The WSOP POY err crowns Robert Campbell as the new Winner, Not Daniel Negreanu


The 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year is a hot topic in the poker circuit this year, despite the winner being declared. ‘Iskander’ aka Alexander Elenskiy, a live reporter for a Russian poker news platform, Gipsyteam, is said to have shed some light on the error. As pointed out by him on the TwoPlusTwo forum, where he started a thread titled 2019 WSOP POY Error? Not DNEGS?, there was a mistake in the results listed for one of the last summer’s online events, Event #68: $1,000 Online No-Limit Hold’em Championship. The declared 2019 WSOP POY Daniel Negreanu appears to have been given extra POY points, without which the table tally completely changes.

Without these added points, Negreanu’s total would place him third overall, making Robert Campbell the winner and Shaun Deeb the runner-up. The top 31 finishers in Event #68 were accurately recorded on the event’s website, however, those from the 32nd to 46th place were not. Instead, the 32nd-46th place finishers from a different event, Event #87: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E., were incorrectly listed as having finished in the same places in Event #68 on the site where POY points are tabulated.

Negreanu did cash in Event #87 in 36th place that meant he was listed again, erroneously as taking 36th place in the earlier event and earning 213.1 POY points. Negreanu’s POY point total stands at 4,074.88 for 24 cashes in the World Series of Poker and the World Series of Poker Europe this year, however, without the cash it stands at 23 cashes and 3,861.78 points.

This puts Robert Campbell ahead with a total of 3,961.31 points and Shaun Deeb’s total remains at 3,917.32, making Campbell the winner of the WSOP POY title!

The WSOP has issued an official statement confirming the error and that Robert Campbell is the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year indeed. Here’s an excerpt from their official statement:

“We have begun to reach out to the affected players to notify them of this mistake. We deeply regret the error.

 We’d like to offer our sincere and public apology to those players who chased the award,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “It is an amazing thing when poker players pursue history and a sense of sporting honor, and thus it’s a terrible embarrassment for us to stain a great race for the title. We’re going to take the next few months to overhaul the POY and many of our procedures that have gone off course.”