Daniel Negreanu, as we all know, loves him some Canada. So, when he had the chance to go up north for the British Columbia Poker Championship, he didn't hesitate. In fact, he even agreed to do some television commentary if he busted before the final table of six players began. As one exec at the tournament told me, "Daniel was unavailable for commentary."
Negreanu battled through a field of 697 players at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond and took first place for $371,000.
Now, news of winning Negreanu winning a tournament is a lot like saying "Breaking News: The sun came up in the east today!" Fortunately, there is a companion story to go along with this news.
Our spies on the ground tell us Negreanu, as usual, had some side action going to keep things interesting. He and Gabe Kaplan had a $2,500 last-longer bet. If either of them made the money, the other player would pay $10,000. If either player made it to the final table it was another $25,000.
And so, late yesterday poor Kaplan was stuck $37,500.
As it turns out, though, there was as escape clause in the bet. If either Kaplan or Negreanu won the event, all bets were off and the winner of the event paid the other $2,500. As we've already noted, Negreanu won. Kaplan went from being stuck $37,500 to winning $2,500 and Negreanu swung $40,000 in the other direction.
Congratulations to Negreanu for his big win...and to Kaplan for getting unstuck.