Daniel Negreanu – Biography
Daniel Negreanu was born to Annie and Constantin on July 26th, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Daniel’s parents moved to Canada after leaving Romania in hopes of giving their children better lives.
At the age of sixteen, Daniel discovered an affinity for gambling, pool hustling, and poker. These games, combined with his love for numbers and probability, quenched Daniel’s competitive thirst. After leaving high school one art credit short, Daniel was playing poker full time and with adults twice his age in various charity casinos and other gambling halls. Not only was Daniel playing in these games, but he was also winning on a consistent basis. As time pressed on Daniel’s bankroll grew.
Being one that always liked a competitive challenge, Daniel set his sights on the poker capital of the world – Las Vegas. When he turned 21, Daniel packed up his things, his bankroll, and came rolling down to The City of Lights. There he discovered that the glitzy casinos of Vegas were much different from the charity casinos in Toronto. Daniel lost his bankroll in Vegas and returned home to Toronto to rebuild what he had lost. Like a great champion, Daniel kept fighting, and he continued the cycle of winning in Toronto and then losing in Las Vegas.
Then, one day it all came together. Daniel figured out how to beat the tables in Las Vegas. He worked hard to plug the leaks in his game, spending hundreds of hours playing, studying, and working diligently to become one of the best. All of the hard work paid off. In 1997 Daniel was named best all around player at Foxwoods’ World Poker Final. In 1998, Daniel entered his very first World Series of Poker event. He won that $2,000 Pot Limit Hold ‘Em event, and at the age of 23, Daniel became the youngest player ever, at the time, to win a World Series of Poker bracelet. The win earned Daniel the nickname “Kid Poker.”
Daniel’s success continued, adding another World Series of Poker bracelet in 2003. This time Daniel demonstrated his all-around ability by winning the S.H.O.E bracelet. S.H.O.E. is a game that rotates in order: Seven Card Stud, Hold’ Em, Omaha Eights or Better and Stud Eights or Better.
Daniel had arguably the best year of his poker career in 2004. In that year, Daniel made 11 final tables, which includes two WPT victories (Borgata and Bellagio) and his third World Series of Poker bracelet in Limit Hold ‘Em. His total winnings that year amounted to a staggering $4,465,907. Aside from the recent WSOP Champion, Daniel has more career earnings in tournament poker than anyone in the world. Daniel’s excellent play throughout the year earned him both the World Series of Poker Player of the Year and Card Player Magazine Player of the Year titles. He was also named WPT Season 3 (2004-2005) Player of the Year.
Then in 2005, Daniel decided to broaden his horizons and moved into different business ventures. Daniel contributed a chapter in Doyle Brunson’s Super System 2 and began working on two books, one was released in 2007 called Hold'em Wisdom for all players & the other is scheduled to be released in 2008. While many feel it was an off year for Daniel tournament results wise, he still managed to cash in 3 WPT events including a 3rd place at the Jack Binion World Poker Open for $384,000.
Daniel began 2006 with a win at the WSOP Circuit Event in Tunica winning $755,000. He followed that up with a 5th place finish at the National Heads Up Poker Championship and a 2nd place finish at the Tournament of Champions earning $325,000 along the way. He cashed in 5 WSOP events & capped off the year off with an impressive 3rd place finish at the WPT Five Diamond Wolrd Poker Classic for nearly $600,000.
After his 3rd place finish in December of 2006, Daniel continued his strong play in January of '07. He cashed at the WPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and then followed that up with a 2nd place finish at the WPT World Poker Open for over $500,000. He final tabled two WSOP Events including a 3rd place at a NL Hold'em Shootout Event & finished off the year with another strong showing at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic coming in 14th place for nearly $100,000. Daniel also released his first book in 2007 called Hold'em Wisdom for all players. The book is a collection of 50 articles from his syndicated column that is circulated across North America by 35 newspapers.
The biggest announcement in 2007 was Daniel becoming a member of Team PokerStars. PokerStars is the largest online poker site in the world and is the perfect fit for Negreanu. "I'm very excited about joining Team PokerStars. The organisation seems like the perfect fit for me and I'm glad they feel the same way." said Daniel.
Daniel is arguably one of the best poker players in the world. His fun-loving personality and easy-going attitude make him a fan favorite among poker fans. Daniel currently lives in Las Vegas where he plays in some of the biggest cash games in the world.
For a summary of Daniel's career highlights, visit his Trophy Room.