About Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu
Name Daniel Negreanu
Current Residence Las Vegas Nev.
Born Jul. 26, 1974
Birth Place Toronto Ontario, CA

Daniel Negreanu may well be the best-liked player in poker.

Young, talented and friendly - on or away from the table - it's easy to see how he has nearly as many distinctions for his positive image as for his countless tournament victories. It's also not surprising then, based on both reputation and tournament success, that PokerStars.com has chosen Negreanu to represent them as one of their elite sponsored pros.

Negreanu's parents, Ann and Constantin, left the Communist regime of Romania in 1967, looking to start a new life in the United States. They ended up settling in Toronto instead, where Constantin found work as an electrician. They soon started a family, Daniel arriving five years after his older brother.

It was a supportive environment, even when it became clear Negreanu was destined for an unconventional lifestyle. While nursing dreams of a career in acting or comedy, the 15-year-old learned to play a little poker. By 16, he was spending time in pool halls, hustling, sports betting and - yes - playing cards.

By the time he was 18, Negreanu had dropped out of high school - one credit short of graduation - to focus on poker. He started supplementing his play at illegal games around town with trips to charity casinos. Ever charming, he met and started dating a local dealer by the name of Evelyn Ng. For a more traditional lifestyle, he tried one day as a telemarketer and a month working at a Subway, but his path clearly led elsewhere.

At 21, an eager (and finally legal) Negreanu took the money he'd made to try his talents against the world's finest in Las Vegas. He lasted about seven months before returning home, broke but determined. Building up a new bankroll at games around Toronto, he made one last push to Vegas, this time for good.

Around this time that Daniel's father passed away. The young player took the occasion to evaluate his lifestyle. Deciding he was destined to play poker, he seemed to gain the focus necessary to become a truly great player. His career took an upward turn which has continued largely unabated.

The next year, 1997, saw Negreanu's first substantial wins, including two at the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods where he was named the tournament's best all-around player. Encouraged and with a considerably fattened bankroll, Negreanu entered the World Series of Poker the next year, where he won the first event he entered - $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em. He was history's youngest bracelet winner, a title he held until 2004, and "Kid Poker" was born.

In 1999, the Kid took down the United States Poker Championship. Around this time, success started to catch up with Daniel. Excessive drinking, money mismanagement and too much time alone affected his game, and 2000 was a quiet year for wins. Turning his life and his game around, in 2001 he made the money in dozens of tournaments and finished 11th in the WSOP Main Event.

But the best was still to come for Kid Poker. In 2004, he took a gold bracelet in the WSOP - for Limit Hold'em - and made it to the money in five other events, earning him ESPN's Toyota Player of the Year award. That same year he won the Borgata Poker Open, and a prize of $1,117,400, as well as the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, worth $1,770,218.

Negreanu's presence continues to be felt on the WPT circuit, where he is one of the all-time money leaders, and at the WSOP, where he was welcomed onto the Player Advisory Board in 2006. Passionate about maintaining the event's integrity, Negreanu was key in the introduction of a $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event - which he believes is a truer indicator of skill than the Main Event - as well as significant scheduling changes.

In addition to playing and advisory duties, Negreanu is in demand as an author, contributing to the strategy of Doyle Brunson's Super/System 2, the sequel to what may be the best poker book ever written. In 2007 he released his own work, Hold'em Wisdom for All Players, which has sold out numerous printings. He also writes regular blogs and articles for online and print publication.

People, it seems, cannot get enough of Negreanu; the newly opened Wynn Las Vegas recruited him as their "Poker Ambassador" in 2005, which meant he would play for any stakes in their poker room. The next year he was awarded the title "Favorite Poker Player" and was featured in the video game "Stacked with Daniel Negreanu." He has also tutored for Poker School Online and given personal lessons to celebrities like Tobey Maguire.

Negreanu continues to play tournaments as he always has, preparing for big games by watching all five Rocky movies and eating vegan meals prepared by his mother, who has been cooking for his tournaments since he was 18. He can often be spotted at tables wearing a hockey jersey and headphones, listening to relaxing music to focus his game.

Away from the tables he finds time to support charities like the Make a Wish Foundation, various Canadian charities and - of course - charity poker tournaments. He continues to live in his adopted home of Las Vegas with his dog Mushu.

Trivia


  • Featured author in Doyle Brunson's Super/System 2
  • Known as one of the nicest players in poker
  • Won his first WSOP bracelet at age 23

Daniel Negreanu recent tournament placings

Place Winnings Tournament
1 €725,000 WSOPE 2013, Event 8 - €25,600 High Roller
25 €21,750 WSOPE 2013, Event 7 - €10,450 Main Event
2 $107,055 WSOP 2013, Event 59: $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw
34 $10,960 WSOP 2013, Event 41: $5,000 6-Max Pot-Limit Omaha
39 $11,495 WSOP 2013, Event 32: $5,000 6-Max No-Limit Hold'em
49 $6,475 WSOP 2013, Event 27: $3,000 Mixed Max
26 $3,889 WSOP 2013, Event 23: $2,500 7-Card Stud
12 $12,269 WSOP 2013, Event 5: $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Low
1 $1,038,825 WSOP APAC 2013, $10,000 Main Event
4 $16,336 WSOP APAC 2013, Event 3 - $2,200 Mixed Event
160 $52,718 WSOP 2012, $10,000 Main Event
13 $19,272 WSOP 2012, Event #60: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit)
104 $4,155 WSOP 2012, Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
45 $5,639 WSOP 2012, Event #8: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
5 $41,683 WSOP 2012, Event #5: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em
211 $47,107 WSOP 2011, Event 58 - $10,000 Main Event World Championship
20 $24,942 WSOP 2011, Event 40 - $5,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em
59 $4,998 WSOP 2011, Event 13 - $1,500 No-Limit Shootout
5 £47,045 WSOPE 2010, Event 4: £10,000 High Roller Heads-Up
11 $77,569 WSOP 2010, Event 52 - $25,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
6 $25,000 WSOP 2010, 2010 Tournament of Champions
29 $5,423 WSOP 2010, Event 40 - $2,500 Razz
8 $26,004 WSOP 2010, Event 19 - $10k 2-7 Draw Championship (No-Limit)
66 $18,595 WPT Season 8, LA Poker Classic
2 £495,589 WSOPE 2009, £10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
16 $7,223 2009 WSOP, Event 55 - $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw (Limit)
47 $2,690 2009 WSOP, Event 53 - $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo
37 $5,757 2009 WSOP, Event 47 - $2,500 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit)
26 $6,169 2009 WSOP, Event 38 - $2,000 Limit Hold'em
4 $130,401 2009 WSOP, Event 18 - $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
2 $138,280 2009 WSOP, Event 14 - Limit Hold'em/ Six Handed
43 $5,074 2009 WSOP, Event 10 - $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha
10 $36,266 2009 WSOP, Event 6 - $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship
5 $75,000 2009 Special, NBC National Heads-Up Championship
5 £217,200 2008 WSOPE, Event 4, No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
14 £5,500 2008 WSOPE, Event 2, H.O.R.S.E.
24 £4,305 2008 WSOPE, Event 1, No-Limit Hold'em
13 $142,080 2008 WSOP, Event 45, $50,000 H.O.R.S.E.
7 $123,437 2008 WSOP, Event 28, Pot-Limit Omaha w/re-buys
1 $204,434 2008 WSOP, Event 20, Limit Hold'em
11 $33,417 2008 WSOP, Event 14, World Championship Seven-Card Stud $10,000
22 $16,496 2008 WSOP, Event 5, No-Limit Hold'em w/re-buys
76 $39,570 WPT Season 6, WPT World Championship
14 $96,355 WPT Season 6, Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic
5 $21,321 2007 WSOP, Event 32, Seven Card Stud
3 $101,351 2007 WSOP, Event 21, No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
2 $502,691 WPT Season 5, World Poker Open
3 $592,000 WPT Season 5, Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic
229 $42,882 2006 WSOP, Event 39, No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship Event
38 $3,878 2006 WSOP, Event 29, Pot-Limit Hold'em
20 $12,295 2006 WSOP, Event 16, Pot-Limit Omaha
7 $48,776 2006 WSOP, Event 8, Omaha Hi-low Split
8 $38,852 2006 WSOP, Event 5, No-limit Hold'em Short Handed, 6/table
22 $6,725 2005 WSOP, Event 36, $3,000 Limit Hold'em
36 $3,665 2005 WSOP, Event 10, $2,000 Limit Hold'em
3 $384,322 WPT Season 3, World Poker Open
1 $1,795,418 WPT Season 3, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
1 $1,091,900 WPT Season 3, Borgata Poker Open
2 $675,178 WPT Season 2, PartyPoker Million
3 $192,270 WPT Season 2, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

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Daniel Negreanu in the Media

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Player analysis

7.6/10

Aggressiveness
7
Looseness
7
Limit
8
No-Limit
8
Side Games
7
Steam Control
7
Against Strong Players
7
Against Weak Players
8
Tournaments
9
Short-Handed
8

Player analysis

Daniel has become a consistent winner at the $1,000-$2,000 level in a limited side-game schedule. Daniel’s won the 2004 Card Player Player of the Year award and the 2004 WSOP Player of the Year award – pretty impressive.

His light-hearted nature, good writing, and accessibility to poker enthusiasts have made Daniel one of the most popular players. He is often mentioned as the top player by newsgroup posters. In the past, Daniel occasionally showed questionable judgment speaking his mind, but the grounding effect of his relationship with his wife, Lori, has helped him make better decisions.

Amusing Anecdote

In the summer of 2004, Daniel and I were the two leaders in the Player of the Year race. He asked me how hard I was going to try to win. I told him I wouldn’t play many small events, but I was hoping to leave myself close enough so that if I won the final event of the year, I would become Player of the Year in heroic fashion. Daniel found himself in second place going into the final event of the year. He did exactly what I was hoping to do: he won, dominating the field and making it look easy.

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