KidPoker’s New Wife Weighs in on ‘Stupid Negreanu’ Twitter Criticism

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KidPoker’s New Wife Weighs in on ‘Stupid Negreanu’ Twitter Criticism
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23 Jun

Daniel Negreanu’s new wife, Amanda (nee Leatherman), has jumped to her husband’s defence after a highly-critical essay was posted on Twitter – Negreanu described in the piece as ‘The Leader of Stupid Inc.’


Negreanu’s wedding to Amanda Leatherman was front-page poker news recently, as was his parting of ways with long-time paymasters PokerStars, Daniel the world-famous ambassadorial face of the poker industry giant. His behaviour over the years, however, has made him plenty of enemies.

Public fallouts and disputes with Doug Polk, Shaun Deeb, Irish ChipRace podcaster David Lappin and many, many others have seen numerous would-be/should-be colleagues of DNegs blocked on Twitter.

That’s what happened to the pseudonymous Twitter account of ‘Rachel Lees’, the person behind it clearly familiar with both the poker community and the business world.


With Negreanu extremely unhappy at being called a ‘hypocrite’ for his ‘More Rake is Better’- type arguments, and the ‘Rachel Lees’ byname claiming to say the things others “can’t due to fear of imbecile poker mobs, trolls and virtue signallers” the fallout is unsurprising.

Lees’ criticism picks apart Negreanu’s entire career, with sub-heading such as;

  • DANIEL DOES NOT EXHIBIT ANY NON-STUPID QUALITIES
  • WHAT CAUSED THE STUPIDITY
  • USE YOUR PLATFORM WISELY YOUNG MAN
  • HYPOCRISY AND HYPOCRITIC and
  • WHY DO I UPSET KID POKER?

The hard-hitting 5600-word opinion piece has received the same divided response seen in most of Negreanu’s spats.

There were those opposed to Lees’…



…while others were grateful for a well-constructed argument against DNegs, and on poker in general…



It was Negreanu’s other half Amanda, however, who was most forceful in her denunciation of the essay, calling out one user for agreeing with it…


… leading to allegations of bullying and ‘cult-behaviour’


…and then a fiery response and hardly-unexpected block from the new Mrs Negreanu


With the ‘Rachel Lees’ account planning to leave poker Twitter at the end of the month it could well be the end of this particular spat, but what are the odds on another Negreanu fallout appearing before long?


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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more

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