Oops WSOP Make Error As Robert Campbell Takes 2019 POY

Last Updated on November 11, 2019 Author:Adrian Sterne

Robert CampbellThe World Series of Poker (WSOP) has now announced that Robert Campbell is the official winner of the 2019 Player of the Year (POY) race.

The WSOP apparently committed a clerical error that placed Daniel Negreanu at the top of the POY leaderboard. The error gave the Canadian poker pro his third POY win, after capturing the title twice, in 2004 and 2013.

The WSOP confirmed the error in a statement on Nov 8, saying they had wrongly listed the results for Event #68: $1,000 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em Championship, affecting places 32-46, and giving Negreanu some extra points. The Canadian player failed to finish in the money in the online bracelet tournament, but was awarded POY points.

After conducting a recalculation of the points, Campbell, who captured two WSOP bracelets this summer, officially came out on top, with Shaun Deeb following him at No. 2, and the previously announced winner Negreanu slipping down to No. 3.

A poster on online poker forum TwoPlusTwo noticed an error in the listing of points and started a thread investigating the alleged mistake. Alexander Elenskiy, a live poker reporter going by the name “iskander” on the forum, revealed that Negreanu was wrongly declared as the winner, if the correct results were to be considered. WSOP said they were aware of the error and was working on fixing things.

It appeared Negreanu’s result in Event #87 where he cashed in 36th place, was also listed in Event #68, giving him an additional 213.1 POY points. Negreanu’s total cash should have been 23, not 24, and his total points should have been 3,861.78, not 4,074.88. Campbell earned 3,961.31 points while Deeb had 3,917.32, which means that the Aussie player is the true POY winner.

WSOP Apologies

The last event at the WSOPE, the €550 Colossus, served as the determining factor for the 2019 WSOP POY race. Negreanu, Campbell, and Deeb were all in the running for the top spot, with Negreanu holding a slim lead against his two rivals. When the Colossus event finally concluded, both Robert Campbell and Deeb failed to get much-needed points to topple Negreanu off the No. 1 spot.

The Canadian player was then announced as the winner, and he immediately posted some sort of a celebratory vlog in which he expressed his excitement at his third POY victory.

Daniel Negreanu


The WSOP has apologised for the error and the impact it has had on the POY race. Going forward, the brand said it’s looking to overhaul POY to prevent similar instances from happening again.

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