Daniel Negreanu Shares Five Things That Make a Player ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ for Poker

January 22nd, 2019 by Jon Sofen

Daniel Negreanu tweeted characteristics of a player who is good and bad for poker, and some felt his comments were “arrogant” and out of line.

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A polarizing figure like Daniel Negreanu knows that when he opens his mouth, critics will be there ready to argue. (Image: playusa.com)

When Kid Poker opines, however, because of his liberal views and affiliation with PokerStars, a poker site some pros despise, he takes some heat from the poker community. So, he may have expected backlash from his recent tweets.

Who is Bad for Poker?

Negreanu first shared his opinion on which types of players are bad for the game. He gave five examples of the “worst kind of poker player.”

He’s getting backlash for that post. Many feel his comments were out of line. A confused Mike McDonald asked for an explanation.

“So winning poker players all need to be fast, loud, lavish, optimists or else they are bad?” he asked.

Negreanu responded, “basically, yes.” He argues that players don’t have to be loud and obnoxious at the poker table, “just pleasant.” It’s no surprise a talkative player such as Negreanu encourages players to be more lively.

Kid Poker has expressed frustration recently with what he describes as boring players on the high-stakes circuit. During the poker boom era, when he was considered arguably the best player in the world, table talk was prevalent. The biggest stars in the game were as much entertainers as they were poker players. Pros such as Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow, and Daniel made poker on television must-see during that era.

These days, the players are more cool, calm, and collected. Some consider them “robots,” which doesn’t always translate to an entertaining show for casual fans. But Negreanu’s comments were still out of line, many felt. Take Twitter user James Briddon (@James_Briddon), for example. He referred to Daniel as a “hypocrite” and “condescending.”

“Not everyone feels the need to be the center of attention all the time,” he wrote.

Nick Jones (@pokerprojones) argues that a true “hater” is someone who writes a “list of traits that define the worst kind of poker player.”

Who is Good for Poker?

Not everyone is bad for poker, according to Negreanu. He flipped the script and posted the five traits that make someone good for the game.

He didn’t receive as much criticism for this post. One tweeter (@SamuraiPlay), however, said he’s there to “win money” and doesn’t “give two f*cks what you think of us.”

Another individual (@I_Fridmanis) called Negreanu a “sellout,” and was subsequently blocked by the PokerStars ambassador.

Negreanu is a high-profile poker player who expresses strong political beliefs and represents a poker site that some poker players despise. For that reason, some on Poker Twitter will get offended by anything he says, even if it really isn’t all that offensive.


16 Responses to “Daniel Negreanu Shares Five Things That Make a Player ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ for Poker”

  1. PsychoVas says:

    To be honest, I agree with DNegs in all of the traits (except the money winning/losing one). No matter what the outcome is, I like a fun game. If you are not a “peoples’ person”, stay home and play only online (with or without underware!).

  2. veritasi says:

    wow, really interesting opinion, i think that it’s near to truth, but to my mind this lists are too strict. I don’t like that Daniel makes it stand for the only truth, but his thoughts oftenly very useful

  3. andsws says:

    Negreanu is a positive person, has a lot of experience behind so I must agree with him.

  4. weezy1312 says:

    you cant satisfy everyone especially if you are successful and famous like daniel , some people would hate whatever he would say , but actually he is right about what makes you good or bad for “a poker game” not as “players” ! some people might confuse it , it gets boring following big events watching people that are like robots and not even enjoying the game !!! have fun while you are at it ! thank god some people break the silence and have a good presence to make the watching bearable.

  5. Spaceman says:

    That thing must stop. Its exactly like Doyle question about fundraising for Gavin kids. People are quick to judge not by what is being said but who is saying it.

  6. ChickenArise says:

    With out going to polar extremes he is right and he also covers the fact that you can be winning and have good traits and be good for poker. I think he made himself very attackable when he came out with the more rake is better argument and lost a decent amount of integrity and he struggles with this today. It was a mistake to be the corporate mouthpiece on that issue and it would have been better to say nothing on the matter. He should publicly reverse and refute that claim if he is ever to be respected for what he believes once again.

    • John_3_16 says:

      He sold his poker soul to PokerStars & must toe the company line at ALL times. Nothing but “Stars” koolaide for the kid. No take backs or do overs. Not the first pro to sell out to a online poker site. Some have definitely gone further even to criminal levels. Greed is part of the game but dangerous for anyone who worships 100% at that altar.

      Me? DN is not a pro I mark my schedule to watch. But I respect his skill & experience.

  7. ChickenArise says:

    Without going to polar extremes like some have done to counter him he is for the most part correct. The problem is he lost a lot of integrity and respect when he became the corporate mouthpiece for the more rake is better campaign. He should publicly reverse this position and admit he was wrong if he wishes to regain the level of respect he once had.

  8. BentleyBoy says:

    As always, Mr Kid poker makes me chuckle. He has once again kept himself in the limelight curtesy of all the people and players who simply can’t help themselves try and rebuke what he has to say. In fact what he has to say is probably very true. All you have to do is think of what you yourself like and dislke in other poker players and there you have it. Kid Pokers List!

    If you think differently, then….thats fine. Its your prerogative, just as it is Mr Negreanu’s. I do agree that poker used to be more entertaining and now its a lot of hot air from people who are in the chip lead!


    Love to here what you say to that!

  9. The Driller says:

    When you don’t care about your looses or what are you going to loose, you’re often not going to loose.
    Daniel have the rights to say any opinion he wants without asking himself if it’s going to sounds good or not, because I think, when Daniel say something about poker, he is saying that honestly without thinking for the words, but feel the word, say the experience.
    Beautiful Daniel.

  10. king11682 says:

    Lose Money
    Act Quickly
    Generous/Give Action
    Positive Attitude

    It is the opinion of a successful person, and you have to hear all the opinions of great players of poker and analyze each one of them and put into practice, then you will see the results. For me the most difficult to understand is Lose Money; I think we have to keep in mind that we will not always win, but then return to the winning route.

  11. gardin555 says:

    I respect his opinion because each one owns it, but I dont share the characteristics that he considers to be good for poker.
    I think that poker is a game where many variables participate, so you cant labeled into good or bad for poker considering only 5 variables.
    The important thing is to vary our game in that way we will be unpredictable and unclassifiable. 😉

  12. m0t22 says:

    I believe that that does not refer to persona for the tables, but rather the player whilst professional.
    But everyone has an opinion and that is why the poker world is very broad and packed with many players.

    Existence of players who have very good living people and other people do not find the same of such a player.

    It’s complex, but totally entertaining that entertainment!

  13. bbonczyk says:

    Go Daniel. People who don’t like your comments probably don’t learn well.

  14. Retread says:

    Daniel is simply stating what is good for him and other pro players to win money. They love players who converse and give action and act quickly because that
    maximizes their edge as they get more info the more conversant and engaging they are. More tells for the pros and less deliberation means more mistakes.
    Acting quickly is relative and undefined so while slow play is definitely bad for the game, all top players take some time in a making important decisions. Bottom line is DG is not speaking for the majority of good amateurs and even pros as he is just promoting the characteristics of players from which he has the greatest edge. He just threw in the positive attitude because everybody agrees that is a pleasant character trait to have in your game.

  15. jmateuspoker says:

    I think Daniel Negreanu is such a smart person that I am surprised that someone so important is able to label personalities to success or failure that is at least something that undoes the human being

    It’s okay to approach that rude players make the environment uncomfortable but lets you comment on what personalities and reasoning of each are secrets of success or failure in poker is a very gross rudeness to the profile of each human being.

    Daniel I admire and respect but we need to measure words Poker is democratic and no matter your psychological profile to succeed just exercise and strengthen your strengths and avoid your weaknesses.
    In my opinion the bad poker player is only one who is not humble to learn and does not know how to lose simple and only that !!!!

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