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Poker Profile - Daniel Negreanu

At just 37 years old, there are few more decorated players than Daniel Negreanu on the poker scene. Nicknamed Kid Poker, Daniel Negreanu currently plays online on Pokerstars, but his offline success outdates his online by a long way. Here, we will explore a bit more about the player.

History and About

Born in 1967 in Canada, Negreanu is of Romanian descent. His original dream was to be a snooker player, but he found himself playing cards at the halls, and before long he wanted to be a poker player.

As a high-school dropout, Negreanu started playing on the scene as a rounder quickly building up a bankroll. He then decided to move to Vegas at 22. However, this move proved to be too quick and Negreanu had to return home after losing everything to rebuild his bankroll. Negreanu is a keen golfer and when he is not at the table, he is usually on the green.

Negreanu made his breakthrough back in 1998 when he won his first WSOP bracelet playing a $2,000 pot limit Hold’em tournament and winning in a field that included some of the world’s best players at the time.

With this win, at the age of just 23, Negreanu became the youngest WSOP bracelet winner, a title which he held until 2004.

Success

Negreanu has had plenty of success both online and offline. Offline he has four WSOP bracelets (totalling about $650,000) also finishing 11th in the main event in 2001. He has cashed 51 times in the WSOP, which is one of the highest totals of any player.

In the WPT, he has won two events, both in 2004, the Borgata Poker Open, and the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, which made him almost $3,000,000.

In early 2012, Negreanu became the all-time leading tournament money winner in major recognised tournaments with a total of just over $16,100,000 in recognised tournaments moving Phil Ivey (on $16,000,000) down to second place.

Negreanu is also well known as a cash player, frequently appearing on the television program high-stakes poker and playing other cash games when he visits the strip. Online, Negreanu has had various success stories, mostly on the cash tables, but he has had a few decent tournament runs as well.

Future

Negreanu recently moved back to Canada from the strip so that he could continue to play online poker (due to the new regulations set out by Black Friday). As well as playing poker, he is involved in various other poker activities.

He has written a strategy book Power Hold'em Strategy. He also contributed to Doyle Brunson’s book the Super System II. He frequently writes for Cardplayer magazine and has his own very successful blog.

Negreanu is now a bit of a media figure. He has made various appearances, as himself in movies like X men origins. Therefore, regardless of his future at the tables, which for any player is always a bit of an unknown he has a great future off the table.

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