Daniel Negreanu has been fending off attacks on his integrity after the WSOP Player of the Year standings were found to be incorrect. Both Shaun Deeb and Doug Polk claimied DNegs must have known about the mistake that originally gave him the title ahead of Robert Campbell.
Imagine this race being so important to you, that you constantly are complaining about the format. You try to win it every year. You film every event. You sidebet who will do better over a summer in the fantasy draft etc….
And you dont check your own points? Doesnt add up imo.
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkVids) November 9, 2019
Deeb, who was part of the tense three-way race to the Player of the Year accolade at the recent WSOP Europe in Rozvadov, went as far as to state that Negreanu had been caught ‘trying to cheat’.
Two things Its amazing Daniel wouldn’t bet on me with poy cuz he was afraid I would cheat when he’s the one caught trying to cheat. Second the only acceptable move from @WSOP is co poy with me and @SonicJaxx2019
— shaun deeb (@shaundeeb) November 9, 2019
As we explained in our weekend article, an error in the WSOP PoY standings was discovered by Russian journalist Alex Elenskiy.
The WSOP team had erroneously mixed up two of their summer events in Vegas and incorrectly credited Negreanu with extra leaderboard points.
We've been made aware of an error on the 2019 POY leaderboard. After verifying results and points, Rob Campbell (@SonicJaxx2019) is the 2019 POY.
We'd like to apologize for this error, and offer our sincere congratulations to Rob!
Please read our full statement below. pic.twitter.com/QqZaczMDJz
— WSOP (@WSOP) November 8, 2019
This crucial, but fairly basic, error meant that Robert Campbell became the true winner of the PoY race. Shaun Deeb bumped up to second, and DNegs now third.
Negreanu was quick to congratulate Campbell. He described him in a tweet as a ‘well-deserved champ’, but others were soon hunting for Negreanu’s blood.
Reaction of someone who did know his points were inflated…. “Oh well. Congrats to the new winner”.
Reaction of someone who didn’t already know….”Wait. What? Are you sure? Can we double check that again?”.
Which one was @RealKidPoker?@DougPolkPoker @SonicJaxx #nuffsaid
— Duncan Kirk (@LFCEight) November 9, 2019
It wasn’t all one-way traffic though. Plenty of players and fans stood up for Negreanu. Jaime Staples was one of the biggest names to support his former PokerStars colleague.
Of course guys! When there is a mistake in the points it's @RealKidPoker s fault! Not Shaun Deeb who missed it, or Robert Cambell who missed it, or the WSOP who missed it, or literally everyone except one guy on twitter 5 days later who missed it, its Dnegs fault! #smh #wsop
— Jaime Staples (@jaimestaples) November 9, 2019
Daniel Negreanu’s WSOP Player of the Year Blog Post
By this point, Negreanu had already released a blog post explaining his views, as had Campbell, the newly-named winner among those who believed Negreanu to be completely innocent of any ‘charges’.
I just want to say thank you to everyone for their overwhelming support! Wow. What an insane 12hours. I for one completely refute the idea @RealKidPoker knew. I know he has his detractors but he loves poker too much to do something like this #wsop #poy
— Rob Campbell (@SonicJaxx2019) November 9, 2019
That didn’t stop ShuanDeeb from airing his own anti-KidPoker views once again, this time on the Joe Ingram podcast…
…stating among other comments: “If there is a chance he [Negreanu] did this maliciously and tried to take advantage of the situation…making that vlog…insulting me personality-wise and so many low blows…that really shows how fake of a person he really is.”
While the Deeb and Polk complaints and allegations can be put down to long-standing feuds with Negreanu, the former was in serious contention for the title.
Believing he needed to finish at least 5th in the final Colossus event at the WSOPE, Deeb may well have approached things differently had he known the true state of affairs.
Next year, however, will be a different story according to Deeb. He has been desperate for back-to-back Player of the Year title wins.
It’s crazy how much more fun I had at @PokerroomKings this year compared to last maybe it was the battle maybe it was letting my guard down more. But I do know you should all find someone to bet poy next year and bet on me deeb vs Daniel round 2 def going down and he’s dead
— shaun deeb (@shaundeeb) November 8, 2019
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