Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu was born on July 26, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario in Canada. His parents were of Romanian origin and hoped to migrate to a better life in the United States but ended up in Canada.
He dropped out of high school, one credit short of graduation, to pursue a career playing poker. His first gamble paid off as he has become one of the most successful poker players of all-time. Negreanu has won six World Stars of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour championships. As of 2018, he is the 2nd most winningest player in Live Tournament Poker with an estimated earnings of $39.5M. Negreanu was WSOP Player of the Year in 2004 and 2013, making him the only player to win the accolade twice and in different decades. He is also the first player to make the final table in all of the WSOP’s bracelet winning locations: Las Vegas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
A Very Colorful Lovelife
As colorful as his poker career is his lovelife as Negreanu has been involved with several women in his life. At the age of 16, he dated poker player Evelyn Ng. He married Lori Lin Weber in 2005 but they divorced two years later. Since his divorce, Negreanu has been involved with several women poker players and celebrities.
She was rumored to be dating American actress Shannon Elizabeth whom he tutored in playing poker. He was also hooked with actress and PokerStars TV host Amanda Leatherman. After Leatherman, he was linked to Hungarian model Krisztina Polgar, who was Miss Earth Hungary in 2008.
In 2013, his lovelife became more public when he appeared in the season 6 premier of Bravo TV’s reality dating show Millionaire Matchmaker. In the show, he was paired with a woman named Lindsay Blalock. Most recently, he was dating Marissa Rodney Rachelle, a hairstylist from Las Vegas. Last June, during the 2018 WSOP, he admitted in his Vlog #25 that he is no longer in a relationship with Marissa Rachelle. Who he’s dating now is another story. For now, let’s go to the topic at hand which is Daniel Negreanu’s net worth.
Daniel Negreanu is ranked 1st by Cardschat.com at the top Poker Players as of 2018 with total earnings of $34,151, 327. Negreanu has six different cashes for $1M or more with his three biggest winnings listed below:
● July 1, 2014 – WSOP – Las Vegas$1 Million No-Limit Hold'em - Big One for One Drop Prize Money: $8,288,001
● December 18, 2004 – WPT – Las Vegas No Limit Hold'em
Prize Money: $1,770,218
● February 9, 2014 - Aussie Millions - Melbourne$250,000 No Limit Hold'em
Prize Money: $1,119,610
According to Pokerdb, Negreanu ranks 2nd in the All-time money list with $39,830,195. The Canadian is also ranked #3 in the WSOP’s all-time money list with $16,364,794, the highest ranked international poker player on the list. Likewise, Negreanu ranks 2nd in the WPT all-time money list with his $5,767,453 in total winnings. He is also 26th in the EPT’s all-time money list with $3,799,814 earned and is currently 365th in the 2018 WSOP money list with $110,103 in current year winnings.
During the 49th annual World Series of Poker this year, Negreanu won in five events. He earned $4,743 in the Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed, $13,565 in the Event #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed, $14,739 in the Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, $17,268 in the Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better and $59,788 in the Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix.
Daniel Negreanu was the youngest bracelet winner in the history of the WSOP before Scott Fischman broke it in 2004. His first cash at the WSOP in 1998 was also his first bracelet. He won five more bracelets after that initial triumph and his six bracelets are summarized below:
|1998||$2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em||$169,460||2003||$2,000 S.H.O.E.||$100,440||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|
Negreanu has a total of 36 final table appearances at the WSOP, including two apiece in WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia, and has a total of 103 money finishes in the tournament. Aside from WSOP, Negreanu also has two notable victories in the World Poker Tournament which comprise two of his six $1M cashes:
|2004||$10,000 Borgata Poker Open||$1,117,400||2004||$15,000 Five Diamond World Poker Classic||$1,795,218|
Negreanu’s 103 money finished in the WSOP are worth over $16M and he has made a live tournament earnings of over $39M.
Other Ventures and Philanthropy
Aside from live tournaments, Negreanu also made money playing for the television show High Stakes Poker where he was in all seven season of the show. The Canadian also played in two seasons of PokerStars Big Game. He also appeared on TV shows like Late Night Poker and Poker After Dark and was a commentator/host for The Ultimate Poker Challenge. Negreanu was also in the third season of Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and also appeared in the Fox Reality original series called Rob and Amber: Against The Odds. He also made a cameo appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as a poker player playing against the mutant Gambit. He also made an appearance as a poker player in Katy Perry’s music video for “Waking Up in Vegas”
In 2005, Negreanu was named as spokesperson for Poker Mountain, an online poker site. He played there using the screen name “KidPoker”. Negreanu was also hired as “Poker Ambassador” when the Wynn Las Vegas Resort opened in 2005. He is also featured in the video game Stacked with Daniel Negreanu where he provides tip in how to play poker. In May 2008, he released a book entitled Power Hold’em Strategy. Negreanu has also written hundreds of articles for the CardPlayer magazine and was a contributor to the book Super System II of Doyle Brunson. He has also served as tutor to celebrities like Shannon Elizabeth and Tobey Maguire.
Daniel Negreanu is the founder of “Big Swing” an annual charity event that was first held in 2009 at the Harrah’s Rio Secco Golf Club. The beneficiary of the event is the Las Vegas based Lili Claire Foundation which helps children born with special needs. Aside from that, Negreanu also makes frequent appearances at the “Ante Up for Africa” which raises money for crisis-torn Darfur in Sudan.
According to celebritynetworth.com, Daniel Negreanu’s net worth as of 2018 is estimated at $50M. Given the success he’s had in his poker career, that may be a conservative estimate. Regardless, Daniel Negreanu is one of the most successful and richest poker players ever.
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