Arguably one of the greatest live tournament players in professional poker, Daniel Negreanu has achieved both tremendous fortune and exalted celebrity status. With four WSOP bracelets and 2 WPT titles under his belt, Daniel Negreanu has cashed over $13 million in live poker tournaments
since 1997. Daniel's enormous success, friendly persona and willingness to share his hard-earned knowledge of the game have earned him both television and internet fame as the face of online poker
A native of Toronto, Daniel Negreanu was born in 1974 to immigrants who had fled the Romanian Communist regime in 1967. Ever supportive of their children, Daniel was allowed the freedom as a teenager to explore and participate in a variety of wager-based activities. From hustling pool to sports betting, Daniel excelled at gambling. Just shy of earning his high school
diploma, Daniel Negreanu turned his full attention to a full time poker career.
Competing in local, illegal games and charity casinos, Negreanu soon amassed a bankroll fit for Las Vegas. However, Daniel Negreanu met his match and soon busted, forcing him to return to Toronto where he immediately began rebuilding his bankroll for another shot at the Vegas poker rooms
. Negreanu's determination to conquer the tables of Las Vegas resulted in repeated losses while Daniel diligently studied this new level of opposition.
Daniel Negreanu's persistence finally paid off in 1997 with six final table cashes, three of which where first place finishes. In 1998, Daniel's success continued gaining momentum, with multiple final table finishes, four first place cashes, and his first WSOP bracelet playing $2000 Pot Limit Hold'em. At 23, Daniel Negreanu became the youngest player to lay claim to a coveted gold bracelet in a World Series of Poker event - a title that has changed hands numerous times in the history of the WSOP.
Year after year Daniel Negreanu's live tournament cashes snowballed into some of the most impressive statistics in professional poker. Claiming his second bracelet in the 2003 WSOP S.H.O.E. mixed game event confirmed Daniel's status as an expert in multiple poker forms.
After claiming his third WSOP bracelet and two WPT titles in 2004, Negreanu took a break from the live poker tournament circuit to begin penning two instructional books about Texas Hold'em
. He also contributed a chapter on Triple Draw Poker to Doyle Brunson's Super System 2.
By 2006, Daniel Negreanu was back in full swing, pounding continually impressive tournament results out of the felt. Negreanu's consistent results and amiable personality presented Daniel with the fortuitous opportunity to join Team Poker Stars, furthering the poker pro's celebrity status with the recurring television poker show, the PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge.
Negreanu's illustrious poker career continues to unfold with ever-inspiring success. Sincere and forthright, Daniel Negreanu has released numerous poker lesson videos
, and speaks candidly about both his professional and personal life in his online poker journal.