Daniel Negreanu: Canadian Professional Poker Player

Daniel Negreanu Playing Poker

Daniel Negreanu is a very accomplished poker player who has won two World Poker Tour championships and six World Series of Poker bracelets. Negreanu has brought home nearly $30 million dollars from the various games and tournaments he has competed in, making him number one on Canada's All Time Money List.

Negreanu was recently inducted into the Poker Hall Of Fame of Las Vegas in November 2014 for his long list of accomplishments. He still continues to impress us at the tables and it's obvious that he still has a long career ahead of him.

Early Life

Daniel Negreanu was born on July 26th, 1974 in Toronto, Canada. Daniel Negreanu's parents, Annie and Constantin, immigrated to Canada from Romania in hopes of providing a better life for their children. In high school, Negreanu excelled at mathematics and probability which helped him become a better poker player later in life.

When Negreanu was a teenager, he would spend a great deal of time at the local pool halls, playing pool, poker, and other various card games. He was known as quite the hustler, taking bets on various sporting events as well.

Negreanu dropped out of high school towards the end of his senior year to start playing poker full-time in local charity casinos. After building up a decent bankroll before his 21st birthday, he headed off to Las Vegas to pursue his dream of becoming a professional poker player. Unfortunately Negreanu didn't know how to properly manage his bankroll and before he knew it, he was broke and could barely afford to make it back home to Toronto.

Life as a Professional Poker Player

He was determined to be the best, dedicating hundreds of hours to studying strategies and playing in various casinos in Canada and the United States. In 1997, he cashed in at three different tournaments, including two games at the World Poker Finals, winning over $50,000. Negreanu was named the best all around player at Foxwood's World Poker Open for his overall performance.

The following year, upon Negreanu's twenty-third birthday, his career really took off. He won the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold 'Em event at the World Series of Poker, setting the record as the youngest player ever to win a WSOP bracelet. Fans everywhere called him, "Kid Poker." Many people thought it was a fluke, but Negreanu proved them wrong as he now has earned an incredible six WSOP bracelets. You can find out more information on those victories in the table below.

World Series of Poker Bracelets

Year

Tournament

Prize

1998 $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em $169,460
2003 $2,000 S.H.O.E. $100,440
2004 $2,000 Limit Hold'em $169,100
2008 $2,000 Limit Hold'em $204,874
2013A A$10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event A$1,038,825
2013E €25,600 High Roller No Limit Hold'em €725,000

Negreanu arguably had the best year of his poker career in 2004, having landed eleven money finishes at major tournaments, two WPT titles, and his third World Series of Poker bracelet. His total winnings that year were nearly $4.5 million dollars. Due to his accomplishments that year, he was deemed World Series of Poker Player of the Year and Card Player Magazine Player of the Year.

Fans finally started taking notice of this young poker phenomenon and his fan base grew even larger when PokerStars started endorsing him in 2007. PokerStars is the largest online poker site in the world and to this day Negreanu is still one of the primary faces that represent the company.

Negreanu regularly plays the "Big Game" in Bobby's Room of the Bellagio casino, Las Vegas, where the limits are $400/$800 or greater. He would tell anyone that the most important strategy he uses during these games is to analyze what hands his opponents play and how talented they are at playing them.

2013 was another amazing year for Negreanu, as he added two more gold bracelets to his collection and landed money finishes in nearly all of the tournaments he competed in. He was named the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year, the 2013 Bluff Player of the Year, and the 2013 Card Player Magazine Player of the Year in tribute to his success that year.

His most recent accomplishments were taking second place in the 2014 Big One for One Drop tournament, collecting a staggering $8.2 million dollar grand prize and for taking fourth in the Aussie Millions Poker Championship for an additional $1.1 million dollars.

When asked by Bluff Magazine to comment on his thriving poker career, Negreanu replied, "I live by a motto that's pretty simple: don't do anything stupid. I think a lot of pros try to do too much and they're really not having enough faith in their system. A lot of guys try to make something happen when it's not necessary. I don't give up, I don't get paranoid or stressed out, I just play."

Philanthropy

Negreanu thoroughly enjoys playing golf and helping others in need and that's why he founded the annual "Big Swing" charity golf event in 2009 which takes place at the Rio Secco Golf Club in Las Vegas every year. The proceeds from the event go to the Lili Claire Foundation, which helps support children with special needs and their families. Negreanu also sponsors, "Ante Up for Africa" charity, which raises money for underprivileged communities in Darfur.

In 2013, Negreanu set a goal to raise $100,000 in seven days for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. However, about half way through the week, he had already raised over $158,000. In an effort to double his original goal and persuade more people to donate, Negreanu announced that for every donation of $2,500 or more, four people will be selected at random to join him in Las Vegas for an extravagant dinner and a private poker lesson.

Personal Life

Daniel married Lori Weber on August 19, 2005 at the Grand Rapids Resort in Las Vegas. Erick Lindgren was the best man and many professional poker players including Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, and Ted Forrest attended the elegant affair. Unfortunately though, their sweet beginning ended poorly as they got divorced just two years later.

Negreanu has recently reached out to find love by participating in Bravo's television show, Millionaire Matchmaker, in its sixth season. He did end up meeting someone through the show, but their relationship didn't last long, but for now he's content with being single.

In his spare time, Negreanu plays poker on various TV shows such as High Stakes Poker, Late Night Poker, and Poker After Dark. Negreanu has also written a chapter in Doyle Brunson's Super System 2 and he released his own book, Hold'em Wisdom for All Players in 2008 and it quickly became a must read among gambling enthusiasts everywhere.

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