When Twitter Taunt Leads to Poker Tournament

Gus Hansen and Daniel Negreanu Settled Score After a Twitter ‘Argument’.

Twitter is considered an online social networking and microblogging service with “tweets”, text messages limited to 140 characters. With the only 140 characters, you would think that Twitter is not the right platform to organize an event. However, for two well-known poker players, the 140 characters are more than enough to announce a highly-anticipated poker tournament. Last February, the social media world and the poker industry went crazy after Gus Hansen and Daniel Negreanu traded barbs on Twitter.

The poker public is aware that Hansen and Negreanu are good friends. Still, they can’t help but ride on the entertainment that the guys were providing. Their taunting even got free publicity when it was discussed by partypoker, the current sponsor of the EPL’s Manchester United. Aside from being among the most followed poker players on Twitter, Hansen and Negreanu are also among the most successful. That is why their exchange on the social networking site attracted a lot of buzz.

Gus Hansen (@GusHansen) tweeted Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) about an episode of the TV show High Stakes Poker in which they figured in a heads up. During this game, Hansen got the better of Negreanu and took home US$ 300,000.

Immediately, Negreanu released a video blog challenging Hansen to a triple duel. On the video, the five-time WSOP bracelet winner formed a group with Isaac Haxton and Bertrand Grospellier. He and his crew battled Hansen’s group that featured Viktor Blom and Tom Dwan.

A few weeks after, the game took place in London. Negreanu finally got his revenge on Hansen after his team was declared as the champions, winning eight of the nine matches. Although Negreanu and his crew took home great cash prizes, the Canadian player said on his blog that they were all winners. The moment that everyone agreed to hold a very exciting and fun game, they already achieved a reward that no competition can provide.

Negreanu said that they “already won even before the matches had started” and the time they spent together sharing was “valuable both in terms of elevating all of our games, but also in terms of friendship”.

Social media is one of the biggest reasons why poker became more exciting. Through the Internet, the public get the chance to witness the events beyond the poker table. It is not only the poker industry that benefits from the rise of technology. For people, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites are their way of monitoring the lives of their favorite poker players whenever the WPT or WSOP lights are off.

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