It may feel a bit like a lifetime ago since Daniel Negreanu last claimed a victory in a live poker competition, as his wait for a success stood at eight years before this weekend. However, an end was put to that long wait, which almost defies belief.
Nergreanu came out on top in the fifth event of the Poker Masters, which was a $10,000 No Limit Hold’em competition. Negreanu certainly looked delighted that he was able to get a win in the event, which was also his first ever success in the Poker Masters.
Negreanu Ends Long Wait
The fact that it had been such a long wait for a victory in this type of event wasn’t lost on Negreanu, who was reminded of the eight-year drought by long time rival Doug Polk just a couple of months ago. However, despite not winning a live poker tournament for that long, it’s not like he wasn’t still accustomed to standing in the winners enclosure or going deep in competitions, he was most recently third in an WSOP Online Event at the end of July.
However, the Canadian remains one of the most famous poker players on the planet, having picked up over $43.5 million in total live earnings throughout his career. Only two players have won more in their careers, while he is the most successful Canadian poker player of all time, and also considered the most popular player with The Hendon Mob. Regardless, it would have been a welcome sight for the Canadian to get his first win in eight years in this type of event, which means the pressure will now be lifted on Negreanu ahead of the coming events on the schedule.
Negreanu Leads Race For Purple Jacket
The win not only ended Negreanu’s long wait for a success, but also saw him move to the top of the standings in the race for the Purple Jackets at the Poker Masters event. Negreanu was at his stunning best to hold off the challenges laid down in front of him, which saw him end the weekend with 281 points. Still, there is an awfully long way to go in the event, which means that he will need to continue his strong start to the event when the sixth competition gets underway.
Negreanu’s win also saw him pick up returns of $178,200 for his starring performance. He needed to hold off the challenge put down by Nick Petrangelo in the final stages, as the American ended the competition in second place on the leaderboard. The American still earned returns of $133,000 and collected 132 Poker Masters points for his efforts.
Vikenty Shegal and Jake Daniels were the next two players on the leaderboard, with the latter claiming returns of $69,000 and 66 points in the race for the Purple Jacket. The final player on the table was Jeffrey Trudeau, who was the first to be eliminated, as he cashed out for $52,800 and 53 points.