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Daniel Negreanu on a Rough Patch With Media These Days

When it comes to the world of the most successful poker players, everyone knows there is little room for love and a healthy rivalry in it. The top poker playing scene is a highly competitive battlefield where you can often see Titans clashing with each other and their immeasurable egos.

One of the biggest rivalries in the poker world today is between multiple WSOP bracelets owners, the veteran of this game, Daniel Negreanu and the “poker brat,” Phil Helmuth. 

The whole thing between these game masters heated up several years ago when someone came up with a ludicrous idea to start a bet on who of these two is going to get to the amazing number of 100 WSOP bracelets.  The other poker big shots swiftly chose their sides. Doyle Branson instantly put $100,000 on Negreanu, while Doug Polk stood by Helmuth as always.

  Helmuth Called Negreanu “Delusional” in an Interview

A couple of months ago this obvious animosity between Negreanu and Polk got a new dimension. In a recent interview to Cardschat Polk, known for his big mouth and trashy poker table manners, didn’t miss the opportunity to mention his greatest rival while commenting on the GTO (Game Theory Optimal). 

Helmuth claims he doesn’t like this game strategy Negreanu firmly advocates. He said he could even gain some edge over players who apply it. And then he went on to tell the story from 2008 when Negreanu allegedly tried to convince him to incorporate the GTO strategy into his gameplay. Helmuth said he refused to do this and added that Negreanu “often seems to be delusional about my game, and his for that matter.”

We can’t say we’re surprised by the latest outburst of the “enfant terrible” of the poker world who can’t live without drama. On the other hand, we have to be fair and admit that Helmuth has won 15 WSOP bracelets without the help of the Game Theory Optimal.

  Negreanu Incited Outrage With His Tweets

Phil Newton trashing him in the media isn’t the only bad thing happening to Negreanu these days. He raised hell on Twitter in January posting his opinion on what makes someone good or bad at a poker game. 

He first started with the “bad” list naming five undesirable features that lousy poker players had. Being negative, always complaining and whining are some of these, so we can’t help but wonder who Negreanu had in mind when he compiled this list. 

He soon faced outrage in comments because many people saw this as a reflection of Negreanu’s arrogance and hypocrisy. He eventually deleted this post and replaced it with the list of most favorable traits of successful poker players. If he expected to turn the tables and get positive feedback for listing the advantages, he must have been disappointed with the result. 

Negreanu managed to anger the Twitter community once again. The first “good thing” on his list was “lose money” and that was the feature people mentioned the most in their comments saying that the sole purpose of playing poker is to win. 

After these debacles on social media, Daniel Negreanu might consider tackling some other topics in his future tweets.

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