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PokerUpdate’s latest feature series takes a look at how some prominent poker players fared on the felt in 2013. Last year was a good year for some pros and not so good for others, as is often the case in both life and poker.

Our first 2013 Player Overview is on poker great Daniel Negreanu, whose 2013 was certainly a great one. According to the Hendon Mob database, Negreanu took out a total of $3,208,630 in live tournament winnings, not bad earnings for a year’s worth of work.

The Canadian’s first major poker win of 2013 was in April where he made history by winning the first ever WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event, an achievement that also netted him a gold bracelet and $1.087 million.

Just three weeks later, Negreanu won $420,912 after he came in fourth in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final Main Event in Monte Carlo. A series of other in-the-money finishes followed, including six at the WSOP in Las Vegas.

Negreanu capped off the year by taking out the WSOPE High Roller Event, which made him $979,955 richer and won him his second gold bracelet of the year. His stellar performances at the WSOP over the course of the year resulted in him being awarded the WSOP Player of the Year for 2013, the cherry on top of a nice year for Negreanu.

The reason for such a great year on the felt? According to the man himself, it was a three-month emotional intelligence course he did in the US city of Las Vegas. In an interview with Bluff Europe, the poker superstar said the course gave him confidence in his talents, which helped result in the solid year he had.

It also helped him in doing good things for those who need it, with Negreanu instrumental in raising $280,000 for a children’s hospital as part of the course.

Here’s hoping Negreanu continues his solid poker playing and charitable ways in 2014.

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