Vegas - Daniel Negreanu has won the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year title. The Poker Hall of Famer clinched the crown on Monday when Shaun Deeb was eliminated from the Colossus No-Limit Hold’em event at WSOP Europe in 11th place. This marks the third time Negreanu has been crowned WSOP Player of the Year. He previously claimed the honor in 2004 and 2013. Deeb fell just short of nabbing back-to-back titles, having won POY in 2018.
Daniel Negreanu entered WSOP Europe in the third spot in the WSOP Player of the Year race, behind Campbell and Deeb. He cashed six times at WSOP Europe prior to the Colossus event to jump into the lead. He sold pieces of his WSOP Europe action to fans, so his results in the past month likely made a number of people a solid return.
Negreanu also cashed a whopping 17 times at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He did not earn a bracelet in any of those tournaments, but did reach four final tables and came in second twice.
Daniel is the Tom Brady of poker. Ageless. Adapts with the times. Every time people say he’s done, he proves them wrong. He dominated 20 years ago. Then the online age came to existence when the game changed, and he changed with it. When all the other old time “TV pros” couldn’t keep up, Daniel did. And now, when the game at the highest levels are harder than ever, when people are studying and using solvers and figuring out dissecting the game down to every last detail, Daniel is still winning. It’s absolutely incredible. He’s now won 3 WSOP Player of the Years when no other player has more than 1. 2004, 2013, 2019. 15 years, 3 POY titles. Not too shabby.
And what a sweat it was at the end to capture it. Shaun Deeb was hot on his tail, needing a 5th place or better finish in the final event, but ultimately finishing in 11th. Valiant effort, but king stay king.
Weirdly, there’s no cash prize for winning POY. Kinda weird they don’t give an incentive, but Daniel’s is the grind. To prove that he is better than everyone else. And he did it.
It also helps knowing that Shaun Deeb (seemingly) hates his guts, so it must be that much sweeter.
And lemme tell ya, Daniel is the nicest dude ever. Was the first ever guest on the Cracking Aces podcast, invited me to meet Tiger Woods in Vegas,
and is never shy to text me a Tom Wilson take (spoiler: he’s not a fan!). Btw, that picture- Daniel- POY, Tiger -Masters Champ, Me- ummm…
So all in all, big time congrats to my pal Daniel on another great year. Very cool to see. Hard work definitely pays off.
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There was also some very good strat talk, including how to deal with check/raises and when to do it yourself. Plus, how you should always have a plan.
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