The Global Poker Index (GPI) has recognized PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu as the “Player of the Decade.”
The award caps a mind blowing 2013 for the 39 year old Canadian. He is the BLUFF Magazine Player of the Year, the Card Player Poker Player of the Year, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Player of the Year, and is the number one ranked player in the current GPI rankings.
Daniel said: “I’m very honored 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….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.”
Lifetime winnings from live poker tournaments of over $19.5m place him third on the all-time money list, but it his consistency that marks him as a player apart. In 2004 he became the WSOP Player of the Year and given the increased level of competition in the last ten years, his repeat of the achievement this year is remarkable.
Daniel has six WSOP bracelets as well as victories in major tournaments all over the world. This year’s highlight finishes include:
- World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Main Event: Winner ($1,087,160)
- World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Mixed Event: Final table (4th, $17,096)
- European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event: Final table (4th, $420,912)
- World Poker Tour Championship Main Event: Final table (7th, $137,085)
- World Series of Poker Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball: Runner-up ($107,055)
- European Poker Tour Barcelona High Roller: Runner-up ($352,881)
- World Series of Poker Europe High Roller: Winner ($979,955)
GPI ranks Erik Seidel in the number two spot for Player of the Decade, with Michael Mizrachi in third.