Last week the poker space was abuzz after WSOP awarded Daniel Negreanu the Player of the Year title.

However, the excitement was short-lived, and he is no longer the titleholder. Thanks to a clerical mistake, Negreanu was wrongfully announced as the WSOP POY after Shaun Deep was booted from the WSOPE main event.

2019 would have been the third time for him to secure the WSOP POY title, having won two times in the past in 2004 and 2013. Initially, Negreanu had 4,074.88 points closely followed by Robert Campbell with 3961.31 points and Deeb 3917.32 points.

It was Alex Elenskiy, a Russian poker writer, who first to pointed out the inconsistencies in Negreanu results in a tweet. The tweet was widely circulated and most spectators and players agreed with him that Negreanu had not genuinely won the POY title.

However, after WSOP finally corrected the POY standings, Negreanu did not waste time to congratulate the new winner, Campbell, who was second on initial standings.


WSOP owns up

WSOP officials issued a public statement owning to the mistake of releasing erroneous results.

We have confirmed a data entry error was made in our uploading of results into the back end of our website for WSOP Event #68, affecting places 32-46. The results from Event #87, for positions 32-46 in that event, were erroneously and additionally uploaded into the final results of Event #68 – more than two weeks after the completion of Event #68.

 This error overwrote the correct results in Event #68 for places 32-46, and 15 players got credited with a cash-in Event #68 despite not finishing in that place.

 As a result, Daniel Negreanu was given 213.1 points erroneously in Event #68, an event we verified he did not cash in.

After correction, Negreanu ended up with 3,861.32 points, making Robert Campbell the default winner with his 3,961.31 points and Deeb being number two with 3917.32 points.

If the error went unnoticed, Negreanu would have been the first WSOP POY title holder without a bracelet win. Unlike Campbell, who has managed to win two bracelets this season.

Matt Glantz, a poker pro, commented on Twitter saying the mistake will drastically affect how the top competitors will be playing the game. Deeb mistakenly thought he had to be among the first five positions to defend his title, but he only needed to get the ninth place to win. Perhaps if he had known the specific points, he would have approached the situation differently and avoid getting booted in 11th place.


WSOP POY Winners 

Year Player
2019 Robert Campbell
2018 Shaun Deeb
2017 Chris Ferguson
2016 Jason Mercier
2015 Mike Gorodinsky
2014 George Danzer
2013 Daniel Negreanu
2012 Greg Merson
2011 Ben Lamb
2010 Frank Kassela
2009 Jeff Lisandro
2008 Erick Lindgren
2007 Tom Schneider
2006 Jeff Madsen
2005 Allen Cunningham
2004 Daniel Negreanu



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