
It was a very tough final table in this event, with some fearsome pros such as Erik Seidel, Scott Seiver and German phenom Philipp Gruissem joining Negreanu. Going into the start of play Negreanu knew that he needed an 8th place finish to secure WSOP POTY. Once that first hurdle was accomplished he sent out a triumphant tweet, ‘I DID IT!!! WSOP PLAYER OF THE YEAR FOR THE SECOND TIME!! AHHHH I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’ that showed how much the honour meant to him.
After a huge rush of cards Negreanu would later have much more to celebrate, knocking out Gruissem in third before quickly dispatching of satellite winner Nicolau Villa-Lobos heads-up to win it all. Negreanu’s Twitter once again told the story, ‘Thank you ALL for your support- I WON! I am on cloud right now and love each and every one of you. Even those of you who hate me haha :-)’.
Negreanu’s incredible achievements throughout his poker career were summed up best by fellow tournament superstar Jason Mercier when he tweeted, ‘Anyone who thinks @RealKidPoker isn’t one of the best poker players in the world is either ignorant, stupid, or blind. #NuffSaid #theGOAT‘.
A huge congratulations to Daniel Negreanu from all of us at PokerPlayer. We will have an exclusive interview with the man himself next week so keep checking back on PokerPlayer.co.uk for that.