The world of professional poker is where fortunes are made and lost. Poker’s a grueling game where only the best of the best are allowed to sit at the table. One of such people is Daniel Negreanu. Daniel has amassed six World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour championship titles so far, and he has no intention of stopping there. He’s the biggest live poker tournament winner of all time, having won over $33 million dollars over the course of his career. All in all, you don’t want to see this man sitting at your table.
A Dream of Riches
Since he was a kid, Daniel Negreanu dreamed of being rich. He was born in 1974 in Ontario, where his parents moved from Romania. They wanted to settle in the US, but ended up staying in Canada. He attended Pineway public middle school in North York, but was an unruly child and paid little heed to the rules of the school. He wanted to be a snooker player at first, but, at fifteen, he learned to play poker and started spending most of his time hustling, playing cards and betting on sports. Negreanu dropped out of high school shortly before his graduation, and started playing as a rounder at local charity casinos. At twenty-two, he built up his bankroll and went to Las Vegas where he spent all his money at The Strip. After that, he moved home to Toronto to replace his losses.
Daniel’s first bracelet came two years after his flop at The Strip. In 1998, he won his first WSOP bracelet in a $2000 Pot Limit Hold’em event, becoming the youngest player to do so until 2004. His prize – $169,460. Since then he’s won WSOP bracelets in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2013 Asia-Pacific World Series and the European World Series that same year, resulting in him having won over two million dollars that year alone. He has 36 final table appearances and has 103 money finished in the course of his career. In 2004, he won his first World Poker Tour title at a $10,000 Borgata Poker Open event, and at a $15,000 Five Diamond World Poker Classic event that same year. In 2013 he won a $5,200 PL Omaha event at a Spring Championship of Online Poker and he’s won a World Championship of Online Poker $2,100 HORSE tournament in 2016.
He’s also taken part in many activities on television that involve poker or card games. He was Gambit’s opponent in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie, he tried to beat a lie detector on season two of Sports Science and appeared in Katy Perry’s music video for the song Waking Up in Las Vegas. He’s an avid fan of Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft online card game, and has played his colleague Bertrand Grospellier at BlizzCon 2015 in Anaheim, CA, a match he won 3-1.
Daniel Negreanu is also very famous for his philanthropy, as he frequents the Ante Up for Africa charity event, and is the founder of the Big Swing golf charity event.