Daniel Negreanu kicked off the 2024 in style by winning the very first tournament he played this year. Taking part in the PGT Last Chance Series, DNegs shipped Event #1: $10,100 NL Hold’em in a field of 91 players to win $218,400.
This win helped Negreanu move up on the PGT leaderboard and improve his standing by 218 points. He jumped from 35th to 16th on the PGT leaderboard and now is firmly positioned to make it for the PGT Championship $1,000,000 freeroll.
Not to forget, he did it in astounding fashion by spiking a four-outer for the win against Daniel Smiljkovic. Here’s how Daniel Negreanu played out his winning hand to ship the Event #1: $10,100 NL Hold’em.
‘KidPoker’ (A ♦ K ❤ ) was up against Smiljkovic (J ♦ 2 ♦ ) with the pot valued at 450,000 before the flop.The flop pops out as T ♦ J ♣ J ❤ which handed Smiljkovic a three of a kind and propelled his winning probability over 85%.
However, he decides to check as Negreanu raises by 150,000 which is re-raised to 550,000 and gets a call from Negreanu. The 4 ♣ on the river boosts Smiljkovic’s chances of winning over 90% with only a Queen of any suite left for Negreanu to get a straight and have a better hand than his opponent.
Smiljkovic pushed 1.3M chips into the pot which saw DNegs move all-in. He received a snap call from Smiljkovic as both the players waited for the river. The Q ❤ popped up as the river card, handing the GGPoker ambassador his first win of 2024! You can check out the winning hand below:
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It is also worth noting that Negreanu managed to register a big double at the event where he fared well against his old rival Justin Bonomo by finding a King to win the classic flip. It also propelled Negreanu into the second chip lead position after winning the hand while Bonomo failed to make it count when it mattered. You can check out the hand below.
Negreanu moves into second in chips while Bonomo drops to just a handful of big blinds.
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After a poor outing in 2023 which saw Negreanu record a $2.2 Million loss, he surely would be ecstatic to get back on the winning ways. Following a fantastic start to the new year, it remains interesting to see how ‘KidPoker’ fares in 2024!
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