In 2022, Daniel Negreanu won $4,875,609 in total tournament fees of $3,224,564 for a profit of $1,625,545. [Image: PokerGO.com]
$3.2 million in total purchases
Throughout his poker career, Daniel Negreanu has been one of the most transparent players around, rarely shying away from revealing his feelings on any number of topics. And that transparency has extended to its annual tournament results, as at the end of each year, it publishes its final financial numbers. The Poker Hall of Famer continued the tradition this week, revealing that he won $1,625,545 in 2022.
Across 107 events, Negreanu has purchased a total of $3,224,564, or an average buyout of $30,136. He made it clear to one of his Twitter followers that “events” mean individual tournaments, not entries — he has no record of how many re-entries he’s had, and how many times he’s repurchased them in a tournament. Thus, while he clearly focused on top buy events, the average advertised buy for the events he played in was below his average.
Negreanu posted a total cashout of $4,875,609, hence his final earning number. He also clarified in a follow-up tweet that these numbers only take into account actual tournament results and do not take into account expenses, taxes, trade-ins with other players, or selling any action.
Winning the Super High Roller Bowl was key
The tournament that put Negreanu over the top was the $300,000 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB), which he won with $3,312,000. And while that was by far his biggest cashout of the year, it wasn’t the highlight of 2022.
Daniel Negreanu has had success with the PokerGO Tour, in particular, which has included SHRB. Early in the year, he had several six-figure cashes on tour, including two in the PokerGO Cup ($350,000 and $112,000) and one in the Wynn High Rollers ($216,000).
Negreanu also finished the year with several nice payouts (let’s be honest, for most of us, cash in any amount is very nice – that’s all relative). In November, he finished fourth in the €25,000 ($25,045) No-Limit Hold’em Platinum High Roller event at the World Series of Poker Europe for €146,370 ($146,090 at the time). And just two weeks ago, he finished 17th in the highly successful WPT World Championships for $176,200.
Take the good, take the bad….
While most people appreciated Daniel Negreanu’s openness with his tournament financial results, not everyone was willing to give him a standing ovation. Poker pro Allen Kessler, better known as the min-cash tournament artist, replied, “But what would the results look like without winning the high ball?”
Negriano sarcastically replied, “So you want to not count the one I won, but to count all the ones I didn’t? Is that how it’s done now? LOL”
Shows how “a volatile year can be”
A couple of other responses to Negreanu’s results post were similar to Kessler’s, but in his view, Kessler softened his perceived criticism, responding to Negreanu that the $3 million big win just shows how “volatile” the year can be. He added an example from last year when Negreanu placed third in a $50,000 WSOP event, where a ticket or two might have made the difference of “hundreds of thousands and a bracelet.”
Negreanu gave another example from the WPT World Series, concluding: “In the end, it’s all part of it, and over time if you play well, you’ll end up on the right side of it.”