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Who is Daniel Negreanu?

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Daniel Negreanu

Negreanu, Daniel Negreanu in its full length, a name that makes many poker players' hearts beat faster because of his extreme popularity.

This poker pro was born in Toronto, in the year 1974, and has his roots in Romania. His parents, Constantin and Annie Negreanu, moved away from Romania only 7 years before, when they originally planned to start a new live in the United States of America, but settled down en route in Toronto, Ontario. Daniel has one older brother, Mike, who was also born in Canada, but 5 years earlier in the year 1969.

Daniel was only 15 years old when he was pursuing a career as a professional snooker player, and if it he didn't get introduced to the game of poker, he would have probably made it.

With only 16 years of age, Daniel Negreanu had already become a poker player feared by many in the casinos around Toronto, as well as in the illegal poker circuit.

He swapped the comfort of his parents' house in Toronto for a one-bedroom apartment in Las Vegas at the age of 22, where he moved to try his luck playing poker professionally. Unfortunately, Daniel found a much tougher players field and had to move back to Canada not long thereafter to rebuild his bankroll.

Annie Negreanu, Daniel's beloved mother who had been supporting him throughout most of his career, passed away in November of 2009, after suffering for 10 dragging months in the hospital.

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Daniel Negreanu Professional Poker Career

Daniel has achieved some of the greatest accomplishments in poker. Not only has he won four World Series of Poker tournaments, including the much admired diamond bracelets that go along, he has also won two World Poker Tour titles.

In 2004 Daniel Negreanu won his biggest price ever, the astronomic amount $1,795,218, when ending first in the $15,000 buy-in Five Diamond World Poker Classic event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. That very same year, during season 3 of the World Poker Tour, he’d already won another event, the Borgota Poker Open in Atlatic City, taking home $1,117,400.

Part of Daniel Negreanu’s fame and popularity comes from his participation in High Stakes Poker, a TV show aired on the Game Show Network (GSN), a United States cable television network, where the world’s best poker players compete playing cash poker games for astronomic amounts of money. The minimum buy-in for players to participate is $100,000, but players, including Negreanu, have bought in for much more, up to a cool $1,000,000.

Other TV shows Daniel Negreanu frequently visited are Poker After Dark, and Late Night Poker.

World Series of Poker Winnings Daniel Negreanu

  • 1998 WSOP - $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Event - $169,460
  • 2003 WSOP - $2,000 S.H.O.E Event - $100,440
  • 2004 WSOP - $2,000 Limit Hold’em Event - $169,100
  • 2008 WSOP - $2,000 Limit Hold’em Event - $204,874

World Poker Tour Winnings Daniel Negreanu

  • 2004 WPT - $10,300 Borgata Poker Open - $1,117,400
  • 2004 WPT - $15,000 Five Diamond World Poker Classic - $1,795,218

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Poker Books Written by Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu is not only a terrific skilled poker player, but now-a-days even a very respected poker author.

  • 2007 - Hold’em Wisdom for All Players (This book is a compilation of poker articles written by several well known pro poker players. Daniel contributed a section about the Small Ball Poker concept.)
  • 2008 - Power Hold’em Strategy (This book is said to be one of the most effective books about beating No Limit Hold’em. Just as the previous book, this book is a collection of articles written by other respected pros, besides Daniel Negreanu. This book does not seem to have the best rates from its readers.)
  • 2008 - More Hold’em Wisdom for All Players (This book of 170 pages is fully written by Daniel Negreanu and talks about the different poker strategies that work, and those who don’t work. Note, this book is not meant for beginning poker players.)

Daniel Negreanu Official Sponsor - PokerStars

In the year 2007, Daniel signed a very lucrative sponsorship deal with online poker room PokerStars. He's a member of PokerStars Team Pro, along side players such as Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer, and numerous of other talented poker pros. Daniel Negreanu has become PokerStars' figure head.

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Daniel Negreanu at PokerStars

Without questioning, PokerStars has grown to the biggest poker room online, hence favorite to many pros at the higher stakes tables, as well as many recreational players in the lower limits games.