– General Introduction –
Born July 26, 1974 in Toronto, (Ontario, Canada) seven years after his parents, Annie and Constantin emigrated from Romania, Daniel Negreanu, aka Kid Poker, has made a name for himself in the poker world, being named Best Player of the Decade by the Global Poker Index and the Poker Hall of Fame. His accolades include 6 WSOP bracelets, 2 WPT titles, and 1 WCOOP title.
– Key Career Dates –
- 1980: Discovers gambling and starts playing poker full time.
- 1985: Comes to Las Vegas, loses his bankroll, and goes back to Toronto.
- 1998: Youngest ever winner of first WSOP cash and bracelet; nicknamed “Kid Poker”.
- 2004: Wins first and second WPT victories and is named “Card Player of the Year”.
- 2008: Publishes his book, Power Hold’em Strategy.
- 2013: #1 on the Global Poker Index, WSOP Player of the Year, 2013 Bluff Player of the Year, and 2013 Card Player Magazine Player of the Year.
- 2014: Inducted into Las Vegas Poker Hall of Fame.
- 2016: First WCOOP title.
– Daniel Negreanu’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
After leaving high school to play poker full time against adults who were often twice his age or older, Negreanu grew his bankroll by winning consistently in a variety of gambling halls, casinos, and charity games.
At the age of 21, he packed up his stuff, along with his bankroll, and headed to Las Vegas to make it big. This first trip to The City of Lights ended quickly, as Negreanu lost his bankroll and headed home to Toronto to rebuild it.
With the determination of a true champion, Negreanu refused to get discouraged by this early set back. He kept playing, seemingly stuck in a cycle of winning in Toronto but then losing in Las Vegas.
Eventually, his determination paid off. Foxwoods’ World Poker Final named Negreanu Best All Around Player in 1997, and in 1998, at the young age of 23, Daniel won the $2k Pot Limit Hold’em at the first WSOP event he ever entered. This success earned him the nickname “Kid Poker” because, at that time, he became the youngest player to ever win a WSOP bracelet.
→ Live Tournaments ←
|World Series of Poker Daniel Negreanu Bracelets|
|1998||$2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em||$169,460|
|2004||$2,000 Limit Hold’em||$169,100|
|2008||$2,000 Limit Hold’em||$204,874|
|2013A||A$10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event||A$1,038,825|
|2013E||€25,600 High Roller No Limit Hold’em||€725,000|
|World Poker Tour Titles for Daniel Negreanu|
|2004||$10,000 Borgata Poker Open||$1,117,400|
|2004||$15,000 Five Diamond World Poker Classic||$1,795,218|
→ Other Tournaments ←
Negreanu earned $55,064 during two events at the Foxwoods’ World Poker Finals in 1997, which led to him being named the tournament’s best all-around player. He claimed the S.H.O.E. bracelet in 2003 for the game that rotates through the following events, in order: Seven Card Stud, Hold’ Em, Omaha Eights or Better, and Stud Eights or Better.
A personal best came for Negreanu when he topped a field of 690 players in November 2008 to win the 4th Annual British Columbia Poker Championships’ main event. This win earned him $371,910 CAD ($299,951 USD).
→ Live Cash Games ←
Besides regular appearances in the big game at Bobby’s Room, Negreanu played on the television shows High Stakes Poker (all seven seasons) and PokerStars Big Game (two seasons).
→ Online Poker ←
For a brief time in December 2005, Negreanu was the professional spokesperson the online poker site Poker Mountain.
Following “Black Friday”, he returned to Canada to play online via PokerStars. He became an official member of the PokerStars team in June 2007, but it wasn’t until 2010/2011 that he became serious about online poker.
It didn’t go so well at first. Playing most of his hands in $5/$10 – $100/$200 NLHE at PokerStars, Negreanu lost over $430k in the first several months of 2010.
However, things gradually improved, again thanks to Negreanu’s determination. He won $216,000 playing PL Omaha [6 Max] at the SCOOP in 2013, and he earned $61,865.47 when he won the WCOOP $2,100 HORSE Championship in 2016.
→ Sponsorship deals ←
After Negreanu joined the PokerStars team in 2007, he quickly became “the face” of the business. Making between $2 and $4 million per year from his PokerStars work, Negreanu is a visible figure in almost every PokerStars commercial.
– Daniel Negreanu’s Private Life –
→ Love Life ←
Daniel Negreanu’s first relationship started when he met Canadian poker pro Evelyn Ng at a pool hall. When he was 16, they started dating. Although their romantic relationship did not last long, they’ve remained friends, and he even mentored her. In 2005, he married a girl from Michigan named Lori Lin Weber. The August party was held at Wynn Casino in Las Vegas and included a veritable who’s who list of poker personalities, including Erick Lindgren (the best man), Jennifer Harman, Mike Matusow, Ted Forrest, Chau Giang, Eli Elezrea, and Evelyn Ng.
The couple separated in November 2007, citing his busy, incredibly demanding schedule as too much of a stress on their relationship. Negreanu announced the decision via a blog post in which he wrote that it was the “right decision,” done “smoothly, like “adults,” without the need for lawyers. They’ve remained friends.
Since his divorce, Negreanu has dated or been seen with a variety of poker celebrities and other famous women. There were rumors that he was involved with American actress Shannon Elizabeth Fadal. Born in 1973, of Syrian and Lebanese origins, Fadal was coached by Negreanu when she played the main WSOP event in 2005. Last seen at the table in 2013, Fadal played consistently from 2005 to 2010.
For a brief time in 2010, Negreanu dated the American actress and host for PokerStars television show, Big Game, Amanda Leatherman (born in 1984). Although she became engaged to Bobby Robinson in April of 2013, she and Negreanu remain friends. Currently married to Robinson, Leatherman reportedly told Pokernews that Negreanu is “amazing. He does anything I want.”
After Leatherman, Negreanu dated Krisztina Polgar, a Hungarian model. Born in 1986, Polgar was the 2008 “Miss Earth Hungary.” She originally approached him during a WSOP event. Also a poker player, Polgar was particularly active from 2010-2012.
Negreanu’s love life got especially public in 2013 when he appeared on the season 6 premier of the Bravo TV reality dating show Millionaire Matchmaker, where he claimed to be looking for a girl with the personality of Scary Movie actress Anna Faris. On the show, he was matched with an attractive blonde woman named Lindsay Blalock. The show tracked them across several dates, including taking a private plan to the Bellagio, going to see Cirque du Soleil, and enjoying a 5-star meal at Cosmopolitan restaurant. Although they were seen kissing several times during the show, within weeks of it airing on television, Negreanu tweeted: “For those asking, I am single but me and Lindsay are still friends and she is a GREAT girl as advertised :-).”
Most recently, Negreanu was seen dating Marissa Rachelle Rodney, a Las Vegas hairstylist he met at a charity event. In an interview, he confirmed that they’d been together since January 2014, and he was quoted as saying, “She’s very sweet. We have an incredible chemistry.” However, the website whosdatedwho.com, has reported that he may be single. Throwing another wrench in the possibilities, he was quoted in an interview with calvinayre.com in 2015, saying “I don’t get lonely despite being alone a lot. I am quite an introvert. I like spending time on my own.” In the same interview, Negreanu also confessed, “I have only ever been in love once, to Amanda Leatherman.” Previously, he had written on his blog that “she is the most naturally beautiful woman I’ve ever seen,” and explained that the separation was hard on him.
In june 2018, in the middle of the WSOP in Vegas, Negreanu confessed in his Vlog #25 that after four years, he was no longer in a relationship with Marissa. The couple had put in “a lot of hard work” to make the relationship work he said. He went on to explain that it was like trying to fit two pieces into a puzzle, “and they sort of fit, but they’re not the exactly right pieces for that puzzle”. He expects they will remain good friends.
So where does Daniel Negreanu live now ? In Las Vegas of course ! Some rumors on internet asked if Daniel Negreanu was gay… But judging by his record of official girlfriends, we can safely assume that he’s not … or then wouldn’t be a master bluffer only in poker !
After almost a 10 years romance break and a neverending relation of friendship and complicity with Amanda Leatherman, Daniel Negreanu, who secretly kept a wedding ring all this time for her, finally asked Amanda to become his wife on the 31st of December, 2018.
This engagement on NYE follows the events of Negreanu’s wife-to-be moving back to Las Vegas in September of 2018 after taking a job with Poker Central as part of the Friday Night Poker broadcast team. The two lovebirds were dating again for only a few months when Daniel popped the question, but with their history, we are confident they are both making the right call !
Amanda Leatherman should officially become Daniel Negreanu’s wife in the first months of 2019. Negreanu hinted that a beach type location in the Spring are on its mind, as well as the idea of founding a family with her.
See Daniel Negreanu’s proposal to Amanda Leatherman :
She didn’t see it coming! Amanda Leatherman
Posted by Daniel Negreanu on Tuesday, 1 January 2019
Coming up with a wedding guest list is incredibly challenging.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) January 6, 2019
→ Business ←
Expanding his horizons in 2005, Negreanu explored new business ventures through writing.
He contributed a chaper to Doyle Brunson’s Super System 2 and began working on two of his own books: Hold’em Wisdom, published in 2007, and Power Hold’em Strategy, published in 2008.
→ Net Worth ←
How much is Daniel Negreanu worth ?
According to the HendonMob DB, he is second in the all-time poker money list, having won more on the green felt than any other poker player: Daniel Negreanu’s winnings are close to $40,000,000 for his whole career, (July 2018) ! His best year so far was 2014, when he earned $ 10,284,118 in tournaments.
Therichest.come reports that Daniel Negreanu’s net worth is $15M, while celebritynetworth.com reports $50M.
→ Hobbies & life ←
When he’s not working, Negreanu enjoys playing golf and pool. He’s also a big NHL fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
A vegetarian since 2000, Negreanu has been vegan since 2006.
In addition to his time on reality TV and playing live poker, he can be seen in three movies (of course, playing poker): Lucky You” (2007), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and The Grand (2007). He also appeared in Tilt, a poker-focused TV series in 2005, and he was featured in the 2015 Netflix documentary Kid Poker.
He also enjoys playing the Blizzard Card Game “Heartstone: Heroes of Warcraft,” and he won against Elky (Bertrand Grospellier) at the World Championship at Blizzcon Anaheim in 2015.
Negreanu works with the charity “Ante Up for Africa,“ which raises money for the crisis-torn region of Darfur, and he is the founder of the annual “Big Swing” charity golf event for the Lili Claire Foundation, which serves children born with special needs and their families. Although he had already lived in the US for many years, he received his green card on July 15, 2009.
Daniel Negreanu on Social Media
Negreanu really enjoys social media, where he regularly contributes new content, particularly to podcasts with Full Contact Poker. He even launched a Youtube Channel in 2016.
He is very active on social media, including the following stats:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialKidPoker/ 180,000 fans
Twitter: https://twitter.com/realkidpoker 437,000 followers
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dnegspoker/ 128,000 subscribers
YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/user/DNegreanu 117,000 subscribers
He also has an official website, where he maintains a blog and sells his books.
Visit Daniel Negreanu’s Blog.