Daniel Negreanu Prepares for the World Series of Poker

23 May 2024
Jonathan Raab 23 May 2024
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  • Daniel Negreanu prepares for the WSOP
  • Sells 25% of his action on PokerStake and has a colonoscopy
  • Vlog launches on 30th May
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GG Poker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu Prepares for the 2024 World Series of Poker

Daniel Negreanu is one of the most recognisable poker players in the world. He has been the face of several online poker sites during his extended career at the poker tables, during which time he has captured six World Series of Poker bracelets. However it has been over a decade since he claimed his last one and he is hungry to return to the winner’s circle at the 2024 WSOP. 

Since 2017 Daniel has released a daily WSOP vlog, in which he fully documents in his journey through the series, recording the highs and lows, He gives viewers a sneak peak of life at home with his dogs and his wife Amanda and he shares his thoughts on vegan food, ice hockey and just about any subject that passes through his transom. 

Following his poor showing at the 2023 WSOP, the GG Poker ambassador vowed to make changes to his recent approach to the game and unlike in previous years, he won’t be playing everything this time. PokerWired takes a look at Negreanu’s record at the series and how he is preparing for his assault on the 55th Annual World Series of Poker in his quest for his seventh bracelet. This includes selling some action, launching his 2024 vlog, chooisng a team at the WSOP Fantasy draft and getting his bowels checked out.

Negreanu’s WSOP Record

Daniel Negreanu has participated in the WSOP every year since 1998, when he enjoyed early success, capturing his first WSOP bracelet at this series, in a $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event.  During these early years he was one of the younger players in a game that was dominated by experience rather than youth. His prowess at the tables was noted by his peers and he was given the nickname ‘Kid Poker,’ due to being one of the youngest players in the high stakes games that he quickly progressed to.

During his 26 years at the WSOP, the year 2000 remains the only year he has ever drawn a blank at the tables. As of January 2024 Negreanu has cashed 169 times at the WSOP, more than anyone else except Phil Hellmuth Jr (176 cashes) and Roland Israelashvili (172 cashes). This incredible record includes 59 top ten finishes and six bracelets. He is also second in total prize money won at the WSOP, having pocketed over $20m in his career, just over $1m, behind Antonio Esfandiari.

Negreanu’s Bracelet Wins

Bracelet #YearEventPrize
11998$2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em$169,460
22003$2,000 S.H.O.E.$100,440
32004$2,000 Limit Hold'em$100,940
42008$2,000 Limit Hold'em$204,863
52013A$10,000 No Limit Hold'emA$1,038,825
62013EURO25,400 No Limit Hold'em High Roller725,000

Ten Times a Bridesmaid: Negreanu’s Runner-Up Finishes at the WSOP

Although Daniel Negreanu has just six bracelets, it could have been so many more, as he finished in the runner up spot ten times, including the biggest cash of his career, when he won over $8m at the $1m buy-in Big One For One Drop event at the 2014 WSOP. His second biggest WSOP cash also came from a runner up spot, in 2019 in the $100,000 High Roller event. He also has eight 3rd place results.

Bracelet BridesmaidYearEventPrize
12002$5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Split$85,400
22003$3,000 No Limit Hold'em$210,980
32009$2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Max$138,280
42009£10,000 No Limit Hold'em WSOPE Main Event£495,589
52013$2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball$107,055
62014$10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball$156,674
72014$1,000,000 No Limit Hold'em The Big One for One Drop$8,288,001
82017$10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Championship$240,290
92019$10,000 Seven Card Stud Champiosnhip$151,700
102019$100,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller$1,725,838

Changes for 2024

After a disastrous 2023 at the WSOP Daniel vowed to make changes to the way he has been approaching the series. He has competitively chased the Player of the Year award most years, meaning that he enters as many tournaments as he can, jumping straight from one event to the next and firing multiple bullets in some. However he has now stated that he will no longer pursue this accolade and will take a more measured approach, picking and choosing the games he is suited to playing, rather than firing everything. He expects to drop many of the lower buy-in events and won’t play so many online events this year either.

Selling Action on PokerStake

Negreanu Sells WSOP Action
Daniel likes to let his fans get a piece of the action as well too, so he sells 25% of himself via Josh Arieh’s site PokerStake, which enables players to buy tiny percentages of players' entries into live poker tournaments. Daniel charges no mark-up at all, which is a great gesture to his fans and backers and it usually gets snapped up pretty quickly. In 2024 Daniel released his action on May 13th and it was all bought within a few hours.

The WSOP Fantasy Draft

Every year, several of the high stakes players at the WSOP organise a high fantasy poker game between themselves and Daniel is instrumental in making this happen. It costs $25,000 to enter a team. Similar to other fantasy competitions, a list of poker players is chosen and the teams all have a budget to spend on a specific number of players. The day before the WSOP starts they do a draft, where each team bids on players to construct their team. Players are awarded points for their performance in WSOP bracelet events and the prize money is awarded to the top finishing teams. Daniel covers this draft in is Vlog, showing the process of players choosing their teams. This is usually featured in the opening vlog episode each year and the first one of the 2024 series goes out on May 30th.

The 2024 WSOP Vlog - Daniel Does Vegas

Speaking of Daniel Negreanu’s vlog, this is something that he has done every year since 2017 and consists of a well-produced and edited daily video diary. It charts Negreanu’s journey through the world series, exposing the highs and the lows as he battles for bracelet number seven. It also shows Daniel relaxing at home and revealing his thoughts on poker hands he had played during breaks in play. He’s not shy to show the failures as well and some years the bankroll counter dips seven figures into the red. 

The vlog also depicts Daniel’s life off the felt, with time at home with his wife and pet dogs. He has a penchant for discussing vegan food and ice hockey as well and while these topics might not be everyone’s taste, this where the skip forward 10 seconds button on Youtube comes into its own. You might have to hit it a fair few times when he gets going about hockey, as those segments can last up to 2 minutes. 

A nice feature that Daniel could add to his vlog would be perhaps an image of a hockey stick in the corner whenever he’s speaking about hockey, or maybe a broccoli for when he’s chatting about vegan food. This way anyone who’s repeatedly hitting the fast forward button on Youtube will easily know when those sections are over and it’s safe to watch normally again.

The show is good natured and has light hearted moments, not least from Allen Kessler, who makes a cameo appearance in most episodes in a segment called “What’s Bothering You Today Allen?” In this section of the show Daniel approaches famed poker moaner Allen Kessler and asks him ‘what’s bothering you today, Allen?” to which Kessler will respond with some tale of daily misery, usually related to blind structures, the price of fast food or some other trivial, but often hilarious matter. In a pre-WSOP clip on Twitter that Daniel shared, viewers recently got a taste of the comedy gold that Kessler is known for, when he discovered a great deal on Reese’s cups.

The Motorhome/Broom Cupboard

When the WSOP was held at the Rio, Daniel used to park a luxury motorhome in the parking lot, just a few minutes walk from the tables. He would retreat there during breaks and in-between tournaments and it would be where a lot of the vlog would be filmed. However now that the World Series of Poker has moved to the Horseshoe on the Strip, a motorhome is no longer an option for Daniel, as there’s simply nowhere close enough that he could park it. 

His new solution is to rent a small utility room at the casino, in which he has a sofa and a coffee machine, to which he can retreat for a rest during breaks and use to record his vlog. Whether this remains as Negreanu’s set up for the 2024 WSOP remains to be seen, but as a creature of habit, it is expected to be the same.

A Royal Flush at the Backdoor

Although his nickname is ‘KidPoker,’ Daniel Negreanu is now in his forties and not far off being eligible to play in seniors events. Like all men beyond a certain age, it’s a good idea to get your bowels checked every few years and this is done via a procedure called a colonoscopy. To prepare for the procedure you have to flush out your bowels by drinking vast quantities of a foul tasting liquid. Once you go into the theatre, an anaesthetist zonks you out while the colonoscopy takes place. The purpose of it is to check for any signs of cancer or other ailments that can affect the bowels. 

With the shits n giggles out of the way, Daniel is now all-set for the 55th Annual World Series of Poker and can concentrate on shooting for that elusive seventh bracelet.

AMA with Daniel Negreanu on Reddit

With all the preparations nearly complete there is one more thing that Daniel needs to do before he takes his first seat at the WSOP poker tables. And that is connect with his fans, which he will be doing via an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on GG Poker's Reddit Channel on Thursday May 23rd at 19.00 (UTC). 

How much weill Negreanu cash for at the 2024 WSOP and will he finally claim his seventh bracelet? You can follow Daniel's WSOP progress on his vlog. He usually posts a link to each show on his Twitter/X profile page after it has been published. 

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