Six months after he officially left PokerStars, Daniel Negreanu has become an ambassador for GGPoker.com. Negreanu made the announcement via a video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday morning.
I have a BIG announcement to make! Details in the video below: pic.twitter.com/1xDTkglYmD
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) November 20, 2019
Sources confirmed the multi-year deal with GGPoker has a larger financial component than his previous PokerStars deal which made him the highest-paid ambassador in poker.
In the announcement, Negreanu pointed to the success of the most recent GG Series, which had $50 million in total guarantees, as well as the state-of-the-art proprietary software as reasons for his decision to join the company.
GGPoker has grown quickly over the past few years and now ranks as the third-busiest online poker site in the world, according to PokerScout. The company, which has offices in Toronto, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland, does not accept US online poker players.
2019 has been an interesting year for Negreanu. It started on New Year’s Eve when Negreanu proposed to Amanda Leatherman. The couple were married in May at a ceremony in California. A few days after that, after spending 12 years as the face of PokerStars, Negreanu and the company parted ways. At the time, the six-time WSOP bracelet winner mentioned that he would be focusing on starting a family.
Prior to the start of the WSOP, he sold pieces of his action only to have the offering be too popular, causing servers to crash and players who thought they had secured a piece of Negreanu, find out they, in fact, had not. Negreanu then cashed 16 times, earning $2,042,752.92.
Most recently, Negreanu left WSOP Europe down for the trip but under the impression he had won the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year award only to be informed days later that a data-entry error incorrectly awarded Negreanu with points from an event he did not cash in.
Negreanu joins Bryn Kenney as ambassadors for the site, giving GGPoker the #1 and #3 players on poker’s all-time money list as patch-wearing pros.