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Daniel Negreanu - The "Kid Poker"


Professional poker player Daniel Negreanu is also known as "Kid Poker" for his two events he won back in 1997 naming him also "Best-All Around Player" at the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods. Negreanu is one of the best tournament players in the world and has become a household name.

Canadian born Negreanu moved to Las Vegas at just 21 after he had built up a nice bankroll from playing adults twice his age. He had dropped out of high school just shy of a credit in order to graduate. After his move to Las Vegas, "Kid Poker" was dealt a few too many bad cards and his bankroll was demolished, sending him back home to build a new bankroll. Annie and Constantin, parents of Daniel Negreanu, moved to Canada from Romania in 1967. They always made sure that their two boys knew to follow their dreams no matter what.

Then, rolled around 1997 when Negreanu entered into the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods and took first at the $100 and $1,500 Limit Hold'em events. His career in the poker world began to sore high. In 1998 at the World Series of Poker $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event he earned his first most sought after WSOP bracelet. A year later in at the United States Poker Championship he again triumphed in the No Limit Hold'em event.

Meanwhile in 2002, Negreanu placed first at the L.A. Poker Classic $500 Pot Limit Hold'em. 2003 saw him win his second World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,000 S.H.O.E. event. But it was 2004 that proved Daniel Negreanu was one of the world's greatest poker players. He proved victorious in four of the biggest tournament known in poker:

  • World Series of Poker - $2,000 Limit Hold'em
  • Championship Poker at the Plaza - $10,000 No Limit Hold'em
  • Borgata Poker Open - $10,000 No Limit Hold'em
  • The Five Diamond World Poker Classic II - $15,000 No Limit Hold'em

That year Daniel Negreanu was named by three different organizations "Player of the Year" (Card Player Magazine, ESPN, and World Poker Tour) as well as dubbed 2004's Champion Player of the Year. He made $4.4 million in 2004 alone.

Most recently he has won the 2006 Jack Binion WSOP Tournament Circuit-Grand Tunica $10,000 No Limit Hold'em event walking away with another $755,525. Daniel Negreanu trails Tuan Le in being the all-time leading money winner on the WPT circuit.

Negreanu's total live tournament winnings to date are around the 7-figure number, $8,400,000.

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