Health & Fitness A Top Priority During Negreanu's Poker Break

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Health & Fitness A Top Priority During Negreanu's Poker Break
08:48
22 Jan

Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu had one of his best World Series of Poker performances in the 2021 WSOP. The Poker Hall of Famer proved that he is still a top tier poker player, and will be for some time.

However, fans of Kid Poker would be hard pressed to find Negreanu playing poker anytime soon, however. In fact, the poker legend announced he is taking a break to recoup for WSOP 2022, and he is putting health and fitness – not poker – on top of his priority list.


WSOP ‘21 Review

Negreanu had quite the impressive WSOP 2021, and he wasn’t afraid to put in the hours. Kid Poker played in 55 total events last year totaling around $1 million in buy-ins.

Things started to really heat up for Negreanu towards the end of the series. He took ninth in the $50,000 6-Max Poker Players Championship for $91,595 before winning over $1 million in consecutive days.

Kid Poker took third in the $50,000 No Limit High Roller for $519,764 before getting third place the next day in the No Limit High Roller for $661,041. In total, Negreanu cashed for $1,451,298 with a little over 80% of his earnings coming in those last two events. With his buy-ins totaling roughly $1 million, Negreanu profited around $400,000.


Health Highlighted

While many pros have continued to play in tournaments like the Stairway to Millions and the Venetian Deepstack, Negreanu has opted to take a break from the game in order to refocus on his health, something that has been a mainstay in Negreanu’s life for the past decade or so.

His routine features two sessions of physical activity interspersed with multiple food breaks – all vegan of course. Perhaps he’s fitting in some much needed alone time with his wife, Amanda, who recently called him out on Twitter for not giving her enough sex.

To delve deeper into Negreanu’s diet and fitness, he made another tweet talking about the specifics of his January routine. According to him, he will only be intaking 1950 calories a day while maintaining 100,000 steps per week. Fat loss – not weight loss – and “reactiviating [his] dormant muscles” is his top priority.


Poker Hiatus

Perhaps most important to fans of Negreanu’s poker play are his plans for 2022. While health and fitness are very important to Kid Poker, he is still considering defending his PokerGO Cup title early next month.

According to Negreanu, playing in the event could disrupt his healthy schedule and focus on shedding the fat he accrued during “Fat December,” as he puts it. However, it seems that watching high stakes content on PokerGo has inspired him to jump back into the action next month.

After a hot streak to end the year in 2021, can Negreanu maintain that momentum to propel him towards yet another PokerGo Cup title? It will be fun to watch him hop back in the action, and this series will be the first time Negreanu has played poker in the new year.

Can he successfully defend his title? We will have all the coverage of the PokerGo Cup, so stay tuned.


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Nikk from Western New York is a part-time journalist, a successful tournament poker player, and an avid fly fisherman.Read more

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