Famed poker pro Daniel Negreanu has just won the $50K NLHE event in the PokerGO Cup. It’s a momentous event not only because of the impressive $700,000 prize but also because it’s his first live tournament win in 8 years.
A Big Win in Many Ways
The $50K NLHE tournament had 35 entries, attracting top players like Alex Foxen and Ali Imsirovic. Going into the final day Imsirovic was the chip leader – but he eventually busted out with pocket 10s against Negreanu’s pocket Aces.
From that point on, he was on a roll. Negreanu went on to eliminate Sergi Reixach with pocket eights against pocket kings to turn trip 8s. Then Alex Foxen’s AdJs ran into Negreanu’s Q7c on a Kc 5s 5c 4d 7h board.
In the end, it was Negreanu heads up against David Coleman. He quickly landed a 3-to-1 chip lead, but it was a back-and-forth battle until the final hand. With 19 blinds, Coleman went all-in from the button with 5h5d and Negreanu called with Kc10d.
The board ran out 7d 6d 2c Jd 10h. So, Negreanu found himself the winner with a pair of 10s on the river.
This is certainly a big deal for Daniel Negreanu. Even though he’s still rated as one of the top poker players, his first win in years is something to celebrate.
Moving On Quickly…
It won’t even be 24 hours after his last tournament win that Daniel Negreanu will find himself at another final table. He is one of five players left in the $100,000 NLHE event.
The winner of this event will find himself $1 million richer. Currently, Negreanu is second in chips with 18 big blinds. The chip leader is Sam Soverel, who has 56 big blinds, so it will be an uphill battle but Negreanu definitely has what it takes to land two first-place finishes in two days.
Negreanu’s Most Recent Tournament Wins
It was back in 2013 when Daniel Negreanu last saw a live tournament win. He won two of his six World Series of Poker bracelets that year by coming first in the Asia Pacific $10K Main for just over $1 million and the Europe €25K NLHE High Roller for $979,955.
That really was Negreanu’s year, as he also earned himself the title of the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year.
Since then, he’s managed to cash nearly 150 times in various live tournaments – but failed to land to first-place finish. It must have been a very challenging time for such a successful poker pro but he still maintains a top spot on the Hendon Mob All Time Money List.
“I’ve still been able to post wins in terms of finances, but the elusive top prize has been missing. I’ve been a bridesmaid so many times” – Negreanu says.
So, we’re thrilled that Negreanu has found himself back on top. Now that he’s riding high, will he score a World Series of Poker this fall? Only time will tell, but we’re rooting for him!