Daniel Negreanu Wins 2013 WSOP Player of the Year

Daniel Negreanu is the first player to repeat as WSOP Player of the Year.

Daniel Negreanu is the first player to repeat as WSOP Player of the Year.

Daniel Negreanu called his shot and is the first player in history to repeat as World Series of Poker Player of the Year. He traveled to WSOP Europe with the goal in mind, publicly called his shot and shipped the title with his final table finish in the €25,600 High Roller event.

Negreanu originally aimed to win the title in the WSOPE Main Event and posted on Twitter, “WSOPE main event starts tomorrow and I will be making the final table, winning POY, and also my 6th bracelet.”

Though he didn’t make the final table, he finished 25th, but is in contention to add a sixth bracelet in the High Roller event.

Negreanu began his campaign at WSOP APAC, first with a final table finish in the $2,080 Mixed Event, but he strapped a fifth bracelet on his wrist by winning the Main Event for $1,097,209. He also fulfilled two of his 2013 goals he posted in his blog by winning a bracelet and cash for $1 million.

Negreanu entered the summer’s  WSOP leading the POY race and did his best to hold the lead with six cashes in Las Vegas. Though he was edged out at the end of the summer by Matthew Ashton and his $50,000 Poker Players Championship win, Negreanu made a valiant effort just to take the lead back days later with a runner-up finish to Eli Elezra in the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw event.

The Las Vegas series wrapped up with Ashton holding a 51.41 point lead in the POY race. Negreanu banked eight total cashes in Las Vegas and added $152,143 to his bankroll.

Negreanu headed to WSOP Europe with seven opportunities to pass Ashton for the title. Ashton wouldn’t lay down to Negreanu and picked up two cashes at Casino Barriere – 63rd in the $1,355 No Limit Hold’em event and ninth place in the Mixed Max Pot Limit Omaha event. Ashton’s lead was now 67.41 points and he couldn’t pull ahead further by busting before the money before in the Main Event and High Roller.

Negreanu’s 25th place finish in the Main Event earned him 16.88 points and he was back to needing 52 points to pass Ashton. Negreanu needed to finish in eighth place (66 points) or better in the High Roller event to come from behind and take the title.

The High Roller event only paid nine spots and as the field reached the final table bubble (eight-handed) when Joni Jouhkimainen moved his short stack all in preflop. Phillip Gruissem called holding A J, Jouhkimainen tabled K 5 and the board ran A T 8 4 6. The ace on the flop sealed the come-from-behind win Negreanu.

He immediately took to Twitter and posted, “I DID IT!!! WSOP PLAYER OF THE YEAR FOR THE SECOND TIME!! AHHHH I CAN’T BELIEVE IT”.

Negreanu’s win in 2004 saw him cash 6 times, make five final tables and won a bracelet in the $2,000 Limit Hold’em event.

Daniel Negreanu’s 2013 World Series of Poker Results

  • WSOP Asia Pacific: AUD 2,200 Mixed Event: 48.40 WSOP POY points
  • WSOP Asia Pacific: AUD 10,000 Main Event: 360.00 WSOP POY points
  • WSOP: $2,500 Omaha HiLo/Stud HiLo – 12th place, 18.75 WSOP POY points
  • WSOP: $2,500Seven Card Stud – 26th place, 8.75 WSOP POY points
  • WSOP: $3,000 No Limit Hold’em – Mixed-Max – 49th place, 15.94 WSOP POY points
  • WSOP: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em – Six-Handed – 39th place, 12.75 WSOP POY points
  • WSOP: $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha – Six-Handed – 34th place, 11.25 WSOP POY points
  • WSOP: $2,500 Triple Draw Lowball – 2nd place, 122.50 WSOP POY points
  • WSOP Europe: €10,000 Main Event – 25th place, 16.88 WSOP POY points
  • WSOP Europe: €25,000 High Roller – result TBD, guaranteed 66 WSOP POY points
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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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