Daniel Negreanu Gets the Win at WSOP APAC Main EventTuesday, April 16th, 2013 by Ryan
Well, our talks about Negreanu not being able to beat out Phil Ivey and end the bracelet streak at the World Series of Poker didn’t last very long now did it? We saw Negreanu duking it out against Ivey and many other great players at a prior event at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific (WSOP APAC). He ended up pulling in a fourth place finish in this $2,200 Mixed Event, but many people were hoping that he would be able to break the five year bracelet drought that he’s been in during that event. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be there, but when he took his seat at the WSOP APAC Main Event, he looked like he was a man who was prepared to get the job done. The field featured 405 players, and there were many strong players as well. For the eventual win that he brought home, it was worth A$1,038,825, and a very nice gold bracelet as well.
While the man with the nickname of “Kid Poker” had gone a good stretch without winning a gold bracelet, this was his fifth bracelet of an already impressive career. This means that he’s sitting with other popular players like Allen Cunningham, Scotty Nguyen, John Juanda, Jeff Lisandro, Chris Ferguson, Stu Ungar, Berry Johnston, Ted Forrest, and Gary Berland. His last event that he won was back in 2008 at a $2,000 Limit Hold’em event. He had another very close finish though back in 2009, where he had a second place finish at the $2,500 Limit Hold’em Six Handed event. He also cashed a very impressive nine times at the 2009 World Series of Poker in total.
In total now throughout the live tournament career of Negreanu, he has been able to bring in almost $17.5 million, which makes him sixth on the all-time money list for live tournament earnings. While that’s already impressive, you also have to remember that two players in Antonio Esfandiari and Sam Trickett are the two top players on the money list, as they won a ton of money playing in the 2012 World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop tournament by finishing in first and second place. After that, everyone is really in a tight race, including Negreanu.
When the eight handed final table got rolling along, Negreanu was sitting in second place overall, with four players having more than two million chips, and four players sitting with less than one million. There were quite a few well-known players in the final eight, included Russell Thomas and Mikel Habb, who both were under one million chips, and were the first two players sent home. Benny Spindler was the chip leader to start the day, and he was actually the third player sent home, showing us just how quickly things can change in the world of poker tournaments.
After that, we saw Kahle Burns go home in fifth place, and George Tsatsis go home in fourth place. This set us up with a three handed final table to play for the title, including Negreanu, Daniel Marton, and Winfred Yu. Yu actually started out as the short stack, and he doubled up an incredible eight times to get down to the final three, but his luck ran out at that point as he was sent home by Negreanu in third place. The heads up match then saw Negreanu against Marton, and Negreanu was a huge favorite with 11.01 million chips to only 1.15 million chips. Marton was able to double up some though, but before long the luck ended when Negreanu pushed all in after an original raise from Marton. Marton showed A-7 of spades, against the deuces of Negreanu. Negreanu’s hand held though, and this gave him the big win.
Negreanu took home the first place pay day, and for second place Marton made a total of $637,911, and Yu was able to win $423,225. This is a great way to kick off the World Series, and with the action moving to Las Vegas soon we should definitely look forward to seeing some huge names at the massive number of events that are held there through the summer months.