Negreanu Offers Even Odds for Winning 3 Bracelets at WSOP 2017May 31, 2017 9:29 am
Daniel Negreanu is the world’s number one poker tournament winner with $33,393,784 in live earnings, half of which has been won at the annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Since his first cash at the prestigious tournament series back in 1998, Negreanu has also amassed an impressive six gold bracelets, including picking up two in 2013, with one at the WSOP Asia and the other at the WSOP Europe.
While the 42 year-old poker legend may naturally be brimming with confidence going into this year’s WSOP, it seems that he may also have gone way over the top after offering even odds on him capturing three bracelets this summer. True, Jason Mercier made a similar wager last year with Vanessa Selbst, who subsequently bought out of her bet after Mercier took down his second event, but at least he had offered long odds of 180:1 for such an accomplishment. This year, however, Jason Mercier is asking 2-1 on winning just a single bracelet, but as Negreanu tweeted this week:
“Just bet @BenbaLamb I’d win 3 WSOP bracelets this summer at even money. He is lighting money on fire. Punish him!!!”
Unsurprisingly, Negreanu was soon inundated with offers to take the wager, and soon after reached the cap for his even money bet. While no details were released as to the size of the bets, its likely to be significant sums considering the high-stakes gamblers involved.
As to why Negreanu would offer such ridiculously low odds on him actually accomplishing the feat is also unknown, especially since throughout the Series’s five-decade history, just five players have won three bracelets in a single year. This includes Puggy Pearson (1973), Phil Hellmuth (1993), Ted Forrest (1993), Phil Ivey (2002), and Jeffrey Lisandro (2009). Germany’s George Danzer also captured 3 bracelets in 2014, although they were split between the WSOP in Las Vegas and the WSOP Asia.
In the meantime, Negreanu announced at the beginning of May that he intends to play in 40 of the 74 events featured at the 2017 WSOP, laying out around $1 million in buy-in fees in the process.