It was the same old story for Daniel Negreanu — bad beats and misfortune in crucial all ins — in his quest to end a nine-year World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet drought.
The Poker Hall of Famer couldn’t close it out, busting in fourth place, at the final table of WSOP Europe’s Event #8: €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Platinum High Roller at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, Tuesday night. Paul Phua, however, could, and took home the €482,433 first place prize, his first bracelet. Gab Yong Kim was the runner up for €298,163.
One of the most confusing mysteries in poker is Negreanu’s WSOP performance since 2013. Over that span, he’s reached 19 final tables, made millions of dollars, and been an annual contender for WSOP Player of the Year. Outside of perhaps Shaun Deeb, who coincidentally finished third on Tuesday, he’s arguably been the top overall performer in bracelet events during those nine years.
But he simply has not been able to get over the hump at a WSOP final table, and the €25k high roller was sort of a microcosm for how things have gone for him in recent years.
There were 67 entrants in the eighth event of the WSOP Europe series, which included the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, Espen Jorstad, who snuck into the final table but was the first to go in ninth place for €45,242. Here are the full final table results:
|2||Gab Yong Kim||South Korea||€298,163|
|3||Shaun Deeb||United States||€205,566|
|6||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||€82,104|
|7||Wayne Heung||Hong Kong||€64,835|