Canadian Daniel Negreanu, who is considered by many to be one of the best Texas Hold’em players in the world and who has been a member of Team PokerStars since 2007, has issued a challenge to himself. You see Negreanu wants to stay up on his game; he does not want the rest of the poker world passing him by and that means that he has decided to challenge himself through the popular online poker site.
Negreanu has decided that he is going to play against the best players on PokerStars and play in the highest stakes games available. He’s established a few pretty heady goals for himself.
In his blog, the poker player, who goes by the name KidPoker, said, “One of my goals this year is to accumulate over 55,000 VPPs on PokerStars. I got 55,000 last year, my highest total ever, and I plan on getting to 60,000 this year, and possibly even reaching SuperNova status.” He added, “One of the best ways to do it, I found, was to play the $5,600 buy-in heads-up No Limit Hold’em Turbo sit and gos.”
Those are high stakes games and they yield high stakes prizes. Thus far, the master poker player has competed in 30 $5,600 heads-up sit and goes on the site. He’s won 70% of those games, which means he’s taken home 21 first place prizes. He’s been primarily playing against SkaiWalkurrr. They have played against each other seven times; Negreanu leads in the heads-up games 4-3. Thus far in the first three weeks of 2011, he has earned 16,500 VPPs. To get to SuperNova status he needs 100,000 VPPs. He is on pace to get there in about six months.
In his blog, which is called Full Contact Poker, he noted, “The best No Limit Hold’em players in the world today are mostly young. It’s just a fact and if you look at tournament results over the past few years, it’s trending younger and younger. Why? The younger players are using more advanced tools to break down the game, discussing hands with friends and on forums, and most importantly are putting in more volume than the older generation.”
So, the master does not want to have the poker parade pass him by. If you’re on PokerStars keep a lookout for KidPoker. He’s also been four-tabling in $5.00-$10.00 heads-up cash games. Even if you can’t afford to play him, it costs nothing to watch.