Daniel Negreanu Poker Profile

Daniel Negreanu has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the "poker boom" thanks to his exceptional poker skills and likable demeanor.

Negreanu, who was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 26th, 1974, is one of the most successful poker players that has ever lived.

At the time that this profile was written, Negreanu had a staggering $13,080,189 in total lifetime tournament cashes. This is the second highest total of any poker player living or dead, surpassed by only Phil Ivey ($13,847,275). Negreanu's biggest year came in 2004, when he managed to accumulate nearly $4.5 million in total cashes. Since 2004, Negreanu has stayed remarkably consistent, banking over $1 million in profits in three of the six years. Since 2002 (pre poker boom), Daniel Negreanu has never earned less than $500,000 in one calendar year from "live" tournament cashes.

Daniel Negreanu cracking his trademark smile

How does the Canadian-born Negreanu do it? How has he managed to stay so successful, even in the era of the Internet player?

Negreanu's remarkable success is a direct result of his uncanny ability to read other players at his table. Some of Negreanu's younger opponents may play 20x the number of hands in a year, but Negreanu can rely on his remarkable ability to read players to stay ahead of most of his competition. Negreanu has never been afraid to go with his read, even in situations where it might end up making him look a little foolish. You can't fault Negreanu for his confidence, as his knack for accurately reading his opponents has made him a multi-millionaire.

Daniel Negreanu has a "nice guy" image that has translated into millions from endorsement deals. Daniel is a very likable and approachable player who is never afraid to sign an autograph or talk to a fan.

Daniel Negreanu - Always up for a laugh

This likability translated into a lucrative endorsement deal with Pokerstars that was signed in June of 2007. Negreanu is one of the biggest names in poker, and at the time, many felt as though he may end up joining players such as Phil Ivey at Full Tilt Poker. However, Pokerstars managed to ink Negreanu to a deal (reportedly worth millions of dollars a year), a move that helped solidify Pokerstars' dominance of the online poker market. Pokerstars quickly made Negreanu the face of their business, giving him prominent roles on TV shows such as "The Big Game" and "Million Dollar Challenge" as well as making Negreanu the focal point of their marketing campaigns.

Negreanu loves being on TV, and will seemingly never turn down an opportunity to take part in a poker TV show. Negreanu is a frequent participant on shows such as "High Stakes Poker", "Poker After Dark", and "The Big Game".

Speaking of "High Stakes Poker", Daniel Negreanu has been involved in some of the biggest hands in the history of the show.

Who can forget his full house vs Quads confrontation against Gus Hansen?

Or how about this memorable hand against Erick Lindgren?

One thing is for certain - there is never a dull moment when Daniel Negreanu makes an appearance on "High Stakes Poker"..


Negreanu has managed to parlay his success and fame in the poker world into roles in three major motion pictures:

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Grand
Lucky You

Negreanu also made an appearance in Katy Perry's music video for "Waking Up in Las Vegas" in 2009:


As mentioned earlier, Daniel Negreanu is one of the most successful tournament poker players that has ever lived.

Check his resume:

-over $13 million in total "live" tournament cashes
-four World Series of Poker bracelets
-two World Poker Tour titles
-one European Poker Tour final table appearance

Negreanu has cashed in a total of 48 World Series of Poker events and 18 World Poker Tour events. Negreanu currently sits in second place on the World Poker Tour career earnings leaderboard with $5.574,530 in total lifetime earnings (behind Carlos Mortensen who has $5,754,308 in total lifetime WPT cashes).

Some of Negreanu's other notable tournament cashes throughout the course of his career include:

-2nd place in the 2009 WSOPE main event for $817,035
-1st place in the 2008 British Columbia Poker Championships main event for $300,708
-1st place in the 2006 WSOP-C Robinsonville main event for $755,525

Negreanu's first ever recorded tournament cash came at the 1997 Orleans Open in July of 1997, when he earned a $1,050 cash in a $200 Limit Hold'em event.

Some other notes:

-in 2004, Negreanu won two WPT titles over the course of just three months
-in 2004, Negreanu was also named the World Series of Poker player of the year

Looking Very Serious - Daniel Negreanu

Despite his success in "live" tournaments, and despite the fact that Negreanu has logged many hours playing in some of the biggest cash games in the world (most of which have taken place inside of "Bobby's Room" in Las Vegas), Daniel is seen by many to be a "fish" in high stakes online cash games.

Don't believe me? Watch how fast the table fills up when Negreanu sits on Pokerstars. In almost every case, the table will be full within minutes of Negreanu taking a seat at the table.

While acknowledging that online cash games are not his strongest suit (mainly due to the inability to read his opponent's physical tells), Negreanu continues to sit in high stakes games on Pokerstars in an effort to "improve his game". At last check, Negreanu has more than held his own, having posted a cumulative profit over thousands of hands in the high stakes NLHE games on Pokerstars.

Daniel Negreanu at the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship - In front of the Cameras

Some other notes about Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu:

-has been been involved in a nasty, multi-year feud with Annie Duke

-had aspirations of being a professional snooker player before turning to poker

-dropped out of high school to focus on playing poker in casinos around Toronto

-moved to Las Vegas at the age of 22, but had to eventually move back to Toronto due to busting his roll

-is currently dating "The Big Game" host Amanda Leatherman

-dated Evelyn Ng in the past

-was married to Lori Lin Weber in August of 2005, and divorced in November of 2007

-has been very outspoken against Russ Hamilton and Ultimatebet

-is an outspoken vegan

-Daniel's mom, whom he was very close to, passed away in the fall of 2009

-started Poker VT, an online poker instructional site

-author of the book "Power Hold'em Strategy"

Photos: GreasieWheels.com

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