By Paul Hewson
Daniel Negreanu has done just about everything there is to do in poker – except win the Main Event at the World Series of Poker. Sadly, he won't be winning it this year, either. Negreanu came tantalizingly close to reaching the final table before crashing out in 11th place, earning himself another $526,778 USD in the process. “Kid Poker” has now eclipsed the $30-million mark in live tournament winnings.
That's a hefty consolation prize, but finishing 11th left Negreanu well behind when it comes to filling out his checklist for 2015. The affable Canadian posted a list of 10 goals on his blog at the start of the New Year, and now that the World Series of Poker has concluded (except for the November Nine, of course), Negreanu is missing out on at least one of his benchmarks. Here's the list and where he stands as we go to press.
1. Cash for $2 million: PENDING
According to the stats at Global Poker Index, Negreanu has earned $852,832 thus far in 2015.
2. Play a maximum of 55 tournaments: PENDING
This is one area where poker statistics need to catch up. We only have information on which tournaments Negreanu has cashed, so he'll need to get back to us in January.
3. Cash in 12 times: PENDING
So far, so good. Negreanu has eight cashes this year, most recently finishing sixth at the $10,000 WSOP No Limit Hold'em National Championship for $63,647 in prize money.
4. Make five final tables: PENDING
Missing the November Nine leaves Negreanu three final tables short of meeting his goal. In addition to his aforementioned sixth-place finish, Negreanu came in third at the $10,000 WSOP Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship, pocketing $113,062.
5. Win three WSOP Bracelets: NO
This may have been a lofty goal to begin with. Negreanu has six career WSOP bracelets, including his last two in 2013 on the Asia-Pacific and Europe circuits, but none this year.
6. Move from fifth to third on the WSOP All-Time Cash list: YES
Mission accomplished. With his result at the WSOP National Championship (a circuit event at Harrah's Cherokee), Negreanu sits at $15,349,105. He’s ahead of fellow Canadian Jonathan Duhamel (fourth place at $13,807,378).
7. Maintain third place on WSOP All-Time Cash list: PENDING
The World Series of Poker itself may have concluded, but there are still plenty of circuit events left this year, plus there’s the Europe and International tourneys.
8. End 2015 in the Top 10 of the Global Poker Index: PENDING
Negreanu has a lot of work to do. At press time, he's in 24th place on the GPI rankings and well behind Jason Mercier in first.
9. Finish Top 10 at Card Player or Bluff: PENDING
Reaching this goal got twice as difficult when Bluff Magazine shut down in February, and Negreanu is only No. 511 on Card Player's POY rankings, where Anthony Zinno is No. 1.
10. Take two non-poker vacations: PENDING
Again, we'll have to wait for Mr. Negreanu to give us the details. But given all the work he's been doing both at and away from the poker tables, he deserves a break.
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