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Daniel Negreanu Makes $1 Million Prop Bet that He’ll Win 2020 WSOP Bracelet

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Daniel Negreanu has bet $1 million on his ability to win a gold bracelet at the 2020 WSOP. With 101 online and live tournaments on the schedule, Negreanu will have many chances to win.

Kid Poker currently holds six gold bracelets. However, he hasn’t been able to capture a seventh victory since the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Online Events Give Negreanu a Stronger Chance

The 2020 WSOP will feature a different format than it has within the last five decades. Rather than most of the events running live, most tourneys will instead take place online.

COVID-19 has forced the organizers to rethink the traditional format. Rather than stuffing numerous people in a poker room, the WSOP has chosen to socially distance with an online-heavy schedule.

85 of the events will run through a combination of WSOP.com (Nevada and New Jersey only) and GGPoker.com (international). The remaining 16 live tournaments may or may not actually happen at the Rio as planned.

In any case, the online tourneys will allow Negreanu to play in more events. They make for the possibility of multi-tabling, which just isn’t available in a live format.

Bettors Have Already Lined Up

Negreanu hasn’t experienced any trouble finding takers on his bet. He’s already accepted $1 million in wagers from a variety of players.

The biggest bettors, Ali Imisrovic and Connor Drinan, both wagered $100,000. Assuming Negreanu wins a bracelet, he stands to receive $2.5 million from the bettors.

Kid Poker will get his first crack at winning the bracelet along with a $2.5m side bet on July 1. He lives in Nevada, so he won’t have any trouble playing in the WSOP.com events.

From here, he plans to move to Mexico to enjoy the remaining tournaments on GGPoker. Negreanu also represents GG as an ambassador.

PokerStars Cancels Live Euro Tournaments Due to Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting many sectors of business and entertainment. Poker hasn’t been immune to the virus outbreak either.

Case in point, PokerStars has cancelled three upcoming live Euro tournaments as a precautionary measure. They fear that having too many players crowded next to each other could increase the spread of infection.

Which PokerStars Live Euro Events Are Cancelled?

PokerStars has cancelled scheduled tournament events that were set to take place in France, Germany, and Spain within the next few weeks.

  • Hamburg (Germany) Mar. 10-15
  • La Grand Motte (France) Mar. 10-15
  • Madrid Gran Via (Spain) Mar. 31 to Apr. 5

The Stars Group, their parent company, is taking a wait-and-see approach with the pandemic. Assuming they feel that the coronavirus spread slows considerably, they plan to resume Euro events on April 10, 2020.

Some European countries, including Italy, are really struggling with the virus outbreak. Italy has already seen hundreds die from COVID-19, and this number seems likely to reach into the thousands. The Boot is on lockdown in an effort to stop the spread.

What to Expect in the Future with PokerStars Live Tournaments

PokerStars no doubt went back and forth on whether to cancel events that would’ve drawn thousands of players. They weren’t under any legal obligation to stop the tournaments in France, Spain, and Germany either.

Nevertheless, they made the responsible decision in hopes of getting their PokerStars Live series back on track in the future.

Speaking of which, they could very well be running tournaments in mid or late April. Much depends upon how bad the virus outbreak is across the world.

Of course, some worry that the World Series of Poker could be cancelled this year. If this happens, then COVID-19 will have probably spread to the point where it cancels live tourneys until later in the year.

Will Coronavirus Affect 2020 WSOP?

Friday, February 28th, 2020

The coronavirus is continuing to spread around the globe. In fact, the US has just seen its first case where somebody doesn’t know where they contracted the virus.

The 2020 World Series of Poker is set to begin in less than three months. Some poker players wonder if it will happen as planned.

This year’s edition begins on May 26 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. However, the Coronavirus could be in full swing throughout America at this point.

WSOP Officials Keeping Tabs on Coronavirus

World Series of Poker officials are just as concerned as the players about Coronavirus fears. Seth Palansky, Caesars VP of Communications, said that they’ve been “monitoring the situation and will continue to lean on the experts in this field for guidance.”

The good news is that, as of now, Palansky assures all WSOP tournaments are going to proceed as scheduled. The organization will only consider making changes if absolutely necessary.

What the Coronavirus Means for the 2020 WSOP

Last year’s running of the World Series of Poker drew over 50,000 players from 87 countries. It also set attendance records, with well over 200,000 entries across the tournaments.

The WSOP has been breaking records year after year. The Coronavirus, though, threatens to derail all of this.

With thousands of players passing cards and chips around, such a virus could spread more easily. Those who are afraid of getting sick won’t want to take their chances.

Palansky plans to combat these fears to some degree by making hand sanitizer available in abundance. He also noted that organizers are “prepared to expand measures to ensure the safety of our guests and employees, again leaning on the experts.”

2020 WSOP Schedule Will Feature Nine High Rollers

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

The 2020 World Series of Poker will once again feature a number of interesting events. Among the most eye-catching aspects of the schedule includes nine high roller tournaments.

The WSOP considers any event that features a buy-in worth $25,000 or more to be a high roller. This coming summer will feature nine of these tourneys with buy-ins ranging from $25,000 to $250,000.

Closer Look at the 2020 WSOP High Rollers

One of the most-notable high stakes tournaments in the 2020 WSOP is the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller. This event is considered the most-popular PLO tournament in the game. In 2019, Stephen Chidwick won the event and $1,618,417 after topping a field of 278 players. This year, you can catch the PLO High Roller starting on June 17.

The $50,000 Poker Players Championship will return yet again. Many pros attend this tournament every year. In 2020, the $50k Players Championship will start on July 7.

The prestigious Super High Roller will begin on June 27. This event, which features a $250,000 buy-in, will be the most-expensive tournament of the summer.

Other High Rollers at the 2020 WSOP

Here are the remaining high rollers that aren’t covered above:

  • High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed (May 29) – $25,000
  • Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed (May 31) – $25,000
  • High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (June 5) – $50,000
  • High Roller Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed (July 7) – $50,000
  • High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed (July 9) – $50,000
  • High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed (July 11) – $100,000

The full 2020 World Series of Poker schedule still has yet to be released. But as can be seen, event organizers are doing their best to cater to the game’s wealthiest grinders.

The nine high rollers are sure to offer multimillion-dollar prizes. The $250k Super High Roller will especially be interesting in terms of prize money.

Dusk Till Dawn Removes Casino Tables in Favor of Poker

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Many casinos have cut down on poker tables to increase their casino offerings. The UK’s Dusk Till Dawn is taking the opposite approach by removing gaming tables so they can better concentrate on poker.

Owner Rob Yong made the executive decision to go all in on poker. Yong feels that his club has slipped somewhat with live poker events by spreading themselves too thin.

He also doesn’t like the term “casino owner.” Yong wants to be known as a card club rather than a full-blown gambling venue.

Sports Bar & Bigger Poker Tournaments Are the Plan

A sports bar will replace the area where the casino table games were housed. Some of the vacant space will also allow for bigger poker tournaments in the future.

Through a video, Young explains more on his decision to concentrate on poker. He notes that UK gaming regulators scrutinize Dusk Till Dawn more because of the casino games.

This club has always been known as a poker venue first. It launched in 2007 while being billed as Europe’s biggest poker room.

Dusk Till Dawn now hosts the Partypoker Millions and WPT UK. However, they struggled at one point—especially following Black Friday (2011).

Young brought in blackjack and roulette to generate some additional revenue. The plan initially worked, but it no longer appears as profitable.

Dusk Till Dawn Could Capitalize on Growing Live Poker

The poker boom may be long over. However, the live portion of the game is still growing. Dusk Till Dawn is hoping to better capitalize on live poker’s ascension.

After all, tournament fields have grown to epic proportions within the last few years. The UK tournament scene is especially enjoying an uptick. Yong obviously sees these signs as encouragement that his club should go back to its roots.

Daniel Negreanu Rails Against Re-Entry Poker Tournaments

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Many poker tournaments now allow re-entries to help build prize pools. Daniel Negreanu is tired of this trend and wants poker to make freezeouts the standard again.

The WPT Five Diamond caused Negreanu to get riled up about the matter. Event organizers have chosen to allow re-entries for the $10,000 Main Event.

Negreanu May Only Fire One Bullet

During his complaint, Negreanu noted that he’ll still play in the WPT Five Diamond Main Event. However, he might play it without using a re-entry.

He’s also considering something of a protest throughout 2020. Kid Poker raised the possibility of not re-buying into a single event next year.

Re-entries usually favor poker pros with large bankrolls. After all, well-funded pros can more easily afford to use re-buys than amateurs.

Therefore, Negreanu stands to benefit from re-buys more than anybody. Nevertheless, he’s sick of more and more tournaments going the re-entry route.

Will Negreanu’s Efforts Make Any Difference?

Daniel Negreanu would be putting himself at a disadvantage if he really goes through with this plan next year. After all, he’s one of the richest and best tournament players in the world.

But he feels so passionately against re-entries that he’s willing to avoid using them. If so, would he inspire other pros and amateurs to do the same?

Chances are, other professionals will continue taking advantage of rebuys as much as possible. They’re already looking forward to positive EV in tournaments, so they might as well fire more bullets.

Amateurs don’t seem to mind being at a disadvantage in these events. Also, live poker is growing at a rapid pace.

That said, Negreanu could be on an island in staging his re-entry protest. Only time will tell if he convinces more organizers to offer extra freezeouts.

Robert Campbell Beats Negreanu for 2019 WSOP POY Award – Clerical Error at Fault

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Just days ago, Daniel Negreanu won the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year award. Only, Negreanu didn’t actually win. Robert Campbell has now been declared the official 2019 WSOP POY after a clerical error was discovered.

Kid Poker already posted a vlog expressing his excitement over winning the award. We also posted the news on ThePokerPractice. But upon further calculations, Campbell has been declared the true winner.

What Was the Clerical Error That Helped Campbell Win POY?

The key error appears to have come from Negreanu accidentally being given points for WSOP Event #68, despite not cashing in it. Here’s the WSOP’s official statement on the matter:

“We have confirmed an error was made in our results for WSOP Event #68 ($1k online tourney), affecting places 32-46. As a result, Daniel Negreanu was given 213.1 points erroneously in this event.

“We deeply regret this error and its impact. Recalculating our Player of the Year results has an impact to the standings.

“Robert Campbell finishes in 1st place in the now final results, with Negreanu dropping to third place. Again, we apologize profusely for the error in our calculations and the impact it has had.”

Close 2019 WSOP POY Award Race Ends in Bizarre Fashion

Going into the 2019 WSOP Europe, Australia’s Campbell held a narrow lead over Shaun Deeb and Negreanu. By the end of the WSOPE, Negreanu (4,074 POY points) pulled ahead of both Campbell (3,961) and Deeb (3,917).

Deeb had the final chance to beat Negreanu when he made a deep run in the Colossus tournament. However, he busted out in 11th place and narrowly missed out on the 5th-place finish he needed to win POY.

In reality, only Deeb had a chance to beat Campbell the entire time. Negreanu’s first-place standing had been erroneously calculated since July. As a result, Deeb missed out on beating Campbell – not Negreanu – when he was eliminated in 11th place.

Daniel Negreanu Wins WSOP Player of the Year – Despite Not Winning Any Bracelets

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Daniel Negreanu has won the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year. Having also won this title in 2004 and 2013, Negreanu becomes the only three-time WSOP Player of the Year in history.

Kid Poker barely edged out Shaun Deeb for the honor this year. Deeb was knocked out of the WSOP Europe €550 Colossus earlier than expected, thus sealing the title for Negreanu.

Besides being the only player to have three WSOP POYs, Negreanu is also the first person to capture this honor without also winning a gold bracelet.

Negreanu Survives Scare from Deeb

Deeb, who was defending the 2018 WSOP POY, looked in good position to grab his second straight title. He was sitting third in chips in the Colossus standings with just 11 players remaining.

Deeb only needed to finish fifth place, which seemed reasonable given his experience and chip count. However, according to himself, he “choked” before reaching one of the top five places.

Not only did Deeb fail to catch Negreanu in the race, but he also finished behind Australia’s Robert Campbell in the end.

Here are the final 2019 WSOP POY standings:

  • Daniel Negreanu (Canada) 4,074.88
  • Robert Campbell (Australia) 3,961.31
  • Shaun Deeb (USA) 3,917.32
  • Anthony Zinno (USA) 3322.00
  • Phillip Hui (USA) 3,186.17

Negreanu Uses a Barrage of Cashes to Win

As mentioned before, Negreanu failed to win a bracelet throughout either the WSOP Las Vegas or WSOP Europe. But he did cash quite frequently en route to racking up 4,074 POY points.

In all, Negreanu netted 24 cashes from the beginning of June until the beginning of November. Both he and Deeb were behind Campbell after the Vegas leg ended in July.

Deeb and Negreanu made the trip to King’s Casino Rozvadov seeking Player of the Year glory. Negreanu managed to pass Campbell and hang on to the lead after Deeb busted out of the Colossus.

Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier Wins Bracelet at 2019 WSOP Europe

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Long-time poker pro Bertrand Grospellier has won the 2019 WSOP Europe €550 Colossus event along with €190,375. With this victory, Grospellier captures the final bracelet of the WSOPE event held at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

Surprisingly, this is only the second-career gold bracelet for ElkY. His first WSOP victory came in the 2011 WSOP $10k Seven Card Stud Championship ($331,639). Thanks to the latest win, he now has almost $14 million in live tournament cashes.

Fighting Back on the Final Table

Grospellier made the final table of the 2019 WSOPE Colossus but looked to be in bad shape early on. He had just eight big blinds at one point and was in shove-or-fold mode.

However, he was able to win a few all-in hands and double his stack multiple times. These well-timed wins put him back in contention for the title.

“Once I won the two all-ins, it put me into the lead,” he said. “And I had a good run after that, and I am really happy with the result.”

Grospellier’s good run gave him a 1.5 to 1 chip advantage over Avraham Dyan when heads-up play began. ElkY had a smooth run from here and never once lost the lead to Dyan.

The final hand saw Grospellier shove with pocket 10s preflop. Dyan called with A-10 and the race was on. The board (7-4-2-3-4) helped neither player, which gave ElkY the victory and gold bracelet.

2019 WSOP Europe Colossus Final Table Results

  1. Bertrand Grospellier (France) – €190,375
  2. Avraham Dyan (Israel) – €117,630
  3. Marian Kubis (Slovakia) – €86,172
  4. Mick Heder (Denmark) €63,670
  5. Dieter Becker (Germany) €47,452
  6. Christoph Peper (Germany) €35,674
  7. Sergii Karpov (Ukraine) €27,057
  8. Alessandro Pezzoli (Italy) €20,703
  9. Francesco Candelari (Italy) €15,984

Alexandros Kolonias Wins WSOPE Main Event and €1.1m

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Alexandros Kolonias has won the 2019 WSOP Europe Main Event along with €1,133,678. He topped a field of 541 players to take the prestigious title.

Kolonias felt that he mostly played well from start to finish. Nevertheless, he’s still in a little bit of shock about the victory.

“I still haven’t figured it out in my mind what actually happened,” said Kolonias. “I am really happy about the way I played in the beginning. One level was not so good when we had four left, but things worked out for me.”

The Greek also discussed how he felt during the final table.

“I had a very good position. I was second in chips with position on the chip leader and on my left the short stack.

“If I had to choose positions for every player where we’d start for the final table, I would pick it exactly like this. This was very important.”

Kolonias Wins Despite Not Being a Big Live Tournament Player

One interesting aspect of Kolonias’ victory is just how little he participates in live tournaments. The Volos native only played in one other tourney in the 2019 WSOP Europe before the €10,350 Main Event started.

“I never played many live events per year, and it was, of course, great to make this one count,” he said. “I think I will do the same and play online, and do five or six live tournaments a year.”

He’s not sure if he’ll continue entering many live tourneys, despite winning one of the most-important events of the year. Even if he doesn’t keep playing live, Kolonias will still be Greece’s all-time leader in live tournament winnings at $3.7 million.

Mostly an Online Poker Player

Kolonias may not spend much time on the live circuit, but he’s a very adept online poker player. In fact, he’s made millions of dollars under the handle “mexican222.”

Kolonias boasts $3.1 million in high-stakes cash profits to date. He currently lives in London in order to take advantage of the lack of taxes applied to professional gamblers.

2019 WSOP Europe Main Event Final Table Results

  1. Alexandros Kolonias (Greece) – €1,133,678 ($1,258,383)
  2. Claas Segebrecht (Germany – €700,639 ($777,709)
  3. Anthony Zinno (USA) – €485,291 ($538,673)
  4. Dario Sammartino (Italy) – €341,702 ($379,289)
  5. Anh Do (Czech Republic) – €244,653 ($271,565)
  6. Rifat Palevic (Sweden) – €178,171 ($197,770)
  7. Julien Martini (France) – €132,017 ($146,539)
  8. Jakob Madsen (Denmark) – €99,555 ($110,506)