Daniel Negreanu has been chasing his seventh World Series of Poker bracelet since 2013 – and he’s determined to make 2020 his year. He has bet $1 million that he will win that elusive bracelet, with poker pros wagering up to $100,000 against him.
Taking Bets Online
Over the weekend, ‘Kid Poker’ started looking for action on Twitter:
Looking for action:
I’ll take 2.5 to 1 that I win a WSOP bracelet in 2020
Or, if there is a live WSOP this fall.
Tough to win against huge online fields.
Will bet up to $1 million. pic.twitter.com/BKXcGXWTei
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 13, 2020
Plenty of players have taken Negreanu up on the bet. Wagers range from $50 from fans, up to $5000 bet from Irish poker player Eoghan O’Dea and Italian pro Yoav Amit. Swiss poker pro Fredrik Haugen placed one of the highest wagers worth $50,000.
Each bettor can wager up to $100,000 and Negreanu has put up $1 million of his own money for this bet. If he manages to win a bracelet, he’ll get $2.5 million in a side bet. If he doesn’t ship a bracelet, then nearly 2% of his live tournament winnings will be paid out to the players who took him up on the wager.
Negreanu’s Bracelet History
With over $42 million in tournaments, he is 3rd place on Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money List, Negreanu is considered one of the best poker players of all time. Unfortunately, he’s been struggling to get his hands on a WSOP bracelet for the past seven years. The last time he placed first in a World Series of Poker event was in 2013, when he won the €25,600 High Roller No Limit Hold’em for €725,000.
The rest of his bracelet wins are:
- 1998: $2000 PLHE for $169,460
- 2003: $2000 S.H.O.E. for $100,440
- 2004: $2000 LHE for $169,100
- 2008: $2000 LHE for $204,874
- 2013: $10,000 NLHE Main Event $1,038,825 (AUD)
He came very close in 2019 in the $100,000 NLHE High Roller event. Even though he cashed for $1.7 million, he only ended up in second place with Keith Tilston taking the bracelet in first.
The 2020 WSOP
There will be 85 bracelet events in the 2020 World Series of Poker, all of which will take place online. 31 events will be available to American players in Nevada and New Jersey from July 1st to July 31st on WSOP.com.
Then, GGPoker will be hosting 54 bracelet events for international players. They will be held from July 20th to September 6th.
Daniel Negreanu joined Team GGPoker in November 2019, six month after he left Team PokerStars. In order to play from GGPoker in the WSOP, he’ll have to leave his current hometown of Las Vegas; it’s expected that he’ll head to Mexico to compete for his 7th WSOP bracelet.