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Daniel Negreanu  

Professional Poker Player Who Has Won Five World Series of Poker Bracelets and Two World Poker Tour Championship Titles

Daniel Negreanu was born to Annie and Constantin on July 26th, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Daniel's parents moved to Canada after leaving Romania in hopes of giving their children better lives.

At the age of 16, Daniel discovered an affinity for gambling, pool hustling, and poker. These games, combined with his love for numbers and probability, quenched Daniel's competitive thirst. After leaving high school one art credit short, Daniel was playing poker full time and with adults twice his age in various charity casinos and other gambling halls. Not only was Daniel playing in these games, but he was also winning on a consistent basis. As time pressed on Daniel's bankroll grew.

Being one that always liked a competitive challenge, Daniel set his sights on the poker capital of the world -- Las Vegas. When he turned 21, Daniel packed up his things, his bankroll, and came rolling down to The City of Lights. There he discovered that the glitzy casinos of Vegas were much different from the charity casinos in Toronto. Daniel lost his bankroll in Vegas and returned home to Toronto to rebuild what he had lost. Like a great champion, Daniel kept fighting, and he continued the cycle of winning in Toronto and then losing in Las Vegas.

Then, one day it all came together. Daniel figured out how to beat the tables in Las Vegas. He worked hard to plug the leaks in his game, spending hundreds of hours playing, studying, and working diligently to become one of the best. All of the hard work paid off. In 1997 Daniel was named best all around player at Foxwoods' World Poker Final. In 1998, Daniel entered his very first World Series of Poker event. He won that $2,000 Pot Limit Hold 'Em event, and at the age of 23, Daniel became the youngest player ever, at the time, to win a World Series of Poker bracelet. The win earned Daniel the nickname "Kid Poker."

Daniel's success continued, adding another World Series of Poker bracelet in 2003. This time Daniel demonstrated his all-around ability by winning the S.H.O.E bracelet. S.H.O.E. is a game that rotates in order: Seven Card Stud, Hold 'Em, Omaha Eights or Better and Stud Eights or Better.

Daniel had arguably the best year of his poker career in 2004. In that year, Daniel made 11 final tables, which includes two WPT victories (Borgata and Bellagio) and his third World Series of Poker bracelet in Limit Hold 'Em. His total winnings that year amounted to a staggering $4,465,907. Aside from the recent WSOP Champion, Daniel has more career earnings in tournament poker than anyone in the world. Daniel's excellent play throughout the year earned him both the World Series of Poker Player of the Year and Card Player Magazine Player of the Year titles. He was also named WPT Season 3 (2004-2005) Player of the Year.

Then in 2005, Daniel decided to broaden his horizons and moved into different business ventures. Daniel contributed a chapter in "Doyle Brunson's Super System 2" and began working on books -- one was released in 2007 called "Hold'em Wisdom for all Players," and he followed it up with "More Hold'em Wisdom for all Players" and "Power Hold'em Strategy," both released in 2008. While many feel it was an off year for Daniel tournament results wise, he still managed to cash in three WPT events including a third place at the Jack Binion World Poker Open for $384,000.

Daniel began 2006 with a win at the WSOP Circuit Event in Tunica winning $755,000. He followed that up with a fifth place finish at the National Heads Up Poker Championship and a second place finish at the Tournament of Champions earning $325,000 along the way. He cashed in five WSOP events & capped off the year off with an impressive third place finish at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for nearly $600,000.

After his third place finish in December of 2006, Daniel continued his strong play in January 2007. He cashed at the WPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and then followed that up with a second place finish at the WPT World Poker Open for over $500,000. He final tabled two WSOP Events including a third place at a NL Hold'em Shootout Event and finished off the year with another strong showing at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic coming in 14th place for nearly $100,000.

In 2009 he cashed more than any other player at the World Series, finishing in the money on eight occasions. After a runner-up finish at the WSOPE* Main Event, he also became the highest earning tournament player of all time.

Daniel has strong views on poker and is often consulted on the big issues by poker's administrators. He works tirelessly to promote the game around the world and always has time for his legions of fans. He also mentors other players and appears in the poker media as a commentator and summarizer. With so much on the go at any one time, he doesn't have much time to relax away from poker, but when he does, he likes to work at his golf game as well as shoot pool and play video games.

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