Poker News - GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu came from the middle of the pack at the five-player official final table from an original field of 35 entries in the PokerGO Cup Event #7: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em to eliminate his final four opponents single-handed including the red-hot Ali Imsirovic to win the $700,000 top prize.
It might sound hard to believe, but this was Negreanu's first title in nearly eight years. Back in 2013, Negreanu won the WSOP Player of the Year in no small part by winning two of his six WSOP gold bracelets in 2013 with victories in the WSOP Asia Pacific A$10,000 Main Event for A$1,038,825 ($1,087,160) and the WSOP Europe Event #7: €25,600 NLHE High Roller for €725,000 ($979,955).
Despite Negreanu managing many impressive results over the past eight years, he is happy to get the monkey off his back in a huge way on Tuesday evening at the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino.
"If I look at my results since 2013, I’ve cashed for $20 to $30 million, so I’ve still been able to post wins in terms of finances, but the elusive top prize has been missing,” Negreanu said to PokerGO when talking about not finding the winner's circle in many years.
It is insane to think that Daniel Negreanu had not had a major win under his belt since 2013. He's had so many huge scores and close calls and 2nd place finishes including in a $100k WSOP for $1.7 million, a $10k 7 card stud, a $300k Super High Roller Bowl, 2nd in the $1 Million 1 Drop in 2014 for over $8 million, and about a dozen or so other runner ups/3rd place finishes along the way. But finally yesterday DNegs got that monkey off his back, taking down the PokerGo Cup $50k event, along with winning the battle to be the overall series champion.
Poker is fucking hard. No bones about it, it's a fucking hard game and it's getting harder every day because of how advanced the study tools are, and while "TV pros" of the past have come and gone, Daniel has stayed at the top of the game through all the years, and is only getting better. He was not stubborn to change his ways when the "internet kids" took the poker world by storm, making it more of a mathematical game than a game of feel. Daniel was able to combine his natural ability with the new math-focused way of playing the game, and his results have spoken for themselves. However, until yesterday, he was falling just short of winning major titles.
Speaking of studying, we talk about it on the podcast all the time: if you want to get better at poker, all the tools and resources are out there. Sometimes they cost, sometimes they are free. I've been taking 3Chi and watching videos on LearnProPoker.com. It's a training site and if you're a beginner or an amateur like me who wants to get better, it's a great site. I also love watching ApeStyles Twitch stream, he's one of the best tournament poker players in the world and he streams his tournaments with his cards showing, which is an unbelievable free resource to have.
So congrats to friend of the podcast Daniel Negreanu. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come as we inch closer to the WSOP. I was looking at the schedule yesterday, I might play 4-5 events this fall, pretty excited about that. Make sure to subscribe to the pod and get your CA merch. I highly recommend the lightweight hoodie. It's perfect.
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