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Daniel Negreanu (cover image) makes news whenever he comes out to play, and understandably, every deep run by “Kid Poker” has the poker media in a frenzy. However, despite the numerous sweats, the GGPoker Ambassador was yet to win a major tournament title in eight years. All of that changed in June when he took down PokerGO Cup Event #7: $50K NLHE. If that was not enough to shut up his naysayers, 61-days-later, Negreanu landed his second title of the year.
On Sunday, Negreanu sat down on the final table of Event #5: $10K NLHE at the 2021 Poker Masters as the dominating chip leader. He went toe-to-toe, taking down the title for $178,000!
Explaining how this win was validation of his efforts, Negreanu said, “Well, this is the hard part about poker, right? I’ve been telling people for the last year that I’m playing really, really good, I swear. But if you don’t win, people go, ‘Yeah, yeah, I’m sure you’re just unlucky, right?’ So people don’t buy in unless you actually start posting the Ws. For me, it’s a vindication of something that I already knew. During this stretch of the worst stretch of my entire life when it comes to luck, and I know this – from the Doug [Polk] match to [Phil] Hellmuth, to all the tournaments and stuff, I know the reality of it. But for the public, I think, there’s proof in the pudding. They want to see results. That’s all they care about.”
Talking about playing at the upcoming WSOP in Las Vegas, he said, “I feel like I’m definitely getting momentum. Like I’ve overcome that stretch of just craziness. It’s like, ‘Oh yeah, I have some good luck and some bad luck,’ but I feel at peace with it now. Now, when I’m all in, I don’t feel anxiety. Like that aces against queen-ten just now, I wasn’t scared. I normally would be, thinking what’s going to happen and all the bad things. I think getting my mindset away from that and allowing me to just be present is going to help me for the World Series of Poker for sure.”
The Sunday victory has improved the 46-year-old Poker Hall of Famer’s live tournament tally to $43.58 Million. Negreanu, who had posted a third-place score in Event #2 last week, earned 179 points towards the Purple Jacket Leaderboard Race, catapulting himself to the top of the leaderboard with 181 points.
The tournament drew 66 entries, creating a $660,000 prize pool.
On Day 1, Negreanu eliminated Barry Hutter (6th for $39,600) to close out the day as the final table chip leader, holding 42% chips in play. He even tweeted about it.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 12, 2021
All the final five players were guaranteed at least $52,800.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
The shortest stacks on the final table, Jeffrey Trudeau and Jake Daniels busted in quick succession.
Negreanu, who had eliminated Trudeau, scored his second knockout in Vikenty Shegal who fell out in third place.
Despite his strong play, Negreanu started the heads-up match against Nick Petrangelo with a chip deficit, holding 3.17 Million to Petrangelo’s 5.08 Million. The equation changed quickly as Negreanu won a big pot to climb into the lead.
It was all over in the next hand. Negreanu, who had pocket aces, limped from the button, and Petrangelo shoved from the big blind with . Negreanu snap-called. For once, the aces held, declaring Negreanu the champion.
Final Table Results (USD)
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