That's why you are going to see ... the real pros are the ones who know how to finish the job and this year has been a testament to that.
Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (PRWEB) June 14, 2008
He is, undeniably, one of the biggest poker stars ever.
But a four-year bracelet drought at the World Series had some questioning whether the one they call "Kid Poker," Daniel Negreanu, had the drive - or the game - to ever win one again.
The definitive answer: Absolutely, with Negreanu dominating the field in Event 20, $2,000 Limit Hold'em, to take his 4th career WSOP* bracelet on Day 14 of PokerListings.com's live 2008 World Series of Poker* coverage
Said Negreanu in his exclusive PokerListings.com post-win interview:
"Every year you hear the people talk about how you're washed up and you're too busy with your outside interests and your pokerVTs, your PokerStars things and all the traveling.
"But what people don't realize is poker is still my No. 1 thing. And golf (laughs). But actually, for the World Series, I try as hard as anyone to win a bracelet and when I'm playing my game I'm in contention for Player of the Year."
Part of the reason more pros, himself included, are monopolizing most of the final tables at this year's Series, Negreanu adds: better tournament structures.
"Right now it's such a great year for the pros and the WSOP. The key reason is that last year they did some things with the structures that made it a lot faster and more luck oriented. Now you look at these final tables and it gives a pro an opportunity to really maneuver and not just play a crapshoot type of thing.
"That's why you are going to see ... the real pros are the ones who know how to finish the job and this year has been a testament to that."
Somewhat overshadowed on Day 14 thanks to Negreanu's win, but definitely not to be overlooked, was another crowd-pleasing bracelet winner - Vanessa Selbst.
Selbst, a Yale University Law student who likewise dominated the field in Event 19, $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha, to win her first bracelet and $227,965, became the first female open-field bracelet winner since Katja Thater last year.
Returning to school in the fall to continue her training as a human rights lawyer, Selbst also had some interesting things to say about her commitment to giving back beyond the poker world in her exclusive PokerListings.com post-win interview.
Live 2008 WSOP* coverage at PokerListings.com continues through the weekend with updates, blogs, player interviews and photos from six more events, with the star attractions being the $10,000 World Championship of Heads-up No-Limit Hold'em and the $10,000 Limit Hold'em World Championship.
Live coverage is, as always, capped off by the PokerListings.com daily video recap with host Amy Macbride, bringing viewers up to speed on all the day's key hands, big winners and talking points.
Also now available in the PokerListings.com Video Gallery are in-depth interviews with big-name poker pros Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Clonie Gowen, Steve Wong and 2006 World Series Player of the Year Jeff Madsen.
Visit the PokerListings.com 2008 World Series coverage section to access all features.
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