Again in early September, Bulgarian participant Stoyan Madanzhiev grew to become the WSOP Principal Occasion champion. To him, and the poker world on the time, that meant he was the 51st world champion of the sport following within the footsteps of gamers similar to Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Johnny Chan, in addition to, in fact, the 2019 WSOP Principal Occasion winner, Hossain Ensan.
That was till this week, nevertheless. The World Sequence of Poker introduced a brand-new ‘Hybrid’ Principal Occasion, costing $10,000 to enter and having no rebuy perform, they referred to it because the WSOP Principal Occasion, as within the 51st WSOP Principal Occasion, eradicating Madanzhiev’s win because the crowning of the World Champion.
Upset, Madanzhiev this week mentioned his emotions with a fellow WSOP bracelet winner in Daniel Negreanu, who fairly actually signed off on Madanzhiev’s bracelet win again in September.
I completely perceive why you’re upset man. I do.
From earlier than the occasion occurred I used to be on file lsaying this wasn’t a substitute for the $10k WSOP important occasion in Vegas.
Congrats in your win! Epic, you gained a tourney that’s within the Guinness Ebook of Information!
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) November 16, 2020
We caught up with Madanzhiev to debate how he felt about the entire episode, beginning with that preliminary feeling of success when he gained $3.9 million by profitable the biggest-ever on-line prime prize on GGPoker, the location for whom Negreanu is an envoy.
“It was nice,” Madanzhiev says. “I had by no means skilled something prefer it. It made me really feel fulfilled after a few years dedicated to recreation of the poker. This yr, we have been in peril of not having a World Sequence due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We had the net Principal Occasion and everybody thought that the WSOP couldn’t be held reside in 2020. All of the individuals believed we have been taking part in the principle WSOP [Main Event] of the yr.”
The advertising and marketing across the match on the time actually hints at precisely that. Madanzhiev believes that the Principal Occasion was the one which befell on-line in September.
“It was marketed as such,” he says. “Nowhere did it say one other ‘precise Principal Occasion’ was going to happen later. I hadn’t heard of anybody disputing my title earlier than the information for the ‘new Principal Occasion’ hit the web.”
Negreanu, in fact, performs a vital function in not simply representing GGPoker, however selling them by way of his Twitter web page, which has a whopping 488,400 followers. However did ‘Child Poker do something fallacious by doing so with each occasions?
“Let’s not neglect that he represents GGPoker. He’s paid by them and it’s regular for him to guard theirs and the World Sequence of Poker’s pursuits.” Says Madanzhiev. However he’s clear that he believes he gained the WSOP Principal Occasion. “My certificates and a signature from Daniel Negreanu verify it.”
For the Bulgarian participant, collaborating in what could be a reside last in Rozvadov on the Czech/German border wouldn’t be simple, and would contain quite a lot of difficult journey. So, will Madanzhiev be taking part in this Hybrid WSOP Principal Occasion?
“I haven’t selected that,” he says. “I used to be touring a couple of weeks in the past and it was very, very onerous to get again dwelling. I don’t anticipate it to be a traditional journey in any respect, and the opposite half is that if I participate on this occasion, am I preventing for one thing I’ve already gained?”
It’s clear that regardless of one of the best efforts of Negreanu in discussing the matter with him on social media, Madanzhiev feels let down by the communication he had – or extra pertinently didn’t have – earlier than this Hybrid Principal Occasion was introduced.
“I really feel like that is an injustice. Clearly, I’m extraordinarily pleased with the cash however the title is one thing vital to each poker participant. All of us taking part in this [September] Principal Occasion thought we have been taking part within the World Sequence Principal Occasion. Now there might be one other ‘Principal Occasion’ and all of the individuals who beforehand paid to play for the title, together with me, have been misled.”
Madanzhiev might have gained what’s more likely to be his greatest ever profession rating on-line, however he misses the reside recreation, so the chance to look into the whites of his opponents’ eyes in December is tempting. The Bulgarian’s decade within the recreation imply tournaments similar to this are at all times value preventing for. He has huge expertise taking part in each reside and on-line.
“I’ve been taking part in for over 10 years, focusing completely on poker. I’ve performed on-line largely, so to me there isn’t a lot of a distinction. Within the final couple of years, I’ve been taking part in reside extra typically and am trying ahead to competing in that area once more quickly. All of us miss the traditional recreation with out the masks and plexiglass.”
Regardless of the return to the reside felt for the WSOP, Madanzhiev isn’t satisfied that this implies a full return to reside poker. He’s not alone, with the Poker Shares betting market on the December twenty eighth last in Vegas providing a favorite of there being no match to play.
Odds on December twenty eighth Las Vegas WSOP last individuals:
No gamers – 2.25
All 9 gamers – 2.40
8 gamers – 6.50
7 gamers – 18.00
1 – 6 gamers – 20.00
“It’s onerous to say, as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak is selecting up right here and we’re experiencing it’s results more durable now. There are various individuals who I do know who’re struggling and we can’t ignore the dangers. But when folks really feel they need to play reside, then why not?”
The identical applies to the WSOP Hybrid Principal Occasion, and it’s a certainty that many will play with the dream of changing into World Champion. Stoyan Madanzhiev is aware of that feeling all too effectively.