The Week That Was: Negreanu WSOP POY, Mateos Wins WSOPE Main Event

Daniel Negreanu dominated the headlines from WSOP Europe.

Daniel Negreanu dominated the headlines from WSOP Europe.

The World Series of Poker Europe dominated the headlines over the past week. Daniel Negreanu won WSOP Player of the Year at the last possible moment and won the €25,000 High Roller event. Then, 19-year-old Adrian Mateos won the WSOPE Main Event and became the second-youngest bracelet winner in history.

New Jersey continued to make waves with their online gaming licenses, players reacted to the WPT and EPT scheduling conflict and BLUFF took a look a which non-players deserve a Hall of Fame nod.

Daniel Negreanu Wins €25,000 WSOPE High Roller & 2013 WSOP Player of the Year

Daniel Negreanu went into Day 3 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe €25,000 High Roller needing to outlast five players in order to win the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year race.

After reaching the final table of eight and locking up POY honors, Negreanu had less than 10 big blinds and faced a nightmare lineup at the final table. Negreanu would double up, double again, and then run his way through one of the toughest WSOP final tables of the year on the way to his sixth career bracelet and just over $1 million.

“2004 was just such a different time for me,” said Negreanu, recalling his first WSOP POY victory. “This one means a lot more for me than the last one – it was a little more difficult to win. I came here and won it in the very last [tournament]. I love drama!”

19-Year-Old Adrian Mateos Wins WSOP Europe Main Event for €1 Million

19-year-old Adrian Mateos outlasted a talented final table to get heads-up for a bracelet with French poker legend Fabrice Soulier. Mateos outlasted Soulier in a heads-up match that lasted for 163 hands, longer than the rest of the final table combined, on the way to becoming the second-youngest WSOP bracelet winner in history. He also earned the tremendous sum of €1 million ($1,380,700), especially for someone so young.

“I feel amazing, it’s incredible,” said Mateos in the moments after his victory. “I played 11 [tournaments] here, this is my first time in the money, and I won!”

Daniel Negreanu Wins 2013 WSOP Player of the Year – A Look Back

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.

BLUFF took a look back to see how he did it.

THE FIGHT: Licensing Issues Raised Again

Last week, New Jersey gaming regulators had issued only one online gaming license. Now that number is up to five. Golden Nugget, Trump Plaza, Trump Taj Mahal and Tropicana all passed regulatory muster in the last week, joining Borgata in New Jersey’s online gaming Promised Land.

For the moment, that leaves Resorts and the four Caesars properties on the outside looking in.

Caesars had itself something of a lost weekend. The big blow came on Friday, when Massachusetts gaming regulators issued a report indicating that Caesars would not be found suitable for a gaming license in connection with a Boston casino proposal.

Top Ten Non-Player Candidates for the Poker Hall of Fame

There is a lot of discussion being thrown around about qualifications for the Poker Hall of Fame. It seems that everyone has their own opinion of what would make for the best criteria for players to be voted in the HOF. While players, fans, and industry personalities are sounding off, BLUFF took a look at which non-players deserve a HOF nod.

The EPT vs EPT Scheduling Conflict

Negreanu recently announced that, for the first time, he will not be attending the WPT World Championship. The overlap with EPT has upset many players.

 

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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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