Whilst many of us would dread reaching the age of 40, PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu plans on celebrating it in style. Today is his birthday and he has a party to end all parties lined up at the Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 24, 2014
The five time World Series of Poker bracelet winner is embracing the milestone age and is inviting all to join him in the celebrations at one of the hottest nightclubs in Las Vegas.
Negreanu is one of the most prominent poker professionals around today after spending more than half of his life dedicated to the game that he loves. His story is one that many players can relate to, initially struggling and going broke a few times before finally making it big.
He has now gone on to amass $29,796,380 in career earnings putting him right at the top of the all time list. A lot of that will obviously be down to his massive score of $8,288,001 after coming second in the World Series of Poker ‘Big One For One Drop’ a few weeks back but even without that sum he would still be in the world’s top three.
He first began to play poker during high school and actually dropped out to become a professional player. It was not the best of times for him early on however after he had already gone broke once before heading to Las Vegas to have another shot at making it but ended going broke for a second time.
However, it was third time lucky for Negreanu as he headed back home, built his bankroll back up and went back to Las Vegas to take part in the World Series of Poker. He took down his first bracelet and a score of $169,460 becoming the youngest ever bracelet winner (at that time).
His career took off after that, down to not only more titles and a couple more bracelets throughout 2003-4 but also because of his outgoing and likeable personality.
He was signed up to be a PokerStars Team Pro, something he still is today and despite going through a bit of a lull with regards to titles, in recent years he has once again proven to be among the very best players in the game. He was the World Series of Poker player of the year for 2013, finished the year at the top of the Global Poker Index and is almost nailed on to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame this year after now reaching the minimum age to be nominated.
We wish Daniel a very happy birthday and know that there is still a hell of a lot more success to come his way, perhaps even that illusive first European Poker Tour win!