Poker is not a random game of luck. In order to be the best, you need intense training and skills. There are many people who find this game appealing, but only few manage to make their name known to others. Their story should be an example for all who want to win big by turning their hobby into a profitable job. Such is the story of Daniel Negreanu, a professional poker player who moved with his family from Romania to Canada in search for a better life.
Daniel discovered his passion for gambling at a very young age, 16. Maybe his affinity for numbers turned his attention towards poker. After he left high school, he was brave enough to turn his hobby into a full-time job. Daniel is known as a very ambitious guy who always won, regardless the type of competition he joined. His first profitable victories were achieved in gambling halls and charity casinos.
At the age of 21, Daniel already had a consistent bankroll. This made him feel confident in his strengths, thus he packed up his bags and left for The City of Lights. The first experience with the big world of poker was definitely not like he expected. The casinos were radically different from the ones he used to play in Toronto. Though he lost all his bankroll, this did not stop him. He returned home with his head up and started playing once again in order to retrieve what he had lost.
Daniel fought hard in order to be able to beat the tables from the Las Vegas casinos. However, finally his work paid off. In 1998, he entered the World Series of Poker Tournament and won his first bracelet and the $2,000 pot. He was only 23 years old, thus the more experienced players nicknamed him Kid Poker.
In 2003, Daniel won his second bracelet. He even managed to sharpen his skills at various poker variants: Hold’Em, 7 Card Stud, Stud 8s, Omaha 8s. The next year, he won his third bracelet and the incredible amount of $4,465,907. This made him the Player of the Year of the third season of the World Series of Poker.
By 2007, Negreanu became a member of the Poker Starts Team, with $21 million in his account and 6 World Series of Poker Bracelets. He also wrote two books, making him a dreadful opponent and an example worthy to follow.
2013 was the year where Negreanu won 2 World Series of Poker Bracelets but also additional tournaments. He was named once again the player of the year and was ranked number one on the GPI rankings.
Daniel is definitely an example for all poker players. Despite his impressive winnings, he is very easy-going and has a fun personality. He interacts with fans and the press and when it comes to poker, he definitely knows what he is talking about.
The successful story of Daniel is a true example that poker is a game of skills. It requires time, but most important passion. There are bad times and good times, but no matter how difficult and impossible it may seem, you must never give up trying.