Tournament Pro Negreanu Frustrated At The Poker Cash Tables Once More

Cash poker is considered the bread and butter domain of the poker professional, while only a small percentage of poker players actually make a living from tournaments only.
Understandably, because of the different format of the games, world class tournament players often struggle playing cash poker against top tier cash game specialists. However, whereas cash pros seem ambivalent to criticisms of their tournament games and are content to excel in their own field of expertise, the same couldn’t be said of the reverse.
Tournament specialist seem to be a lot more sensitive to criticism of their cash game skills which often spills out into farcical displays of ego, such as Phil Hellmuth constantly proclaiming himself to be the “best No Limit Poker player in the world” and getting increasingly closer to meltdown the more he is picked off by the cash sharks at the table.
Daniel Negreanu too feels he has a point to prove and instead of concentrating on exploiting the advantages he holds in his own niche tournament area, he has recently tried to branch out and home his cash game skills.
Since Feb. 25th, Daniel Negreanu has been attempting to grind out a profit at PokerStars’ $100/$200 No-Limit Hold’em cash tables. By March 22 Daniel had turned a $200k profit, but over the following few days had lost almost the whole amount back to go just $9,000 in profit by March 28.
History then repeated itself with Negreanu hitting an upswing for a $221,227 profit before an inevitable downswing which reached its peak last night with a $62,551 loss on the night and a $8,000 deficit to his bankroll overall.
Daniel’s frustration in handling some of the nuances of cash poker have been visible recently on episodes of GSN’s High Stakes Poker. This week, Negreanu was seen folding the best flush to David Benyamine after being re-raised by the French pro, and then slamming his fist on the table exclaiming “Damn it! Unbelievable.”
His mounting frustration was even more visible later after being drawn out on the river by Eli Elezra and proclaiming; “This is just sick, just so sick. What the hell is going on?”
It would seem Negreanu has some way to go before he is able to bridge games and adapt his tournament skills to a cash game setting. In the meantime, the ever resourceful Daniel Negreanu is currently placed second on the all time tournament money list with $12,427,047 in earnings and 4 WSOP to his name, so maybe he can take comfort in the fact he still continues to be one of the best in his own chosen field of expertise.

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