Believe it or not, but Daniel Negreanu, one of the world’s most talented poker players has not won a single live title for the past eight years. However, all that changed when he managed to clinch the title spot of the PokerGO Cup Event #7: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em. The event was held at the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino.
Negreanu beat David Coleman in the final table and shipped the event. This poker pro grabbed $7,00,000 in prize money. As a GGPoker ambassador with six World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelets, the latest win may not be his biggest but is a welcome change. However, the win broke Negreanu’s eight-year-long dry spell which means that it was an important win for him.
Negreanu commented on his win saying, “If I look at my results since 2013, I’ve cashed for $20 to $30 million, so I’ve still been able to post wins in terms of finances, but the elusive top prize has been missing.”
He further adds, “I’ve been a bridesmaid so many times. Just the demons and the ghosts in your brain, like when I’m heads up with (David Coleman) and that three hit the turn, it was just every reminder, like Buckner back in Shea Stadium.
Every possible bad thing, I’m thinking in my head. I can’t help it. I’m human. So just to get that win out of the way it feels like I don’t have to think about that anymore.”
While talking about how his playing style has changed since, Negreanu said, “I think my game is better than it has ever been. It’s simply a factor of understanding the bluff more clearly and that I need to do it more. For most of my career in the 2000s, I didn’t need to bluff much because people called too often. I got to play a small-ball approach that did not require taking any risks. Now, if you do that against really great players, you’re not going to get value because they’re just going to keep folding. The value has to come from a little bit more aggression. So, I upped my aggression in a lot of spots, I do a lot more bluffing, and earn some pots.”
The final table was packed with intense action as Ali Imsirovic entered with a chip lead. But it was not long before Imsirovic lost his lead and busted first in the fifth position for $1,22,500. Following him was Sergi Reixach who busted in fourth position for $1,92,500 after a bad beat.
The next bust was Alex Foxen. He was armed with an ace-jack while Negreanu had a queen-seven suited. But when the board opened to a seven on the river, it gave Negreanu a pair; Foxen quickly busted third with $2,80,000.
When the heads-up battle began, David Coleman had a slight chip lead over Negreanu. However, by the time the final hand was played, Negreanu had doubled his chips. Coleman went all-in holding fives, which was called by Negreanu with king-ten.
In the final showdown, river opened to a ten, giving Negreanu a pair and his first victory in nearly 8 years. Coleman walked away as the runner-up for $4,55,000.
“I feel like I’ve competed well all week. I had a bubble, I had two min-cashes, and then I had this one. I feel like I’ve been there. I have the utmost respect for my opponents and how good they are. I do believe it’s the best learning ground; watching what the top players do, the Ali Imsirovic’s, the Jake Schindler’s and Alex Foxen–there are so many great players here. I have the luxury of playing with them and I feel like I’m doing pretty well against them,” said Negreanu.
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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