Another exciting Bonus Cut branded video has recently surfaced and this time it is Daniel Negreanu narrating his experience at the World Series of Poker. Back in the day, he used to play small tournaments with buy-ins that rarely exceeded $20, but he made the most of those events. Prizes were mostly a byproduct for the poker player who learned a great deal about how to play in tournaments and one step at a time, he kept climbing the ladder.
Texas Hold’em was just one of the games he played in his first stages of his career and No Limit wasn’t even his favourite style. This didn’t prevent him from buying in for the Main Event of the World Series of Poker but his first break came in a side event in 1998. More precisely, he won his first WSOP bracelet and a hefty amount of $170k in a $2,000 PLO event, with that particular victory bringing him into the spotlight for the first time.
Negreanu had to overcome a lot of adversity before making a name for himself in this niche and his first few trips to Las Vegas were mostly failures. After winning the PLO tournament, his poker career took a turn for the better and Daniel regards it as one of the most important milestones for him as a poker player. Obviously, he remembers the fact that he was pit against seemingly insurmountable odds back then and can recall the names of the most prominent player he competed against during that event.
Seidel, Chan, Harrington and Nguyen were just a few of his notable opponents, but that’s what made his triumph so impressive. In the short Bonus Cut video, Daniel shares his thoughts and feelings on that day and also his enthusiasm for being noticed by his more experienced peers. Eventually he was picked in his team by one of these professionals who realised that Negreanu is an unpolished gem and giving him a chance to shine would be a great investment.
From that point onward, Daniel greatly improved his skills and gained worldwide fame by competing in front of the cameras at the High Stakes Poker TV show. Now he plays in tournaments whose buy ins exceed the prize pool of those events where he used to be a regular, but that’s beside the point. Negreanu is the living proof that for gifted poker players with a strong desire to succeed, the sky really is the limit.