Daniel Negreanu Wins 7th WSOP Bracelet in $50k Poker Players Championship

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After more than a decade without a win at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), poker legend Daniel Negreanu has finally secured his seventh WSOP gold bracelet. This victory is especially significant for the 49-year-old Poker Hall of Fame member, as it came in one of the toughest and most prestigious tournaments: the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship. The Canadian pro outlasted a field of 89 entries in the nine-game mixed event to earn $1,178,703 and the coveted bracelet.

“This is the tournament,” said Negreanu after coming out on top. “This is the one where all the best players show up. The structures are very long. It’s a real grind and to stay, meant to be sharp for five days. When you win this tournament, you earn it and there’s no fluking the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.”

With this win, Negreanu became just the 10th player in poker history to have won seven or more WSOP bracelets.

“I got to be honest, having six was kind of embarrassing for me, really,” Negreanu told Card Player when asked about finally capturing his seventh. “It’s just like I’ve played so many tournaments and I only have six and [Phil] Ivey has 11 and all this stuff, and I’m like, ‘Whoa, I have too many second-place finishes.’ So this feels like it changes things up. Maybe now I’ll just go on a run and win a couple more before the series is over.”

Reflecting on his performance, Negreanu said, “I don’t think I’ve ever played better. I talk about playing above the rim… if you want to be elite, you have to play above the rim. There were some critical razz pots I handled well. I know I played top-notch and executed my strategy really well.”

Before this victory, Negreanu’s last bracelet came at the 2013 WSOP Europe in a €25,000 high roller event. It was 3,899 days between that win and this one. He now has two bracelets in mixed games (this and the 2003 S.H.O.E.) and five in hold’em events. His first bracelet was in the 1998 $2,000 pot-limit Omaha event, followed by the $2,000 limit hold’em in both 2004 and 2008. His first no-limit hold’em bracelet came in the 2013 WSOP Asia Pacific main event, and later that year he won the high roller event.

Negreanu now has $52,972,918 in career tournament earnings, ranking him seventh on poker’s all-time money list. Over $22.5 million of that total has been earned at the WSOP.

This was Negreanu’s third title and 11th final-table finish of 2024. The 816 Card Player Player of the Year points he earned moved him into 13th place in the 2024 POY standings presented by Global Poker. Negreanu is chasing his third POY title, having won in 2004 and 2013.

Negreanu also earned 700 PokerGO Tour points for the win. With 1,645 total points, he is now the top-ranked player on that high-stakes leaderboard.

The 89-entry turnout for this prestigious event created a prize pool of $4,249,750. The top 14 finishers made the money, including notable players like two-time bracelet winner Maxx Coleman (14th), four-time bracelet winner Phil Hui (13th), five-time bracelet winner and three-time champion of this event Michael Mizrachi (12th), two-time bracelet winner James Obst (11th), three-time bracelet winner Joao Vieira (9th), and bracelet winner Johannes Becker (8th).

Phil Ivey was the first to be knocked out at the official final table of seven, earning $158,719. The 11-time bracelet winner was eliminated in no-limit deuce-to-seven single draw. The 47-year-old Poker Hall of Famer now has $45,874,407 in career earnings.

Six-time bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus soon followed Ivey, earning $200,896 after being eliminated in Omaha eight-or-better by Chris Brewer and David Benyamine.

The final day of play began with Brewer in the lead and Negreanu in second. The first two eliminations came quickly. Benyamine finished fifth, earning $265,054, and Dylan Smith, finishing fourth, took home $363,914.

Three-handed play lasted a few hours, with Brewer eventually being eliminated in third place, earning $519,158. This brought his career earnings to nearly $24.6 million.

Heads-up play began with Yockey holding 15,750,000 to Negreanu’s 10,950,000. The two battled for over three hours with multiple lead changes. Negreanu was all-in and at risk in pot-limit Omaha but managed a crucial double-up with a river deuce giving him trips.

The final hand also came in pot-limit Omaha. Negreanu raised with ADiamond SuitQSpade SuitJClub Suit7Spade Suit and Yockey called with 9Club Suit6Spade Suit3Spade Suit2Club Suit. The flop brought 10Club Suit7Club Suit7Heart Suit. Yockey check-raised to 3,550,000 and Negreanu moved all-in. Yockey called but was drawing dead after the turn brought the QHeart Suit, giving Negreanu sevens full. Yockey finished as runner-up, earning $768,467, the largest score of his career.

WSOP $50K Poker Players Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Daniel Negreanu Canada $1,178,703
2 Bryce Yockey United States $768,467
3 Chris Brewer United States $519,158
4 Dylan Smith United States $363,914
5 David Benyamine France $265,054
6 Jeremy Ausmus United States $200,896
7 Phil Ivey United States $158,719