Daniel Negreanu Becomes All-Time Live Poker Tournament Money Leader Daniel Negreanu Becomes All-Time Live Poker Tournament Money Leader
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2014 Big One for One Drop runner-up and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu became the all-time leader in live poker tournament cashes Tuesday.

Negreanu’s $8,288,001 score placed his career total at $29,796,380—more than $3.5 million ahead of his closest competitor—2012 One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari.

The cash was Negreanu’s 6th seven-figure tournament payday over a 17 year career that began in the late 1990s, and by far his largest single event prize to date.

The second place effort by Negreanu could also catapult him back to the top of the GlobalPokerIndex.com Top 100 and 2014 Player of the Year Rankings.

Since bursting onto the poker scene in April 1998 by claiming his first WSOP bracelet in a $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em event, the Canadian has earned the status of an ambassador for the game in the eyes of many industry representatives.

Negreanu was first signed by PokerStars (where he plays as “KidPoker”) in June 2007 and has since become the site’s most prominently featured Team Pro—a slot previously occupied by current Pro and 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker.

Throughout the years, Negreanu has been outspoken in his views on a wide range of community topics, ranging from poker forum policies to the benefits of a self-help program offered by the Choice Center.

Before his One Drop final table appearance this week, Negreanu made poker headlines by winning a prop bet in which he offered even-money to wagerers betting against him or Phil Ivey winning a WSOP bracelet in 2014.

Ivey earned his tenth WSOP bracelet this past Sunday.

The Top 5 all-time live poker tournament money winners according to The Hendon Mob are as follows:

1. Daniel Negreanu $29,796,380
2. Antonio Esfandiari $26,244,377
3. Phil Ivey $21,431,318
4. Erik Seidel $20,445,359
5. Sam Trickett $20,065,545