Posted 08 August 2006 - 05:16 PM
I will be the first to say this, I am -- WAS -- A HUGE Daniel Negreanu fan until I witnessed something that made me sick to my stomach. This occurred on Day 3 of the Main Event of the 2006 World Series of Poker. Daniel was sitting at Table 56, just along the isle, to his right my a good friend of mine MIKE who I had been watching since I busted on Day 2. ---Daniel, you remember me, the one in the basketball jersey that you spoke with once the break started. ---I was on the rail watching the action. The blinds were $1,200 and $2,400 with a $300 ante and 11 minutes left in the level. At this point Daniel had approximately $30,000 in chips or so after losing a lot of his stack prior to coming to the table. The key here is I was watching this table for hours. This is what occurred ---Daniel was on the button, his chip stack was COMPLETELY made up of black chips...He had NOTHING but $100 black chips to start the hand. Everyone folded to Daniel, who decided to push. Mike in the small blind folded his hand (he had put out one yellow worth $1,000 and two black), the big blind after much comtemplation decided to fold. However, I noticed that the big blind had put out too many chips!!! Instead of two yellow and four black (which would have been $2,400, he put out FOUR yellow and four black, worth $4,400). I immediately noticed this and prior to the next hand, alerted MIke of what had happened. The Dealer gave the chips to Daniel. Mike then told the big blind what had happened who alerted the dealer. MIke also directly told Daniel what had happened, pointing out that he had 5 yellow instead of 3 which he should have had. Daniel then took the 5 yellow and hid them to the side of his stack until the next hand was dealt. As this was going on, the break was nearing. After 4 MORE hands, and Daniel having won a couple of pots, he said "I'll get the floorman". He did that, knowing that he had waited enough hands and won a couple of more small pots, collecting the additional yellow, that there was no way they would be able to give the guy his chips back. All the while, Daniel looks like the good guy.I know you were crippled in chips at that point Daniel, but what you did was wrong!!!! Absolutely wrong and classless!! I have always admired and respected your game, and even marveled at the way you are able to read players, but that was all thrown out the window when you STOLE $2,000 in chips at the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. You looked directly at me when I was telling everyone what was going on. You looked pissed....I hope that you were not pissed that someone would catch what you did, but just pissed that someone would actually speak up.I know you will claim you had no idea, which is a total crock of crap, but hey.....whatever helps you sleep at night.I hope you are man enough to admit what you did, and hope others will accept that in the heat of the moment you made a bad choice. I -- and everyone else--- would respect you again, at least somewhat. A Former Huge Fan.....Harvey D.