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 …Read More