Daniel Negreanu Wins Poker-Golf TournamentSeptember 6, 2010 10:05 am
Proving he is as much at home on a golf course as the poker felts these days, Daniel Negreanu has just won the inaugural PokerStars EPT Vilamoura Fairs and Felts tournament in Portugal.
The €1,100 buy-in golf/poker tournament was the first of its kind, and competitors had to show their skills on a golf course on Day 1, before their score was then converted into an equivalent chip count for Day 2’s poker action.
Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu (36), has long enjoyed talking and playing golf and has been involved in a number of golfing related wagers over the years.
On one occassion, Negreanu played Patrick Antonius on an 18 hole course at $20,000 per hole, eventually winning $20K at the end of their game.
Also, recently Negreanu won a high stakes prop bet worth several hundred thousand dollars against fellow pros, when he succeeded in getting his golf score down from 106 to 80 over just year.
Commenting at the time, Negreanu said: ”Reaching my target after hard work feels so amazing!”
All that hard work continues to pay off as going into the EPT Vilamoura Fairs and Felts, Negreanu succeeded in giving his tournament chances a welcome boost by adding an extra 2,500 poker chips to his stack from the golf part of the challenge.
On Day 2, Negreanu eventually reached the final table and went heads up against Pieter De Korver, whom he eliminated on a jack-high flop, with Negreanu holding Q-J to his opponent’s J-2.
Daniel Negreanu will surely be pleased by his Poker-Golf victory, even though the prize money will rank low on his all-time win list.
Despite the competition attracting some top golfers like Tom Larsen and Eddie Tasbas, as well as several poker pros, the field numbered just 14 players all told. The 4 times WSOP bracelet winner walked away with €8,000 for his sporting achievement.