Daniel Negreanu Top Poker Player Bio

Daniel Negreanu is the most successful of all poker players in live tournaments of all time, presently. He has others nipping at his heels like Dan Colman and Fedor Holz but for now he is tops. He’s earned over $33,000,000 in live poker tournaments. He’s been named the WSOP player of the year twice. This article is a look at this fascinating man.
Daniel Negreanu was born July 26, 1974 in Toronto. His parents are immigrants from Romania. His background is blue collar with his dad being an electrician. He went to public schools but was a poor student almost getting thrown out. He dropped out of high school anyway and was learning the ropes that would help him out later. Pool halls, sports betting, playing cards and hustling became the focus of his life.
He became a rounder, a card player who seeks out high stakes games. He played at casinos and illegal games in the city. At the age of 22, he headed for Vegas with dreams of making it bit. But he lost his bankroll and had to start over again. During this time, he moved back to Toronto and started dating Evelyn Ng. He later married Lorl Weber.
Negreanu represents Full Contact Poker. Full Contact Poker is an article type site that offers readers tips and strategy to become better poker players. In most cases, sites like this make money if someone buys something on the site like a membership to PokerStars or one of the books that is there or merchandise at the store. At Full Contact Poker, he has a blog he posted to regularly till 2016. Since 2017, he primarily uses podcasts to put out his poker strategy and poker ruminations.
He also is a member of team PokerStars. I’m not sure of the compensation, but I imagine he must get paid something for his representation. Those who represent the brand will often wear their logo at televised events giving exposure to the site with the hope more people will sign up. In fact, at Fullcontactpoker.com, you will find an ad leading to PokerStars at the top. So, it’s a reciprocal type relationship.
In his early twenties, Negreanu started winning major tournaments. He took home $55,000 in a Foxwoods Resort World Poker Finals in 1997. By 1999, he was earning over $200,000 a year playing poker, achieving his dream of becoming rich. It’s interesting to note that he states even when earning nearly $3 million a year, after expenses it’s often much less and he has a profit of only around $100,000. This is due to the entry costs of high roller events and he doesn’t cash every tournament. Poker players who read this should take note. It’s the big wins that has secured his placement in the poker world.
Top Cashes
His top cashes include:
July 2014 One Drop for Water $8.8 million
Dec 2004 Five Diamond Poker Classic $1.7 million
Sept 2004 Borgata Open $1.1 million
February 2014 Aussie Millions $1.1
April 2013 WSOP Asia-Pacific $1 million