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Phil Hellmuth Apoligises To Daniel Negreanu For Being Out Of Line  Poker
Amarylisa Gonsalves
Posted on 28 Jul, 2023
By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 28 Jul, 2023
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By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 28 Jul, 2023
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Phil Hellmuth Apologises To Daniel Negreanu For Being Out Of Line 


For years now, Daniel Negreanu has been quite vocal about what he thinks of the Player of the Year (POY) award by the World Series of Poker (WSOP). In the past as well as to date, he has publicly criticised the criteria on which the award was conferred.

Back in 2018, he also published a detailed blog on Full Contact Poker stating the clear points on which he believes the award should be granted. His suggestions included limiting cashes to the best eight, the min-cash-to-win ratio of 8:1, valuing the $10K buy-in events higher, having a field size cap of 8,000 and most importantly, winning a bracelet that year.

Phil Hellmuth had allegedly criticised Negreanu’s suggestions; however, now the 17-time WSOP bracelet winner has apologised to the Canadian pro, publicly admitting that he agrees to what the latter has to say. He tweeted saying, “I apologise @RealKidPoker! My friend Daniel is mad at me, and says that I was “out of line” by saying he has input in the @WSOP “Player of the Year” award. As usual, Daniel is right! And that is why I am publicly apologising to him. Further, Daniel believes min-cashes should be worth less, and Final Tables worth more (I agree). I like Daniel’s proposal (below), except I would weight 2nd place 65% points of first, 3rd 50% and so on. Daniel thinks the winner HAS to win a bracelet (I vociferously agree)” (sic)

To this Negreanu replied saying, “Yeah, there is a lot to think about with how to create the best system to give everyone a chance but we agree for the most part on FTs and wins being weighted heavily.”  (sic)

Another player, Chris Hinchcliffe, questioned Negreanu about why are online results are considered for POY award. “Why are online results considered? We have online championships, etc. can’t we keep them separated and avoid that conflict? Wins, FTs and top 5% of field cashes should hold alot of weight in rankings. Imo,” he wrote. (sic)

The six-time WSOP bracelet winner gave a logical answer saying, “If it were up to me, online results wouldn’t count for POY at all. It forces those in contention to multitask and in some cases, lug a laptop to play while also trying to play live.”

Meanwhile, Minnesota’s Ian Matakis was named the 2023 WSOP Player of the Year for his 22 cashes accounting to a total of $881,682, including his career-first WSOP bracelet in Online Event #2: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Bankroll Builder. What do you have to say about Daniel Negreanu’s criteria suggestions for WSOP Player of The Year? Let us know in the comments below.

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