Daniel Negreanu had actually done everything he can to put himself in the position to be crowned the inaugural PokerGO Cup Champion: he paid 4 times during the eight-event series, building up $996,200 in incomes and also securing his initial tournament title in virtually eight years. The 46-year-old online poker pro was gotten rid of from the final occasion of the high-stakes festival in harsh fashion, with his pocket aces being cracked by the pocket eights of Sam Soverel. After that, Negreanu can not do anything however watch from the sidelines as well as root on Cary Katz while he fought Soverel heads-up. If Soverel were to find out on the top, he would certainly surpass Negreanu to win the PokerGO Cup player of the series points race in a photo finish.
Katz had the ability to win the heads-up face-off. While he had actually safeguarded the title as well as a seven-figure cash advance, Negreanu was the one that was the most ecstatic. His cheers could be learnt through the sideline during the broadcast of the final event. Katz’s victory meant that Negreanu had officially won the factors race to become the first-ever PokerGO Mug champion. He made $50,000 in added prize money for coming out on top.
” I’m a nerd, big time. When I was a kid, I made use of to take wrestlers as well as match them against each other, roll dice, and one wrestler would win. I would maintain statistics on their event results, for like the ‘gamer of the year.’ I did that when I was eight, nine years of ages, so I enjoy this kind of stuff,” Negreanu informed PokerGO reporters besides was stated and also done. “Winning a competition is outstanding, but winning a player of the collection is so much a lot more involved. You need to have actually repeated results as well as stuff like that, so it’s big for me.”
Negreanu gained $230,000 for his fourth-place surface in the final occasion of the collection that was eventually won by Katz. Had his pocket aces held up, he could have included a number of hundred thousand bucks a lot more to his collection overall of simply shy of $1 million in cash money.
” It was a bittersweet day due to the fact that I busted and I really did not win the million bucks, as well as I arrived an awful fashion, however ‘El Jefe,’ Cary Katz, came through for me and got the job done,” Negreanu stated. He went on to applaud Katz’s accomplishments as an online poker gamer, saying, “He’s excellent. He’s not a [recreational gamer] Every person states, ‘Cary Katz, he’s a recreational player,’ yet he played against a field in a $100,000 buy-in where there was not a single player that really did not recognize as an expert online poker player, beyond Cary.”
Negreanu’s greatest score of the series was available in the penultimate tournament on the timetable: a $50,000 buy-in money player. He covered a field of 35 entrances to gain his initial real-time tournament triumph since October of 2013. Negreanu had actually cashed in 144 events in the stepping in years, cashing for greater than $22 million in the process, but had not safeguarded a title for 2,819 days. Negreanu finished that touch with a bang, and took home $700,000 as the victor. Previously in the series he had actually completed eighth in a $10,000 buy-in no-limit event and also 6th in a $25,000 buy-in high roller.
As a result of his success during this collection, Negreanu boosted his career event profits total amount to $42,370,255. The six-time World Series of Texas hold’em arm band victor as well as two-time Globe Online poker Excursion champ strengthened his hold on the third-place area on casino poker’s all-time cash checklist, with greater than a $4 million lead over his closest competition in fellow Poker Hall of Fame member Erik Seidel ($ 37,936,451).
Negreanu do with 537 PokerGO Mug factors, giving him a 40-point margin of triumph over runner-up Ali Imsirovic, that won 2 titles during the collection. Katz put third in the standings, while Soverel inevitably completed sixth after stopping working to protect the last title.
Here are the final top ten standings in the PokerGO Cup points race: