The World Series of Poker Player of the Year race has been running since 2004 when Daniel Negreanu took the plaudits after cashing in 6 out of 32 events, reaching 4 final tables and collecting his third bracelet.
In 2013 he won the Player of the Year title once again, becoming the first player to win the award twice, and has also won another three bracelets—but now he wants more!
“I’ve changed my approach to Player of the Year. I don’t do the Shaun Deeb. Shaun Deeb is running round playing this and that, and these small buy-in, huge-field events. I’m not doing any of that. I’m going for wins.”
“To win WSOP Player of the Year, you need big points, and you need to put up a couple of wins. You can do that by focusing on quality over quantity. There is still plenty of time. I’m resilient as f***. I don’t ever feel out of it.”
The lack of any WSOP wins in the last nine years must be more of a motivation for Negreanu. His last success came back in 2013 when he won the €25,600 High Roller No Limit Hold'em €725,000.
He thinks that chasing the Player of the Year title will help him in this quest as it’s almost impossible to win without picking up at least one win throughout the series.
“I believe the bracelets come with it. You’re rarely going to see WSOP Player of the Year won by somebody who didn’t win a bracelet. It’s very, very difficult to do. It’s a unique thing that’s probably more important to me. To hit my third WSOP Player of the Year award before anyone else has two.”
In 2019 Daniel Negreanu was actually awarded his record-breaking third Player of the Year title but an error was spotted in the calculation and it was then handed over to Australian Robert Campbell.