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Would You Bet Against Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey At World Series Of Poker?

Poker Pros Offering Even Money Against Them For The Summer

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Poker pro Daniel Negreanu is trying to get action for a bracelet bet this summer.

He has offered anyone, and apparently it is really anyone, the chance to bet against him or Phil Ivey winning a bracelet during this summer’s World Series of Poker. Negreanu is offering even money in a wager that one of them will win, and the minimum bet is $5,000.

The maximum bet is $1 million, Negreanu said.

Legendary Las Vegas sports bettor and high-stakes poker player Haralabos Voulgaris said that he thinks the odds are “way better” than 50 percent that one of them wins a bracelet this summer.

The 2014 World Series of Poker starts on Tuesday and features 65 unique tournaments, some of which have small, albeit elite, fields. The $1 million buy-in event, which both will likely play, will feature just 56 players at most, and some will be recreational players.

Negreanu, six bracelets, and Ivey, nine bracelets, are two of the most successful players ever at the summer poker extravaganza, which has been running annually since 1970.

It is worth noting that recent bracelets for Ivey and Negreanu have come in WSOP events held outside of Las Vegas. The Rio hasn’t seen either of them in the winner’s circle since 2010, when Ivey won a $3,000 H.O.R.S.E tournament. Negreanu’s last bracelet in Las Vegas was in 2008.

To reiterate, the bet is only for the 65 events on the schedule this summer, minus events with restricted entry—the Ladies, Seniors and Employees tournaments.

Winning a bracelet this summer could be great news for Ivey, assuming a lot of action is booked. The poker legend is currently facing a $9.6 million lawsuit from the Borgata in Atlantic City. The casino claims he cheated in baccarat last year.

 
 
 
 

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mikeyb111
over 4 years ago

Ridiculous. How does Voulgaris come up with a betting line that? Making ANY player a favorite even over 65 events is a joke. If I had the funds I'd jump on this.

 
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Mateo39xx
over 4 years ago

its not ridiculous at all. If you count europe/austalia, theyve won a bracelet in 10 of 16 years since 1998 (not winning a bracelet should be +160). Being field sizes are increased i think +130 should be payed for people betting them not to win a bracelet. They're just two gamblers looking for an edge on people willing to bet and you cant fault them for that.

 
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Tj3
over 4 years ago

Well I think the first problem here is that I'm pretty sure Haralabos said they were 250 against and I think the writer screwed that up. The second is that Europe and Asia don't count in this bet.

 
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Tj3
over 4 years ago

If they don't win the one drop, 2-7 or the 50k mixed, they won't win this bet.Great players but there are 1,000 great players now.

 
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Tj3
over 4 years ago

If they don't win the one drop, 2-7 or the 50k mixed, they won't win this bet.Great players but there are 1,000 great players now.

 
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KB212342
over 4 years ago

I think most of you are forgetting all the $10,000 buy in events that all the amateur players won't be buying into equaling smaller fields. I think they have better then a 50% of winning a bracelet this year, which is why they should be offering better then even money. This is a suckers bet if I ever seen one.

 
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prduke11
over 4 years ago

So if the bet doesn't apply to events with restricted entry then why does the One Drop count? There will be no more than 56 players allowed to play in the event I would call that restricted entry.

 
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mikeyb111
over 4 years ago

Even if 10 events had only 50 players I would still bet against Ivey and Negreneau. We'll see who the real suckers are KB.

 
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AceupmySlv
over 4 years ago

I am in agreement with Mikey. However, the One Drop does concern me. My request would be to disallow that tourney due to the restricted entry of only 56 players. If they allow that, then I am certainly putting money against them. You cannot take all of their bracelets into consideration since the first one was won back in the late 90's due to the drastic changing poker landscape.

Using only WSOP events during the US WSOP only (not other WSOP outside of the US), and only looking at the WSOP since 2006 due to tougher fields since then, Phil Ivey has only won Braclets in 2 different years (2010, 2009, 2009) and Negreanu has won 1 (2008). That is only 3 in the last 8 years. Players are getting better every year, hence not seeing a bracelet from either of these two in the last 3 years. To me, this points to +EV taking this bet against them.

 
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