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Daniel Negreanu Named Global Poker Index Player of the Decade

Written By: Maya Michaels | January 7, 2014 | Posted In Poker News

Daniel Negreanu will look back at 2013 with fond memories, because throughout his poker career it has to be one of his most successful to date with a string of top draw performances throughout the year, all of which saw him receive a plethora of player of the year awards. On top of all those achievements he has now been recognised as the “Player of the Decade” by the independent poker ranking service Global Poker Index (GPI).

Negreanu shot to fame in 1998 when he was just 23, as he was the youngest player to win a World Series of Poker (WSOP) Bracelet. Since then his game has gone from strength to strength and he has won championships throughout the world and now has six WSOP titles to his name, not to mention the 53 cashes and 28 final tables he has accumulated too at the annual event in Las Vegas. Negreanu has also won two titles on the World Poker Tour (WPT) as well, to go along with his 18 cashes and eight final table appearances, and in all he has won nearly $20million from live poker throughout his career.

Speaking about his latest award he said, “I’m very honoured by this award. I’ve worked hard on my game throughout the decade, so that I could find ways to consistently win year in, year out against tougher and tougher competition each year. I’ve never wanted to rest on my name alone and winning has always been important to me. The game has changed a lot over the past 10 years, but the key ingredient for success hasn’t, confidence. I enter the next decade more confident than ever before.”

As well as being named the GPI Player of the Decade the Negreanu honours list for 2013 reads as follows. He was awarded the Poker Player of the Year from Bluff Magazine, Card Player and WSOP, as well as being the number one ranked player on the GPI rankings. His achievements at the tables were also impressive as he won the WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event and the WSOP Europe High Roller Event, with final tables at the WSOP Asia-Pacific Mixed Event, European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final and WPT Championship Main Event, not to mention the two runner-up finishes he achieved at the WSOP Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Event and EPT Barcelona High Roller Event.

2013 was a great year for Negreanu and he has a lot to live up to in 2014, but do not put anything past the 39 year old Canadian and it would come as no surprise to anyone should he do it all again this year.

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