Daniel Negreanu To Spend $2 Million at 2018 WSOP

Daniel Negreanu To Spend $2 Million at 2018 WSOPNo one makes it to the top of their profession without putting in countless hours of groundwork, and this is no more true than in poker where a player’s rewards are measured by the time and effort that they are prepared to put into their games.

Case in point, Daniel Negreanu is currently ranked at number one on poker’s ‘All Time Money List’ with $36,546,094 in winnings, but instead of resting on his laurels the Canadian pro has prepared one of his most grueling tournament schedules for the upcoming World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, with the 43 year-old planning on laying out $2 million in buy-ins to play 39 events between June 1 and July 15.

As self-help author Joe Vitale once said “a goal should scare you a little, and excite you a lot,” and judging by one of Negreanu’s recent tweets the PokerStars frontman has done just that, writing:

“Just going over my proposed poker schedule for May and beyond and yikes are there ever a boatload of high buy in [sic] tournaments. Pre-Exhaustion before the WSOP even starts. Also FYI $25k WSOP Fantasy draft date likely May 30th. May have a guarantee on it too!”

Balanced Risk

This summer, the 49th Annual WSOP will feature 78 bracelet events over its roughly seven week schedule at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The tournaments will subsequently vary in cost from as low as $365 to as high as $1 million for its final event, The Big One for One Drop.

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Meanwhile, Negreanu has announced via his recent blog post at fullcontactpoker.com that he intends to spend $2 million entering a range of events including numerous with $1,500 and $10k buy-ins, as well as a $50k and a $100k tournament. Nevertheless, Negreanu has also said that all being well then he’ll also take part in the $1m buy-in Big One for One Drop event, although if he does he will seek backers for $500k of that amount. As he explains:

“Hate it. Reeeeally hate it, but a million is too much to put up for one 3 day event. It’s the only event I’ll sell pieces for and hopefully by then I’ll have had a great summer and make a run in that event as well.”

According to his blog, Negreanu has even allocated four days off during his punishing schedule, although he acknowledges that the list he has prepared is just an outline, and that if he is eliminated early from a ‘primary’ event then he may jump into a ‘secondary’ event, instead.

Past Efforts

Daniel Negreanu has won 6 WSOP bracelets throughout his illustrious career, including at $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em (1998), $2,000 S.H.O.E. (2003), and $2,000 Limit Hold’em (2004, 2008). In 2013, he also took down the WSOP Asia Pacific $10k Main Event, and the WSOP Europe €25,600 High Roller No Limit Hold’em.

In 2016, Negreanu cashed in at 9 of the 10 tournaments he entered, with his deepest run a 4th place finish at Event #13: $1,500 Razz for $42,030. In 2017, he then cashed in at 11 tournaments and made four final tables, including finishing runner-up to Abe Mosseri at the $ 10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Championship for $240,290.

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Aria and Bellagio Events

If Negreanu’s tournament record this year is anything to go by then fans can look forward to an exciting run at this year’s WSOP. After all, he has cashed in at seven events so far in 2018, all of which have resulted in final table appearances, including collecting $521,140 at the PCA No Limit Hold’em – Super High Roller  for a 4th place finish.
In addition to his WSOP schedule, Negreanu has expressed a keen interest in entering some of the events that will be taking place at the Aria and Bellagio this summer, and envisions spending a further $600,000 in buy-ins at these venues.

“Lots of $25k buy ins with unlimited rebuys so each one is likely to cost a little over $50k on average, plus a $100k with the same format right before the Super High Roller Bowl,” wrote Negreanu.


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