Daniel Negreanu Earns Title of “Player of the Decade” By Global Poker IndexMonday, January 6th, 2014 by Ryan
The title of “Player of the Decade” from the Global Poker Index is obviously something that is going to be talked about, and they decided to make the decision now instead of waiting the final seven years that are left in the decade. With so many events and different things to consider, the decision to name Daniel Negreanu as the Player of the Decade is an interesting one, and one that is probably very well deserved by the strong poker pro. If you look at the stats, there’s a good reason why Negreanu was at the top of the rankings and why he earned this honor.
Since 2003 when the statistics were calculated, you can see that Negreanu has a total of 7377 points, which were enough to beat out the likes of Erik Seidel and Michael Mizrachi. Seidel finished up the rankings with a total of 6953 points, while Mizrachi couldn’t catch up to Seidel for second place with 6553 points. After that we saw Barry Greenstein finish up in fourth place with 6457 points, and the top nine in players getting rounded out by the likes of John Juanda with 6261 points, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier with 5778 points, Shannon Shorr with 5578 points, J.C. Tran with 5569 points, and last but definitely not least is Phil Ivey who finished up with 5422 points.
Negreanu is currently getting prepared for the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, but he stated that he was “very honored by this award.” He also said that he has worked “very hard” on his game throughout the decade, so that he could “find ways to consistently win year in, year out against tougher and tougher competition each year.” He also went on to talk about how much the game has changed in the past 10 years, but his confidence hasn’t changed. He finished with a statement about the fact that with the next decade starting he enters it “more confident than ever before.”
While we can’t take anything away from Negreanu and this huge award, obviously there will be a debate about the award. Negreanu had an incredible year back in 2004, and was equally as incredible in 2013. Overall he’s had a great decade, but there has been some incredible success from the players in the group of names behind him. Mizrachi has quite the argument himself, especially since he’s won two WSOP Poker Players’ Championships with three bracelets, and also has two World Poker Tour titles. Seidel hasn’t won much since 2007 or 2008, but he’s been huge in the High Roller world, making over $6.4 million in a single year back in 2011.
Interestingly, Negreanu also lost the race for the Global Poker Index Player of the Year race this year, so that left a few people a bit confused. Another name left off of the list though includes Phil Hellmuth, who has won six bracelets in the time that we are looking at, which is something that’s tough to find touchable by any other player.
Of course you are going to find that some of the names on the list to decide the Player of the Decade from the GBI play in some of the highest stakes tournaments out there. Negreanu, Seidel, Grospellier, and Ivey are all specifically known for playing in huge poker tournaments, while Mizrachi has played in his fair share of big buy-in tournaments as well. Regardless of whether you love or hate it though, Negreanu earned the title of Player of the Decade, and you can debate it as much as you’d like, but he’s had some insanely impressive results, and is definitely one of the best players on the planet.
With the new year officially getting rolling, there are some huge tournaments coming up that we’ll have to watch, and it’s likely that we are going to see quite a few of those big named players that are listed above in these tournaments. We’ll keep you updated on the different event, and also how these players are doing. It’s a brand new year with a big slate of poker tournaments to watch for in 2014, and it should be a fun year.