Professional poker player Daniel Negreanu, who has won a large number of live poker tournaments throughout the course of his brilliant poker career, won his first online poker championship title recently.
The 38-year-old poker pro won the 39th event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), which happened to be a $5,200 PL Omaha 6-max tournament. Since it was a high-stakes event, the player field was just 180, but it was quite a tough field to beat as it comprised top poker pros such as Justin Bonomo, Shaun Deeb, Ike Haxton, Joe Ebanks, David Baker, Steven Chidwick, and Jason Mercier.
When he reached the final table, Negreanu was the chip leader, having a stack of 331,441 chips. The final table play soon reached the heads-up phase, with Negreanu playing gainst FA_Morgoth. When the heads-up match began, Negreanu had 764,712 chips while FA_Morgoth had 135,288 chips. The heads-up match comprised just 5 hands, at the end of which Negreanu emerged as the champion.
During the initial three hands, Negreanu grabbed the blinds. When the fourth hand was being played, a considerable portion from FA_Morgoth’s chip stack had transferred to Negreanu’s stack. When the fifth hand was being played, Negreanu raised and FA_Morgoth called. Negreanu’s opponent checked when the flop showed Four of Hearts, Five of Diamonds, and Two of Diamonds. Negreanu then placed a bet of 12,000 chips, which FA_Morgoth raised to 60,000, leaving just a few chips in his own stack. While Negreanu got a Flush Draw and a Nut Straight, FA_Morgoth showed a Straight Draw and a Top Pair. Since neither the turn nor the river helped FA_Morgoth improve his hand, Negreanu ended up grabbing his first online poker title.
Shortly after winning the first place prize of $216,000, Negreanu tweeted: “Won my first ever major online poker tournament. This last two months has been the sickest run of my career. So thankful and SO FUN!”
Negreanu has had a lucrative 2013. In April, he reached the final table of the inaugural edition of the WSOP’s Asia Pacific Main Event and won more than one million dollars. Early this May, he finished in the fourth position in the EPT Grand Final, winning a grand prize of $420,910. Later, he finished in the seventh position in the WPT World Championship, winning a prize of $137,085. He also won a small cash prize for finishing fourth in a preliminary WSOP APAC event.