November 18, 2020 Poker News, Poker Gossip Petr Černý

Daniel Negreanu under fire as 2020 WSOP Main Event faces rerun

Daniel Negreanu has been dragged into a 2020 WSOP argument after this summer’s ‘Main Event’ winner took to Twitter with a tricky question, and an arch-rival stepped in to point the finger at DNegs…

Daniel Negreanu under fire as 2020 WSOP Main Event faces rerun

2020 WSOP Main Event Controversy

With the annual summer series forced online in 2020, Stoyan Madandzhiev lifted the $5k Main Event and pocketed $3,904,686, recently discussing his life-changing win with VIP Grinders.

Stoyan Madandzhiev poker

However, news this week that there would be another Main Event this December – an online/live hybrid version across two sites and two live venues – had everyone confused. Or at least one person…

As sharp-eyed readers will remember, Thomas Keeling, aka ‘srslysirius’, was the man behind Doug Polk’s infamous Negreanu dildo-sucking video, now deleted…

Daniel Negreanu under fire as 2020 WSOP Main Event faces rerun

That reignited the Polk-Negreanu feud and led to their current Grudge Match for Rollz, but it seems Keeling couldn’t resist dragging DNegs into MadandzhievWSOP Main Event discussion.

Negreanu, who has stated he will play the version of the new double-headed December Main Event, was happy to explain his side of things.

Keeling wasn’t giving up, though, stating: “The thing you signed says he won the Main Event of the 51st Annual WSOP. The only way I can think of for that to make any kind of sense is if there is some way to have multiple Main Events for one series lol.”

Daniel Negreanu under fire as 2020 WSOP Main Event faces rerun

Another WSOP Main Event?

He followed up with a couple of sarcastic jabs, tweeting: “lol so this was all according to plan? Have a fake Main Event, but just call it the Main Event, and then have a real one later?”

Again Negreanu wouldn’t be drawn into a barbed response, admitting the wording wasn’t ideal but sticking to his guns…

For those who haven’t caught up with the latest plan for the WSOP to hold their ‘real Main Event’, it will start with GGPoker and both running $10k freezeout events online.

Each will play down to a final table of nine, which will take place live – GG’s international version at Leon Tsoukernik’s Kings casino in Rozvadov, while the US version is scheduled for the Rio.

The winner of each live final table will then meet in a December 30thheads-up showdown – at stake one gold bracelet and an extra $1million.

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart entered the debate, demanding: “There must be a World Champion in 2020. Poker’s history is too important. It’s a unique format for the Main Event, but this is a unique year.”

The discussion over who the real 2020 WSOP Main Event champ is will rage on of course, but Joey Ingram had a solution to the problem…

…but there are still a few problems to overcome before we see anyone crowned ‘world champion’, not least of which is the fact that the Rio is yet to re-open, although December 22nd has been mooted as an opening date.

The other big issue is that should either winner of the qualifying events test positive for Covid-19 (players will be required to undergo medical tests) we could see everything called off or postponed until 2021.

For the time being, Stoyan Madandzhiev can hopefully enjoy his title.

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