$8.2 million haul puts Canadian Daniel Negreanu back on top as poker's all-time leader in tournament earnings

Canadian poker ace Daniel Negreanu adds another $8.2 million to his lifetime tournament earnings with a second place finish in the biggest buy-in tournament of the 2014 World Series of Poker, the Big One for One Drop. This pay day vaults him back in to the top spot in all-time poker tournament earnings. (CNW Group/PokerStars.net)

TORONTO, July 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian poker ace Daniel Negreanu added another $8.2 million to his lifetime tournament earnings with a second place finish in the biggest buy-in tournament of the 2014 World Series of Poker*, the Big One for One Drop. His career tournament earnings now sit at approximately $30 million, putting him firmly atop the leaderboard of poker's top all-time earners.

Negreanu previously ranked number one on the list from October 2009 until January 2010, and again from January 2011 to February 2011. Prior to yesterday's pay day, he sat in second place in lifetime earnings behind Antonio Esfandiari, with approximately $21.6 million compared to Esfandiari's $26.2 million. With this huge score, Negreanu vaults back to the top of the list.

The Big One for One Drop is a charity tournament with a hefty $1 million entry fee. It attracted 42 poker players with a portion of each buy-in contributed to charity partner One Drop, which promotes access to clean water and sustainable water management in communities around the globe. The event generated $4,666,662 to support One Drop's projects.

The charity partner wasn't the only big winner. The only player Negreanu couldn't outlast was Daniel Colman, a 23-year old American player, who collected more than $15 million for first place.

Following the event Daniel took to Twitter to praise Colman: "Had a blast battling Daniel Coleman! [sic] Actually joyful and amazing experience. What a great player and great kid. Congrats to him."

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SOURCE PokerStars.net

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