Negreanu named best poker player of last decade

Canadian poker player Daniel Negreanu.

Canadian poker player Daniel Negreanu.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:27 PM ET

Canadian card shark Daniel Negreanu has been named the world’s best poker player of the last decade.

Independent ranking site Global Poker Index (GPI) bestowed the honour after the Toronto native won a number of big events en route to garnering player of the year honours.

The 39-year-old’s lifetime winnings from live poker tournaments now stands at just under $20 million.

"I'm very honoured by this award,” Negreanu said in a statement. “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.

“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."

The GPI is the world's leading tracker of live poker tournaments, and maintains a global ranking of the world's best poker players.

In 2013, Negreanu, representing Team PokerStars Pro, made the final table at a number of World Series of Poker events and won the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Main Event and the World Series of Poker Europe High Roller event.

 


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