Nicknamed “Kid Poker”, Daniel Negreanu is a professional poker player who holds two World Poker Tour (WPT) titles and six World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets. He is the only individual to win WSOP Player of the Year twice, in 2004 and 2013. As of 2022, Daniel Negreanu has a net worth of $50 million.
Daniel was born in Toronto, Canada on July 26, 1974. His parents are Constantin and Annie Negreanu, immigrants from Romania and he has an older brother named Mike.
He was a student at Pineway Public School in North York, where the principal complained to his mother about his bad manners. He often played card games in high school, even with players older than him.
The young Negreanu left school when he was missing a few credits to graduate. After that, he started working as a rounder in casinos and played illegal games in his area.
When he turned 22, Daniel moved to Las Vegas hoping to become a professional poker player. He failed at first and returned home, but the Canadian came back stronger than ever.
In 2004, he was chosen player of the year by WSOP, WPT and Card Player Magazine. Daniel won the same title at the WPT in 2005. In 2013, he was the WSOP Player of the Year, becoming the only person to have won this trophy more than once.
Along with his accolades, Daniel was honored in the Las Vegas Poker Hall of Fame in 2014. One of his most legendary matches is against longtime rival Doug Polk, where Negreanu lost a $1.2 million challenge. . Their relationship seemed to calm down after that.
Negreanu became the official ambassador of Poker Mountain, an online poker site, in 2005. It was then that he used the nickname “Kid Poker”. Later, he made sponsorship deals with Full Contact Poker and PokerStars.
With his growing reputation, he also got many media appearances. Daniel released his first book, “Hold’em Wisdom for all Players”, in 2007. He followed with two more books.
In addition to his books, the poker expert has contributed over 100 articles to Card Player Magazine. He also mentors others at Poker School Online and Masterclass.com.
Net worth and earnings
2004 was perhaps Daniel Negreanu’s greatest year in poker. In that time, he has earned over $2.7 million in the WPT alone. He has also won a considerable sum from his six WSOP bracelets.
He is one of the most successful live poker tournament champions in history, with prize money estimated at around $46 million in total. Considering his accolades and other pursuits, it’s no surprise that his net worth is around $50 million.
At the start of Negreanu, he dated another poker superstar, Evelyn Ng. He married Lori Lin Weber in 2005, but they separated after two years together.
His current wife is actress Amanda Leatherman. They got married in 2019. Around that time, Daniel admitted to going bald and having a hair transplant.