2024 WSOP Kicks Off, Daniel Negreanu’s Vlogs Are Back!

2024 wsop kicks off

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Last Updated: June 2, 2024

The 2024 World Series of Poker is in full swing in Las Vegas. The 55th annual edition of the largest poker event in the world is back with the bang, featuring 99 live events and 30 online bracelet events taking place on the newly-launched WSOP Online platform.

It is still early days at the WSOP, and things are just starting to heat up, but the numbers we are seeing indicate that we could be in for another record-breaking year. Sin City is already swarming with eager poker players, and numbers will only grow as we move deeper into the series and closer to the Main Event.

This is always an exciting period for players and poker fans alike. For those keeping track of things from home, there is plenty of written and multimedia content to help you stay in the loop. This includes a personal vlog from one of the game’s GOATs, Daniel Negreanu himself.

Kid Poker’s Vlogs Are Back With a Bang

If you’re a fan of the World Series, you know that Daniel Negreanu has been doing a vlog every summer for the past few years. These vlogs focus on Kid Poker’s personal exploits as he tries to up his bracelet count, but offer a lot of great insights into the happenings at the WSOP in general.

As promised, the Canadian superstar is doing his vlog this year as well, but with a slightly changed format. In the past, videos were usually around 20 minutes, but this year, all of them so far have been over half an hour and closer to 40 minutes.

A lot of content in the first half of these videos revolves around DNeg’s personal life and his day-to-day preparations, while the second half is all about poker, hand breakdowns, etc.

Negreanu’s editor is doing a great job marking all the different sections of each video, so you can easily skip between different parts, but with a fresh video every single day, this is easily the best way to experience the WSOP vibe without actually being there.

Negreanu started the year on a great note, running super-deep in a $500 event, finishing 16th out of almost 3,500 players. Winning a bracelet right out of the gate would have been a spectacular start of the series for Daniel, but he seems to be in the zone and eager to play, so we predict at least one shiny object coming his way this summer.

New Player of the Year Rules

The WSOP Player of the Year race is a matter of constant debate among professional players. The opinions on what should and shouldn’t count and how the points’ system should work differ vastly, and it is impossible to please everyone.

However, the WSOP is certainly trying. For this year, they came up with a brand new POY system that seems fairer and geared towards awarding the prestigious title to consistent performers.

Under the new system, a player has to have at least five results (cashes) to be in the contention for the title and only top ten results will count towards the Player of the Year score.

Online bracelet events have been a point of some controversy in the past as well, and the WSOP tried to address this as well. With the new system, only the best result in online bracelet events will count towards the POY standings.

So, the online portion isn’t completely discounted, but this limits the impact it will have on the end result.

When it comes to calculating points, the WSOP will be using the system that has been in place for Circuit events, with a few adjustments. Players can use the latest WSOP POY points’ calculator to estimate a number of points that any individual event could bring them.

As always, only open events will count towards the POY score, so tournaments like Casino Employees, Seniors, Super Seniors, Ladies, and Tag Team events are not included in the calculation.

Strong Start Promises an Exciting Summer Ahead

The World Series of Poker is off to a strong start, with the first few events posting some truly impressive numbers. The first few bracelets have already been awarded as well, but there are plenty more up for grabs.

The series opened with a $5,000 Champions Reunion event, where all previous Main Event champions had a free seat. Everybody else had to pay a $5,000 admission fee, but eliminating one of the previous champions would bring them a seat in the 2024 WSOP Main Event.

The tournament ended up with 493 entries, and the first bracelet of the series eventually ended up on the wrist of Asher Conniff, along with the first-place money of $408,468.

The Casino Employees event attracted an impressive field of 1,189 runners and concluded with Jose Garcia “Placido” claiming his first bracelet and almost $80,000 in prize money.

The $500 WSOP Kickoff ended up with 3,485 entries, and this was the tournament where Negreanu made his first deep run of the series, eventually busting in 16th. The bracelet that eluded the Canadian ended up on the wrist of one Daniel Willis for his first WSOP gold and $175,578.

John Hennigan took down the $1,500 Dealer's Choice event, outlasting 529 other runners, and claiming his impressive seventh career bracelet, alongside almost $140k for his efforts.

The other two bracelets that were awarded went out in the Event #4 – $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo and Event #6 – $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship.

James Chen triumphed in a field of 900+ players in the Omaha Hi-Lo event to pick up his first WSOP bracelet, while Darius Samual decided to take on a star-studded field in the Heads-Up Championship, and that gamble paid off as he emerged victorious, taking home $500,000.

There is much more WSOP to come and a lot to get excited about in the coming weeks. From what we’ve seen so far, it’ll be a very busy summer in Las Vegas!

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