Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu is also known as “Kid Poker” and is one of Canada’s best poker players of all time. He’s spent a long time on the all-time money list up until the 2018 WSOP.

Daniel Negreanu

Daniel was born on July 26th in 1974, and in total has won six World Series of Poker bracelets, made 38  final tables, has earned cash prizes over 108 times and has two World Poker Tour championship titles. He finished in 11th place at both the 2001 and 2015 WSOP Main Events. Dan was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2014. More than that, the independent poker ranking service called Global Poker Index considered Daniel to be the best poker player of the decade in 2014. His place here is well-deserved. A lot of it is attributed to his ability to read his opponents with accuracy.

Dan was born in Toronto, Ontario, in Canada in 1974, just seven years after both of his parents—Annie and Constantin, emigrated to Canada from Romania, so he can speak Romanian fluently. Their family wanted to start a life in the United States. However, they settled down in Toronto, where Dan’s father worked as an electrician and sold candy. He has an older brother named Mike.

From an early age, Daniel was always ambitious. In an interview in 2009, Daniel said, “From the age of four, I thought I’d be rich. I told my mom I’d build a house out of Popsicle sticks and move to California.”

Growing Up

He went to Pineway Public School in North York, but the principal complained that he had poor manners and behavior. The principal threatened  to expel Daniel for “ignoring the school rules.”

At the age of fifteen, he dreamed of playing poker, so he learned how. At just sixteen years old, he spent most of his time in pool halls hustling, betting on sports, and playing cards. So much so that he dropped out of high school and started his career in poker playing at local charity casinos, usually at Casino Country and Fundtime Games. There were rumors that he even searched for illegal games to play in the city.

After he saved up enough money, at the age of twenty-two, he went to Las Vegas to pursue his career in poker. He met Evelyn, who went on to begin a well-known professional poker player as well. He won the WSOP Player of the Year award in 2006 and is the only player in poker history to win it twice. In 2014, Daniel was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In total, Daniel has won over forty-two million dollars in cash prizes throughout his entire poker career. He has achieved the dream he’s had since a child and accomplished exactly what he set out to do.