The most famous poker player on the planet with tens of millions of dollars in prize money, 6 WSOP bracelets and unorthodox views on online poker rake.
Hendon Mob, the largest online database of poker tournament results, has been compiling information on the poker world since 2001. There are plenty of stats: you can see the results of any tournament, compare prize pools, or see who placed first more often than others. There's also a category for popularity: how often a particular player is searched on the internet.
Daniel Negreanu has been the most searched player for the past 15 years.
The Canadian prize record holder was born in 1974 in Toronto. He always dreamt of being an athlete, but his first big winnings tied him to poker: At 21 he moved to Las Vegas and has been playing cards and gambling ever since. His first World Series cash brought him a bracelet, followed by WPT titles, WSOP Player of the Year and WPT Player of the Year.
In 2007, Daniel signed a contract with PokerStars and until the end of 2019, it was impossible to imagine him without a red spade. Negreanu became a true poker ambassador - actively starring in commercials, founding his own poker website and appearing in Hollywood movies. The charming Canadian isn't always a perfect player, but he can carry on any conversation and is infinitely far from the image of boring internet poker players.
Online, Negreanu plays under the nickname KidPoker - a nickname from live poker stuck, and a documentary about his life was made with that title in 2015.
When PokerStars changed its loyalty program (a tiered rakeback system with up to 65% was replaced by Stars Rewards with 4-5%) hundreds of players lost their source of income - but Negreanu showed loyalty and stood up for the room, carelessly stating, "More rake is better!" It is a phrase that is still fresh in people's minds today, even after his move to the GG Network.
In 2020, Negreanu fearlessly accepted Doug Polk's heads-up challenge - and while the result at the tables clearly showed the advantage was with the younger player, the courage and scale of the work done earned the respect of even the most arrogant and disrespectful professionals.
He himself has not lost any of his love for poker over the years and is striving for new heights. "My career in heads-up poker is just beginning... Most people would take years to get to the level I've reached in a few months. But I'm unique!"