Saying that the race to POY award at the WASOP was full of intrigues would be presenting the biggest understatement of the year. The race had it all: Shaun Deeb, as well as Daniel Negreanu, went head to head, multiple winners such as Kahle Burns and Robert Campbell, old-timers like Phil Hellmuth as well as Chris Ferguson and the likelihood of a late win courtesy of surge, to the final event, like Zinno’s near encounter.
Now, the WSOP has an additional controversy that the world will remember in the next few years. The World Series stated that it had made an error by awarding Negreanu many points. As it turns out, Robert Campbell is 2019’s Champion.
It confusing, uh?
After Negreanu’s celebratory mood put him on a straight flight home, DNegs likely became DStraught on learning that after event number 68 in Vegas in the summer; he had received extra points from the WSOP. This is how it went down. A staffer at mistakenly placed cashes from the event number 87 for part of even 68’s total, which affected not just Daniel Negreanu, but several other players as well.
Once the error was corrected, the WSOP announced that the winner of the 2019 POY award is Robert Campbell.
With World Series seriously embarrassed, Negreanu issued a congratulatory statement. He also made an effort to explain what had happened through the Dat Poker Podcast. However, Campbell was a little hesitant in believing that his fiercest competitor was aware of the problem. He went ahead to lay out his feelings on his twitter page.
Although the issue was incredibly awkward for a lot of people, Shaun Deebs, who has every right to comment, thought he had to beat Negreanu to finish 5th. However, after an attack that went south, he closed 11th. His comments on twitter were somewhat inflammatory to some who read them.
Negreanu moved to their position, with Shaun Deeb second, and Robert Campbell at the top. As it turned out, Daniel Negreanu needed 100 points to get to Campbell. However, had Deeb known he needed slightly under 43 points to, one wonders whether things would have been different.
Maybe it’s time for the WSOP to reconsider its POY model.