Daniel Negreanu Goes "Mental" on Proposed Side Bet with Rampage

December 27, 2022
Charles Rettmuller

Photo Credit: Rachel Kay Miller

Fans of Daniel Negreanu know that the popular poker pro is correct much of the time when it comes to poker and wagers. But Kid Poker was off of his game earlier this month, coming out on the wrong end of a possible side bet over the number of entrants that the $25,700 buy-in WPT High Roller would attract.

It all started when Ethan "Rampage" Yau posed the following question via Twitter, asking his followers to vote on the over/under of the tournament's number of entries.

More than 4,000 of Yau's followers responded, with the poll showing nearly a 50/50 split on whether or not the 100-entry mark would be eclipsed.

High roller events of this caliber rarely see more than 100 players enter and Negreanu proposed a side bet to Rampage, willing to bet the farm on the under. DNegs took a page out of the book of Martin Short's Ed Grimley character in his response, suggesting that it would be "mental" to think that the WPT $25K High Roller would attract 100 or more players.

Rampage was willing to accept the wager and take the over, on the condition that Daniel join the action. Negreanu nixed that idea due to the fact that the $25K High Roller didn’t count toward the PokerGO Tour leaderboard, so his preference was to play the Main Event instead.

"Doesn’t count for PGT points and I already bought in for Monday 1A," Kid Poker tweeted. "Zero chance I’m playing."

As a result, the side bet never went down, apparently. That was good news for Daniel, as 108 entrants competed in the High Roller.

Rampage was among the 108 and wasn't liking his chances of landing in the money at one point. The content creator/poker pro was steeling himself for a heart-breaking finish with just a dozen players remaining:

How did the tournament end? As many know by now, Yau went on a rampage and won the title and first place prize money of $894,240. Well done, Rampage!

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