PokerStars Team Pros Shine at WSOP

Daniel Negreanu sketch

Although no PokerStars Team Pro will make an appearance at the WSOP Main Event Final Table in November, the Team members once again showed why they are truly some of the best poker players on the planet.

Mathias de Meulder, was the last team member standing in the Main Event. He was eliminated on Friday in 433rd place and took home more than $25,000.

The PokerStars pros started the WSOP with a bang as Vanessa Selbst claimed her third WSOP bracelet in the series second event, the Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em tournament. In addition to the first place prize of over $870,000, Selbst proved that she is indeed one of the best poker players in the world.

Selbst took the win with her usual good grace.

She also made one fan very happy as he had the good sense to pick her in a prop bet.

Selbst also added to her poker legacy by achieving another first.

German pro George Danzer was the next Team member to take home some hardware while showing that the German players are skilled at game other than No-Limit Hold’em. Danzer claimed his two bracelets at the WSOP in the $10,000 Razz event and the $10,000 Seven-Card High Low Spilt event. He also made the final table of the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw tournament with a 5th place result.

2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada was the next to claim a title. For some reason it seems that after winning the Main Event the champion needs another major victory to validate their victory. If that is indeed the case Cada did with a victory in the $10,000 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em event. Cada faced stiff competition throughout the event. His final table included George Danzer, JC Tran, Erick Lindgren, and Max Silver.

Humberto Brenes recorded his 82nd WSOP cash and Alex Kravchenko had a second place result.

In many ways, the brightest Team Pro star was Daniel Negreanu. Even though Negreanu didn’t take home a bracelet, he proved why he is a fan favourite by being assessable to fans and even paying off a prop bet made with a fan at the 2013 WSOP if she quit smoking. Plus along the way he played outstanding poker, including two second place finishes. The biggest game in the Big One for One Drop event, where his second place finish placed him at the top of the all-time money winner list and virtually assured his being voted into the Poker Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Negreanu’s recap of his series summed up his WSOP very succinctly.

Negreanu’s hourly “wage” at the WSOP was an enviable $24,160 per hour.

Negreanu plans to continue his impressive 2014 run in August at the EPT Barcelona.