Born in Canada, and nicknamed KidPoker, Daniel Negreanu is considered the best poker player in history. He has won a total of 6 World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour championships, and his earnings in the game since his beginnings have been quantified in more than 29 million dollars.
Origins and Development of a World Poker Champion
Daniel Negreanu was already playing 40 hours a week of poker at the age of 18, learning from an early age how to control his impulsivity at the tables. He began his professional poker career in the most propitious place for it: Las Vegas. He managed to accumulate a considerable bankroll, but chance made him stumble upon a first stroke of bad luck that led him to lose everything. Thanks to his tenacity and perseverance, Negreanu managed to build up a bigger bankroll and decided to try his luck again. This time luck was on his side: he accumulated titles and money at a frenetic pace until he established himself as one of the best professional poker players in the world.
In 1997, Negreanu won two World Poker Finals events, a cash prize and the distinction awarded to the best tournament player in the world. Between 1998 and 2013 he would go on to win a total of six World Series of Poker titles, cementing him as one of the most influential and successful figures within the gaming landscape.
One of Negreanu’s characteristics is his versatility at the poker table. His game is rarely executed in the same way during tournaments, being interested in new ways to beat and read his opponents. Today, with all the experience accumulated after years of dedication, Negreanu is one of the most prominent figures in recent poker history and continues to play in Las Vegas casinos to refine his technique.
Leaving PokerStars and looking to the future
After more than 12 years as a professional PokerStars player, Daniel Negreanu announced his decision to leave the team to focus on his family. Negreanu married Amanda Leatherman almost two years ago, so his decision was based on the need to be with his family and stop, momentarily, his professional activity in tournaments and casinos around the world.
The pace of life of a professional poker player is something that can have negative consequences for health, as Negreanu himself commented a few years ago when he was asked about the change in his diet. According to him, at the end of the 90s he only ate ready meals, fast food and consumed alcoholic and sugary drinks, something whose effects he began to notice when he made the leap to the new millennium. However, it was not until 2006 when he began to take his health seriously and to make changes in his diet, something that many believe has been fundamental to be able to see Daniel Negreanu for so many years in poker rooms and world poker tournaments.
Curiosities about Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu is, given his impact on the world poker scene, one of the people with the greatest projection in the sector. But did you know that he is known for many other aspects, apart from being an excellent poker player?
One of the most striking features of Daniel Negreanu is that he is a convinced vegetarian. In fact, one still remembers that KidPoker tweet in which he recounted how PokerStars sent him a pizza home while he was playing a poker game at home. This stands out not just because he is a vegan, but because he has spent practically his entire life in the United States following the frenetic pace of the city of Las Vegas, which in itself has enormous merit.
On the other hand, he had his chance to be an actor. He was about to star as Tommy in a new Pippi Longstocking movie, and claims he was one of the six finalists for the role, but it seems that the movie ended up being cancelled. And he would also have the chance to star as Seymour in the musical “Little Shop of Horrors”. As an adult, Negreanu made a cameo in the 2009 X-Men spin-off based on Wolverine, as well as appearing in Katy Perry’s “Waking Up in Vegas” music video.
One of Daniel Negreanu’s favorite games has always been billiards. In fact, during his youth he played in the weekly tournaments at the Palace Club Billiards, where he managed to refine his technique and become one of the best billiard players in the entire venue.