I no longer care about the World Series of Poker. All the talk late on Tuesday night was about Canadian Daniel Negreanu, a poker legend in his own time, and whether or not he would finally make it to the “November Nine” final table at the $10,000 Main Event.
This, of course, is the poker equivalent of going to the Final Four, or the Super Bowl, or whatever (baseball World Series?). It would have been interesting to see the Canadian media reaction if Negreanu did make it. Because while Negreanu is well known among poker fans for his countless appearances on these poker shows on TV, you still get the feeling he hasn’t received the mainstream attention in this country that he deserves. (Even the national soccer team’s Christine Sinclair gets more press.)
Winning the title of Main Event champion is supposed to represent the world championship of poker, poker greatness. But I question whether it really does mean you are the best at poker for any particular year. Maybe it meant something in the old days, but lately the fields for the Main Event have gotten so huge and it really has turned into a big “donkament” for that reason.
Greatness, I think, is better measured by your play over a long period of time, and Negreanu has certainly proved himself on that front with his “player of the year” titles and the multiple WSOP bracelets he’s won at their other events. Still, making the Main Event final table would have been awesome for him and for Canada.
So when I learned on Twitter that he had lost, and fallen to the floor in an “agony of defeat” moment, was sad indeed. (And as an aside — why the heck was this ‘countdown to the final table’ not livestreamed like the rest of the WSOP was?! Massive fail on their part.)
Anyway, Negreanu busted in 11th place, two places short of the Final Table. But before you feel too sorry for him, keep in mind his cash prize amounts to a little over a half-million dollars for this finish. Besides, he’s rich anyway.
Still, whatever reason Canadians have to tune in the Main Event final table in November is gone, because it’s back to being the usual collection of low-profile people that we have come to expect for this event. No wonder the poker world groaned when Negreanu busted out.