Daniel Negreanu, a member of team PokerStars has started his 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) campaign by taking part in his first event the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship. Negreanu who has over $32 million in career prize money is considered one of the great poker players in the history of the game and is always a favourite at the WSOP.
During the 2015 WSOP, Negreanu finished in 11th place at the Main Event and just missed out on making it to the November Nines. Negreanu who has already won 4 WSOP bracelets stated that he wasn’t dwelling on the past and how close he was to making to making it into the November Nines in 2015.
The poker hall of famer stated that he is going into the 2016 WSOP with a clean slate and is eager to do well in this year’s WSOP. Negreanu who is known for setting stretch goals at the start of each year has set himself a goal of winning atleast three WSOP bracelets and cashing out in a number of tournaments.
In a statement, Negreanu said “The goal for all of us should essentially be to be present in the moment we’re in. Are you focusing on all the things you’re doing? That’s what being present is. Being aware and being clear about what you’re doing in the moment. Not what’s happened before. We use it as a crutch sometimes. People carry the baggage of what’s happened in the past and they let it affect the future they are creating for themselves. That’s not me.”
Negreanu and Phil Ivey have pushed each other in the past in a friendly but competitive way to win as many WSOP bracelets as possible. Ivey leads that race as he has 10 WSOP bracelets to his name but will not be present for the start of the WSOP as he is playing in Asia. Negreanu believes that Ivey could show up towards the end of the WSOP and give it a shot. The only other poker player who has more WSOP bracelets than Ivey is Phil Hellmuth with a record 14 bracelets.
The PokerStars ambassador states that he has completed most of his ambassador responsibilities towards the brand and will now give his full attention to the WSOP. Negreanu stated that PokerStars understood how important the WSOP was to him and would give him the freedom to concentrate on winning more WSOP tournaments.