Daniel Negreanu Blog Excerpts: Hacker Attack, Big Loss and Break-Up

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2012. February 06. |
In his latest blog entry, Daniel Negreanu tells public about the hacking of his PokerStars account, Aussie Millions and his former relationship with Hungarian beauty queen Polgár Kriszta. 
PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu wrote his latest blog entry on the 4th February, in which he tells about his personal life besides poker issues, namely his break-up with former girlfriend Hungarian beauty queen
 
"I definitely shouldn't be sharing this, but I can't help it, I have nothing to hide and I'm not uncomfortable in the least with sharing aspects of my personal life. I was dating Krisztina Polgar, Miss Hungary Earth 2008 up until about September of last year and she is an absolutely beautiful woman both inside and out. She treated me better than any woman ever has and I genuinely appreciated it. Things didn't work out, but I still consider her a friend and always will."


Daniel Negreanu and Kriszta Polgar
Daniel Negreanu and Kriszta Polgar
 
Of course, KidPoker also dealt with poker issues, one being the hacking of his PokerStars account. He also took time to answer the question posed by many people, concerning how it can be possible that the leading pro of PokerStars does not have an RSA token. 
 
"I flew out of Melbourne on the 31st and when I landed something crazy happened. I tried to log into my hotmail account and it kept saying my password was wrong. I tried a few times and was puzzled and slightly worried. I had dealt with a hacker situation with a friend in the past so I knew that it was likely my email got hacked. My main concern was just having my private e-mails exposed. I have absolutely nothing to hide, really, but there is personal stuff in there about other people and I would feel bad if that got out.

I got the news back pretty quickly that the hacker did get into my account for a joyride. Something I'll never understand. He didn't dump money to any one specific player, he kind of just sprayed my money around several tables, ultimately losing $61,000 of my money. Not entirely sure why he didn't empty my account, but I'm thankful that he didn't. 

There is an ongoing investigation, obviously, and I'm hoping they catch the guy. I wish old school Las Vegas rules applied in cases like this, where you could take the guy out to the desert for an afternoon and get some justice, but alas, we don't live in that world any more. I feel an appropriate punishment would be a few swift baseball bat swings to the groin area, and possibly a castration, but that's just me :-)

Many have asked me if I was using an RSA token. The answer is no, but I will be acquiring one for future play on PokerStars. Truth is, I just didn't really understand the technology all too well and felt like it was a bit of a hassle to use, so I chose not to. I recommend that you get one, it's actually simpler than you'd think. 

So the money is gone. I am not getting any special treatment whatsoever."
 
The one million dollar loss mentioned by KidPoker relates to the $250,000 Super High Roller event of the Aussie Millions:
 
"I didn't plan on playing in the $250k crap shoot event, but after winning a bit of money in the TV cash games I figured I may as well and was really in "poker mode" anyway. To make a long story short, that event was devastating in several ways. I was chip leader 5 handed but it only paid three spots with 3rd paying $800k. With 4 left I was up against Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, and Gus Hansen, you know, the guys from those Onyx Cup ads. Haha. 

Gus was short, and I seriously wasn't getting an even remotely playable hand so I folded down from 1.2 million to 700k. Gus just seemed to keep splashing around and winning pots and all of a sudden with blinds at 25k-50k I had 765k, or 15 big blinds. Patrik raised on the button and had about 19 big blinds so I was quite sure that he couldn't call an all in without a premium hand because of the enormous bubble. I also felt like, since I was 4/4 it was my turn to be the aggressor just a little bit because these guys weren't about to play any bit pots on the bubble. With A8 I shoved and he insta called with JJ. I busted, which felt just like losing a million dollars. I remember waking up the next day a bit anxious, it's been ages since I felt like that."
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