The start of the new year is rife with resolutions and for Daniel Negreanu, it is no different. The PokerStars Team Pro posted his annual list of goals on his Full Contact Poker blog in addition to a look back at his intentions from the previous year.
Negreanu wrote that “some of the goals are a real stretch, while others on the list seem very reasonable.” The general theme of Negreanu’s objectives is to set lofty expectations for himself while also not having his year solely defined by the results.
Most of Negreanu’s targets for 2016 were tournament-based with the World Series of Poker setting the stage for the “make or break” point. Among these landmarks included winning three bracelets, moving into second place on the all-time WSOP money list, and cashing 12 times overall out of his projected 55 tournaments played.
The only goal that Negreanu achieved on his 2016 agenda was moving into third place on the WSOP all-time cashes list. Negreanu surpassed Humberto Brenes and Men Nguyen to move from sixth up to third as his 92 payout receipts now trail only Erik Seidel and Phil Hellmuth.
With the 2017 poker calendar officially underway, Negreanu says he is “setting myself up to win by focusing on QUALITY over QUANTITY.” Rather than have 10 goals in place, Negreanu has given himself eight to hit over the next 12 months.
As he did in 2016, the first goal listed for Negreanu is to cash for $2,500,000. Negreanu cashed for a relatively paltry $302,000, his lowest total since 2000. The biggest cash on the year for Negreanu was $96,000 and he had limited success in $25,000 High Roller tournaments accompanied by zero cashes in $100,000 Super High Roller events.
“The way the tournament poker landscape looks these days, if you don’t have a good year in Super High Roller events, that’s going to define your year,” said Negreanu.
Like last year, the beef of Negreanu’s checklist centers around the World Series of Poker. The three bracelet ambition remains as one of his most sought after achievements. The six-time bracelet winner is certainly capable of tying the record for most bracelets in a series but is in search of his first bracelet win in Las Vegas since 2008.
Despite his bracelet drought on United States soil, Negreanu won a bracelet in Australia and France in 2013, which propelled him to his second WSOP Player of the Year title. Negreanu won the first Player of the Year banner in 2004 and is intent on winning a third title in 2017. Only eight cashes shy of 100 for his World Series career, Negreanu is hoping he can reach that mark this year.
For all of Negreanu’s poker feats, the one that is probably freshest in the public’s mind is his 2015 Main Event run where he fell short of the November Nine, bowing out dramatically in 11th place. Negreanu concedes that it is “crazy” for him to make the ultimate final table in poker a goal, but it is listed nonetheless.
“My style of play was tailor-made for this event. It allows you to avoid as many landmines as you can until the very end. I can get there. I don’t believe in my heart that anyone is better suited to succeed in this specific event than I am.”
The final two goals that Negreanu has in mind are non-tournament based. He has $250,000 set as the figure that he wants to win in cash games after falling a few thousand dollars short in 2016. Finally, he is putting himself out there to create more content for poker fans. His Full Contact Poker Podcast has been a success and Negreanu promises to have on the most sought after guest in all of poker, Phil Ivey.
With plenty of work in front of him to achieve his goals, Negreanu will embark on completing them this week as he heads down to the Bahamas for the inaugural PokerStars Championship.