2008 World Series: Inside Daniel Negreanu's head

As good as he is, it's easy to imagine Daniel Negreanu never thinks about anything but poker. That would be wrong. Here's a quick dispatch from Kid Poker's World Series. Read to the end to figure out why Negreanu won't be shaking your hand.

by Daniel Negreanu

First of all, congratulations to both Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate. I didn't get home till 6 AM that day, so I didn't wake up till they were on the 18th green and they were putting. I only got to watch that and one playoff hole, but from what I heard it was insane golf. I've actually golfed with Rocco Mediate, over at Summerlin TPC last October. He was showing me a few things, and I mean at that point he was only a journeymen just coming back from an injury like he wasn't going to do anything, and to almost have a chance to beat Tiger. That's pretty impressive, GO ROCCO.

Congratulations to Barry Greenstien, I had a list of ten players I thought were going to do really well this year, and a lot of them have bracelets; myself, Mike Matusow, Barry, Ted Forrest came in 2nd. My team would be doing pretty good. I think that this year really put to bed the talk that online players are better than live or that online players are taking over the live games. I think this year's tournaments are playing a lot slower the whole way through so there's less mathematics and more poker. It really favors the live player's skill sets.

FYI, I busted out in 7th of the PLO tournament. I had virtually nothing left, a lack of sleep has caused some sickness here. I've got me some allergies or some kind of whatever, but I have a box of Kleenex with me at the table, not good.

Anyways back to the final table, I did my best. I lost my final key hand to Galfond. He raised the button and I had to move in with kings, he had aces, end of story. I really had no choice there so, seventh place not too bad.

I want to make a reminder for those out there, and I myself even forgot how dirty and filthy the WSOP can get. With all these different random people and germs everywhere I've been shaking everyone's hand and there have been some wet hands. I mean why if you knew you had wet hands would you ever shake anyone's hand, instead of just going pound? I mean it's the worst feeling in the world when you go to shake someone's hand, and than your like 'OHHH come on what did u just pee on your hands?'

Don't be offended if I don't shake your hand. It's nothing personal, just trying not to get sick like I just done did!

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker