With more than half of the 2017 World Series Of Poker behind us, there’s now only 12 days left before the start of the Main Event. Throughout the event so far we’ve seen the usual rollercoaster of actions that we’ve come to expect from WSOP, and the usual suspect that keeps making headlines is none other than Kid Poker himself.
Forget about his side bet with fellow poker pro, Ben Lamb, that he’ll win three bracelets at this year’s WSOP. He has yet to even win one and wrap his paws around that elusive 7th bracelet. But Negreanu continues to be on the hunt for it, which has already been within striking distance two times, but both ended up slipping out of his grasp.
One thing that wasn’t going to remain unattainable, however, was his 100th career WSOP cash. It was always a matter of “when, not if”, and the time finally came during event #48, $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship.
The other players at the table had hoped Kid Poker would bust early on, considering the small stack he started out with. Despite that, Negreanu did what he does best, and that is to persevere and play hard. This was especially true since he had his eyes on that 100th cash.
Just as he was about to bottom out, a timely full house enabled him to win a big pot against Randy Ohel, giving his chance at cashing another breath of life. The extension did not last long, as Negreanu left the table finishing 18th with $15,182, which, admittedly is not one of his biggest WSOP score, but marks his 100th cash nonetheless. He now joins the exclusive podium of 100+ WSOP cashes, behind only Phil Hellmuth and Erik Seidel.
Daniel quickly took to twitter to make his 100th cash announcement.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 26, 2017
2017 WSOP Player Of The Year Race
Not one to shy away from being vocal about the evolving structure of the WSOP Player of the Year scoring system, Daniel has made several comments about the issue already, and continues the rant further.
It originally started on June 12th when Negreanu voiced his confusion about the new system, stating that he was currently 12th in the running, whereas last year he was 2nd, behind only James Obst. This then started a snowball effect where several other poker pros chimed in to agree with Negreanu’s opinion on the new system being unbalanced, favouring heavily on cashing in large field tournaments, such as Colossus.
“Cashing in Colossus takes 6-7 hours. Cashing in a $10k event takes about 15 vs the worlds best. Which do you think is harder to do?”, says Daniel on twitter.
In fairness, Daniel did say that it is a difficult task to create a fair scoring system when you take into account there are so many events that are vastly different. In the past, the system was more biased towards 10k buy-in events compared to low buy-in events, whereas this year, they tried to correct that unbalance, but have gone a bit heavy handed with the adjustments, with the scale now tipping too much in favour for the low buy-in events. Going forward, we can trust WSOP to make further tweaks to the formulas used in the scoring system to make it more balance and fair.