Negreanu, Deeb (as Expected) Highest Bids in $25k WSOP Fantasy Draft
Daniel Negreanu's $25,000 WSOP Fantasy Draft is back for the first time since 2019. On Monday night, from inside the PokerGO Studio, 14 teams bid on the players they felt will produce the best results at the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP), which kicks off Tuesday.
Most poker fans probably could have guessed the most valued players in the draft — Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, and Joao Vieira, Phil Hellmuth. Those four poker pros are likely to play full schedules and all have a lengthy history of impressive results during poker's most prestigious annual series.
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Each team was allotted $200 to bid on poker players for the upcoming WSOP. The teams had to be strategic in their bidding because they had to draft eight total players.
The more likely to crush it this summer, the more expensive the bids were for certain players. Negreanu, who didn't draft himself, went for the highest amount at $111 and was selected by PokerGO's No Gamble No Future team. Deeb, the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year, went for $110 to Team Dan Shak, Vieira went for $95 to Team Maria Ho, and Hellmuth was drafted by Team Fleyshman for $91.
Other high-value players were Dan Zack ($87 to Team Mojave's Balls), Ben Yu ($86 to Team Fleyshman), Nick Schulman ($79 to Team Negreanu), and Benny Glaser ($74 to Team Chad E.).
Some additional notable picks include Phil Ivey ($33 to Team Dan Shak), Alex Foxen ($42 to Team No Gamble), reigning WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh ($25 to Team Negreanu), Justin Bonomo ($16 to Team Chad E.), and Brian Rast ($41 to Team Trivett).
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There were a few controversial players who went undrafted, including accused poker cheaters Bryn Kenney and Jake Schindler. Chris Ferguson, the former Full Tilt Poker exec and 2017 WSOP Player of the Year, also wasn't selected by any of the 14 teams. It's unknown if any of those three players will even attend this year's World Series of Poker.
Ali Imsirovic, accused by many high-stakes players of colluding in live high rollers and using real-time assistance tools (RTA) online, was selected for $1 by Team Dan Shak.
Similar to fantasy football, the object of the 25k Fantasy Draft is to accumulate the most points throughout the 2022 WSOP. Points are based on how well the players on the roster perform in bracelet events. The deeper the run in a tournament, the more points earned. Each cash is worth just one point, while a tournament win is good for 50 points (may a player can earn in one event).
With $350,000 in the pot, first place will pay $200,000, second place will receive $100,000, and third place will take home $50,000.
With only $200 to spend on draft picks, it was imperative of the participants to find some value in the unheralded players who may overperform their bidding price.
There were some picks that went for lower bids than some may have expected. One example is Joe McKeehen, the 2015 WSOP Main Event champ who has three bracelets. Team No Gamble picked up the former world champ for just $4 and it could end up being one of the steals of the draft.
Another example of a potential low risk high reward pick was Team Mojave's Balls selection of Joseph Cheong also for just $4.
Robert Campbell ($6 to Team Trivett), the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year, was another high upside pick on the cheap, as were Poker Hall of Famer John Hennigan ($1 to Team Maria Ho) and Jason Koon ($2 to Team Chad E.).
In this Series
- 1 Officials Offer First Look at 2022 WSOP; Answer Several Lingering Questions
- 2 Bally's & Paris: Your Guide to the New Home of the World Series of Poker (WSOP)
- 3 Negreanu, Deeb (as Expected) Highest Bids in $25k WSOP Fantasy Draft
- 4 WSOP Transportation Guide: Riding the Las Vegas Strip Monorail
- 5 Let the Games Begin: 2022 WSOP is Officially Underway
- 6 Phil Hellmuth Misses 2022 WSOP Opener After Bout of Traveler's Diarrhea
- 7 Kenney, Schindler & Imsirovic Arrive at 2022 WSOP Despite Recent Cheating Allegations
- 8 Phil Ivey is Back! Poker G.O.A.T. Cashes First 2022 WSOP Event
- 9 Baltimore Raven Calais Campbell at WSOP: "We Have Super Bowl Potential"
- 10 2022 WSOP Featured Females: Katie Kopp Becomes Bally's First-Ever Bracelet Winner
- 11 WSOP Player of the Year Race One Week In: Defending Champ Arieh Off and Running
- 12 ClubGG Offers Bubble Protection For Eight 2022 WSOP Events
- 13 Doyle Brunson Skipping 2022 WSOP Due to COVID-19 Concerns
- 14 Retired NBA Star Paul Pierce Allegedly Won't Pay His Poker Debts
- 15 Scott Seiver Pays $43k to Enter $1k WSOP Event, Fails to Cash
- 16 2022 WSOP Featured Females: Lara Eisenberg Talks Poker's Impact on Dementia
- 17 2022 WSOP Hands of the Week: Depaulo vs. Hellmuth, a Pure One Outer & a Royal Flush
- 18 Reigning World Champ Koray Aldemir Quietly Crushing it at 2022 WSOP
- 19 2022 WSOP Player of the Week 2: Jeremy Ausmus Wins Third Bracelet in 9 Months
- 20 Hellmuth Controversy at WSOP: Poker Brat's Chips Swiped on Break
- 21 Security Mistakenly Tries to Kick Out Neymar Jr. After He Cashes First WSOP Event
- 22 Breaking News: Phil Ivey Closing in on Elusive 11th WSOP Bracelet Tonight
- 23 Doyle Brunson Becomes a WPT Ambassador, Might Play WSOP Main Event
- 24 World Series of Daniel's? Zack, Weinman (But Not Negreanu) Lead POY Race
- 25 WSOP $250,000 Super High Roller Kicks Off; Ivey, Negreanu and Kenney All Enter
- 26 Ali Imsirovic Busts WSOP $250K Super High Roller on Brutal Cooler
- 27 Cruising in the $250k, Is 2022 One of Phil Ivey's Best WSOP's Ever?
- 28 Runner-Runner Bad Beat Tilts Negreanu; Poker Star Out of WSOP $250k
- 29 Navy Vet Reps Military Charity During WSOP Salute to Warriors Event
- 30 2022 WSOP Featured Females: Meet Wendeen Eolis, 1st Woman to Ever Cash Main Event
- 31 Dan Zack Still Leads WSOP POY Race; Ivey, Deeb within Striking Distance
- 32 888poker Pro Ian Simpson Gears Up for 2022 WSOP Main Event
- 33 Poker Players Who Have Defended Their WSOP Bracelet
- 34 How to Make Day 2 of the Million Dollar Bounty
- 35 Poker Player Wins WSOP Main Event Satty in His Sleep...Literally
- 36 Josh Arieh Flushed Out of WSOP Main Event Early; Four Past Champs in Day 1a
- 37 2022 WSOP Hands of the Week: Yuvee Loses $50K to Pair of Deuces; Ivey Hits Ace from Space
- 38 BREAKING: Phil Hellmuth at 2022 WSOP $3,000 NLH Final Table, Chasing 17th Bracelet
- 39 Will the 2022 WSOP Main Event Smash the Attendance Record?
- 40 Barstool Sports' Cracking Aces Podcast Hosts Crush it on Main Event Day 1
- 41 WSOP Main Event Railbird Pays Back Daniel Negreanu Four-Year "Debt"
- 42 Matt Glantz Finds the $1 Million WSOP Bounty
- 43 BREAKING: WSOP Main Event Day 2 Schedule Altered
- 44 Aces Bust Kings 15 Minutes into Day 1b of WSOP Main Event
- 45 The Muck: Ike Haxton Takes on Barstool Sports' Poker Invasion
- 46 2022 WSOP Player of the Week 5: Jessica Teusl Wins First Bracelet at First WSOP
- 47 2022 WSOP Main Event Draws Massive Field, Almost Breaks All-Time Record
- 48 Phil Hellmuth's World Series of Poker Entrance Met w/ a Chorus of Boos
- 49 Robert Lipkin is the 2022 WSOP Main Event Bubble
- 50 SO SICK! Kings vs. Kings Cooler Busts 888poker's Sam Abernathy from the WSOP Main Event
- 51 Koray Aldemir: Back-to-Back WSOP Main Event Runs "A Privilege"
- 52 Brutal River! Aces, Queens, & Jacks All In Preflop in WSOP Main Event
- 53 Former World Champ Tom McEvoy Shares his Poker Samadhi Wisdom
- 54 Did Alejandro Lococo Pull Off Best WSOP Main Event Bluff Since Moneymaker?
- 55 The Muck: Did Mike Matusow Really Have a Blow Up in the WSOP Main Event?
- 56 Dan Zack Claims 2022 WSOP Player of the Year Honors
- 57 How Much Money Players at 2022 WSOP Main Event Final Table Really Made
- 58 Espen Jorstad Wins 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event for $10,000,000
- 59 Las Vegas Active Shooter Rumors Spark Panic; WSOP Impacted, Negreanu Injured
- 60 Quads Dooms Asher Conniff at WSOP Main Event Final Table
- 61 Aces Cracked! Souki Busts from WSOP Main Event Final Table
- 62 Espen Jorstad Holds Commanding Lead in Pursuit of WSOP Main Event Title
- 63 Not Su's Day: From Chip Leader to Out in 9th Place
- 64 A Look at All the 2022 WSOP Online Michigan Bracelet Winners
- 65 Five Memorable Hands from the 2021 WSOP Main Event Final Table
- 66 Where Are They Now: Ron “The Carolina Express” Stanley Battled Stu Ungar at 1997 WSOP
- 67 WATCH: One of the Best Folds in WSOP Main Event History?
- 68 Adrian Attenborough Just Made Two of the Gutsiest Plays of the 2022 WSOP
- 69 Can Karim Rebei Click his Way to a WSOP Main Event Title?
- 70 Cool, Calm & Collected Efthymia Litsou is WSOP Main Event's Last Woman Standing
- 71 2022 WSOP Hands of the Week: Quads, Quads, Quads, Quads!
- 72 Brutal River! Aces, Queens, & Jacks All In Preflop in WSOP Main Event
- 73 Daniel Negreanu Wraps 2022 World Series of Poker Down $1.1 Million
- 74 How the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Will Be Remembered
- 75 PN Podcast: 2022 WSOP Main Event Final Thoughts; Interviews w/ Main Event Final Three