Daniel Negreanu, one of the most popular of professional poker players, recently became one of the top poker players of the previous decade at Global Poker Index (GPI). This indicates that Negreanu, who plays under the moniker Kid Poker, is one of the dominant figures in the poker world.
Speaking about the GPI ranking, Negreanu said: “It’s a great honor and definitely something I’m proud of. I’ve been putting consistent results for over a decade and it’s nice to be acknowledged for all the hard work that goes into that.”
Negreanu has had an astounding 2013, finishing in the cash 14 times, reaching the final table seven times, and grabbing two World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets. In London, Negreanu almost reached the final table at the $125k buy-in PartyPoker Premier League. He won his fifth WSOP bracelet in Australia at the inaugural main event of the WSOP Asia Pacific. When he began playing the WSOP at Las Vegas, he was well ahead into the WSOP Player of the Year race, but knew that he had to work hard to win this title for the second time in the course of his career. However, he not only re-captured the title, but also won the sixth WSOP bracelet of his career.
Negreanu finished the year 2013 as the GPI’s number-two player and with a POY Trifecta of Bluff Magazine, CardPlayer, and WSOP. He said: “This is obviously a big deal for me. Since 2004, when I won basically every award you could then: WPT, WSOP, CardPlayer, I have put some years together where I have been amongst the top 20 or top 10. But to really come back with putting together a solid year; it’s definitely an accomplishment I think is more meaningful in 2013 than 2004.”
In spite of his success, Negreanu admitted that he had lost his self-confidence because of a break-up and that he had begun believing people who told him that he cannot win anymore as younger poker players are smarter and better. He said that he enrolled at ChoiceCenter Leadership University in order to regain his lost confidence. Today, he is one of the biggest supporters of this center.
As far as WSOP bracelets are concerned, Negreanu is now close behind Phil Ivey, who has won 13 WSOP gold bracelets. His goal is to collect 10 more bracelets during the next decade and grab 14 bracelets by the time he turns 49.