PokerStars , the world's largest online poker site, today announced that champion poker player Daniel Negreanu has decided to make PokerStars his new professional home. A legend for his ability to read players, spot the best action and mentor up-and-coming players, Negreanu will join Team PokerStars as its newest ambassador of the sport beloved by 50 million people worldwide.
"I've enjoyed a long personal relationship with the folks at PokerStars since the company's founding in 2001 and have always felt as though PokerStars fully understood what players wanted: lots of tournaments, lots of variety and great software," said Daniel Negreanu. "I'm very excited about joining Team PokerStars. The organization seems like the perfect fit for me and I'm glad they feel the same way."
The Toronto native left school early to pursue his dream of becoming a professional poker player and officially moved to Las Vegas at age 23. At the 1997 World Poker Finals at Foxwoods, Negreanu won back-to-back titles, earning himself the Best Player Award. He has since won three World Series of Poker bracelets, winning his first in 1998 (in the first WSOP event he had ever entered) at the age of 23, making him the
youngest bracelet winner ever at that time. Negreanu has also been a dominant figure on the World Poker Tour, winning two titles and also boasting more top three finishes than any other player.
A perennially popular player, Negreanu had been named the "Player of the Year," by the World Series of Poker, the World Poker Tour and Card Player magazine, as well as "Favorite Poker Player" by Card Player in February 2006.
Negreanu has written over 100 articles for Card Player magazine, has a syndicated newspaper column in over 50 cities and also has a best selling book on the market entitled, "Hold'em Wisdom for All Players." For his second book, Daniel has assembled a team of `Superstar Contributors' to write a book called, "Daniel Negreanu's Power Hold'em Strategy." He regularly plays against these contributors in televised tournaments and high stakes games including Late Night Poker, High Stakes Poker, the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and Ultimate Poker Challenge (as a commentator and stand-in host).
"Daniel embodies what poker and PokerStars are all about: enjoying the excitement and the challenge of poker," said fellow Team PokerStars Player Barry Greenstein. "Daniel is a true ambassador of the sport and we welcome him to the Team as well as all of his players and fans from Full Contact Poker. We know they will enjoy the PokerStars experience."