Daniel Negreanu: High-Stakes Fish?

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu.

With over $12 million earned, putting him second on the list for all-time tournament winnings, there's little doubt about Daniel Negreanu's ability to play live tournament poker.

However, the jury is still out on whether Kid Poker can beat the high-stakes cash games online.

On Feb. 25, after months of working on his short-handed game, Negreanu joined the $100/$200 No-Limit Hold'em cash game on PokerStars and started to grind.

It might seem like no big deal that one of the biggest names in poker sat to play at a high-stakes table online, considering players like Tom Dwan and Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies are playing five times the stakes on Full Tilt almost nightly.

But seeing Negreanu at the tables has sent shockwaves through the online poker community.

Jury Still Out on Online Potential

For years he has been considered an online fish. In fact, Negreanu has even admittted his game online is anything but water tight.

But despite a history of losses and frustration online, Negreanu has now decided to focus on beating the game, perhaps just simply to prove to the world he can.

Along with the usual name-calling and anonymous muscle flexing, the web's poker forums have been bombarded with discussion and debate about whether Negreanu is beating the game, or if he even stands a chance.

Because of PokerStars' decision to prevent, or at least limit all data-mining and stat tracking, it is difficult to come up with exact numbers and results, but here are the facts as we know them:

Negreanu started playing on or around Feb. 25, earning $200k up to March 22.

By March 28, he had lost nearly everything, down to around $9,000 in profits, before going back on the upswing, reaching a peak of $221,227.

But once again, Negreanu failed to hold on to the profits, losing it all back including a $62,551 loss last night that left him $8k in the hole overall.

The loss came mostly at the hands of online pro Mr Zahmat, who won the largest pot of the day against Negreanu, worth over $85k.

Also at the table was Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo, who was unlucky enough to run into Negreanu's aces, losing a pot worth well over $73k.

Considering the swings, the short time-frame and hand count since his return to the high stakes games, the jury is still out on whether Negreanu is capable at beating the big game on PokerStars.

Until more hands are played and more information becomes available the forums will continue to debate the subject with Negreanu himself stopping by to add in his own insights from time to time.

Read up on Negreanu's efforts and thoughts in his blog over at Full Contact Poker.

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Sergio_AUS 2011-04-04 07:40:10

Although Daniel has been for many years my hero and many others he has made many loose calls in crucial pots when it comes to the high stakes arena particularly on HSP live. in season 1 he started with $1 million and before the end of the season he had lost roughly half of it. In fact his run on the show has led many to believe that he just doesn't have the determination and dedication that he once did by getting stuck every season so far.

No doubt he still a very talented poker player as his results have dictated with impressive tournament finishes and making the 2004 player of the year was a huge achievement. I have certainly learned a lot from watching him play from both the right and wrong plays he has made but i would be remiss not to point out that his overall game has taken a slump over the past 3-5 years.

Will he find the tools to his game to improve it and cement his legacy as one of the greatest players of all time, only time will tell

astrobel 2010-04-12 13:02:53

I've heard many people critizising Daniel's cash game performance, especially lately. It's funny to watch all those waiting for a £1/£2 NLH seat talk so harshly and appear SO knowledgeable about what does or doesn't go on at a High stakes table.

Listen people, Daniel has achieved more than most of you will even if you have 500 years to make it. Show a bit of respect and look at your own short-comings before openly insulting someone else. Besides, he's so cute !

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