Canadian cardshark named 'poker player of the decade'

Canadian cardshark Daniel Negreanu is named the "Poker Player of the Decade" after a stellar 2013, where he cashed several times in major poker tournaments bringing his lifetime poker winnings to $19,399,176. (CNW Group/PokerStars.net)

Global Poker Index declares Daniel Negreanu 'best poker player of the past decade' on live tournament circuit

TORONTO, Jan. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Daniel Negreanu, a member of Team PokerStars Pro, has been recognized as the best poker player of the past decade by independent poker ranking website Global Poker Index (GPI). This recognition follows an outstanding performance by Negreanu in 2013, where he won a number of big poker tournaments and received numerous 'Player of the Year' awards.

Negreanu, a Toronto-native, is one of the world's most famous poker players, winning his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet in 1998 at the age of 23. At the time, he was the youngest player to ever win a WSOP bracelet.  Since that time, he has worked hard to keep winning major tournaments, competing against the best to become known as one of the most successful poker players in the world.

Negreanu now has lifetime winnings from live poker tournaments of $19,399,176, which places him third on the all-time winnings list. Negreanu's sustained success over the last decade is strong evidence that he is a very skilful player in a highly competitive game.

"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," said Negreanu. "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."

This award caps off a stellar year for Negreanu, which included winning the Bluff Magazine Poker Player of the Year, the Card Player Poker Player of the Year, the World Series of Poker Player of the Year and finishing 2013 as the number one ranked player on the current GPI rankings. He is not just the best poker player of the past decade, but also the best poker player right now.

The GPI is the world's leading tracker of live poker tournaments, and maintains a global ranking of the world's best poker players. The GPI rankings for poker are featured in the USA Today newspaper alongside the listings for other major international sports such as the ATP rankings for tennis and the PGA rankings for golf.

Negreanu's poker highlights in 2013 include:

       
Event     Result
World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Main Event     Winner
World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Mixed Event     Final Table (4th)
European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event     Final Table (4th)
World Poker Tour Championship Main Event     Final Table (7th)
World Series of Poker Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball     Runner-up
European Poker Tour Barcelona High Roller     Runner-up
World Series of Poker Europe High Roller     Winner

About PokerStars
PokerStars operates the world's most popular online poker sites, serving a global poker community of more than 61 million registered members. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of the world's top players, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best security online. More than 105 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.

PokerStars is a member of The Rational Group, which operates gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and the European Poker Tour. Rational Group entities in the UK and Isle of Man were collectively recognized as one of the UK's best workplaces when they were awarded a top 25 position by the Great Place to Work Institute in its UK's Best Workplaces - Large category in both 2012 and 2013.

SOURCE PokerStars.net

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