Confessions of a Grinder
High-Five! Fifth time’s the charm for Canadian ‘Kid Poker’ Daniel Negreanu who won his fifth WSOP bracelet, as he shipped the Main Event at the WSOP Asia Pacific hosted by Crown Melbourne. Witnessed by millions live on the WSOP website, the classy Negreanu pocketed a cool Million Australian Dollars after he dominated his way to victory in the eight-handed final table. This victory places him sixth on the all time money list with a whopping $17.5 million. It is too early to predict, but he also now contends for the 2013 WSOP Player of the year– a coveted title that he has already won in 2004.
It has been a roller coaster ride for this high school dropout turned rounder and my personal hero, who started sports betting, scouting home games and playing casino cash games at 16! Since then, he has made 24 final table appearances and earned 51 cashes at the WSOP alone, along with tons of other tournament titles and cashes. To many poker players and to me, he is an inspiration for three reasons – his ability to adapt to changing trends in poker, his uncanny ability to read, and his positive cheerful attitude not only on the poker table but throughout this philanthropist’s life.
He previously missed a chance to win a Main Event bracelet when he suffered a heartbreaking heads-up loss to Cardplayer magazine CEO Barry Shulman at the WSOP Europe 2009, but that was not meant to happen again. Persistence pays off indeed! Personally, my faith and belief in poker rejuvenate when I see old-school brick-and-mortar poker players like Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth, who have crawled their way to the top, performed consistently throughout the past two decades. On behalf of my Texas Poker Store family, I salute Daniel for this cherished feather on his trademark poker hat! Go Kid!