Daniel Negreanu finished in second place in the $1 million Big One for One Drop at the 2014 World Series of Poker for $8.2 million, making him the highest-earning tournament poker player in history. Negreanu now has $29.8 million in live tournament earnings, surpassing former money-leader Antonio Esfandiari who skyrocketed to the top of the list when he won the inaugural Big One for One Drop in 2012. Negreanu wasn't able to go all the way in this event, that honor belonged to Dan Colman, but he did take a few minutes after the heads-up match to tell the media what this finish meant to him. Negreanu talks about his legacy in poker, raising $4.6 million for One Drop and the one moment in this event that truly got his heart pumping. Check out PokerListings.com for the latest news and video from the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
No, I mean, anytime you don't win, it haunts you because it's a bracelet that would have counted as on your numbers but you don't get. But in terms of where I stand as an ambassador for the game, that wasn't affected I don't think, whether or not I finished first or second or didn't cash. I am who I am. Integrity's important to me. That's what I think . . . I've always been a polarizing figure in the poker because I say what I feel. And that's not gonna change whether I come first or second or out.
Well everything played out pretty much according to plan, except for the heads up. I got a lead at one point then I lost an unlucky hand with ace queen against ace eight, right? I'd played it well. I made a bet on the turn to get them out. He called and he caught the eight. And then from there, as sort of the wind kind of got knocked out of my sails. I wasn't getting the situations and he's really tough. He wasn't giving any chips away. Overall, obviously my plan was to win. My intention was to win, that didn't happen but I came pretty close.
Well yeah, I mean the fact that $4.6 million was raised for the One Drop Foundation makes it less of a bunch of rich guys with way too much money gambling for stupid amounts of money. It becomes something bigger, it becomes something more [inaudible 00:01:11], outward focused, something that . . . it's fun for those people but at the same time, they're making a difference.
I never really felt nervous. I mean, I felt really calm and at peace. And I just knew what the job in front of me was and I knew what I had to do to get it done. And it was nice on the very first hand to take the lead and all of the sudden put myself in a good spot, bust the guy. So now it frees up players to start gambling a little bit.
Well, there was one hand I think, after I lost the big pot to Tobias or he got lucky on a hand, I tried to bluff Daniel Coleman earlier and I re-raised him on the turn with just a gut shot. And I was like, "Oops, he called," and then I hit the straight. And I was like, "Ah, sweet. Yeah, that works. Okay."
So that was one where I was like, "What I'm doing?" After I did that, I'm like "What are you doing? Why are you putting two million in here? Stop." It's too late, I already put them in.