Born in 1990, 29-year-old Australian Daniel Neilson began his poker life by experimenting with Limit Holdem in high-school. He soon discovered No-Limit Holdem and before long, he had moved up to playing in local pub games. After losing $50 online, Neilson spent an hour studying the game, deposited another $300 and never looked back. Learning as he went along, Neilson slowly managed to build his online bankroll primarily through cash games, eventually moving on to live tournaments in 2007.
After some success in local tournaments around Australia, Neilson made the pilgrimage to Las Vegas to play the WSOP and had a great run in the Main Event, eventually falling in 73rd place for US$68,979. While showing a great deal of consistency, Neilson had to wait a while before his first six-figure score arrived. EPT San Remo in 2011 saw him take 3rd place for US$392,935, which was almost quadruple his previous largest score at the time.
After picking up two more small six-figure scores on the Australian circuit in the following years, Neilson turned his attentions more fully to the American continent. He picked up many cashes in the US through 2018 and 2019, including taking 137th place in the 2019 WSOP Main Event for US$59,295.