Daniel Negreanu Takes Home a Big Pay Day From PokerStars’ WCOOPFriday, September 30th, 2011 by Ryan
Daniel Negreanu is one of the most popular poker players in the game today. Whether it be online poker, or live poker, people follow his play. Negreanu is huge in the live poker circuit, and also plays on PokerStars under the name “KidPoker”. Negreanu is known as one of the the most talkative and all around vocal players at the poker table out of anyone, but he has the game to back it up. If you look at Negreanu’s poker track record, you’ll see that he has won four World Series of Poker gold bracelets, two World Poker Tour titles, and has made 26 total final tables at the WSOP. While he wasn’t able to make much noise during the 2011 World Series of Poker, he bounced back in a big way with the 2011 PokerStars’ WCOOP.
Negreanu had one of the best World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) out of single player who participated in the events. He was able to cash in 15 total events this year, and took home an incredibly impressive $119,193 in just the WCOOP Events. Negreanu has openly admitted that he hasn’t done very well in online poker tournaments through his career, but this year’s WCOOP was a completely different story. He entered a total of 52 out of the 62 total events that were offered by the online poker site, and pulled out an impressive 28.8% cash rate.
Negreanu stated that he focused on preparation before the event, and came into it focused and ready to go. He also said that he had a statistics program on his computer for the events, and also took notes during play on his opponents; which most likely played a major role, and is something that most online poker players do not typically take advantage of.
Another interesting note to come out about Negreanu’s impressive WCOOP play is the fact that he played the 52 events from four different countries because of his hectic travel schedule. He kicked off the WCOOP in Barcelona, and then moved to Montenegro, Budapest, and London. Regardless of the amount of travel that Negreanu took part in throughout the 52 events; his 15 cashes gave him the 2nd most cashes at this years online poker championship, and cements his name as one of the best poker players in the game. To break down how well Negreanu did at the 2011 WCOOP, you can look at the 92 Team PokerStars Pros who participated in the event, and see their overall cash rate of 15.7%. In comparison to his opponents, his cash rate was almost double of his fellow Poker Pros.
Negreanu’s tournament cashes came in multiple different events ranging from No Limit Hold’em, to Triple Stud, Pot Limit Omaha, and even an 8 game event. His best cashes were in the WCOOP Event #41, a $10,300 No Limit Hold’em Event, in which he finished in 4th for $48,000. He also finished in 5th place in Event #61, which was a $10,300 8 game event for $52,500. Interestingly enough, the two events that finished the highest in, were the events with the largest buy-ins as well.