Daniel Negreanu was born on July 26, 1974 in Toronto, Canada. Raised by Romanian parents, Daniel took an interest in betting on sports and beating the local players in the billiards hall during his teenage years, and poker was not far behind. He was able to easily win against fellow students in school and adults in local back room card rooms, and his skills took him to Las Vegas at the age of 21. His first attempt at live poker success failed, but he rebuilt his bankroll in Canadian card rooms and returned to Vegas for the second time, where he has lived ever since.
Nicknamed Kid Poker because of his age, success first came in smaller tournaments, but he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in 1998 in a pot-limit hold'em event, then the United States Poker Championship in Atlantic City the following year, with those two wins netting him $379,000. By 2003, he had another WSOP, this time in a SHOE mixed game, and another bracelet came the next year. Along with WSOP cashes and wins, he was doing well on the World Poker Tour circuit as well, winning the Borgata Poker Open and WPT World Championship as well as the WPT Player of the Year award.
By the beginning of 2010, Daniel had 20 WPT cashes, 43 WSOP cashes, and a lifetime of live tournament earnings totaling more than $12 million. He has authored books on poker, been featured on numerous television shows and movies and continues to be one of the most respected and well-known players in poker.