To be the best, you have to learn from the best and this weekend, six poker players got the opportunity to do just that. Daniel Negreanu opened his home to six players who won private poker lessons, through an auction at last year’s St. Jude Charity Poker Event. As a five-time WSOP bracelet winner, two-time WPT champion and poker’s all-time money leader, you’d be hard pressed to find a better coach than Negreanu.
This isn’t the first time ‘Kid Poker’ has done this though. Negreanu has run live poker lessons for his poker fans for years, dating all the way back to “FCP Weekend”, where a dozen players came to Las Vegas for the weekend to learn from one of the game’s best. Negreanu makes a point of giving those that have donated to charity his absolute best and this time was no different.
“The atmosphere was good.” Negreanu said when we caught up to him after Friday night’s session, adding, “The players were mostly at the beginner level, so I tailored my coaching specifically to help them where they were at. I want them to leave with at least a few tools and tricks that they can put into place and that will immediately help them.”
Those players didn’t just get to learn a few “tools and tricks”, they also got to play against Negreanu. That may be a nightmare for most players, see his resume above, but a dream come true for these charity winners.
As a co-chair of the St. Jude’s event, which is held every November in Las Vegas, Negreanu’s next private poker lesson is just a donation away.