Kid Poker picks up third WSOP Player of the Year award
By Bob Garcia
Daniel Negreanu completes one of this year’s missions
The Player of the Year (POY) award for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) was conquered last Monday. Daniel Negreanu, better known as Kid Poker, cemented that award after Shaun Deen was eliminated from the $611 Colossus NLH at the WSOP that just ended in Europe. So far, Negreanu has accumulated three titles already, the first two in 2004 and 2013. Those titles didn’t include the WSOP in Europe, only the ones in Las Vegas.
This year, there were 97 qualifying events in total. They granted points to players toward the POY leaderboard. The decision of how many points are assigned depends on the position they finish on those WSOP events. On top of that, points are modified by taking into account the buy-in for the event as well as the number of entrants. Out of those 97 events, only 14 were part of the WSOP in Europe and the rest are events played at WSOP in Las Vegas. There were, however, two events that did not count toward the prize, $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em event in Las Vegas and $278,000 Super High Roller at the WSOP Europe.
Kid Poker was not the leader since the very beginning; he actually was in third place by the time the WSOP Europe began. He was able to cash six times and that launched him to the first position by the time the last WSOP Europe event was about to take place. The $611 Colossus NLH was the last event played, not only for Negreanu but also for Anthony Zinno, Robert Campbell and, Shaun Deeb who also still had a chance.
At the last event, even though they were able to cash, Zinno, Campbell and also Negreanu, were kicked out from the last event before Day 3 back on Monday. Deebs knew this was his opportunity to pass Kid Poker, and based on the estimate, Deeb needed to finish at least in the fifth position to make the quota. Negreanu probably was pale watching this from the booth, but his suffering ended soon, Deeb was the first player that got eliminated last Monday.
Negreanu tweeted to his fans, “While there is no cash prize for WSOP POY, poker is my passion. The title is the achievement and acknowledgment of a lot of hard work, long grueling days against top competition.” Nobody besides the great Kid Poker has won the award more than one time.