Daniel Negreanu is one of the biggest names on the poker circuit and arguably one of the best poker players to ever play the game. He started making his mark on the game back in 2004 when he had an outstanding year, winning close to $4.5 million dollars in live earnings, four titles and a record of 11 final tables. His achievements in 2004 were outstanding and he was awarded both the World Series of Poker POY title and also the 2004 Card Player Player of the Year.
Negreanu has done well since then but 2013 was a year when he had an outstanding run winning 2 prestigious titles and making a total of 7 final tables. He went on to win $3,114,058 in live earnings and earned a total of 5,140 POY points and in doing so went on to win the Card Player Player of the Year 2013. This award makes Negreanu the 4th player in the history of the game to win this award twice.
In a statement, Negreanu said
I’ve always been a fan of the Player of the Year races, even Player of the Series which they had when I was much younger at events like the L.A. Poker Classic. Those were always very fun challenges for me, because they suit my goal-oriented mindset. Player of the Year awards are always something that I look at as more valuable than just winning a tournament, because it shows consistent results, and that just has more meaning to me.
One of the reasons why Negreanu is so popular is because he has continued to play the game and has improved with every year. He is a popular personality on the circuit and loves the limelight as well as support great charitable causes.
A number of his friends and cotemporaries from 2004 have faded slowly or have given up the game of poker. Yet, Negreanu has continued to improve and prove that he is one of the best ever players to play the game.
I pride myself on always caring about being relevant because of my results and not just because of my name. Not have it be ‘Oh he’s only this because he got lucky at the right time.’ I’m a big believer in proving my worth and nobody is a bigger critic of me than myself.
He has no plans of slowing down in 2014 and expects to continue his good run of form.