Daniel Negreanu Wins First Ever WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event
Published on Apr 2013 by Pokerlistings
Daniel Negreanu has closed out this event, winning his fifth gold bracelet, over $1 million and the first ever WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event title. We speak with Daniel in this exclusive winner interview about what the win means and what it took to make it happen.
Gillian Epp has been making a successful living as a poker pro for years but we wanted to find out how she first got into the game and how she realized it could be a career. Epp stopped by the PokerListings Video Studio in Vancouver to tell her story. It turns out it all started when she was watching Gandhi at home in Cranbrook, British Columbia. The movie inspired her to travel to India to learn and teach yoga. After class each day she played poker, and she fell in love with it. During her travels in Asia she continued playing poker and when she came back to Canada she got a job dealing at her local casino. As an employee she wasn't allowed to play poker at her own casino, so her parents stepped up and drove her to the Cash Casino in Calgary for her first real live poker session. On one of the first hands she got all in and tripled up. Later that night she used her poker winnings to buy her parent's dinner. The next weekend Gillian and a couple other dealers made the drive back to Calgary to play again. A couple years later Gillian moved to Vancouver to go to school at Simon Fraser University and she got her first exposure to professional poker players in the big city. Gillian was also teaching yoga but as she started playing more and more poker, and winning, it got to the point she had to quit her day job to play poker full time.
What if you had a chance to win the biggest pot of your life, but you had to risk your entire bankroll to do it? Canadian cash-game pro Gillian Epp looks back on the defining moment of her career, a massive $150,000 pot at a $10/$20 No-Limit game at Bellagio in 2009. Epp is the latest player featured in PokerListings.com's ongoing video series Best Poker Moments, along with Brad Booth and Annette Obrestad. Epp tells the story of withdrawing her entire bankroll from the casino cage, in cash, and putting it on the table against a wealthy amateur who had her covered. It wasn't long before she had a shot at doubling up, but actually making the call and putting everything on the line was harder than she expected. Watch the video for the full story and keep an eye out for more Best Poker Moments coming soon.
Daniel Negreanu finished in second place in the $1 million Big One for One Drop at the 2014 World Series of Poker for $8.2 million, making him the highest-earning tournament poker player in history. Negreanu now has $29.8 million in live tournament earnings, surpassing former money-leader Antonio Esfandiari who skyrocketed to the top of the list when he won the inaugural Big One for One Drop in 2012. Negreanu wasn't able to go all the way in this event, that honor belonged to Dan Colman, but he did take a few minutes after the heads-up match to tell the media what this finish meant to him. Negreanu talks about his legacy in poker, raising $4.6 million for One Drop and the one moment in this event that truly got his heart pumping. Check out PokerListings.com for the latest news and video from the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Daniel Negreanu is one of the most successful poker players in history and right now he's playing the second-ever $1 million buy-in poker tournament: The WSOP Big One for One Drop. PokerListings.com caught Kid Poker moments before the action began and the Canadian had no shortage of confidence. Negreanu said that when he wins this event he'll use the money to make a difference in the world, and the exposure to continue to be an ambassador for poker. Negreanu also commented on how special this event is because it brings together the best poker players in the world and some of the greatest minds from the business world, all to play for the highest stakes ever and raise money for a great charity. Make sure to check PokerListings.com for the latest news and videos from the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Randy "Nanonoko" Lew has made over $1 million playing online poker and holds the Guinness World Record for most hands played in eight hours while showing a profit. Lew routinely plays more than 24 tables at a time and told PokerListings.com that it's the skills he learned from competitive video gaming that allows him to do it. Lew went even further saying that no matter what video game you play, chances are you've developed skills that will help you win at online poker. Lew played Marvel Vs. Capcom, a one-on-one fighting game, and even though he loved the game and the competition, he quickly realized he couldn't make a living playing it. Once Lew found online poker, however, he was able to earn more than enough money to get by, and even scored a coveted sponsorship deal as a member of PokerStars Team Online. Lew stopped by the PokerListings.com studio in Vancouver to discuss how his background in gaming set him up to succeed at poker, as well as what a great opportunity online poker is for other gamers looking to use their skills to earn a living.
PokerListings.com has scoured the web for our favorite video clips of poker bad beats, blow-ups and outbursts. Featuring legends of losing it like Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow and Daniel Negreanu, this video mashup proves without a doubt that poker is overflowing with excitement.
German pro Dominik Nitsche already has a WSOP bracelet but he told PokerListings.com that winning his second in the WSOPE Main Event would be even sweeter. Nitsche is at the final table gunning for the €1 million first-place prize and he took a few minutes to speak about it to PokerListings.com.
Tonight in Paris Daniel Negreanu took down the WSOP Europe High Roller event and secured his sixth gold bracelet. Negreanu defeated Brazil's Nicolau Villa-Lobos to win €725,000 and he speaks to PokerListings.com moments after the win.
Tonight at the World Series of Poker Europe Daniel Negreanu made history by becoming the first player to ever win two WSOP Player of the Year titles, and he gave PokerListings.com an inside look at how it went down. Coming into the €25k High Roller Event Negreanu had one last chance to pull ahead in the POY race. He had to come eighth or better. We follow Negreanu on his quest and speak to him moments after he became the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year.
Nicolau Villa-Lobos has won events on the Brazilian Series of Poker, the UKIPT and even picked up the medium buy-in SCOOP Main Event this year on PokerStars, but so far a WSOP gold bracelet has eluded him. Right now Villa-Lobos is deep in the 2013 WSOPE High Roller event, playing alongside some of the biggest names in poker including Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey. PokerListings.com speaks to Villa-Lobos about his background and how a surprise heart surgery when he was 18 led to him getting into poker.