WSOP Main Event Champ Daniel Weinman, Others Appear in New Poker Trading Cards
Posted on: September 20, 2023, 06:38h.
Last updated on: September 20, 2023, 12:56h.
Poker fans who like to carry around notable players in their back pocket or put them on a shelf have a new opportunity coming. In an announcement for fans and collectors alike, Leaf Trading Cards and Poker Royalty have joined forces to release a brand-new series of trading cards showcasing some of the most iconic figures in the world of professional poker.
This marks the fifth collaboration between these two industry giants in the past 17 years, with the last release dating back to 2011. The cards are set to feature a full roster of poker players, including 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion Daniel Weinman, according to a Leaf Trading Cards press release.
The 2023 WSOP Main Event winner is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated inclusions in this series. Weinman, who secured his victory in a dramatic final hand, is now immortalized in this collection, providing fans with the opportunity to own a piece of his historic triumph.
Weinman In an Elite Class
Joining Weinman in this exclusive card set are other poker luminaries, including Daniel Negreanu, a name synonymous with the game. Negreanu’s illustrious career and countless achievements at the felt make him a must-have for any serious poker memorabilia collector.
The “Poker Brat” himself, Phil Hellmuth, a record-holder with 17 WSOP bracelets, is another highlight of this series. Known for his polarizing personality and unmatched poker skills, Hellmuth is sure to be a sought-after card among enthusiasts.
[We’ve] already got Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, and Dan Weinman attached to this project. When this set is released, we will have a ton of great cards covering poker players from all eras, including the newest players people are excited about,” said Leaf Trading Cards VP Josh Pankow.
While these three players are certainly the headline acts, the collection promises a diverse array of poker personalities from various eras. There will reportedly be 40 players offered, including a comprehensive look at the evolution of the game over the years.
Collectors, fans, and poker enthusiasts can expect the trading cards to become available sometime next year. A firm date isn’t yet available, as the two companies are reportedly still putting together the list of names.
The first poker card set Leaf introduced was in 2006, three years after Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event and set in motion a chain of events that would forever change the game of poker. After that first set, new sets arrived in 2009 and 2010, launched under the Razor Poker brand. Leaf Trading then introduced its own branded cards in 2011.
Dnegs Runs Into Trouble
Negreanu has been busy in this year’s Poker Masters tournament series, but has had trouble finding success. He wrapped up his participation in the fourth event on Tuesday, exiting the $10K No-Limit Hold ‘Em tournament in sixth place.
Negreanu made it to the final table, outlasting another 85 players. When he attempted to bluff his way closer to the finish line, though, everything fell apart.
The Canadian, with six WSOP bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles, held suited J-3 as he took on Jonathan Little, who had 10-9. Little flopped a pair of 9s, with Negreanu drawing dead before trying to bully his opponent into backing down.
Little didn’t fall for the ruse and followed Negreanu on every bet. Neither the turn nor the river delivered for Negreanu, so he tried to steal the pot with an overbet. The shot missed its mark as Little called, and Negreanu hit the rail. He pocketed $54,600 as a consolation prize, his first cash in the series.
The tournament isn’t over for Negreanu, and he still has a shot of redemption when he looks to defend his title in the Super High Roller Bowl. He won it last year, taking home $3.3 million in his second-biggest cash to date. The event begins on Thursday and ends on Saturday.
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