Daniel broke out onto the poker scene in 1998, when he made his first appearance in World Series of Poker. He won a bracelet in Texas Hold’em Pot Limit and became the youngest champion in the history of WSOP, at the age of 23. This earned him the nickname “Poker Kid”. The year after that, he won the United States Poker Championship. In 2001, he finished at 11th place at the WSOP Main Event.
In 2004 Negreanu repeated his success and won yet another World Series of Poker bracelet and finished in the money at five other events. In addition, he won the Borgata Poker Open and the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, both earning him a total of $3.0 million. He was awarded the ESPN Player of the Year as well as the CardPlayer Magazine Player of the Year awards. All the winnings have made him the second most successful poker player in the world.
In 2007 Daniel made the jump to PokerStars and began promoting the Pokerstars brand full time.
In 2014, Daniel Negreanu was recognized as the best poker layer of the decade by the an independent poker ranking service called Global Poker Index. He’s been a wildly successful player in his time on pro circuit. As of 2018, he has made over $39.5 million dollars in prize money playing poker which makes him the second biggest live tournament poker winner of all-time. He’s also a two-time WSOP Player of the Year, winning the award in 2004 and in 2013 as well. At the time of this writing he is the only professional poker player to win that award more than once in their professional poker career. In addition, he was also named the World Poker Table Player of the Year in 2004-05.
Daniel is the first player to make a final table in World Series of Poker at all three of the bracelet awarding locations: Las Vegas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Of course, he also ended up winning a bracelet at each one which he was also the first poker player to do. He was elected to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2014 and by any way you measure it, he is one of the best poker players of all time.
Daiel comes from humble beginnings in Toronto, Canada where he was born to his parents, Arnnie and Constantin who had recently emigrated from Romania. He found poker at a relatively early age, learning to the play the game when he was just 15. Negreanu went fully into the lifestyle and by 16 he was playing cards, sports betting and hustling to get by.
He didn’t finish high school, deciding to spend his time as a rounder. He built his bankroll around Toronto and moved to Las Vegas to pursue his dream as a professional poker player. He ended up not quite getting it done though as the Las Vegas lifestyle got the better and him. He was then forced to move back to Toronto to rebuild his bankroll. The rest, as they say, is history.
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