Daniel Negreanu has earned over 52 million dollars at the poker table, which ranks him as the highest-earning player in live tournament poker history. He’s won 6 world series of poker bracelets, two world poker tour titles, and Daniel was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2014. He’s often referred to as “Kid Poker” and is known for his charismatic personality at the table.

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  • Commonalities among the greatest poker players in the world:
    • Self-Awareness
    • Humility
  • In order to avoid criticism, “say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
  • Daniel is obsessed with the Rocky movies and the lessons learned from each one. Rocky 3 – Don’t get complacent. Rocky 4 – It’s heart versus machine. Rocky Balboa – But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!
  • The luck factor… Dealing with things outside of our control. A victim versus an owner mentality. Victims will complain, give up, sulk, be passive-aggressive, or procrastinate. Owners will seek solutions, take action, or ask for help. Victims will focus on things they cannot control, while owners will focus on things they can control.
    • “A big mistake is a beautiful opportunity.” It’s easier to be a victim and not take responsibility.
    • “Failure builds muscle.”
  • “I don’t care what others think anymore. I do not have that fear.”
  • Rounders (the movie) is the greatest poker movie of all time.
  • Why Daniel is inspired by Sylvester Stallone…
    • He’s not complacent
    • In Rocky IV it was heart versus machine. Rocky (Sly) was all heart.
  • Outspoken and direct – “If you have a problem with me, text me. And if you don’t have my number then you don’t know me well enough to have a problem with me.” – Christian Bale
  • Phil Ivey said about Daniel: “I can’t think of too many people who have done more for the game of poker than Daniel.”
  • When was Daniel happiest? “I would say in very high-stress situations. During the World Series of Poker main event [in 2015], when I actually was eliminated in 11th place and felt a gut punch.”
  • Early life – Be Rich – At an early age, Daniel was ambitious: “From the age of four, I thought I’d be rich. I told my mom I’d build a house out of Popsicle sticks and move to California.”
  • Sharing both the wins and the losses with his fans: “This is what holding yourself accountable looks like. I could lie, right…or B. I could just not share this with you but then that wouldn’t be authentic and real, right? I’m not just going to share my winning years, I’m going to share my losing years.”
  • Daniel is willing to go outside of his comfort zone… Head’s up matches with Doug Polk (a head’s up specialist): On July 29, 2020, after a years-long feud, Daniel publicly accepted a challenge to a high-stakes grudge match with Doug Polk. They played 25,000 hands of No-Limit Texas Hold’em at $200/$400 stakes. The duel ended on February 4, 2021, with Polk winning approximately $1,200,000 over 25,000 hands. Then in 2023, Daniel got a rematch with Doug and beat him for $200K and a championship belt.
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