November 10, 2019 3 min read


WSOP Error Misnames Negreanu as POY – Robert Campbell Wins!

Robert Campbell Wins 2019 WOP Player of the Year Race

Due to a clerical error, Robert Campbell has been named the WSOP Player of the Year instead of Daniel Negreanu.

Earlier this week, we reported that Daniel Negreanu had earned his third Player of the Year tile from the WSOP – but, that is now no longer the case. Due to a calculation error, Negreanu is not the WSOP POY; instead, it’s Robert Campbell.

When Negreanu won the race, it was unquestioned. He received his congratulations from his peers and fans, and that was it – until a poker report from Russia noticed something a bit off.

Alex Elenskiy posted on Twitter that Negreanu’s points were miscalculated. In fact, he was given points for an event that he didn’t even cash in. On his 68th cash, he was given 213.1 points that he didn’t actually earn. The points for many players in that event were accidentally fudged.  

Eventually, the WSOP caught wind of the error and checked the numbers. They then admitted that there was a mistake made. The organization then made a tweet about the situation:

It turns out that it was a data entry error that was made by someone on WSOP’s staff. As a result, the final totals for the Top 10 players in the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Race are:

  • 1st place:  Robert Campbell – 3,961.31 points
  • 2nd place:  Shaun Deeb – 3,917.32 points
  • 3rd place:  Daniel Negreanu – 3,861.76 points
  • 4th place:  Anthony Zinno – 3,322.00 points
  • 5th place:  Phillip Hui – 3,186.17 points
  • 6th place:  Daniel Zack – 3,126.13 points
  • 7th place:  Dario Sammartino – 3,091.03 points
  • 8th place:  Chris Ferguson – 2,997.10 points
  • 9th place:  Kahle Burns – 2,983.37 points
  • 10th place:  Dash Dudley – 2,860.79 points

Campbell’s Reaction to His Win

Robert Campbell is pleased with his win, but remained humble. He tweeted a response:

Daniel Negreanu issued a response stating that it was “an unfortunate situation, but mistakes happen and life moves on”. He remained positive and admitted that he didn’t not feel any negative emotions about the whole ordeal.

The whole debacle is incredible interesting, especially since players have been criticising how Player of the Year points are tallied for quite some time. While the system was overhauled in 2018, it appears that there is still work to be done, as the calculations for POY points are so complicated that no one event noticed that the totals were off until the race was over.

So, next year, we are sure to see a different system for how WSOP players are granted Player of the Year points. It will surely shake things up a little bit.


Rachael is a veteran gaming journalist with over 9 years of writing experience but has only just started within the gambling industry. She has built a keen interest within the iGaming sector over the years from exposure at events and intends to translate her passion into publications here at to keep our readers updated with the latest developments.

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