Daniel Negreanu: 2004 Player of the Year

The Card Player 2004 Player of the Year race came down to the wire again. Daniel Negreanu edged out David Pham and John Juanda, while everyone else finished a great distance behind. Points for the Player of the Year award are based on three criteria: (1) number of players in an event, (2) cost of the buy-in, and (3) place finished at the final table. Negreanu excelled in the large buy-in events, made 11 final tables, had seven cashes of more than $100,000, and made an even bigger name for himself. After a few weeks off from poker, Negreanu had a chance to sit down and discuss the Player of the Year race and what it really means to him.

 

Jeff Shulman: What does the Player of the Year award mean to you?

 

Daniel Negreanu: For me, a player of the year award is so much more of an accomplishment than just winning a major event, because it’s a testament to outdoing everybody else. It is like beating every other poker player in the world over a long period of time. We know how poker works, it’s a game of long-term results. With short-term results, people can dismiss it as luck. But you can’t say that a guy who performed better than anyone else for the entire year just got lucky.

 

Jeff: Would you put this up there with winning a World Series bracelet or a major championship as far as prestige is concerned?

 

Daniel: If …

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