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'KidPoker' Documentary Airs To Public In Canada

Film About Life Of Daniel Negreanu Receives Positive Reviews


Last night on Canada’s The Sports Network (TSN), poker pro Daniel Negreanu, along with poker fans who get the channel, saw the airing of his much-anticipated “KidPoker” documentary.

“Totally blown away,” Negreanu said on Twitter shortly before Thanksgiving after seeing the film for the first time, adding that he cried “through half it.” He didn’t have to wait long for fans to see the raw emotion in the film as well.

The trailer of the film was released in May.

The movie depicted Negreanu’s rags-to-riches story, focusing on the huge support he received from his family, most notably his late mother, over the years. With $30,533,198 in career scores, he is poker’s all-time tournament money earner. The six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner finished 11th in the main event this past summer, falling just short of the most coveted title in all of poker. Negreanu was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2014, the first year in which he was eligible thanks to him turning 40.

Having a feature-length documentary on TSN brought Negreanu even more into the mainstream, not that he wasn’t one of the most recognizable poker players outside of the poker world already. TSN is one of the largest specialty channels in Canada. Negreanu, who lives in Las Vegas, has been using his influence to try to help Southern Nevada get a NHL team.

Perhaps more importantly, thanks to his affiliation with online gambling site PokerStars, Negreanu has been actively involved with pushing for online poker in California.

The film included comments from the likes of Jennifer Harman, Antonio Esfandiari, Doyle Brunson, John Duthie, Maria Ho, Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier and Phil Hellmuth.

The documentary, which was produced by Gary Davis and Francine Watson and presented by PokerStars, currently isn’t available elsewhere, but stay tuned for a link.

Twitter was full of reaction to the documentary. Here are some of the comments.