The Proust Questionnaire: Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu: Thinking about golf.

As part of a new Sunday Interview series here on we'll be posting a variety of back-and-forths with your favorite pros.

Sometimes a straight-up Q&A, sometimes a game of 20 questions, sometimes rapid-fire word association, sometimes a longer email conversation ... whatever the format the goal is the same -- to offer new insight into the personalities of your poker heros.

Kicking things off is perhaps the most prominent poker pro in the word today -- Daniel Negreanu.

Negreanu sat down with our colleague at PokerListings France, Fred Guillemot, for a round with the Proust Questionnaire at the recent WSOPE in Cannes.

(If you're not sure what the Proust Questionnaire is, check it out here.)

Daniel Negreanu
A horse of course.

PokerListings: If you were an animal, what would you be?

Daniel Negreanu: A horse.

PL: If you were a country?

DN: Canada.

PL: If you were a city...

DN: Rome.

PL: If you were a poker tournament...

DN: I would be the 50k 8-game mix Players Championship at the World Series.

PL: If you were a card...

DN: The Jack of Diamonds.

PL: If you were another famous man or woman...

DN: I would be Bob Marley.

PL: If you were a color...

DN: Black!

Second rule of Fight Club: Bet small.

PL: If you were a movie...

DN: I would say Good Will Hunting.

PL: If you were a sport...

DN: Ice hockey.

PL: If you weren't a poker player, what job would you like to have?

DN: I would like to be an actor/movie director.

PL: Who's your favorite fictional character?

DN: Let's see... Tyler Durden, from the movie Fight Club.

PL: A man or woman you'd like to see on a new banknote?

DN: I would put... Who would I put on a new banknote ? I'd put... Lady Di.

PL: The song you like the most?

DN: Redemption Song by Bob Marley.

Listening for the ocean.

PL: The sound you like the most?

DN: The ocean.

PL: The sound you dislike the most?

DN: (makes the sound of an annoying buzzer)

PL: What's your favourite quality in a man?

DN: Intelligence.

PL: And for a woman?

DN: Genuine heart.

PL: What's your main fault?

DN: I speak before I think.

PL: The fault for which you have the most tolerance?

DN: Ambitious foolishness. People who are ambitious but sometimes do stupid things.

PL: The word you like the most?

DN: The word I like the most? It starts with a C, I can't say it though. (laughs)

Maybe genius... No, that's not it. Oh! Innit... you know, innit, like the english say it.

PL: What's the word you dislike the most?

DN: Hmmm... Interesting. I can't think of one, let me see...

(Daniel has to go to the bathroom. Then, once back…)

I've got it! It's "standard deviation."

Daniel Negreanu3
Thinking about dying.

PL: What's your favourite addiction, aside from poker?

DN: Golf.

PL: Which gift or superpower would you like to have?

DN: The gift to read minds.

PL: Ah, of course. But you already do!

DN: (laughs) Yeah. So... Being invisible.

PL: What do you hate the most?

DN: In general? I hate incompetence.

PL: If you could choose, how would you wish to die?

DN: How would I wish to die? Horizontal, with a lady on top of me, how's that? (laughs)

PL: If God exists, what would you like Him to tell you once you're dead?

DN: I'd ask him why he made the Bible so confusing, first of all. And second of all, I would hope that he would say that, at the core, everything I did was for the right reasons.

PL: And finally, what would you want to be reborn as?

DN: I would like to be reborn as a professional golfer.

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$z$z$ 2012-10-24 21:26:32

Surprised at how boring his answers are I expected more.

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