Negreanu Finishes in Second in the EPT Grand High RollerThursday, May 3rd, 2012 by Ryan
Daniel Negreanu is probably one of the most well-known poker players in the world today for quite a few reasons. One of the reasons is the fact that he’s an incredibly talented poker player, and another reason is that he’s probably the most vocal poker player out there right now as well. Negreanu continued to add to the fact that he’s an incredibly impressive poker player this past weekend when he pulled off a very nice second place finish at the European Poker Tour’s Grand High Roller event. This means that he has pulled in over €1,000,000 during his stay at the Monte Carlo for the PokerStars EPT Grand Final between the High Roller and Super High Roller events.
Going into the final table with eight players remaining, Negreanu had his work cut out for him. While he was definitely one of the favorites to start out the final table, he had some tough competition in the likes of Justin Bonomo (who actually won the Super High Roller event), Noah Schwartz, Max Lykov, Igor Kurganov, and Phillip Gruissem just to name the more well-known players at the table. While the tournament featured a smaller field, it had a ton of talent because the buy-in was a pretty large €25,000, meaning that it was mainly seasoned pros and a few higher stakes players who bought in, Negreanu was still able to make it to the heads up match against Kurganov.
During the heads up match the two players went back and forth at each other for quite a while, and both players had good opportunities to send their opponent to the rail. In the end though, it was Kurganov who was able to get the best of Negreanu and send the popular player out in second place with a pay day of €598,600. Kurganov on the other hand not only got to take down the championship, but also got the first place pay day that was worth €1,080,000.
This win for Kurganov meant that there were officially five players at this years European Poker Tour Grand Final who brought home seven figure pay days from a single tournament. The other ones were Bonomo at the High Roller Event, Tobias Renkenmaier, who got second behind Bonomo in that event, Mohsin Charania who won the Grand Final Main Event, and the runner up in the event, Lucille Cailly.
While Negreanu wasn’t able to take down the High Roller event, he has done quite well at these events over recent years, including a 5th place finish at the 2012 PCA Super High Roller event, 3rd at the World Poker Tour Five Star World Poker Classic Super High Roller event, and 2nd at the 2011 PCA Super High Roller all to go with his two final tables that he pulled in this year at the EPT at Monte Carlo.
We’ll definitely keep an eye on Negreanu as we move forward, and especially as we head towards the 2012 World Series of Poker where we know that he loves to compete in the big tournaments.