Daniel Negreanu was born in Toronto in 1974 to Romanian immigrant parents. They initially hoped to enter into the US but ended up in Canada where Daniel was born a couple of years later. He was always in trouble in school and dropped out of High School shortly before graduation; this led to his career as a professional gambler. He toured the casinos of Toronto, playing legal and illegal games, picking up tips and learning games.
A brief unsuccessful stint in Las Vegas would see him return to his native Toronto to build up his funds once again. He was not deterred from becoming a professional gambler because of his bad luck in the US though. On the contrary, it spurred him on to win six WSOP bracelets and two WPT championships. He is considered one of the most successful poker players of all time.
Advocacy and Promotions
Negrenanu has never shied away from advocating for poker, engaging in sponsorship and promotion for many ventures during his run of fame at the tables. In 2005, he was a brand ambassador for a site called Poker Mountain but by the end of the year, he had terminated the contract due to software problems with the site and decided to offer up competitions to select a protégé. He chose two before Black Friday forced him to return to Canada.
Also in 2005, he promoted the opening of Wynn Las Vegas and became their official “Ambassador”. This deal was also to end in 2005 following a short yet successful campaign. Negreanu felt that the restrictions placed on his poker gaming by the casino would seriously limit his playing career and earning potential. Particularly, he was concerned about the contract restricting his ability to play for high stakes elsewhere.
During his early years and before either were famous, Negreanu dated Evelyn Ng; she too would go on to play poker professionally. In 2005 he married a woman named Lorrie Lin Weber but this was not to last and they divorced just two years later.
Many of his fellow professional poker players give their time and money to charitable causes; Negreanu is no exception. He has donated his time to Ante Up For Africa, a well-known charity set up by poker professionals; he is also a keen golfer and set up the Big Swing which has been running since 2007.