Daniel Negreanu is one of the most recognizable poker players in
the world today. Most of his popularity comes from his natural
affability at the poker table.
But the player known as "Kid Poker" is as respected as anyone
when it comes to the poker wars. Standing 2nd on the World Poker
Tour's all-time money list, Negreanu has put together a run over the
past eight years that few can match. So don't let the fact that
Daniel's mother sometimes brings him a warm lunch to the game.
Daniel is a smiling assassin.
Childhood - A Portrait of Kid Poker as a Kid
Daniel Negreanu was born in Toronto in 1975. As a teen, he became
a pool hustler. Eventually, Daniel decided that poker was far more
challenging than pool, because it's harder to read a person than to
read the grain of a billiard's table, so Daniel began to master
Daniel developed his uncanny post-flop talents early, and it's
well-known that he can read his opponent's relative strength or
weakness with an amazing degree of accuracy. Daniel dropped out of
high school to pursue his new ambition, eventually leaving Toronto
for Las Vegas at the age of 21.
Kid Poker Bursts Onto the Scene
At 23, Daniel burst upon the poker scene when he won the Pot
Limit Hold 'Em title at the World Series of Poker. This victory made
him the youngest winner of a WSOP bracelet.
This became the beginning of a string of success that continues
to this day. Daniel is the proud owner of 3 World Series of
Poker bracelets and 2 World Poker Tour season titles.
Negreanu's proudest poker achievement was probably winning the
Toyota Player of the Year Award in the 2004 World Series of Poker.
This award was given for sustained excellence during the grueling,
month-long 2004 WSOP. During that month, Daniel won a World Series
bracelet and placed in five events.
There have been other big wins, too. Daniel took home over $1
million for winning the Borgata Poker Open in 2004. Soon afterward,
he grabbed another $1.8 million for his win in the Five Diamond
World Poker Classic.
Watching Daniel Negreanu is watching a great poker player at his
best, in the prime of his poker career, in fact.
Daniel has turned his poker fame into a number of profitable
ventures. He contributed on Super System II, the follow-up to
Doyle Brunson's seminal work on poker. Negreanu was also the Poker
Ambassador at the Wynn Poker Resort, though this business
relationship has since ended.
Daniel also tutors poker players online, inclduing celebrity
clients like Tobey McGuire. He is also a regular and sometimes
controversial writer for CardPlayer magazine.
Daniel plays in high limit cash games when not on the poker
In 2005, Daniel Negreanu married Lori Lin Weber.
This article was last updated on January 7, 2006.