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.