Negreanu To Approach 2019 WSOP With A Different Strategy
Poker players from around the world are making plans to attend the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) which starts in May.
Daniel Negreanu plans to play at the 2019 WSOP but his current focus is elsewhere for now.
On May 17, the six-time bracelet winner will marry his fiancée former PokerNews host Amanda Leatherman.
Two weeks later, Negreanu will make his way to the WSOP but this time, he will enter with a new strategy.
The Canadian poker pro has been playing the bigger buy-in events at the WSOP for years. He usually competes within the $10K – $50K buy-in range, and occasionally he takes part in the $100K or the $1 million buy-in events, which have considerably smaller fields but draw in the best poker players in the world.
The competition in larger buy-ins is significantly tougher than events with smaller buy-ins. However, if you are looking to win a WSOP bracelet, the smaller events offer the best chances. Players also play the bigger buy-in events in order to earn more points in the Player of the Year (POY) race. This year, Negreanu has decided to use a new strategy and that involves focusing on the smaller buy-in events.
Negreanu who currently occupies the number 2 spot on poker’s all-time money list, is considering something he’s never done before – adopting a schedule that’s heavy on the smaller no-limit hold’em events.
The current POY points structure appears to benefit those who are competing in smaller buy-in, large-field events, as it is easier to score min-cashes, which in turn allows players to earn more points. Having said that, it has become almost impossible for those playing in the tough $10Ks to win Player of the Year as these events don’t award as many points.
Any Prop Bet Takers?
The long-time Team PokerStars Pro is confident that he can cash in the double digits by taking part in more of these smaller buy-in events. And, if there are any serious takers out there, Negreanu is willing to bet $5 million that he can hit 15 cashes at this year’s WSOP.
This new strategy will give Negreanu a number of benefits. First, it will allow him to have the chance to accumulate more POY points, second, the softer fields guarantee higher ROI, third, he will finally experience what it is like to compete in the smaller buy-in events, and last but not the least, it will give him the opportunity to actually sit and play with small time poker players who account for the biggest slice of his vlog viewership.