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Who I am today because of YOU Mommy

by Daniel Negreanu |  Published: May 11, '13

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In light of Mother's Day I'm writing this letter to my mother up in heaven to let her know how I'm doing and the man I've become because of her. She passed away a few years ago, but for those of you lucky enough to be touched by her, or saw her on TV bringing me food, you know how special she was!

Dear Mommy,

The man I have become today because of you, is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve- open for the world to see. You were the most selfless woman I've ever known and it was so obvious that your joy in life came from being in service to others, especially when it came to filling their bellies!

From you mommy, I learned that everyone gets to eat. From you I learned that when someone says, "No thanks, I'm not hungry," you make them a plate anyway and put it in front of them. Amazing that they all of a sudden get hungry and clear that delicious plate, huh?

I am the man I am today mommy, because you allowed me to be myself and make the mistakes I needed to make. You allowed me the freedom to be my authentic self and you were proud of me no matter what. When I got kicked out of school for fighting, you stood by my side anyway. Your devotion, and undeniable support in the face of ANYTHING, provided a warm, safe place for me to grow and the freedom to express myself and be as creative with how I wanted to design my life as I dreamed possible. You always believed in me. Sure, you wanted me to stay in school and get a "real job," but when I told you poker was for me, you believed I would make it and it's one of the main reasons I did. I knew you believed in me and I didn't want to let you down.


Mommy, you taught me what it meant to be outwardly focused even before I really understood what that term meant. You taught me that you experience love when you give of yourself and make the happiness of those around you your focus.

I miss you and think about you daily. Love your son Daniel.

Daniel Negreanu is the 2004 CardPlayer Magazine and World Poker Tour Player of the Year. He presents his poker strategies in one-on-one virtual training at pokervt.com and writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column.
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Venable
over 7 years ago

yeah, happy mothers day and good finish in your latest tournament but,,,,,,,,,,,,, mommy??? come on daniel, 99.9999% of us use mom, mother, mamma ect ,,,,,,,, i only hear a hand full of infant kids say mommy!!!! very annoying coming from a grown man or woman, so you must change and be like the masses!!!!! , dusty calls his mother, ol lady, thats even better than mommy!!!! mommie?

 
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TheFly
over 7 years ago

Nice letter, and yeah "Mommy" is a tad creepy for a grown man, maybe it's a cultural thing, perhaps in Canada it's normal usage for adults, whereas in the U.S. it's a little odd past ~6 years old. Neverthless, his love for his mother is clearly undeniable and a good thing in this world today when so many youth have zero respect for any suthority, whether it's parents, teachers, etc. Also kind of funny to hear Daniel getting kicked out of school for fighting as I always considered Daniel the furthest thing away from the fighting type.

 
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thereyougoagain
over 7 years ago

whats up daniel? im from boston and i dont have to tell you why im so psyched!!!!! wow! what a game!!! just look at it as your leafs took a bad beat! lol... good luck at the wsop, wish ya well

 
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eaglestorm76
over 7 years ago

daniel,

your mommy wants you to do a blog at least once a week. its been 3 and a half months since your last one and im sure she isnt happy about it!

P.S. andrew brokos does like 3 a day...can you give us one a week at least?

thanks in advance!

 
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oldschooljerry
over 7 years ago

I met his mom once, she was a nice lady I thought it was a touching letter. GL Daniel in WSOP sure Ill see u there

 
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eaglestorm76
over 7 years ago

she seemed sweet and yes good luck daniel. you and phil helmuth are my favs to watch.

 
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eaglestorm76
over 7 years ago

daniel,

shame on you. i have wasted numerous mouse clicks looking to see if you have a new blog. youre as bad as hellmuth on not posting!!!!!

im this close to naming andrew brokos my new favorite blogger! and that would just be crazy.

get it together danny!

 
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