Negreanu to Go on Poker Sabbatical

December 12, 2011

Canadian poker pro Daniel Negreanu recently expressed that he was physically and mentally drained after a two-month European trip in Europe, which ended with the EPT San Remo in which he busted out on Day 1a.

Negreanu wrote of this unfortunate loss, “I played good for the first three hours or so, then just collapsed and had no interest/energy to continue. I was spent, and played terribly, hoping to either get lucky and double up, or catch the next flight home. I can’t remember the last time I mailed in a tournament like that, but I just didn’t have it.”

Apparently his motivation is still lacking since returning home, still unfocused at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic where he was knocked out on Day 2. So, in light of all of this, Negreanu has decided to take a break from poker and concentrate on himself. He currently does Bikram Yoga every day and is reading “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle, which he says, “advocates present moment awareness and the dismantling of the ego as the path towards awakened living.” He is also delving into some charity work for “Threesquare,” a Nevada charity with the purpose of feeding the hungry.

This year, Negreanu’s assessment of his tournament results includes six cashes that netted $1.5+ million, which he gained all but about $86K on two $100K buy-in events that he says were the “only two really good results in what was otherwise a bad year for me tournament wise.”

How long he’ll be breaking from poker is unknown, but hopefully he will be happier with his 2012 results after his poker sabbatical.


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