Netflix now has KidPoker, a documentary that chronicles the life of the world’s most high profile poker player, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. It is now available for viewing in Ireland, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The doco takes viewers on an interesting journey to the very beginning, starting with Negreanu’s childhood in Toronto, Canada, through to his affinity with gambling and pool-hustling days, and then his rise in the poker world. He began playing poker when he was 21, turning his sights onto the bright lights of Las Vegas to chase his dream of poker stardom.
At 23, he became the youngest player to win a WSOP bracelet. Because of this victory, he earned the nickname ‘Kid Poker’. Even at the ripe old age of 41, Kid Poker still manages to mix it with the new breed of poker players in the highest buy-in live poker tournaments around the world and online.
The full-length PokerStars documentary features contributions from some of the biggest stars in the high stakes poker scene, including Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Maria Ho, Antonio Esfandiari and John Duthie, the creator of the European Poker Tour (EPT).
KidPoker had premiered to an exclusive crowd at the TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre in Downtown Toronto late last year, and at the conclusion of the film there was a great crowd reaction. Most were expecting to watch the behind the scenes success story of the six-time WSOP bracelet winner and poker’s all-time money list leader (with over $30 million in live earnings), but nobody was expecting the story of the close bond that the Toronto native has with family and friends, who obviously were a huge influence in his early life. After the film, questions were answered by Negreanu, ranging from how poker in his time has changed, and it also provided an opportunity to reminisce with poker friends about old times.
Of course, the high stakes poker personality isn’t new to the silver screen, he has made cameo appearances in a range of films, including X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), The Grand (2007) and Lucky You (2007). However in “KidPoker”, he’s the star of the film.