Toronto Maple Leaf Phil Kessel Sweats Daniel Negreanu Instead of Free Agency

Created By: Arthur Crowson
01 July 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
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Daniel Negreanu is arguably the most popular poker player in the world and it appears even the Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel is a fan.

The NHL All-Star was spotted watching the final table of the World Series of Poker’s epic high-stakes $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Kessel joined the action when Negreanu got heads-up against opponent Dan Colman.

“It’s a pretty good little sweat,” said Kessel, in reference to the $7 million jump between first and second place in the tournament.

Negreanu hails from Toronto and has played with Kessel and various Maple Leafs in several charity poker tournaments. Negreanu mentioned on Twitter he played golf with Kessel last week.

Interestingly Kessel, who potted 37 goals for the Leafs this year, makes $8 million a year with Toronto. Negreanu could roughly double that in just three days of work by winning the first-place prize of $15 million.

The Big One for One Drop attracted 42 players this year and created a prize pool of $37 million with over $4 million going towards charity.

Kessel didn’t say whether he would take part in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event, which former Vancouver Canuck’s goaltender Roberto Luongo has played for the last two years.

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