Negreanu Turns Year Around After Winning Super High Roller Bowl VII ($3,312,000)
Six-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu documented a rough summer where he lost $1.1 million. He was down a bit more than that in 2022 and was on pace for what appeared likely to be his first losing year since 2017.
Negreanu turned everything around and instead of showing a nearly $2 million loss on the year, he is now in profit for $1,671,022 after defeating Nick Petrangelo heads-up in the nosebleed $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl VII for $3,312,000.
Was on pace for my worst losing year ever but it will be a winning 2022 after yesterday— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) October 8, 2022
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Negreanu is one of the most successful no-limit hold'em poker tournament players of all time with nearly $50 million in live tournament earnings as tracked by The Hendon Mob placing him in third place on The Hendon Mob All Time Money List just behind Justin Bonomo and Bryn Kenney.
This wasn't the only success that Negreanu had in a Super High Roller Bowl tournament as he took runner-up in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl IV in 2018 for a cool $3 million. Three-time Super High Roller Bowl champion Bonomo won that event for $5 million and while he was unable to win this time around, he did manage a fourth-place finish to collect $720,000.
While Negreanu's Super High Roller Bowl success has added millions to his bankroll, this isn't where Negreanu achieved his biggest success to date. That came eight years ago when he finished runner-up to Dan Colman in the 2014 WSOP Event #58: $1,000,000 No Limit Hold'em - The Big One for One Drop for $8,288,001.
We could easily be writing about a different champion for this event if not for a big hand on Day 1. The recently controversial Kenney was allowed to play while others embroiled in controversy in Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler are banned at least until the end of the year by PokerGO for all of its events. That being said, Kenney wasn't grouped in by PokerGO with others accused of cheating and was allowed to play. In hindsight, it would have worked out better for Kenney if he didn't enter as his wallet wouldn't be $300,000 lighter.
Kenney got into a major hand with Negreanu where he held aces and nailed a set on an ace-four-five flop. Negreanu with pocket threes improved to an inferior set after a trey hit the turn. Thus far, the betting was relatively small but that all changed after Negreanu further improved to the nuts with quads after the case trey spiked the river. All the chips went in then to eliminate Kenney, and Negreanu never looked back en route to victory.
Super High Roller Bowl VII Results
The Super High Roller Bowl VII attracted 24 of the biggest names in poker to generate a whopping $7,200,000 prize pool. The top four players were awarded at least a min-cash of $720,000 with payouts going up quickly from there.
|1||Daniel Negreanu||United States||$3,312,000|
|2||Nick Petrangelo||United States||$2,016,000|
|3||Andrew Lichtenberger||United States||$1,152,000|
|4||Justin Bonomo||United States||$720,000|
Final Day Action
Five players returned on the third and final day on the money bubble with four spots getting paid. Petrangelo and Negreanu were on the top of the pack with Andrew Lichtenberger, Orpen Kisacikoglu, and Bonomo all with shorter stacks.
Two of the shorter stacked players collided early on with Lichtenberger four-bet jamming queens and Kisacikoglu calling off his stack with ace-queen. The money bubble broke after the board ran clean for Lichtenberger and it was guaranteed with Turkey's Kisacikoglu on the rail that the event would feature all American players in the money.
Lictenberger was back at it again, this time eliminating Bonomo in fourth place after his jacks were good against eights. All three players were near even at this point during three-handed play but that all changed when Lichtenberger's good fortunes ended when he ran his king-six into Negreanu's ace-six.
Negreanu began heads-up action with a nearly 5:1 chip advantage and eventually had Petrangelo on the ropes with just 10 big big blinds when the final hand took place. Negreanu jammed with queen-seven suited and Petrangelo called off with king-five. If Petrangelo was able to hold, he would have been right back into things. Instead, Negreanu connected with his seven on the flop and won the event after Petrangelo bricked the board.
After the win, Negreanu tweeted his appreciation for his ever-supporting wife Amanda Negreanu.
YO @RadioAmanda— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) October 8, 2022
I DID IT!!!!
I love you soooo much. Thanks for being there for me always through the rough patch last couple years.
You always believed in me and it makes a difference! ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/TL176UW6mh
Congrats to Daniel Negreanu on an epic victory and turning around his year!
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