Daniel Negreanu Grabs WSOP Europe High Roller Title, 2013 WSOP Player of the Year
Daniel Negreanu capped an incredible year of World Series of Poker performances yesterday with a victory in Event #8: €25,600 High Roller at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe. The victory marks Negreanu's sixth career WSOP bracelet and also helped him clinch the 2013 World Series of Poker Player of the Year.
With 80 entrants in the High Roller only the top nine finishers would be dividing the €1,920,000 prize pool, and after two days of play just 13 players remained. Philipp Gruissem entered the final day with a big chip advantange with almost 1.3 million with Scott Seiver the nearest challenger with but 770,000.
Meanwhile Negreanu was starting the final day with a below average stack of 411,000 and hoping to finish at least eighth or better to sneak by Matthew Ashton into the top spot on the 2013 WSOP POY leader board. Negreanu also needed to sweat the finish of another of the short stacks returning for Day 3, November Niner Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, who was also still alive for POY honors.
When McLaughlin went out in 10th, however, to finish on the cash bubble, then the Finnish player Joni Jouhkimainen went out in ninth, Negreanu had clinched the POY prize, becoming the first player ever to win two WSOP POYs after having done so back in 2004.
From there Negreanu was quickly putting his short stack at risk in an effort to chip up, and he succeeded in doing so, eventually moving up as players fell from the final table one by one.
By three-handed Gruissem had become short and after Negreanu finished him off he carried a 2-to-1 chip advantage to heads-up play versus the Brazilian, Nicolau Villa-Lobos. Villa-Lobos grabbed the lead momentarily during their pair's heads-up duel, but quickly lost it then was all in with versus the of Negreanu. The board brought no help for Villa-Lobos, and Negreanu had secured the win.
2013 WSOPE Event #8: €25,600 High Roller NLHE Results
The victory came as Negreanu recorded his 10th WSOP cash of the year, starting with two final tables at the WSOP Asia Pacific back in April, including a victory in the WSOP APAC Main Event, and including a runner-up finish in the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw event at the WSOP in Las Vegas. Here's a look at his remarkable year of WSOP finishes:
|WSOP APAC: A$2,200 Mixed Event||4th||$17,096|
|WSOP APAC: A$10,000 Main Event||1st||$1,087,160|
|WSOP $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo||12th||$12,279|
|WSOP $2,500 Seven Card Stud||26th||$3,889|
|WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed Max||49th||$6,475|
|WSOP $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed||39th||$11,495|
|WSOP $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six Handed||34th||$10,960|
|WSOP $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw||2nd||$107,055|
|WSOPE €10,450 Main Event||25th||€21,750|
|WSOPE €25,600 High Roller||1st||€725,000|
Meanwhile, Event #7: €10,450 Main Event (in which Negreanu took 25th) is reaching its conclusion today at the 2013 WSOPE. Check over at PokerNews.com for updates throughout the day to see who claims the next-to-last WSOP bracelet of 2013 with only the WSOP Main Event left to complete.