Daniel Negreanu, The Most Famous Poker Player of All Time | 10 People who got Rich from Poker

If you’re even remotely interested in poker, it is likely that you have heard this name before. Daniel Negreanu is an A-list celebrity in the world of poker, with six WSOP (World Series of Poker) bracelets and two WPT (World Poker Tour) titles in his collection.

Negreanu is considered one of the greatest poker players in history, something Trademate’s co-founder and professional poker player, Jonas Gjelstad, agrees with.

Aside from fame, poker has also brought Negreanu a massive fortune. At the moment of writing, Daniel Negreanu is one of the richest poker players in the world, with more than $42M in his account.

How do we know this? Because Daniel Negreanu says so. He is one of the most outspoken players when finances are concerned.

Of course, he wasn’t always a millionaire. In fact, his road to success was a tough one.


Born and raised in Canada, Daniel Negreanu got introduced to poker when he was a teenager, which prompted him to leave school early, to pursue the career of a professional poker player.

He started his journey in local casinos of his hometown Toronto. He played poker and other card games in licensed casinos like Funtime Games or Casino Country. However, he also took part in some illegal poker tournaments.

It took him a couple of years to build up his bankroll enough, so that he could head west. His destination was Las Vegas. At the age of 22, Negreanu embarked on his first Las Vegas odyssey. However, it did not go well.

Despite being the king of poker in Toronto, he proved to be nothing but a noob in Las Vegas. As a result, he decided to go back home.

He did everything all over again – playing in Toronto casinos to collect enough money for another adventure to Las Vegas.

Daniel Negreanu playing poker


Negreanu’s second attempt to conquer the poker world of Las Vegas proved much more successful. After winning a bunch of smaller tournaments, he qualified for his first WSOP in 1998.

His event of choice was the $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em. Despite being a WSOP debutant, the Canadian won the bracelet, together with $169,460!

Negreanu was 24 at the time and the win made him the youngest WSOP bracelet winner in history, which earned him the nickname ‘Kid Poker’. This record was eventually broken by Scott Fischman a few years later.

Winning the 1998 WSOP bracelet was just the beginning. He went on to win another five WSOP bracelets in the following years, as well as two titles of the WPT.

The year of 2004 was one of the best in his career. That’s when he was awarded the title of the WSOP Player of the Year and the Card Players Player award.

A year later, Negreanu was also named the WPT Player of the Year for the season 2004-05.

Another big year for Negreanu was 2013. That’s when he won two WSOP bracelets. As a result, he was crowned the WSOP Player of the Year for the second time in his career.

With so many titles to his name, it’s not surprising that he got included in the Poker Hall of Fame in 2014.


Poker brought him fame and fortune, but lately, his game of choice is Hearthstone. This video game is based on Warcraft and other Blizzard strategies, all of which Negreanu loves playing. Of course, this doesn’t mean that he has no time for poker anymore. Sure he does.

In 2020, Negreanu is still very much involved in poker, but mostly on the tournament sides of things. With online poker constantly evolving, it has become a hard nut to crack for Negreanu over the years, losing over $450,000, according to the High Stakes Database. In the video below, Jonas Gjelstad explains why he’s been unsuccessful in the online poker world.

Negreanu also has a website called Full Contact Poker, which is where he writes about everything poker-related.

This is the place where he shares interesting stories from his life, as well as gives tips on how to get better at poker.

He also has his own YouTube channel, where he regularly posts videos. At the moment of writing, Negreanu’s channel has almost half a million subscribers. His most popular video has nearly 1.5M views. If you’re wondering what’s in the video, it’s his game against Miss Finland.


Another thing Negreanu does these days is tutoring new players. If you’re a pro-poker wannabe, you can learn a lot from the legend of the game.

Negreanu is famous for being one of the best readers in poker. His ability to read opponents is what many believe to be the crucial factor in his success.

According to the man himself, his most important skill is to spot telltale signs his opponents make with their hands. It’s not easy, but with the help of Negreanu, you too can master this skill.

That’s not the only thing he can teach you. If you sign up to his course at MasterClass.com, you will get an opportunity to acquire all the necessary knowledge and skills to become a professional player.

Daniel Negreanu in god mode

Negreanu in game mode!


Negreanu is a superstar in the poker universe and has been for years. Although outside the poker room, he isn’t a household name, even though he did have a few escapades in mainstream pop culture.

For instance, he had a cameo role in the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Negreanu is seen playing poker against a mutant.

Negreanu also made a cameo appearance in the film The Grand, as well as appearing as himself in the movie Lucky You.

He also appeared in a TV show called Sports Science, where he tried to employ his ‘poker face’ to fool a lie detector.

Negreanu has also campaigned for PETA as one of the vegan celebs.

Still, probably his most famous stint in mainstream culture was when he was featured in Katy Perry’s music video for the song Waking Up in Vegas. As you might have imagined, Negreanu is seen playing poker in the video.

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Check out the other articles in our 10 People Who Got Rich from Poker series on:

  • Article 2: Phil Ivey cheated his way to a $10 million win
  • Article 3: Phil “POKER BRAT” Hellmuth, the biggest trash talker in poker
  • Article 4: Fedor Holz, a multimillionaire by 23
  • Article 5: Patrik Antonius, winning the biggest ever online poker pot & nearly becoming tennis pro
  • Article 6: Gus Hansen, the Great Dane who went on a $20.7M losing streak!
  • Article 7: Doug Polk, a poker pensioner at 31 who now plays warcraft full-time
  • Article 8: Chris Ferguson, the Jesus of Poker who turned full antichrist
  • Article 9: Justin Bonomo, the Romeo with many Juliets
  • Article 10: Mike Matusow, a former prisoner and Trump-worshipping poker legend
  • Article 11: Viktor Blom, a.k.a. ILSIDUR1, the record holder for the biggest loss in online poker history
  • Article 12: Bryn Kenney, the richest man in poker
  • Article 13: Jonas Gjelstad, leaving school early and moving to Thailand to become a professional poker player

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