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.