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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