Even when he's on the road… he's still making videos! The hardest working man in poker, Daniel Negreanu, could have taken a week off from the grind… but he continued to post fresh new content on his YouTube channel. The PokerStars Championship at the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monet Carlo is underway and Negreanu flew into Monaco to play in some of the events. He was particularly excited to play in the €100K SHR, with special guest comedian Kevin Hart.
The video blog a.k.a. vlog kicks off with Negreanu riding to the airport and discussing his special plan to attack jet lag. Las Vegas is nine time zones away from Monte Carlo, so Midnight local time would feel like 3pm to Negreanu. He decided to fast and not eat as a way to help overcome jetlag.
Negreanu flew first class, because that's what you do when you're a world-class player who is sponsored by the largest online poker company in the world. And the seats in first class were super baller. More like a small hotel room.
Negreanu arrived at night time, which he also said helps to beat jetlag. He woke up early at 6am and said that the fasting trick worked. He was starving and went to a swanky vegan breakfast joint. He headed to the gym for some weight training. Yes, you get to see Danny Boy lift weights. That was worth watching the video itself.
Negreanu mentioned he spent his day off playing online at PokerStars. He said he didn't get to play at home in Vegas, so he only could play whenever he traveled. He dove into the $400/$800 mixed game tables, but he felt like he was the big fish since as soon as he sat down, the wait list swelled up…and as soon as he bailed, the game broke up and everyone on the list disappeared. Bumhunting Negreanu or fanboys?
Negreanu mentioned his “Daily Intention.” I don't know if it's part of that self-help cult stuff, or some New Age visualization technique… but if it works for you, then go with it. Danny Boy's intention? Top 5 stack at end Day 1. He also mention his overall intention for tournament... where he visualized winning the trophy and winning the last hand with Ace-Jack versus Ace-rag.
Negreanu bumped into comedian/actor Kevin Hart in the lobby and Hart went into trash talk mode instantly.
“You smell great... what is it?” Hart referenced Negreanu's cologne.
Negreanu said the brand name, but Hart quipped, “I thought it was LOSER!”
Inside the tournament room, Hart gave Dan Colman guff for wearing a bath robe. They also decided to do a prop bet. Hart bet Colman that he couldn't run 5K in under 22 minutes.
When you're Danny Boy, you can get a massage in the first two levels!
Negreanu busted in the €100K when his Jd-10d and lost to Kings. He fired another bullet and re-bought at the urging of Steve O'Dwyer. And Danny Boy went to work right away with his second buy-in. He doubled up immediately against Dan Smith and said he ended Day 1 as the chip leader (he was actually second in chips). Holy shitballs! This intention thing works, eh?
On the morning of Day 2, Danny Boy's intention was to finish in Top 5 in chips. Only the top 8 paid in the €100K SHR, but he wanted to make the final table. Alas, his intention fell short of the mark.
"It's one of those painful ones,” lamented Negreanu. “Frustrating, because I thought I played really well."
His demise occurred in a tale of two hands. Negreanu had Aces cracked by a set of sevens and lost a chunk of his stack. Then he busted with As-Qs and nut flush draw up against trip Jacks. He turned a flush, but opponent rivered a boat.
"We didn't win the tournament, but we did all the right things."
Yup, stuck 200K! But at least he had a good attitude about things! Watch the video below that features a cameo from Kevin Hart…