Flashback Friday - "Danny" Negreanu Defeats John Bonetti at the 1999 United States Poker Championship
Starting today, we will host a feature here at Poker Junkie that I'm dubbing "Flashback Friday."
Each week we will take a look back at a major poker confrontation, hopefully with a tie in to recent poker news.
In this inaugural installment we take a look back at the 1999 United States Poker Championship Main Event.
The Trump Taj Mahal poker room shut down this past Sunday for renovations but for many years the room was host to the USPC.
In 2009 the Main Event came down to "Danny" Negreanu and the late John Bonetti. While many disliked Bonetti he was one of my personal favorites from when I played live tournaments regularly.
Bonetti reminded me a lot of my grandfather. He'd give you the business at a moment's notice but was also someone you could pick up a world of knowledge from.
The video below shows a massive flop confrontation between Negreanu and Bonetti where Negreanu gambled for his tournament life with merely a flush draw.
Ultimately Negreanu would get lucky but not after an entertaining scene from Bonetti.
I met Bonetti near the end of his life but I can confirm that he had the same tenacity as he did in this tournament and others. Definitely a character that's missed by anyone that knew him well.