Daniel Negreanu inducted to Poker Hall of Fame
It has been less than 20 years since Daniel Negreanu was playing $100 tournaments at Foxwoods Casino. Back then, everybody wondered, "Who is that kid that somehow came out of nowhere and won two limit hold'em events--back-to-back, no less--and then got named the best all-around Foxwoods player in 1997?"
Today, that kid, the one now known as Kid Poker, can't walk into any poker room in the world without getting recognized. Tonight, the game to which he's dedicated his entire adult life put Negreanu in its Hall of Fame.
Inside the hallowed halls of Binion's--a place where Negreanu won the first of his six World Series of Poker bracelets--the Poker Hall of Fame inducted Negreanu and legendary tournament director Jack McClelland as the 47th and 48th members.
Negreanu, a Team PokerStars Pro and one of the game's greatest ambassadors, was not eligible for induction to the Hall of Fame until he turned 40 years old. That happened over the summer. Just a few months later, the Hall of Fame selection committee picked Negreanu on the first ballot.
In less than 20 years, Negreanu has earned nearly $30 million playing live poker tournaments. He won six World Series of Poker bracelets, three World Poker Tour titles, and just about every Player of the Year title ever. He is the only person in history to be the WSOP Player of the Year twice.
Now he, a man who has shown no intention of hanging it up, a man who could end up winning another $30 million, a man could someday end his career as the greatest to ever play...that man is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame at the age of 40.
"There's something about winning tournaments and player of the year awards that's fabulous," said Negeranu. "But when you're voted for by your peers and recognised by the media and those that are already living members of the Hall of Fame, that's irreplaceable.
"I'm in the 40th year of my life, I'm physically and mentally in the best place I've ever been, so to top it off with this is extra special. Once you're in the Hall of Fame they can't kick you out! It's the epitome of acknowledgement for what we do."
Here are his induction and acceptance speech in three parts.
The folks at Team PokerStars wanted to say congrats to the latest member of the Team to make it to the Hall of Fame.
This video seemed like a good way to do it.
From all of us at the PokerStars Blog, congratulations to both Negreanu and McClelland on their spots in the Hall of Fame.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging