The World Series of Poker hasn’t even begun but the summer is already off to a blockbuster start for Daniel Negreanu.
Negreanu married his girlfriend Amanda Leatherman in front of a rapt audience of family, friends and poker pros alike on May 19.
It was “the social event of the season,” in poker circles, and by all accounts an epic and heartwarming evening.
But don’t just take our word for it – check out the wedding cut released from Negreanu below:
Negreanu Wants WSOP Gold, POY
While Negreanu is likely still soaring on his wedding vibes he’s also now buckling down to prepare himself for the 2019 World Series of Poker.
The WSOP is always a priority for Negreanu. The planning of his WSOP schedule is meticulous to maximize his chances at adding another gold bracelet to his current stash of six.
Even though he lives in Las Vegas, Negreanu famously parks a private RV behind the Rio so he can relax and stay fresh in his downtime and manage the full grind of the WSOP.
He cares about winning bracelets, first and foremost. But he also cares about the WSOP Player of the Year award.
Already one of the game’s all-time greats and a two-time WSOP Player of the Year (2004, 2013), the man they call Kid Poker has another WSOP POY award in mind for 2019.
He’s also letting his fans and subscribers in on the chase – both for POY and profit – for as little as $5:
Plan is to play “next tourney up” all summer with a couple exceptions related to the $50k PPC
No days off.
May see me go from a $500 buy in at 11am to a $50k buy in at 3pm.
Balls… to… the wall.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) March 30, 2019
Buy a Piece of Daniel’s WSOP Action May 24!
Here’s how you can buy a piece of his action (by credit card no less!) starting Friday, May 24:
With a massive 89-event WSOP schedule in Las Vegas and 10 more bracelet events at the WSOPE in Rozvadov — and points handed out in higher increments in low buy-in, big field events — to win the POY Negreanu will have to play more events than ever before.
It will be a grind and a thrill ride from beginning to end – especially if Negreanu builds some momentum with an early deep run.
Daniel Splits With PokerStars
If you watched the video up to at least the 10-minute mark you’ll have seen that Daniel announced he has officially split from PokerStars after 12 years of being an Ambassador for the brand.
According to Daniel the split was amicable and considers the move “freeing” in a lot of ways. Watch the video above starting at 9m47s for more detail and check his Twitter announcement below:
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) May 23, 2019
2019 WSOP Daniel Negreanu Vlogs
Another thing Negreanu has become known for over the years are his WSOP Vlogs from behind the scenes at the Rio.
From the vegan meals stacked in his RV fridge to his quiet moments after tourney bustouts to shooting the breeze with his VIP poker pals, Negreanu has put a lot of effort into sharing his WSOP experience with his fans.
Despite his best intentions last summer was a rough for one Negreanu as he fell short of a bracelet, came out of the WSOP down about $1.3m (although he did win $3m at the Super High Roller Bowl) and went through a break-up. He still managed to shoot and post 45 daily video blogs, though.
This year, he says, we can expect daily Vlogs again from the Rio and we’ll embed all of them here for you to watch. Check out his first pre-WSOP teaser Vlog below:
2019 WSOP POY Formula
The WSOP Player of the Year formula for 2019 will be the same as it was in 2018. The points model is based on what was used on the WSOP Circuit for years and has modifiers for both the size of the event buy-in and number of entries in the tournament.
At the end of the 89 events of the WSOP in Las Vegas there will still be 10 more opportunities for players to earn points at the WSOP Europe in Rozvadov in the Fall.
When all WSOP events for 2019 have finished the player who has earned the most total points through their poker performances will win the POY crown. Check our official World Series of Poker page to see who has won the WSOP Player of the Year since its inception in 2004.
Note: Players can actually calculate exactly how many points you can earn for your finish with the WSOP POY Points calculator right on the WSOP website. Just select the event played, the number of entrants, hit “calculate” and you’ll see exactly how many points are awarded for each finish.
The following events DON’T count toward POY:
Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em
Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em
Event #39: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em
Event #47: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies Event
Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em
Event #81: $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold’em