Daniel Negreanu Now Taking A Break From PokerDecember 9, 2011 12:50 pm
In an article written recently by Daniel Negreanu for cardplayer.com, the Canadian poker pro has complained about feeling drained mentally and physically after his two month long trip to Europe.
Talking about the last leg of his trip playing at the EPT San Remo, where he busted out on Day 1a, Negreanu wrote:
“I played good for the first three hours or so, then just collapsed and had no interest/energy to continue. I was spent, and played terribly, hoping to either get lucky and double up, or catch the next flight home. I can’t remember the last time I mailed in a tournament like that, but I just didn’t have it.”
Since returning home, Negreanu said his motivation still hasn’t returned yet and that he would rate as a “D” his focus at this week’s WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, in which he was eliminated on Day 2.
Taking a much needed break from the game, Negreanu said he was now concentrating on “Me” and has a specific routine with that in mind. His current schedule involves waking up at 8am, doing Bikram Yoga and reading, with particular reference to Eckhart Tolle’s book called “A New Earth,” which “advocates present moment awareness and the dismantling of the ego as the path towards awakened living.”
Additionally, Negreanu said he was also doing some work for Nevada charity ‘Threesquare,’ which helps feed the hungry.
Finally, Daniel Negreanu gave an assessment of his 2011 tournament poker results, which saw him cash 6 times for $1,534,367. All but $86,047 of that amount was accounted for by two cashes in $100k buy in events in what he describes as “only two really good results in what was otherwise a bad year for me tournament wise.”
Turning his attention to tomorrow’s Bellagio $100k buy-in event, Negreanu said although he was still currently re-charging, he was considering entering the small field tournament. As he explains:
“Tomorrow is a small field $100,000 buy in event at Bellagio. I never really felt very excited about playing, and I still don’t really feel gung ho about entering, but I think I’m going to give it a go anyway… If they get 22 players for tomorrow I’ll be there.”