Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu has produced an incredible performance to win the first ever World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event and claim his fifth World Series of Poker bracelet.
Negreanu was in complete control of the final table and rarely looked in trouble as he accumulated a monster chip lead.
His final table performance capped off a remarkable tournament in which he was always one of the chip leaders.
“From two tables, I went from 1.3 million to 2.6 million without winning a big pot, really small ball poker to the extreme,” Negreanu said in a post-tournament interview.
“I won all the pots I was supposed to win, I minimized in the spots where I was beat, and overall I played on feel, which is something that has always made me successful.
“I didn’t overthink things and I just went with my gut.”
Negreanu’s last World Series of Poker bracelet came in 2008 but he has had a number of close calls in recent years – something which crossed his mind repeatedly in the concluding stages of the tournament.
I’ve had a lot of deep runs in the past couple of years and put up a lot of seconds and thirds, and I’ve had a lot of heartbreak when I got close,” Negreanu said in a post-tournament interview.
“In the World Series of Poker Europe, I was in a very similar situation and, yeah, I had a lot of flashback moments and my emotions were running high.”
Negreanu is well known for his laidback and humorous attitude at the poker table, which was evident throughout the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific, and the Canadian credits his success to his fun-loving demeanor.
“One of the things I realized about poker is that I’ve always been the most successful when I am enjoying what I’m doing, not taking myself too seriously, not overthinking things,” he said.
“In this tournament I didn’t worry about what the fundamentals are or what people would say, I just did what I do, I played my way and in the end it paid off.”
The $1,038,825 first place prize takes Negreanu’s tournament winnings to $17,476,836 and he is currently sitting fifth on the all-time poker tournament money list.
The inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific and thanks to the victories of Negreanu and Phil Ivey the event has really made its mark on the poker landscape.
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