After five long years, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu finally won his fifth World Series of Poker gold bracelet, joining the likes of Stu Ungar, Scotty Nguyen and Berry Johnston on the all-time list. Negreanu's latest win came in the inaugural WSOP Asia Pacific A$10,000 Main Event, where he overcame a field of 405 players to take down the A$1,038,825 first-place prize.
Needless to say, it was an exciting day for Negreanu. "I won!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!" Negreanu tweeted shortly after the win. "Very happy right now. Thanks to all my friends and family for giving me the confidence I needed! So happy!!!!"
While Negreanu's win was his alone, many of his fellow Team PokerStars Pros shared in the celebration and gave their congratulations.
Negreanu's accomplishment transcended mere team-mate backslapping. It was celebrated by the entire poker community.
While Negreanu has four other bracelets, none of them have come in No-Limit Hold'em, let alone a Main Event, and none paid nearly as much. Here's a look at "Kid Poker's" other bracelets: 1998 29th Annual WSOP Event #9 $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em for $169,460; 2003 34th Annual WSOP Event #23 $2,000 Limit S.H.O.E. for $100,440; 2004 35th Annual WSOP Event #15 $2,000 Limit Hold'em for $169,100; and 2008 39th Annual WSOP Event #28 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha w/ Rebuys for $123,437.
After a night of celebration in the land down under*, Negreanu hopped a Qantas flight back to Las Vegas with his bracelet in tow. What's more, he is also the current leader in the WSOP Player of the Year race with and will have a chance at more points, and his sixth bracelet, next month at the 2013 WSOP.