2013 WSOP Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu Gives “Shuffle Up & Deal”

Daniel Negreanu giving the "Shuffle Up & Deal" on Monday. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Daniel Negreanu giving the “Shuffle Up & Deal” on Monday. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Day 1C of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event was stretched to the limits on Monday with thousands of players spread across the Rio. WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart introduced the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu for the “Shuffle Up & Deal” ceremony.

But before Negreanu could take the stage Stewart asked for all of the 997 WSOP dealers to stand up and the player responded with a round of applause. Stewart thanked the dealers for all of their hard work throughout the entire series.

“He’s the player that stood on the mountaintop of 85,000 total entrants and 75 events and to be the man, you have to beat the man,” Stewart said to introduce Negreanu and unveil his 2013 POY banner. Negreanu famously clinched the POY title at the last possible moment in the last event of the year at WSOP APAC and won his sixth bracelet in doing so.

BLUFF‘s own Editor in Chief Lance Bradley presented Negreanu his buy-in for the 2014 Main Event for winning the title. Negreanu said, “I”ll keep this short and sweet, I know you want to play. Shuffle up and deal.”

Former WSOP Main Event chips in the field included Joe Cada, Jonathan Duhamel, Jamie Gold, Carlos Mortensen, Greg Raymer and Robert Varkonyi. Phil Ivey, Negreanu, John Juanda, Tobias Reinkemeier, Sam Trickett and David Williams were also in the field.

Several former November Niners signed up to play on Monday as well – Matt Jarvis, John Racener, Jeremy Ausmus, Amir Lehavot, Bob Bounahra, Matt Gianetti and John Dolan.

At the start of play players were stretched across the Amazon, Brasilia and Pavilion rooms, with a handful of players seated at tables outside of Buzio’s Seafood restaurant. The field size estimated at the start of play was around 3,200 players with an expected 4,000 to play on the day.

The Pavilion was the scene of some wild action with a few single table satellites, $525 and $1,030, of players trying to get in the Main Event before registration closes. Some players decided to have a “flipament” where everyone is all in until there is a winner.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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