The World Series of Poker declared 2013 as the ‘Year of Canada’ due to the unprecedented success of Canadian poker players in high-stakes tournaments around the world. The most accomplished Canadian player by far is Daniel Negreanu, who once again proved his excellence at the WSOP Europe.
Negreanu faced off against 80 elite poker players in the WSOP Europe €25,000 no-limit high roller tournament earlier this week. Though he entered the final table of the tournament with a relatively short chip stack, Negreanu outplayed his final competitors to win the tournament. With his victory, Negreanu won his sixth WSOP gold bracelet and pocketed over $1 million in winnings.
The Canadian poker pro is having one of the best years of his career. The WSOP Asia-Pacific held its inaugural event in Australia earlier this year and Negreanu became the first player to win the main event. He followed up by finishing in the top ten at many cash tournaments, and also finished seventh at the WSOP $25,000 main event championship in Las Vegas over the summer.
Due to his successful run, Negreanu secured his position as the WSOP Player of the Year, and also holds a commanding lead in the ‘Card Player’ Player of the Year leaderboard. If he wins the Card Player distinction by the end of the year, Negreanu will become the first player in poker history to win both titles twice – he previously won them both in a highly successful season in 2004.
Negreanu is an ambassador for Team PokerStars, and is routinely cited by fans, commentators, and competitors alike as one of the greatest poker players in the world.